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September 25-27,2024 | SWEECC H1&H2

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2024: Emerging Trends Shaping the Future of Healthcare

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of technology is driving a transformative shift. As industry navigates these technological frontiers, the collective goal is to enhance patient experiences, streamline processes, and make healthcare more accessible and equitable. This article explores key emerging trends that are not only improving patient engagement but are also set to redefine the future of healthcare.

2024 Predictions for Medical Packaging

What medical packaging trends are most likely to garner attention in 2024? Packaging Digest explored this during a virtual roundtable with industry experts.

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Nitinol grips prevent slips in Abbott’s heart valve clips

Nitinol is a key material in the heart valve clips that Abbott designed for its TriClip and MitraClip transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) systems.

How Abbott created its next-gen RF ablation system

Pulsed field ablation (PFA) has generated a great deal of buzz for its potential to reduce complications in procedures for treating atrial fibrillation (AFib). But even as Abbott is developing its Volt PFA system — announcing in January that it kicked off a CE mark clinical trial of Volt — the medtech giant is betting that tried-and-true radiofrequency (RF) ablation can still make a big difference with the right innovations.

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Five Trends Shaping Medtech’s Software Strategy

So far in 2024, we’re seeing more medtech companies strategically prioritize the fundamentals of product development and commercialization to clear a path for sustained innovation. From digging into digital therapeutics to building stronger data foundations, following are some trends currently shaping software in medtech.

Industry Voices: Is Micro-3D Printing the Future for Tiny Parts?

Micro-3D printing is used to create high-precision tiny parts for medical devices, optics, photonics, microfluidics, and consumer packaged goods. Many of these parts have become the backbone of personalized healthcare devices. They are also utilized widely in aerospace and automotive.

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‘Smart Skin’ Monitors Biological Signals on Demand

Penn State researchers recently developed an adhesive sensing device that seamlessly attaches to human skin to detect and monitor the wearer’s health. The writable sensors can be removed with tape, allowing new sensors to be patterned onto the device.

Smart Implant Holds Promise for the Blind

The vision implant created in this study can be described as a thread with many electrodes placed in a row, one after the other. In the long term you would need several threads with thousands of electrodes connected to each one, and the results of this study are a key step towards such an implant.

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High-Speed Microscale 3D Printing

3D printed microscopic particles — so small that to the naked eye they look like dust — have applications in drug and vaccine delivery, microelectronics, microfluidics, and abrasives for intricate manufacturing. However, the need for precise coordination between light delivery, stage movement, and resin properties makes scalable fabrication of such custom microscale particles challenging. Now, researchers at Stanford University have introduced a more efficient processing technique that can print up to 1 million highly detailed and customizable microscale particles a day.

Innovative Iteration for Medical Device Design

Paragon Medical’s collaborative development approach fr […]

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Programmable Materials Help Heal Broken Bones

A new study that integrates machine learning, optimization, 3D printing, and stress experiments allowed engineers to gain insight into these natural wonders by developing a material that replicates the functionalities of human bone for orthopedic femur restoration.

On-Skin Wearable Bioelectronic Device Uses Breathable, Stretchable Material

A team of researchers at the University of Missouri have made a significant breakthrough in their ongoing development of an on-skin wearable bioelectronic device. Zheng Yan’s lab, which specializes in soft bioelectronics, recently added an important component to the team’s existing ultrasoft, breathable and stretchable material. The key feature: wireless charging — without batteries — through a magnetic connection.

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A Miniaturized Robotic-Assisted Surgery System

The advancements in the design of robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) systems continue to aim toward enabling operations to be performed through small incisions. This is done by providing the surgeon the ability to control robotic arms and cameras with precision. The goal of RAS is to help surgeons perform procedures reproducibly in a minimally invasive manner, which, in turn, can lead to advantages such as reduced pain and shorter hospital stays.

Component Selection Considerations for Sensor-Driven Medical Devices

ompanies introducing new sensor-driven technology into the biosensor market must make careful, strategic decisions during the design phase if their products are to compete with established players. Often lost in the excitement of burgeoning product ideas is the need for component compatibility, but this is a critical consideration that significantly impacts market viability.

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Pharmaceuticals to Embrace Sensory Packaging

Pharmapack once again established itself as the unmissable event in the health sector for a comprehensive overview of packaging innovations. Trends and tomorrow’s packaging options were also studied there and focusing on compliance remains a key factor for treatment efficiency.

The Role of Photochemical Etching in Thermal Management

The photochemical etching (PCE) process is distinguished by its capacity to fabricate metal parts with unparalleled accuracy.

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How to Navigate FDA’s Medical Device Cybersecurity Recommendations

FDA is cracking down on medical device cybersecurity. In response to an increase in healthcare cybersecurity threats, prevalence of connected devices, and pressure from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the agency issued final guidance on medical device quality system and premarket submission requirements. In March, FDA released an update to clarify what devices must comply, as well as to give more specifics on the proposed cybersecurity plan.

EU MDR Poses Challenges for Manufacturers

To provide an overview of EU MDR, we turned to Abhishek (Abhi) Gautam, MS, EMBA, who is an executive engineer at DDL Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited full-service testing lab that provides package, product, and materials testing to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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How metal 3D printing is transforming the way surgical tools are made

Application breakthroughs in fields from prosthetics to implants to regenerative medicine owe a lot to recent advances in 3D printing. This technology, also referred to as additive manufacturing, is now able to manage increasingly complex geometries, opening the door to applications such as drug delivery devices and smart surgical tools.

Will Abbott Have a Strong Year for M&A?

During a 4Q23 earnings call, Ford was asked by an analyst about Abbott’s strong balance sheet, which was described as “$20 billion worth of firepower”, and if that would prompt the company to become involved with acquisitions this year.

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