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2020
30 Apr 2020

MetaOptima

MetaOptima is a digital health tech company focused on dermatology. Its technology, a smartphone app and online platform, enables the tracking and mapping of moles on users' skin in order to predict and prevent skin cancer. The company offers two products designed to enhance standards of patient care while streamlining services for maximum efficiency: DermEngine and MoleScope.
2019
8 Nov 2019

Preliminary Results for Graphene Aerogel Battery Tests

ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd and its research partner, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt report on additional encouraging results from their battery development program.
30 May 2019

Wearable brain devices marketed to consumers raise ethical questions

Wearable brain devices are now being marketed directly to consumers and often claim to deliver benefits like boosting memory and modulating symptoms of depression. Although the industry is quickly growing, little is known about the validity of these claims and the related ethical consequences or repercussions.
5 Mar 2019

MGX enters next phase of high energy lithium-ion battery development

MGX and UBC are working together to develop next-generation Li-ion batteries capable of quadrupling energy density from current 100 Wh/kg up to 400 Wh/kg for use in long-range electric vehicles and grid storage.
24 Jan 2019

Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels in a petri dish

Scientists have managed to grow perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish for the first time. The breakthrough engineering technology dramatically advances research of vascular diseases like diabetes, identifying a key pathway to potentially prevent changes to blood vessels—a major cause of death and morbidity among those with diabetes.
2018
6 Dec 2018

Inexpensive biosensor provides instant and accurate results

Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers have built a diagnostic tool that provides health care practitioners almost instant diagnosis of a bacterial infection.
25 Sep 2018

DIY ultrasound for the future

Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.
20 Sep 2018

Not too wet, not too dry: plasma-treated fuel cell gets it just right

Fuel cells hold promise as a clean, renewable source of energy. But keeping them dry has long been a challenge, as they produce water during the process of converting hydrogen and oxygen into electricity.
11 Jul 2018

Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy when overcast

Researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light.
15 Mar 2018

New method to create self-tinting windows

Researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective technique for making smart windows that could lead the way for wide-scale adoption of this energy-saving technology.
9 Mar 2018

3D printed tissues could advance cancer research

Researchers hope to make advances in tissue replacement and cancer research through a new technology that can produce living, 3D printed bio-tissues.
2017
16 Nov 2017

IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2017 Award Winners

At the 14th IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition held in Santa Clara on November 15-16, four organizations were honored for their great achievements in developing and commercializing printed electronics technologies.
6 Oct 2017

Better, cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs

Investigating gelatin-based hydrogel for regenerative medicine.
19 Apr 2017

Aspect Biosystems

IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Aspect Biosystems' Tamer Mohamed and Thomas Lum on 16 June, 2017. Aspect Biosystems is a Canadian 3D bioprinting company developing a proprietary lab-on-a-printer technology.
29 Mar 2017

Flexible sensor holds potential for foldable touch screens

Picture a tablet that you can fold into the size of a phone and put away in your pocket, or an artificial skin that can sense your body's movements and vital signs. A new, inexpensive sensor could help make advanced devices like these a reality.
2016
18 Apr 2016

Safer 3D printed medical products

A chemical compound developed by researchers makes it possible to create biological tissue with a light projector you can buy at Walmart.
17 Feb 2016

Clearinks Displays

Clearinks Displays is a reflective display technology supplier. It was re-founded in 2012 to commercialize its version of electrophoretic display technology. Its key claimed selling points over standard electroscopic technology are its video (60s per second) and full colour capabilities. The company has raised $10m to commercialize this technology and is therefore running a lean and capital-light operation.
2015
17 Sep 2015

First superconducting graphene created

Physicists have been able to create the first ever superconducting graphene sample by coating it with lithium atoms.
20 Jul 2015

Atomic scale 3D printing

Researcher aims to launch a new paradigm of 3D printing at the atomic scale at the University of British Columbia
8 Jul 2015

Tiny wires could provide a big energy boost

Researchers have found a promising new approach to delivering the short but intense bursts of power needed by such small devices.