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Image: Sensors on a cable with power supply; the implant on a pink background; Copyright: Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Real-time bladder fullness: new technology for bladder dysfunction

15/04/2024

Researchers at Northwestern University (USA) have developed an implant that monitors bladder fullness in real time. The battery-free, flexible device is attached to the bladder wall and transmits the data to a smartphone app.
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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

New hydrogel for seawater desalination and medical therapies

18/03/2024

Researchers at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) have developed a thermosensitive hydrogel with multifaceted applications, including seawater desalination using solar energy and the creation of advanced biomedical adhesives for semi-invasive therapies and medical diagnostics.
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Fraunhofer IESE

Automated production of mRNA therapeutics

31/01/2024

The price of a drug is not only dependent on the raw materials used, but is also determined by the manufacturing process. High prices are charged for some cancer drugs in particular, as they can only be produced in small quantities at great expense. Keyword: mRNA therapeutics.
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envato/FabrikaPhoto

Patient-specific solutions from the 3D printer

20/12/2023

Complex 3D printing can be used to produce individualized parts for medical technology purposes. Robin Day, Head of the Energy Beam Processes department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, explains in an interview with COMPAMED-tradefair.com how companies are supported with advice and service.
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ninelutsk / Envato

The smallest technology for powerful hearing experiences

14/12/2023

From conversations with friends or colleagues to plays and lectures – modern hearing devices enable many people to participate in everyday life. However, the smallest components are needed to ensure that the devices function optimally and cause as few complications as possible for the users. Let’s take a look at the microtechnology in these hearing aid devices.
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Image: A printer applies the dopamine-based tissue adhesive to the three-dimensional titanium shaft of a hip joint; Copyright: Fraunhofer CMI

Fraunhofer CMI

Inspired by mussels: printable adhesives for tissues and bones

07/12/2023

Researchers at the Fraunhofer IAP have been working alongside the Fraunhofer IGB and the Fraunhofer CMI to develop a tissue adhesive that can help avoid early replacement of prostheses in the future.
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Image: An artist’s impression of a GELECTO machine interacting with biological cells via sending and reading of electrical and biochemical signals; Copyright: Leibniz-IPF, Ivan Minev

Leibniz-IPF, Ivan Minev

New era of cyborganics – Prof. Ivan Minev receives ERC Consolidator Grant

29/11/2023

Over the next five years, the ERC will provide two million euro of funding for the development of a new class of electronic components that consist almost entirely of water and could make the interface between biological tissue and machine seamless.
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JoPanwatD

Pancreas: nanoparticles for optimized cancer therapy

22/11/2023

Researchers from Göttingen and Karlsruhe have developed a new treatment approach for pancreatic cancer. The innovative method promises to be able to treat the disease in a more targeted way and with fewer side effects in the future. The therapy is now to be optimized for clinical application as quickly as possible.
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Innovation in medicine: DiHeSys presents 3D printing technology for personalized medicines

13/11/2023

At COMPAMED 2023, DiHeSys - Digital Health Systems GmbH, presents customized drug production using 3D printing technology, which is designed to set new standards in the field of personalized medicine.
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Image: At the pilot plant, a 3D printer builds the scaffold from the composite material; Copyright: BellaSeno

BellaSeno

COMPAMED 2023: Bioactive composite supports healing of broken bones

09/11/2023

A broken bone failing to heal represents an enormous burden for patients. Fraunhofer researchers have worked alongside partners to develop a composite material to be used in the treatment of such non-union cases. The resulting implant is designed to significantly improve treatment success rates and speed up the healing process.
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alexlucru123

Novel nanoparticles could serve as contrast agents

26/10/2023

Special nanoparticles could one day improve modern imaging techniques. Developed by researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the properties of these unique nanoparticles change in reaction to heat.
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MPI-DS / LMP

