8 Jul 2020
Abbott Diabetes Care
This is a comprehensive review of the business and technology of Abbott Diabetes Care, assembled from company reports and extensive academic literature review, and supported by additional interview comments over several years. It focuses primarily on the technology behind their market leading FreeStyle™ Libre™ CGM device, which generated over $1.8bn in revenue in 2019.
27 May 2020
Soft Robotic Exosuit for Stroke Survivors
To allow stroke patients to recover, many rehabilitation centers have looked to robotic exoskeletons. But although there are now a range of exciting devices that are enabling people to walk again who initially were utterly unable to do so, there remains significant active research trying to understand how to best apply wearable robotics for rehabilitation after stroke.
4 May 2020
Kebotix combines an artificial intelligence core with robotic synthesis and characterization in a self-driving laboratory that aims on the discovery of new chemicals and materials. IDTechEx interviewed their CEO (Dr Jill Becker) and Chief Product Officer (Dr Christoph Kreisbeck).
16 Apr 2020
Unlike most AI radiology companies, Subtle Medical focuses on image acquisition rather than analysis. It is developing software solutions to improve the capture of high-quality medical images. More specifically, it transforms low resolution scans taken rapidly (eg: in 6 minutes) into high resolution scans that normally can only be obtained by running scans for 20+ minutes.
9 Apr 2020
Smart Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds
Chronic and non-healing wounds—one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation—affects millions each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.
3 Apr 2020
Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power
Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves —electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are also produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including our own bodies and the inanimate objects around us.
10 Mar 2020
Octopus Inspired Robot can Grip, Move and Manipulate
Two-thirds of an octopus's neurons are in its arms, meaning each arm literally has a mind of its own. Octopus arms can untie knots, open childproof bottles, and wrap around prey of any shape or size. The hundreds of suckers that cover their arms can form strong seals even on rough surfaces underwater.
6 Mar 2020
Soft Robotic Fingers Gently Grasp Deep-Sea Jellyfish
Marine biologists have adopted "soft robotic linguine fingers" as tools to conduct their undersea research. Scientists found that jellyfish held by ultra-soft robotic fingers expressed significantly fewer stress-related genes than when braced by traditional submersible grippers. Shaped like the famous noodles, this new robotic technology allows for the collection of ecological data in a gentler, less invasive manner.
26 Feb 2020
Artificial Intelligence Yields New Antibiotic
Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models.
20 Feb 2020
New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"
Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.
7 Feb 2020
Bionic Heart for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Cardiac Devices
Engineers have developed a bionic "heart" that offers a more realistic model for testing out artificial valves and other cardiac devices.
4 Feb 2020
Bionic Jellyfish Swim Faster and More Efficiently
Engineers have developed a tiny prosthetic that enables jellyfish to swim faster and more efficiently than they normally do, without stressing the animals. The researchers behind the project envision a future in which jellyfish equipped with sensors could be directed to explore and record information about the ocean.
29 Jan 2020
Printing Objects That Can Incorporate Living Organisms
A method for printing 3D objects that can control living organisms in predictable ways has been developed. The technique may lead to 3D printing of biomedical tools, such as customized braces, that incorporate living cells to produce therapeutic compunds such as painkillers or topical treatments, the researchers say.
23 Jan 2020
Nanosys is the leading player in QDs. They were founded in 2001 (historical overview in next slides). It has raised some $160M over the last 15 years.
14 Jan 2020
Designer Integrates 3D Printing and Future Fabrics for Bespoke Fashion
Kitty Yeung is a physicist, artist, maker, fashion designer and musician based in Silicon Valley, California. She currently manages the Bay Area Microsoft Garage, a program that drives a culture of innovation at Microsoft.
6 Jan 2020
The key technology for Fluidigm are proprietary CyTOF® and microfluidics technologies for mass cytometry and microfluidic systems (such as PCR or library prepare system for NGS, and Integrated Fluidic Circuits).
26 Dec 2019
3D Printing is Helping Doctors Further Personalize Care
3Today, 3D printing is being used for everything from jewelry creation to producing food.
18 Dec 2019
Chiton Mollusk Provides Model for New Armor Design
The motivations for using biology as inspiration to engineering vary based on the project, but the combination of flexibility and protection seen in the chiton mollusk was all the motivation necessary.
10 Dec 2019
Reducing Risk in AI and Machine Learning-Based Medical Technology
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly transforming the healthcare sector. From spotting malignant tumours to reading CT scans and mammograms, AI/ML-based technology is faster and more accurate than traditional devices - or even the best doctors. But along with the benefits come new risks and regulatory challenges.
14 Nov 2019
Multimaterial 3D Printing Manufactures Complex Objects, Fast
A new technique called multimaterial multinozzle 3D printing uses high-speed pressure valves to achieve rapid, continuous, and seamless switching between up to eight different printing materials, enabling the creation of complex shapes in a fraction of the time currently required using printheads that range from a single nozzle to large multinozzle arrays.