Is "sharing" space on wafers an effective solution for micro-fabrication prototyping?
MPWs can be a low-cost and accessible way of making your first MEMS chip, but what do you need to know before choosing this route? In this blog, we discuss the pros and cons, alongside examples of three TTP-internal MPW projects, ranging from more conventional bulk microfabrication to lesser-known polymer and plastic-related processes.
Designing for experience: how branded healthcare devices can compete against generics
In a landscape of growing competition and new distribution channels, how can branded pharmaceutical devices compete against their generic counterparts? It turns out the answer is quite simple: by leveraging the one asset a generic product doesn’t have - brand.
Ethical challenges in AI-driven diagnosis and healthcare
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to aid medical diagnosis or rationalise healthcare raises similar ethical challenges as applications of AI in other industries, bias and discrimination among them. A prescription of selective forgetfulness for the AI may be a remedy, argue Roderick van den Bergh and Desmond Cheung.
Reading the signs of migraines with ML: from algorithm to successful product development
Some very common medical conditions like migraine have evaded diagnosis and treatment until now. We explore why Machine Learning might finally be the tool to tame migraines but why it is still not an easy path to a successful product.
The antimicrobial susceptibility testing conundrum
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing at the point of care could slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance, but only creative technology development and regulatory equivalence data will unlock this prize.
Lidar: How to get OEM orders with diffractive optics
Recent industry deals show what automotive lidar companies need to win an OEM order: a credible path to low-cost, compact products. The sensor optics and unconventional optical designs can offer that much-needed edge over competitors, says Alex Coney.
Front-loading monoclonal antibody screening for faster drug discovery
Monoclonal antibodies offer promise in the fight against a wide range of diseases, including COVID-19. The length of the discovery process is a barrier to emergency use, however, and poses a commercial risk for pharmaceutical companies. Multidisciplinary innovation could step up the pace, says Verity Jackson.
Remote user testing for medical device development: advantages as well as challenges abound
Remote user testing allowed us to substantially accelerate the development of the CoVent™ ventilator. Dan Lock reviews the impact of social distancing on user research and finds that many of our necessary adaptations will continue to have value. Yet, each new study challenges us to come up with new approaches to inform medical device development.
Autonomous mobility: How do we prevent vehicles from going blind?
To deliver on the promise of greater safety than human drivers, the sensors of autonomous vehicles need to be kept spotlessly clean. Which technology is up to the task, and who will take ownership of what could become a point of competitive advantage in a burgeoning industry, asks Tom Jellicoe.
What failure rate are we willing to accept in cell therapy manufacture? Insights from medical device development
Autologous cell therapies hold great promise in the treatment of many cancers but are generally produced using processes and equipment for which there are concerns as to whether they are sufficiently reliable to support scale-out to 1000s of systems. Medical device development holds important lessons for achieving the required reliability for cell therapy automation equipment.