The fuel economy of a microswimmer

19/10/2023

Scientists from the department Living Matter Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) developed a general theorem to calculate the minimal energy required for the propulsion of a microswimmer.
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Image: A prosthetic hand and a human hand almost touch. Based on Michelangelo's

atercorv

The new Center for Bionic Intelligence Tübingen Stuttgart

18/10/2023

Scientists from the University of Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics are conducting research on intelligent bionic systems that will aid understanding and treatment of certain diseases of the central nervous system.
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Fraunhofer IBMT

Bidirectional control of prosthetic hands using ultrasonic sensors

12/10/2023

Researchers at Fraunhofer are working as part of an EU research project to improve control of prosthetic hands down to individual fingers.
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Image: Person holding a sensor in hands; Copyright: Kate Myers/Penn State

Kate Myers/Penn State

Wearable sensor for continuous analysis of sweat

03/10/2023

Continuous monitoring of sweat can reveal valuable information about human health, such as the body’s glucose levels. However, wearable sensors previously developed for this purpose have been lacking, unable to withstand the rigors or achieve the specificity needed for continuous monitoring. Now, the research team has created a novel wearable patch that may be up to the task.
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Image: Dr. Marina Dziuba in the laboratory with bacterial cultures to produce magnetic nanoparticles; Copyright: Christian Wißler/UBT

Christian Wißler/UBT

EXIST funding for bacterial magnetic nanoparticles

27/09/2023

BioMagnetix uses bacterial magnetic nanoparticles as innovative materials for biomedical applications. The founding team aims to develop and continuously improve high-quality and highly functional magnetic nanoparticles for imaging techniques and therapeutic purposes, such as cancer treatment.
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Image: Schematic structure of a sensor for the detection of viral pathogens; Copyright: TUD

TUD

Diagnostics: pioneering approaches for the detection of viral antigens

20/09/2023

Scientists from the Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at TU Dresden (TUD) have made considerable progress in the development of highly innovative solutions for the detection of viral pathogens in two studies they presented recently.
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Rimidolove

Sustainable materials and recycling in the medical industry

19/09/2023

Recycling instead of disposing sounds easy. But where are the difficulties and what opportunities exist for the industry to become more sustainable, despite strict safety regulations?
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Image: The ball shapes are bacteria and the “sheet” is black phosphorus, under the microscope at RMIT University; Copyright: Aaron Elbourne and colleagues, RMIT University

Aaron Elbourne and colleagues, RMIT University

Ultrathin nanotech promises to help tackle antibiotic resistance

14/09/2023

Researchers have invented a nano-thin superbug-slaying material that could one day be integrated into wound dressings and implants to prevent or heal bacterial infections.
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Joakim Palmqvist

Advanced biosensors to detect tumors, viruses and bacterial diseases

05/09/2023

Linnaeus University is partnering with industry and healthcare to develop advanced biosensors, investing SEK 35 million in a project aimed at faster and cost-effective diagnoses of aggressive lung cancer, viral, and bacterial diseases, potentially enabling self-testing at home.
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National University of Singapore

Nature-inspired pressure sensing technology aims to transform healthcare and surgical robots

22/08/2023

NUS researchers have developed 'eAir', an innovative pressure sensor inspired by the lotus leaf effect. This sensor could revolutionize minimally invasive surgeries by providing tactile feedback to surgeons and improve patient experiences in monitoring intracranial pressure. Its unique design enhances precision and reliability, potentially transforming various medical applications.
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iLexx

Noninvasive technology tests for malaria without a blood sample

10/08/2023

Yale researchers and CytoAstra develop cytophone, a laser-ultrasound platform for noninvasive malaria detection. Funding from Gates Foundation supports prototype development and testing in Burkina Faso. Improved sensitivity offers promising diagnosis and treatment potential, bypassing emerging antigen test challenges.
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ellinnur

Biomaterials: toolbox for the development of bioadhesives

27/07/2023

The team of Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel, Chair of Biomaterials at the University of Bayreuth, has compiled a current overview of the state of research on protein-based bioadhesives.
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Patrick Mansell/Penn State

