Articles in category: Medical Devices
Smaller than a pencil tip, the titanium set screw cradled in the palm of machinist David Ruest's hand is the most complicated part he makes. It's full, he said, of odd angles and bevels not to mention the tiny little Allen-wrench slot that goes at the tip. Even the ridges of the threads have to be shaped just so, or the screw won't fit into the equally tiny part where it serves to hold a slightly larger screw in place. He runs a computer-controlled machine tool at Detector Technology Inc. in Palmer, an expanding company that makes ...(Read Full Article)
Microtest has confirmed and implemented the application of zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio) in screening a variety of materials for toxicity. With the company's new in-vitro toxicology tests, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies can screen thousands of materials in less than a week — yielding significant economic value in terms of time and expense.(Read Full Article)
Jay Ray, president and CEO of Detector Technology Inc., likens his company's expansion project to a manufacturing mall. Think of storefronts, he said, lining the perimeter of a precision machine shop. Each storefront, each distinct physical space in the plant, run by and representing a critical step or aspect of manufacturing, development and assembling highly technical products.(Read Full Article)
The EDC is always appreciative of the support that we receive from the western Mass business and hospitality community when we entertain guests from outside the region and sometimes from outside the country. We expect more visits from the 20+ companies we met at Medica(Read Full Article)
It's not on the list, but Brennan pointed to the May grand opening of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s 125,000-square-foot , $23-million maintenance hangar at Westfield Barnes Regional Airport. That facility, designed to service the next generation of larger corporate jets, meant about 100 added jobs in Westfield.
"People don't realize there are private companies making investments and adding jobs," Brennan said. "It's going on all over the valley. People just don't always see it."(Read Full Article)
On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.
The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
three research centers:
- Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
- Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
- Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
From the floor of the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) said Monday it was launching a new International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP) to enable the group to partner with other nations to award funding to support R&D in Massachusetts and in the partnering nations. The international program will promote collaboration between life sciences companies and to increase the development of new products for commercialization.(Read Full Article)
The EDC is a Supporting Sponsor of the 2013 Plastics in Medical Devices Conference(Read Full Article)
coming up in May in Waltham.
DeBusk, a trauma surgeon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, is participating in a new program that will allow certain entrepreneurs to "shadow" physicians as they work in a hospital. The entrepreneurs will be seeking to develop new or improved medical devices or possibly startup companies in the field.(Read Full Article)
The EDC has maintained an international business development(Read Full Article)
initiative focused on western Europe. We initially focused on inbound FDI and,
while that remains a core objective, we are currently managing more requests
for trans-Atlantic partnerships, joint ventures and contract manufacturing for
the North America market. We sell the region’s companies and industry sectors
as much as we sell the region as a strategic location. With risk sentiment
still running high on both sides of the Atlantic, classic Greenfield FDI (and
Greenfield investment inside the US, for that matter) is limited. But our
pipeline has been filling with opportunistic European ...
EDC Senior VP Mike Graney will represent western
Massachusetts at several conferences and trade shows during 2013. Please
contact Mike at 413-755-1300 or email@example.com
if you want to discuss our Shared Service Center initiative, international
business development opportunities or any other interest in western
Massachusetts. Of course, we are always pleased to host companies and consultants
in Springfield, too.
April 14-16 Consultants Forum FDI St. Louis
April 22-25 BIO International Convention Chicago
May 13-15 Plastics in Medical Devices Boston (Waltham)
June 17-21 Paris Air Show
September 23-26 Adva Med Washington
November 20-22 Medica Düsseldorf
December 2-4 ...(Read Full Article)
Much of the funding will go to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, as part of a $1 billion investment over 10 years in the state’s life sciences industry. The grants also include $3.8 million to Holyoke Community College for the creation of a Center for Life Sciences there. That space will be devoted to training a new generation of workers for the pharmaceutical, and medical devices industry and the emerging field of bio-infomatics.(Read Full Article)
I spent the previous two weeks in Europe on my annual business development mission to solicit inbound investment to western Massachusetts and/or partnerships with firms in our region. I spent three days in Düsseldorf attending Medica, the largest medical device trade show in the world (over 130,000 attendees), and four days in The Netherlands. I met with executives from 22 companies in the medical device, IT, defense, diagnostics, plastics, glass and sports medicine industries, and even a producer who wants to shoot a film in Massachusetts.(Read Full Article)
Here is a link to the invitation to the Medical Device event in the EDC’s GrowthSector series presented by First Niagara Bank -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/medicaldevice2012/-- The session will be held on Tuesday, July 17 from 4:00-6:30 PM at the Baystate Health Conference Center at 361 Whitney Avenue in Holyoke. Please RSVP to Karen Tetreault at 413-233-9851 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Tom Merle, General Manager and Chief Development Officer of Continuum, will provide the keynote address on The Challenges of Medical Device Development. Panelists will address the role of SME ...(Read Full Article)
MLSC launched the program in 2009 as a way to help startup businesses who need(Read Full Article)
working capital or funding to pay for capital assets. A loan of up to $1 million
per company is provided, an increase from the maximum amount of $750,000 offered
in the past.
Please Save The Date – July 17, 2012 -- for the third installment of the EDC’s Growth Sector Series, New Product Opportunities for the Medical Device industry, presented by First Niagara Bank.The event will feature keynote speaker Tom Merle from Continuum Advanced Systems discussing the challenges of medical device development and a panel of industry experts speaking to relevant opportunities, followed by a networking reception.(Read Full Article)
Finally, its medical supplies unit’s second quarter sales of $434 million were unchanged from the comparable quarter of 2011, as increased sales of medical surgical and OEM products were offset by lower sales of nursing care and SharpSafety products.(Read Full Article)
Christian Santangelo, Ryan Hayward and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently employed photographic techniques and polymer science to develop a new technique for printing two-dimensional sheets of polymers that can fold into three-dimensional shapes when water is added. The technique may lead to wide ranging practical applications from medicine to robotics(Read Full Article)
Mimicking the suction of gecko feet, UMass Amherst scientists have invented a super-adhesive material called Geckskin that they claim can firmly attach flat-screen TVs, medical devices, and objects as heavy as 700 pounds to a smooth surface.(Read Full Article)