Innovations -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

COMPAMED Newsletter

Graphic of an envelope with stroke "Order now!"

Image: Female scientist in front of the microarray rapid test device; Copyright: Technical University of Munich

Measurement chip detects Legionella


Microarray rapid test speeds up detection in case of a Legionella pneumophila outbreak.
Read more
Image: 14 days post-wounding tissue section; Copyright: Disease Biophysics Group/Harvard University

Drawing inspiration from plants and animals to restore tissue


Nanofiber dressings heal wounds, promote regeneration.
Read more
Image: human neck and thyroid gland highlighted in red; Copyright: LUCA Project

New optical modules could improve thyroid cancer screening


An international team of researchers is building a point-of-care device that can simultaneously probe a patient's hemodynamics, chemical constitution, and anatomy.
Read more
Image: close-up of the chip; Copyright: Felice Frankel

'Body on a chip' could improve drug evaluation


MIT engineers have developed new technology that could be used to evaluate new drugs and detect possible side effects before the drugs are tested in humans.
Read more
Image: close-up of the chip; Copyright: S. Döring /Leibniz-IPHT

Spreading antibiotic-resistances: rapid test helps with administering the "correct" drug


Multi-resistent microbes are a growing danger. The often unnecessary and mass use of antibiotics causes the impassivity of pathogens against drugs. Infections that were easily curable up to now, may become life threatening. In just three hours, a new rapid test will give information on which available antibiotic is still effective in a concrete case.
Read more
Image: colorful illustration of the new method to imprint biochips; Copyright: Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Scientists develop new tool for imprinting biochips


The new technology could allow researchers to fit more biochemical probes onto a single biochip and reduce the cost of screening and analyzing changes associated with disease development, detecting bioterrorism agents, and other areas of research.
Read more
Image: inscribed illustration of a person in the mri; Copyright: CIN, Tübingen University

Why the world looks stable while we move


Every head movement changes the image of our environment that enters our eyes. We still perceive the world as stable, because our brain corrects for any changes in its visual information due to those head movements.
Read more
Image: microfluidic chip used to fabricate nanoparticles that could be used to deliver therapeutic genes to specific organs of the body; Copyright: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech

Comparison shows value of DNA barcoding in selecting nanoparticles


The first direct comparison of in vitro and in vivo screening techniques for identifying nanoparticles that may be used to transport therapeutic molecules into cells shows that testing in lab dishes isn't much help in predicting which nanoparticles will successfully enter the cells of living animals.
Read more
Image: colorful illustration of a human figure, stem cells and a pair of scissors; Copyright: Kyoto University / Knut Woltjen

Stem cell "twins" to study disease


Researchers led by Dr. Knut Woltjen report a new gene editing method that can modify a single DNA base in the human genome with absolute precision.
Read more
Image: structure of a cell with ribosome; Copyright:

Drug-producing bacteria possible with synthetic biology breakthrough


Bacteria could be programmed to produce drugs, thanks to breakthrough research into synthetic biology from the Universities of Warwick and Surrey.
Read more
Image: Germicidal contact lenses; Copyright: Fraunhofer IAP

A gentle approach treating microbial keratitis


Microbial infections of the cornea can have serious consequences, including blindness in the worst case. The treatment of keratitis, a condition caused by certain pathogens, always presents major challenges to ophthalmologists. These corneal infections frequently cannot be successfully treated with the therapies currently available.
Read more
Image: three different pictures of the structure of the heart; Copyright: MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Maelstroms in the heart


Every five minutes in Germany alone, a person dies of sudden cardiac arrest or fibrillation, the most common cause of death worldwide. This is partly due to the fact that doctors still do not fully understand exactly what goes on in the heart during the occurrence. Until now, it was impossible to visualize dynamic processes in the fibrillating heart muscle, or myocardium.
Read more
Image: structure made of different coloured elements on black ground; Copyright: Michael Weinmueller / TUM

The "Holy Grail" of peptide chemistry: Making peptide active agents available orally


Peptides, short amino acid chains that control many functions in the human body, represent a billion-dollar market, also in the pharmaceutical industry. But, normally these medications must be injected. A research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now determined how peptides can be designed so that they can be easily administered as a liquid or tablet.
Read more
Image: yellow structure; Copyright: Parameswaran et al/University of Chicago

Researchers invent tiny, light-powered wires to modulate brain's electrical signals


The human brain largely remains a black box: How the network of fast-moving electrical signals turns into thought, movement and disease remains poorly understood. But it is electrical, so it can be hacked--the question is finding a precise, easy way to manipulate electrical signaling between neurons.
Read more
Image: close-up of a microscope; Copyright:

Histology in 3D: new staining method enables Nano-CT imaging of tissue samples


To date, examining patient tissue samples has meant cutting them into thin slices for histological analysis. This might now be set to change – thanks to a new staining method devised by an interdisciplinary team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This allows specialists to investigate three-dimensional tissue samples using the Nano-CT system also recently developed at TUM.
Read more
Image: sheet with a text about hepatits b with a vial lying on top; Copyright:

Organ-on-chip technology enters next stage as experts test hepatitis B virus


Scientists at Imperial College London have become the first in the world to test how pathogens interact with artificial human organs.
Read more
Image: a parkinson's patient holding a nurse's hand; Copyright:

New method maps the dopamine system in Parkinson's patients


With the aid of a PET camera, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new method for investigating the dopamine system in the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. The method measures levels of a protein called dopamine transporter and could lead to improved diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and the development of new treatments.
Read more
Image: graphic showing a human liver and an enlarged picture of liver cells; Copyright:

Digital liver scanning technology could halve the number of liver biopsies needed in the NHS


A study jointly led by the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh has revealed that a new scanning technology could almost halve the number of liver biopsies carried out on people with fatty liver disease.
Read more
Image: representation of light-activated cancer drugs; Copyright: Robbin Vernooij/University of Warwick

Light-activated cancer drugs without toxic side effects: fresh insight


Cancer drugs activated by light, minimizing toxic side-effects, are a step closer thanks to new research from University of Warwick and Monash University through the Monash Warwick Alliance.
Read more
Image: nurse shows doctor something on the computer ; Copyright: Dolgachov

Digital liver scanning technology could halve the number of liver biopsies needed in the NHS


A study jointly led by the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh has revealed that a new scanning technology could almost halve the number of liver biopsies carried out on people with fatty liver disease.
Read more
Image: spots in different colours; Copyright: Helmholtz Zentrum München

The Scanpy software processes huge amounts of single-cell data


Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed a program that is able to help manage enormous datasets. The software, named Scanpy, is a candidate for analyzing the Human Cell Atlas, and has recently been published in Genome Biology.
Read more
Image: the new stethoscope with a smartphone; Copyright: StethoMe

AMU Team designs an innovative life-saving stethoscope


AMU team of researchers led by Dr Honorata Hafke-Dys from AMU Institute of Acoustics (Faculty of Physics), have designed a new and intelligent stethoscope. They called it: StethoMe. The design was possible thanks to 1.5 M PLN invested in the project by TDJ Pitango Ventures, the Polish-Israeli innovative start-up fund.
Read more
Image: woman holds hand on her belly, next to it she holds a bread; Copyright:

A step toward sensitive and fast gluten detection


For people with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivities, the number of food options in the stores is growing. But current tests for gluten are not finding all of the substance in foods, resulting in some products being labeled "gluten free" when they really aren't.
Read more
Image: little girl in bed and woman who measures her body temperature; Copyright:

Smart Thermometer improves flu forecasting


Real-time data from smartphone thermometers can effectively track and predict influenza activity at national and regional levels.
Read more
Image: encounters between dendritic cells (red) and T cells (green), made visible by the new tool; Copyright: Laboratory of Lymphocyte Dynamics

New tool for tracking 'kiss-and-run' communication between cells


A new method for monitoring interactions between cells, dubbed LIPSTIC by its creators, is much more than a cosmetic improvement over existing techniques. The breakthrough, led by The Rockefeller University assistant professor Gabriel Victora, offers scientists in a wide range of disciplines a powerful new tool for studying complex biological events as they play out in live animals.
Read more
Image: two hands with gloves holding the supercapacitor; Copyright: NTU Singapore

NTU scientists create customizable, fabric-like power source for wearable electronics


Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded or stretched without losing its function.
Read more
Image: a collection of microcapsules; Copyright:

Microcapsules gain a new power - scavenging reactive oxygen species


Stable, biocompatible microcapsules from the lab of Eugenia Kharlampieva, Ph.D., have gained a new power - the ability to scavenge reactive oxygen species.
Read more
Image: picture of a plant in four different growth stages; Copyright:

World's smallest sensor measures growth force of plants, animals and humans


How do you visualise extremely small forces connected to processes in our body, such as embryonic growth and development? Researchers at Wageningen experimented with a combination of laser technology and chemical knowledge, coming up with a sensor consisting of one single molecule that is a few hundred times more accurate than existing devices used to measure nano-forces on the molecular level.
Read more
Image: virtual room; Copyright: Halle Dimsdale-Zucker, UC Davis