Grant to facilitate high-speed bioprinting of bones, tracheas, organs

26/07/2023

Developing technology to quickly and efficiently bioprint human tissues at scale is the goal of a new project led by Penn State researchers. When fully developed, the technology will be the first to enable the fabrication of scalable, native tissues such as bones, tracheas and organs.
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Image:  Doctoral candidate Lukas Hiendlmeier working on the self-folding electrodes; Copyright: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

Andreas Heddergott / TUM

Electrodes: 4D printing for nerve stimulation

18/07/2023

Specific nerves may be stimulated artificially, for example to treat pain. The finer the nerves, the more difficult it is to attach the required electrodes. Researchers have now developed flexible electrodes produced with 4D printing technology. On contact with moisture, they automatically fold and wrap themselves around thin nerves.
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KIMM

3D bioprinting technology to be used for removing cancer cells

13/07/2023

KIMM develops the world’s first 3D bioprinting technology that enhances the function of NK immune cells. The new technology is expected to improve effectiveness of cancer treatment.
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Image: Symbol image for a proof-of-concept air quality monitor that can detect live SARS-CoV-2 virus; Copyright: Joseph Puthussery

Joseph Puthussery

Biosensing: air monitor can detect COVID-19 variants

12/07/2023

Scientists are looking at ways to surveil indoor environments in real time for viruses. By combining recent advances in aerosol sampling technology and an ultrasensitive biosensing technique, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a real-time monitor that can detect any of the SARS-CoV-2 virus variants in a room in about 5 minutes.
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Image: Sarah Du, Ph.D., inventor and an associate professor; Copyright: Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

U.S. patent for portable tool to diagnose and monitor sickle cell disease

28/06/2023

In the United States, sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 people and about 2 million Americans carry this genetic mutation. The most common and serious problems caused by sickle cell disease are anemia, pain and organ failure – stroke affects about 10 out of 100 children who have this disease. The national median life expectancy for people who have sickle cell disease can reach up to age 50.
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Fraunhofer IAF

Materials science: fast magnetic imaging with diamond-based quantum sensor technology

27/06/2023

Microscopic imaging of magnetic fields, enabled by quantum sensing, allows the measurement of the unique magnetic fingerprint of objects. This opens the door for fundamentally new applications in various fields such as materials testing or biomedicine. The system offers a unique compromise of sensitivity, resolution and speed.
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Empa

Sensor patch for abdominal surgery

22/06/2023

Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have developed a plaster with a sensor function to ensure that wounds in the abdomen remain tightly closed after an operation.
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Image: Microscope image: Magnetic nanoparticles bind specifically to the spherical bacteria which are about 1 µm in size; Copyright: Empa

Empa

Antibiotics crisis: rapid test for sepsis with nanoparticles

13/06/2023

For Qun Ren, every minute counts. The Empa researcher and her team are currently developing a diagnostic procedure that can detect life-threatening blood poisoning caused by staphylococcus bacteria rapidly.
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Fotogenia - Renate Trummer

Tissue Engineering: TU Graz revolutionises production of biocompatible microfibres

01/06/2023

Using a newly developed method for the efficient and cost-effective production of biocompatible microfibres, the production of autologous skin and organs can be significantly accelerated.
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WFIRM

Bioprinting research makes history when it soars to the ISS

17/05/2023

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) will make history this month when the first bioprinted solid tissue constructs soar to the International Space Station (ISS) on board the next all private astronaut mission by commercial space leader Axiom Space.
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Image: Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel and Vanessa Trossmann in a laboratory for the microscopic examination of cell structures; Copyright: UBT / Chr. Wißler.

UBT / Chr. Wißler.

