1. Articles in category: Medical Devices

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    1. UMass Awards $735,000 in Science and Technology Grants

      Three UMass Amherst campus research initiatives are among nine projects across the five-campus system that are sharing $735,000 in grants from the President’s Science & Technology (S&T) Initiatives Fund. Announced by UMass President Marty Meehan, the projects showcase a range of cutting-edge faculty research being conducted across the UMass system, from enhancing clean-energy technologies to developing materials that can autonomously release drugs and precisely target tumors.

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    2. Western New England University Startup Company Honored by Peers

      Western New England University Startup Company Honored by Peers

      New England Breath Technologies, a medical-device startup company formed by Western New England University professors Dr. Ronny Priefer and Dr. Michael Rust, won the People’s Choice Award recently at the annual M2D2 $100K Challenge. The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) recently held its sixth annual $100K Challenge, a nationwide competition that showcases the innovative ideas of early-stage medical devices and start-up biotech companies. Its aim is to help new biotech and medical-device entrepreneurs develop products every step of the way, from proof of concept to commercialization. “By winning the People’s Choice Award, it puts our new company ...

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    3. Western Mass. manufacturing firms innovate and diversify to keep

      Western Mass. manufacturing firms innovate and diversify to keep

      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 ...

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    4. Zebrafish embryos – Toxicology testing

      Zebrafish embryos – Toxicology testing

      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.

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    5. One-stop shop: Detector Technology in Palmer looks to create 'manufacturing mall'

      One-stop shop: Detector Technology in Palmer looks to create 'manufacturing mall'

      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.

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      Mentions: Palmer Holyoke
    6. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission paints positive, yet fragile, picture of the local economy

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission paints positive, yet fragile, picture of the local economy

      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."

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    7. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      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 ...
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    8. Holyoke Community College to toast distinguished alumni Steven Richter and Michael Kane

      Holyoke Community College to toast distinguished alumni Steven Richter and Michael Kane

      Honorees will be Steven G. Richter, president and CEO of Microtest Labs in Agawam, and Michael F. Kane, former state representative and now director of government relations for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.

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    9. Mass. groups emphasize international collaboration with new programs - Boston Business Journal

      Mass. groups emphasize international collaboration with new programs - Boston Business Journal

      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.

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    10. Baystate Medical Center in Springfield teams up with entrepreneurs to improve medical devices

      Baystate Medical Center in Springfield teams up with entrepreneurs to improve medical devices

      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.

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    11. International Prospect Activity Increasing

      International Prospect Activity Increasing

      The EDC has maintained an international business development
      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 ...

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    12. The EDC on the Road

      The EDC on the Road

      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 m.graney@westernmassedc.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 ...

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    13. Editorial: State grants offer seeds for future development

      Editorial: State grants offer seeds for future development

      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.

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    14. American International College physical therapy students lend a hand to industry with mechanical support arm

      American International College physical therapy students lend a hand to industry with mechanical support arm

      Three students in the physical therapy department at American International College have created an arm support device for factory workers, which they hope will help reduce injuries, decrease costs in the workplace and increase productivity.

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    15. European Business Development Mission 2012

      European Business Development Mission 2012

      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.

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    16. Growth Sector Series Continues on July 17

      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 k.tetreault@westernmasssedc.com 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 ...

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    17. Medical Device Session Announced for EDC Growth Sector Series

      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.

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    18. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray hails Microtest Laboratories in Agawam as example of growth in life science industry

      Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray hails Microtest Laboratories in Agawam as example of growth in life science industry

      Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray this week hailed Microtest Laboratories Inc. as an example of the growth that is possible for life science businesses in West Massachusetts after taking a tour of its facilities.  “What struck me is the potential for growth,” Murray said.

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