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13 May 2022

CRISPR Modified Stem Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers have received $1 million from Canada's Stem Cell Network to conduct research and a clinical trial for one of the world's first genetically engineered cell replacement therapies for type 1 diabetes. The researchers say the study is an important step toward developing a potential functional cure for type 1 diabetes.
4 May 2022

Engineers Get Under the Skin of Ionic Skin

In the quest to build smart skin that mimics the sensing capabilities of natural skin, ionic skins have shown significant advantages. They're made of flexible, biocompatible hydrogels that use ions to carry an electrical charge. In contrast to smart skins made of plastics and metals, the hydrogels have the softness of natural skin. This offers a more natural feel to the prosthetic arm or robot hand they are mounted on, and makes them comfortable to wear.
29 Mar 2022

Scientists Discover How to 3D Print Testicular Cells

In a pair of world firsts, scientists have 3D printed human testicular cells and identified promising early signs of sperm-producing capabilities. They hope the technique will one day offer a solution for people living with presently untreatable forms of male infertility.
7 Mar 2022


Zentek specialize in the use of graphene oxide and other nanomaterials primarily for healthcare applications. IDTechEx spoke with Dr Francis Dubé (Executive Chairman, Director).
13 Dec 2021

Stretchy, Washable Battery Brings Wearable Devices Closer to Reality

Researchers have created what could be the first battery that is both flexible and washable. It works even when twisted or stretched to twice its normal length, or after being tossed in the laundry.
9 Nov 2021

Creating Solar Cells and Glass from Wood or Tons of Biowaste

A digital, urbanised world consumes huge amounts of raw materials that could hardly be called environmentally friendly. One promising solution may be found in renewable raw materials, according to research
1 Oct 2021

Concrete and Cement Reinvented: Growing the Market, Decarbonising 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Hydra Rodrigues, Sona Dadhania and Dr Richard Collins
30 Apr 2020


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.
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.
1 Oct 2019

Flexible, Printed OLED Displays 2020-2030: Forecasts, Markets, Technologies

IDTechEx Report: Raghu Das and Dr Xiaoxi He
16 Sep 2019

Flexible, Printed and Organic Electronics 2020-2030: Forecasts, Technologies, Markets

IDTechEx Report: Raghu Das and Dr Xiaoxi He
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.
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.
12 Oct 2018

3D Printing in the Medical and Dental Industry 2019 - 2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao
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.