Using virtual reality to identify brain areas involved in memory


In a study published Jan. 18 in the journal Nature Communications, graduate student Halle Dimsdale-Zucker and colleagues used a virtual reality environment to train subjects, then showed that different areas of the hippocampus are activated for different types of memories.
Read more
Image: illustration of a human heart on bleached paper; Copyright:

More than 100,000 switches


Information for building cells is stored in our genetic material, otherwise known as DNA. It is here that you find all the blueprints for the more than 20,000 different proteins in the human body. Each and every cell requires several thousand different proteins in order to function.
Read more
Image: 3D representation of a tapeworm; Copyright:

Nature-inspired soft millirobot makes its way through enclosed spaces


Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems invented a magnetically controlled soft robot only four millimeters in size, that can walk, crawl or roll through uneven terrain, carry cargo, climb onto the water surface, and even swim in it. The inspiration comes from soft-bodied beetle larvae and caterpillars, and even jellyfishes posed as biological models.
Read more
Image: illustration of a baby's upper body with lungs, oesophagus and implant; Copyright: University of Sheffield

New robot can help treat rare birth defect


Researchers at the University of Sheffield and Boston's Children Hospital, Harvard Medical School have created a robot that can be implanted into the body to aid the treatment of oesophageal atresia, a rare birth defect that affects a baby's oesophagus.
Read more
Image: soft fibers (red) activate T cells (green), improving cellular immunotherapy; Copyright: Lance Kam/Columbia Engineering

Bioengineered soft microfibers improve T-cell production


Columbia biomedical engineers design a new, biomaterials-based system that takes a soft approach to improving cell manufacturing and may bring new hope to cancer patients for T-cell therapy.
Read more
Image: three test tubes filled with blood; Copyright:

Single blood test screens for eight cancer types


Provides unique new framework for early detection of the most common cancers.
Read more
Image: an elderly person's hands clinging to a walking stick; Copyright:

Laser shoes prevent "freezing" in Parkinson patients


Freezing of gait, an absence of forward progression of the feet despite the intention to walk, is a symptom of Parkinson's disease. Laser shoes that project a line on the floor to the rhythm of the footsteps help trigger the person to walk.
Read more
Image: pixelated spatial gene expression tool; Copyright: University of Illinois Department of Bioengineering

Novel chip-based gene expression tool analyzes RNA quickly and accurately


A University of Illinois and Mayo collaboration has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue - something that conventional methods cannot do.
Read more
Image: Model (left) and high resolution image (right) of the nanoengineered micropipette with holes to distribute electrical current; Copyright: Daniel Schwarz

New method to map miniature brain circuits


In a feat of nanoengineering, scientists have developed a new technique to map electrical circuits in the brain far more comprehensively than ever before.
Read more
Image: a glove-clothed hand takes a sample tube with tweezers out of liquid nitrogen; Copyright:

'Decorated' stem cells could offer targeted heart repair


Although cardiac stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for heart attack patients, directing the cells to the site of an injury - and getting them to stay there - remains challenging.
Read more
Image: 3D printed soft scaffold; Copyright: Imperial College London

3D printing creates super soft structures that replicate brain and lungs


A new 3D printing technique allows researchers to replicate biological structures, which could be used for tissue regeneration and replica organs.
Read more
Image: first impression of the movie produced by The Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism; Copyright: Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism at The Rockefeller University

3-D imaging of fat reveals potential targets for new obesity treatments


Stunning three-dimensional images of fat cells, the first of their kind, are the latest tactic in the ongoing fight against the global obesity epidemic. A movie, produced by The Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism, is part of a new report that reveals the inner workings of fat tissue in mice.
Read more
Image: smiling scientist - Ryan Donnelly; Copyright: Ryan Donnelly

Queen's University Professor's Skin Patch Offers Solution to Antibiotic Resistance Crisis


A team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast, led by Professor Ryan Donnelly, Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology are developing a new type of skin patch (microarray patch) that administers drugs directly into the bloodstream through thousands of individual "microneedles" which are being tested as a possible answer to the antibiotic resistance crisis.
Read more
Image: Scaffold-free tissue engineered construct derived from synovial mesenchymal stem cells; Copyright: Osaka University

Phase III clinical trials for stem cell-based cartilage regeneration therapy have started


A group of researchers at Osaka University developed a synthetic tissue using synovium-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for treating damaged cartilage, which had previously been incurable and had no effective therapies.
Read more
Image: four alpacas; Copyright: MPI for Biophysical Chemistry/I. Böttcher-Gajewski

Fewer laboratory animals thanks to secondary nanobodies


Antibodies are indispensable in biological research and medical diagnostics. However, their production is time-consuming, expensive, and requires the use of many animals.
Read more