The medical industry briefing
The latest news, approvals and clinical trials you need to know about this month
News in Numbers
Anyone aged over 18 will be able to opt in to take part in a new national antibody surveillance programme launched by the UK Health Security Agency.
Blood test vial manufacturer Becton Dickinson is set to ramp up imports to the UK as part of efforts to alleviate serious shortages of test tubes for the NHS.
The diameter of flexible carbon nanotube fibres developed by researchers at Rice University, which can be incorporated into clothing to function as wearable health monitors.
A controversial law has come into effect in Texas, US, which prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity - typically around six weeks.
A study of Covid-19 antibody levels using home test kits found that people who have had two vaccine doses had a 4,500% average increase in antibody levels compared to those who had only one.
Bionic arm restores natural behaviours in patients with upper limb amputations
Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic have engineered a bionic arm for patients with upper-limb amputations that allows wearers to think, behave and function as a person without an amputation.
Source: Science Daily
Inflatable prosthetic hand with a sense of touch
Researchers at MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have created an inexpensive robotic hand intended for use by upper limb amputees. The device is softer than previous robotic prostheses, and includes inflatable components and pneumatics, making it lightweight and inexpensive.
Magnets could offer better control of prosthetic limbs
A team at MIT’s Media Lab has developed an alternative approach that could offer much more precise control of prosthetic limbs. After inserting small magnetic beads into muscle tissue within the amputated residuum, they can precisely measure the length of a muscle as it contracts, and this feedback can be relayed to a bionic prosthesis within milliseconds.
New spinout Empower Therapeutics sets its sights on reducing pain 'chronification'
The University of Birmingham, UK, and the University of Maryland, US have created a new spinout, Empower Therapeutics, to commercialise a simple, reliable electroencephalography (EEG)-based biomarker for pain sensitivity.
Source: Birmingham University
Embracing Emerging Technologies
UK-based start-up Abtrace uses AI tools to improve the ways that chronic and long-term health conditions are detected, monitored and treated.
Spain-headquartered company Nela BioDynamics uses its patented technology to create modular endoprosthetic implants that can be customised to fit each patient.
Source: Nela BioDynamics
US-based start-up Genome Medical uses its cloud-based telehealth platform to connect patients and practitioners with genetics experts and services.
Source: Genome Medical
US-based company Nines is a tele-radiology and artificial intelligence startup. Its product NinesAI is FDA-cleared to triage time-critical, life-threatening indications of mass effect and intracranial hemorrhage.
Biotechnology company Lucira Health offers disposable at-home test kits to detect infectious diseases, such as Covid-19.
Source: Lucira Health
US-based company Bloomlife is using technology, data science and medical expertise to address issues in maternal health.