How can you prove 99.9% reliability? A challenge in automating and scaling cell therapies
Spatial biology: FISH and sequencing reveal gene expression patterns. Where is the industry now, and what will the future bring?
Translating spatial biology into tissue diagnostics with inventive technology
Personalising neurostimulation in chronic pain management: tapping into the patient experience when we can’t measure pain
Nerve stimulation therapies for chronic pain can be very successful. But patients and clinicians face day-to-day challenges in the delivery of therapy that call for greater personalisation. Adaptive stimulation paradigms based on neural sensing data could help to achieve this – and give us additional insights.
Next-generation sample preparation: Will better nucleic acid extraction unleash biotechnology, life sciences and diagnostics?
Much is to be gained from developing next-generation sample preparation techniques to keep up with progress in DNA sequencing technology.
Will passive implantables be the next frontier in biosensing?
Technology developments have given us increasingly powerful and portable biosensors that can fit seamlessly into our lives – for example, glucose monitoring for diabetics. Consumer trends show there is further appetite for new technologies that provide accurate, reliable, affordable, discrete, and truly long-term biosensing.
Integrated testing instrumentation in contact lens production: An opportunity to improve quality and reduce costs?
Mass manufacturing of affordable contact lenses has seen near-complete automation. But the quality control stages have so far been too challenging for end-to-end automation. Could a smart opto-robotic system undertake the multiple measurements now performed by human operators?
Multiplex cytokine measurement: Covid and beyond
The pandemic has raised awareness of the cytokine storm and exposed the potential value of diagnostic tools for assessing the host cytokine immune response. These tools could make a difference not only in COVID-19 but also in other areas of healthcare.
Is ultrasound the key to powering the next generation of implants?
Ultrasound can be used to charge and power even the smallest implants that are out of reach for inductive power transmission methods. Some implant developers have adopted this approach already, but challenges remain. How will we be able to take full advantage of ultrasound to power future implants?
Developing digital health solutions with meaningful healthcare data
Developers of digital health technologies are racing to innovate and improve healthcare. But do they always know enough about the data their platform will be delivering to healthcare professionals to build a digital health solution that will be successful?
Contact Lenses: Differentiation via Technology
The previous wave of innovation in the contact lens market focused on wearer comfort. Will the next wave of innovation focus on usability? Charlie Constable discusses possible avenues for innovation in the contact lens market.
How small can we go? Designing the next generation of implantable neurostimulators
The trend towards greater miniaturisation offers opportunities for innovation within the implantable pulse generator (IPG) design space. It has put renewed focus on the design of the electronics and mechanical packaging. Delivering a market-leading IPG with the smallest volume requires a multi-disciplinary approach that creatively considers functionality and manufacturability across multiple domains.
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.