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12 Jan 2022

First Successful Transplant of Pig Heart into Adult Human

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart and is still doing well five days later. It was the only currently available option for the patient.
17 Dec 2021

FDA-Approved Eye Drop for Age-Related Blurry Near Vision Available

The first and only eye drop approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat presbyopia, is now available by prescription. Presbyopia, or age-related blurry near vision, can be diagnosed through a basic eye exam by an eye doctor.
6 Dec 2021

Electrical Current Instead of Radiation in Diagnosing Breast Cancer

A safe, painless diagnostic tool for detecting breast cancer that uses a low electrical current instead of radiation. Mammograms are a safe, effective way to detect the presence of breast cancer in women. But doctors recommend most females should start getting mammograms after the age of 40 in part because the procedure involves small doses of ionizing radiation.
1 Dec 2021


Kumovis is a German company manufacturing FDM printers for medical 3D printing. IDTechEx spoke with Miriam Hearst, co-CEO and co-founder of Kumovis.
30 Nov 2021

The Most Significant Advanced Materials News from 2021

With the pandemic still raging, supply chain disruptions, the chip shortage, climate catastrophes, and geopolitical turbulence, it is safe to say 2021 has not been smooth sailing. The materials and chemical sector provides the backbone of every industry and remains under pressure from all these challenges. In this article, IDTechEx highlights the key news from their independent perspective on this crucial industry.
30 Nov 2021

Silicone Nanochip can Reprogram Biological Tissue in Living Body

A silicone device that can change skin tissue into blood vessels and nerve cells has advanced from prototype to standardized fabrication, meaning it can now be made in a consistent, reproducible way.
30 Nov 2021

New Innovations in Software for 3D Printed Anatomic Models

Stratasys Ltd continues to enhance anatomic modeling solutions for healthcare providers through the introduction of a new software module, Digital Anatomy Creator, for Stratasys Digital Anatomy 3D Printers. The new software allows users to easily manipulate material formations and customize the internal structures of their prints to achieve patient-specific anatomic models that are a direct replication of a patient's pathologic and biologic anatomy.
29 Nov 2021


Tidepool is a 501© (3) nonprofit organization focused on diabetes management with headquarters in the USA. IDTechEx analysts Brendan Beh and Dr Nadia Tsao interviewed Tidepool Community and Clinic Success Manager Christopher Snider on November 22, 2021.
24 Nov 2021

Wearable Device can Detect and Reverse Opioid Overdose

A research team has developed a wearable device to detect and reverse an opioid overdose. The device, worn on the stomach like an insulin pump, senses when a person stops breathing and moving, and injects naloxone, a lifesaving antidote that can restore respiration.
23 Nov 2021

FDA Authorizes Virtual Reality System for Chronic Pain Reduction

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized marketing of EaseVRx, a prescription-use immersive virtual reality system that uses cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral methods to help with pain reduction in patients 18 years of age and older with diagnosed chronic lower back pain.
19 Nov 2021


SNAQ is a digital health startup commercializing a AI-enabled logbook for food tracking. IDTechEx analysts Nadia Tsao and Brendan Beh interviewed SNAQ CEO Aurelian Briner on 17 Nov 2021.
11 Nov 2021

Algorithm Powered Bionic Clothing for People with Mobility Differences

Cionic, a company committed to improving the lives of people with mobility differences by helping them move more independently through bionic clothing, has conducted trials in the San Francisco Bay Area that resulted in an average improvement of 143% to foot drop across trial participants of Cionic's Neural Sleeve gait study.
8 Nov 2021

Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Deep brain stimulation has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for many patients suffering with treatment-resistant depression, but exactly how it works is not known. Scientists worldwide are racing for objective biomarkers of treatment efficacy so that this experimental approach can be optimized, approved and disseminated to those in need.
4 Nov 2021

Researchers Boost Human Mental Function with Brain Stimulation

In a pilot human study, researchers show it is possible to improve specific human brain functions related to self-control and mental flexibility by merging artificial intelligence with targeted electrical brain stimulation.
2 Nov 2021

Examining the Ceramic 3D Printing Materials on the Market

Recently, ceramic 3D printer and material manufacturer Tethon 3D announced a partnership with composite 3D printing start-up Fortify to develop more technical ceramic materials for 3D printing. By increasing the portfolio of advanced ceramics available for 3D printing, the two companies aim to advance the adoption of ceramic 3D printing in technical applications.
2 Nov 2021

Smartwatch-Based Algorithm to Detect Early Signs of COVID-19

Researchers have announced the development of a viral detection algorithm for smartwatches. . The algorithm will be commercialized by physIQ, which develops solutions designed to improve health care outcomes by applying artificial intelligence to real-time physiological data from wearable sensors.
29 Oct 2021


PathogenDx is a diagnostics company using microarrays for pathogen detection in food & agricultural safety, and in COVID-19 testing. IDTechEx analyst Andy Ko interviewed PathogenDx CEO Milan Patel on 26/10/2021.
26 Oct 2021

Cultured Meat: A Global Perspective

Cultured meat has come a long way since 2013. What was once a concept from the realms of science fiction, made in tiny quantities in research labs for astronomical costs has now become an emerging industry, with start-ups across the world racing to become the first to successfully produce cultured meat on a commercial scale.
8 Oct 2021


SteadySense is a wearable skin patch industry company with core hardware in temperature monitoring. Their current focus is on temperature-based ovulation monitoring in the fertility technology sector. IDTechEx analysts James Hayward and Andy Ko interviewed SteadySense CEO and founder Werner Koele in 30 Sep 2021.
4 Oct 2021


Colorimetrix is a diagnostics industry company with a core software that processes analog colorimetric tests. Their current focus is on hormone diagnostics for ovulation monitoring in the fertility technology sector. IDTechEx analysts Nadia Tsao and Andy Ko interviewed Colorimetrix CEO and Cofounder Dr Leo Martinez on 29 Sep 2021.