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Resorbable implants: the future of 3D printing?

Dear Sir or Madam,

The 3D printing of implants is researched around the world, and sometimes already used in treatment. Now the technology is increasingly becoming the focus of regenerative medicine. The printed implants are to be resorbed by the body, while new tissue grows in their place. Our November special is about this exciting topic. Read more!

I wish you a good start to the weekend!

Elena Blume
Editorial team

PS: Making implants particularly long-term – that is the goal of twelve Fraunhofer Institutes. How would they like to realize this? Find out more in our current interview.

COMPAMED Trade Fair with Conferences and Forums
Monday to Thursday
13-16 November 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany


Special: 3D printing and bioprinting
Interview: Long-term implants
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Welcome to COMPAMED 2017! Our editorial team will report here live from Düsseldorf for you. You will find current interviews, videos and images from the trade fair halls here from 13 November 2017.
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3D printing and bioprinting: regenerative medicine from the nozzle


Image: Computer-generated image of a 3D printer that prints a human heart; Copyright: de polo
Generative manufacturing processes such as 3D printing have been inspiring both the technology industry and medical technology for years. 3D printing is particularly interesting for the production of individual patient implants. In this context, the focus is increasingly on more than just massive implants such as endoprostheses or dentures.
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Our Special "3D printing and bioprinting: regenerative medicine from the nozzle"
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Emerson Micro fluidic products. Focus: Dental applications Hall 8b/G05

Dental chair manufacturers are being asked by dentists to reduce the size of the dental console, squeezing the same or more functionality into a smaller footprint.
In a dental surgery, dentists and dental hygienists work with the instrument console to treat patients safely and efficiently.
Image: Dental tool from Asco
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Artificial intelligence to evaluate brain maturity of preterm infants

University of Helsinki researchers have developed artificial intelligence software, which can evaluate the maturity of a preterm infant’s brain directly from an EEG.
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Mantis shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world

By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization.
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Single-use liquid flow sensors for biomedical applications

The use of Sensirion's intelligent, compact and cost-effective single-use liquid flow sensors will change the field of drug delivery from the ground up and enable solutions that are safer, more reliable and more mobile for care in hospital and at home. Visit us at COMPAMED 2017, hall 8a, stand H19.6, and learn more about!

Hall 8a, stand H19.6
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Learn more about single-use liquid flow sensors for biomedical applications

Electrical Engineering & Nanotechnology

In a first for wearable optics, researchers develop stretchy fiber to capture body motion

The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years. A new fiber could offer a safer, more reliable alternative to electrical motion sensors.
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Innovations, Electrical Engineering & Nanotechnology

Flexible sensors can detect movement in GI tract

Ingestible devices could diagnose gastrointestinal slowdown or monitor food intake.
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Long-term implants: benefitting the healthcare system and patients talks about...

Image: Smart hip joint prosthesis with coated shape memory actuators made of nickel-titanium alloy; Copyright: Fraunhofer IWU
An implant shows signs of aging and fatigue after a certain amount of time inside the body. It must be replaced since its functionality can no longer be guaranteed. Unfortunately, the inevitable surgery is a major physical as well as mental strain for patients. Now twelve Fraunhofer Institutes have addressed this issue; among them is the Fraunhofer FEP with its knowledge in surface refinement.
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Long-term implants: benefitting the healthcare system and patients
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New Cermax MX300 Light Source Delivers 20% More Output

Yet another Xenon lighting innovation from Excelitas, new Cermax® MX300 Series features a compact metal body, 250-325 Watt range, extended service life and 20% more output than alternative 300W sources. Diamond-turned, metal reflector delivers enhanced coupling with smaller fibers for maximum output in endoscopy, headlamps and surgical robotics.

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Laboratory Medicine & Hygiene

Driving drug resistance out of fungi

New gene drive targeting a fungal pathogen enables identification of virulence regulators and potential future combination therapies.
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Innovations, Laboratory Medicine & Hygiene

New tissue-engineered blood vessel replacements one step closer to human trials

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown blood vessel replacement that is composed completely of biological materials, but surprisingly doesn't contain any living cells at implantation. The vessel, that could be used as an "off the shelf" graft for kidney dialysis patients, performed well in a recent study with nonhuman primates.
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Materials & Production

TSRI chemists use modified DNA nucleotides to create new materials

DNA evolved to store genetic information, but in principle this special, chain-like molecule can also be adapted to make new materials. Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have now published an important demonstration of this repurposing of DNA to create new substances with possible medical applications.
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Materials & Production

Breath instead of a blood test

Experts advise anyone looking to shed extra kilos to eat less and exercise more. One way is with endurance training, during which the body burns not only carbohydrates such as sugar, but also fat. When exactly the body begins burning fat can now be determined by analysing, for example, biomarkers in the blood or urine.
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General Company News

Celebrating 40 years of Anetic Aid

Anetic Aid Ltd.

Anetic Aid is a British company that has been designing, supplying and supporting equipment for a wide variety of clinical environments since 1977. Renowned for innovation and high quality, it listens...
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BBI Solutions OEM Limited

Leading immunoassay development and manufacturing specialist BBI Solutions will showcase how its award-winning technology is shaping the future of diagnostics at the world’s largest medical trade...
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PROTEC - experienced Original Equipment Manufacturer


Advantages of a cooperation with PROTEC Are you looking for individually adapted product components or systems for your company? So far, you have not found a partner who can implement your OEM...
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Bundled competences for an optimum product solution – OKW, ANSMANN AG and Hoffmann + Krippner

OKW Odenwälder Kunststoffwerke Gehäusesysteme GmbH

An electronic device consists of many different components, which all have be efficiently combined with each other to ensure optimum, user-oriented functionality. The joint distribution partnership...
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Compamed 2017: Raumedic presents itself as a single-source provider


Helmbrechts/Düsseldorf -  When Compamed opens its doors from November 13 to 16 in Düsseldorf, medical device manufacturer Raumedic will again be there. With the trade fair motto, “All from one...
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