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On the road to nanomedicine

Dear Sir or Madam,

Navigation systems are useful: They know how to reach a destination – most of the times – even when there are obstacles. Nanomedical research could have a similar tool soon. A new action plan is supposed to help researchers, industry and politics to bypass obstacles and to bring results from basic research into application more quickly. Read more about this in our interview with Dr. Klaus-Michael Weltring.

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Timo Roth
Editorial team

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COMPAMED 2016 - High-Tech Solutions for Medical Technology


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International Markets

Combining technologies cracks vaccine chiller issue

Vaccines against killer diseases from polio to hepatitis are fragile and can easily be made useless if they get too hot or too cold. The problem is particularly acute in the developing countries where nearly one in five of the world's population - 1.3 billion people - live without access to electricity.
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Electrical Engineering & Nanotechnology

Tampering with the current in a petri dish

Electricity plays a key role in cell studies, but practical issues linked with the shape of the laboratory cultureware have troubled this research.
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Nanotechnology: a key to the future of medicine talks about...

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Even though the field of medical technology has already discovered the nanoworld a long time ago, it is still not as fully researched as it should be. Physicians dream about curing diseases such as cancer with an injection containing nanoparticles. But this is still a long way off in the future since research is continuously facing obstacles. An action plan now addresses the existing problems and proposes solutions.
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Materials & Production

3-D printing produces cartilage from strands of bioink

Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints, according to a team of engineers.
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Microfluidic device to study electric field cancer therapy

Researchers at MIT's research center in Singapore have developed a new microfluidic device that tests the effects of electric fields on cancer cells. They observed that a range of low-intensity, middle-frequency electric fields effectively stopped breast and lung cancer cells from growing and spreading, while having no adverse effect on neighboring healthy cells.
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Laboratory Medicine & Hygiene

Thousands on one chip: New method to study proteins

Since the completion of the human genome an important goal has been to elucidate the function of the now known proteins: a new molecular method enables the investigation of the function for thousands of proteins in parallel.
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Photonics - lasers and beams improve diagnostics


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Photonics has developed from optical communications technology in the 1980s - especially through the use of glass fibers as a transmission medium. Today, it concerns itself, among other things, with the production of micro- and nano-structured components. Thus, for example, micro-robots are to be developed in the near future which collect information inside the human body.
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Materials Science

Scientists create a biologically active titanium surface

Based on insights from mussels - which are able to attach themselves very tightly to even metallic surfaces due to special proteins found in their byssal threads - scientists from RIKEN have successfully attached a biologically active molecule to a titanium surface, paving the way for implants that can be more biologically beneficial.
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