Regenerative medicine: cell-specific properties of novel spider silk materials

11/05/2023

Materials made of spider silk can be specifically modified or processed in such a way that living cells of a certain type adhere to them, grow and proliferate. This has been discovered by researchers at the University of Bayreuth under the direction of Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel.
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TU Bergakademie Freiberg / D. Müller

Iron oxide nanoparticles for medical applications

04/05/2023

How to further improve the special magnetic properties of nanoparticles by microstructure design has been investigated by a team at TU Bergakademie Freiberg using analytical high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.
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Image: A human brain organoid (red) grows on the hammock-like structure of a mesh MEA; Copyright: Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine

Microelectrode array: hammock for brain organoids

20/04/2023

Novel microelectrode array system enables long-term cultivation and electrophysiological analyses of brain organoids.
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Image: ARC trial participant in active therapy: ARC Therapy is designed to deliver targeted, programmed spinal cord stimulation; Copyright: ONWARD Medical NV

ONWARD Medical NV

Kick-off: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network "ReWIRE"

06/04/2023

Through ReWIRE, next-generation scientists will be trained to develop translational breakthrough therapeutic solutions for patients with paralysis caused by traumatic spinal cord injuries.
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Caltech

'Smart' bandages monitor wounds and provide targeted treatment

05/04/2023

A new kind of smart bandage developed at Caltech may make treatment of chronic wounds easier, more effective, and less expensive. These smart bandages were developed in the lab of Wei Gao, assistant professor of medical engineering, Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator, and Ronald and JoAnne Willens Scholar.
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HZDR/Sandoval Bojorquez

Nanobiosensor developed for detecting SARS-CoV-2

31/03/2023

Infection and immunity status of the population are considered key parameters for handling pandemics. For this purpose, detecting antigens and antibodies is of great importance. The devices currently used for this purpose - what are known as point-of-care (POC) devices- are one option for rapid screening.
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MPI-IS

Sustainability for biodegradable artificial muscles

28/03/2023

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, at Johannes Kepler University and at University of Colorado Boulder developed fully biodegradable, high-performance artificial muscles. Their research project marks another step towards green technology becoming a lasting trend in the field of soft robotics.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Modern Point of Care Diagnostics: "Decentralization is key to success"

22/03/2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has set off a boom in point-of-care diagnostics. But where is diagnostic testing headed and how much will digital technologies come into play? Felix Kurth answered these and other questions in an interview. The biosystems engineer works at CSEM – a Swiss technology innovation center.
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Image: Novel chitosan particles and encap­sulation technologies; Copyright: Fraunhofer IPK / Larissa Klassen

Fraunhofer IPK / Larissa Klassen

New technologies for producing mRNA-based pharmaceuticals

21/03/2023

mRNA-based vaccines have been one of the key elements in the fight against the coronavirus. The technology was originally developed for cancer therapy and can be used to treat many diseases. Together with partners, Fraunhofer IPK is now researching how mRNA therapeutics and other medication can be better produced and more effectively applied.
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FBH/P. Immerz

Speeding up diagnostics! Entangled photon pairs to help fighting cancer

01/03/2023

Cancer is the second leading cause of death and the most feared disease in aging Western societies, representing the greatest challenge to modern medicine. Since cancer cannot be prevented, early and differentiated detection is extremely important for rapid intervention and cure.
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Image: Smiling woman with black blazer, glasses, and blond hair in a laboratory – Dr. Julia Westermayr; Copyright: Swen Reichhold

Swen Reichhold

AI: new method for targeted design of molecules

22/02/2023

Engineering novel molecules and materials with specific properties can yield significant advances for industrial processes, drug discovery and optoelectronics. However, the search for novel molecules and materials is comparable to looking for a needle in a haystack, since the number of molecules in chemical space is of the unimaginable order of 10 to the power of 60.
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Fraunhofer IWM

Creating 3D objects with sound

15/02/2023

Scientists from the Micro, Nano and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research and the Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials at Heidelberg University have created a new technology to assemble matter in 3D. Their concept uses multiple acoustic holograms to generate pressure fields.
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