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Organ-on-chip platform improves drug screening

Organ-on-chip platform improves drug screening
Imec has presented an organ-on-chip platform for pharmacological studies with unprecedented signal quality. It fuses multi-electrode array (MEA)-chip with a microfluidic well plate, developed in collaboration with Micronit Microtechnologies, in which cells can be cultured, providing an environment that mimics human physiology. Capable of performing multiple tests in parallel, the device aims to be a game-changer for the pharmaceutical industry, offering high quality data in the drug development process.
5th June 2018

‘Memtransistor’ paves the way for brain-like computing

‘Memtransistor’ paves the way for brain-like computing
Computer algorithms might be performing brain-like functions, such as facial recognition and language translation, but the computers themselves have yet to operate like brains. “Computers have separate processing and memory storage units, whereas the brain uses neurons to perform both functions,” said Northwestern Engineering’s Mark C. Hersam. “Neural networks can achieve complicated computation with significantly lower energy consumption compared to a digital computer.”
26th February 2018

Human blood–retinal barrier on a microfluidic chip

Human blood–retinal barrier on a microfluidic chip
For some years now, scientists have been researching in order to find ways of reducing animal testing and accelerating clinical trials. In vitro assays with living cells is an alternative, but has limitations as the interconnection and interaction between cells cannot be easily reproduced. To overcome this, scientists are developing systems that mimic tissues and organ functions in conditions very close to reality.
26th January 2018


Device enables development of coin-sized medical labs

Device enables development of coin-sized medical labs
It sounds like a science fiction movie: Using a handheld device, a doctor draws blood from a patient and, seconds later, the device provides in-depth medical information about the patient. The idea — shrinking a medical lab onto a chip the size of a small coin — is known as 'lab on a chip.' It’s closer to reality than you might think, but obstacles remain; among them is finding an efficient and reliable way to mix and move blood and other fluids through the chip’s tiny valves and pumps.
26th January 2018

Making fluorescent chips with an inkjet printer

Making fluorescent chips with an inkjet printer
Want to quickly test blood for pathogens? Or food for toxins? In the future, you will be able to do just that from the comfort of your own home using a small fluorescent chip and your smartphone. To make use of this method, you require a lamp and a detector – and now these could potentially be printed in large quantities using an inkjet printer. Fraunhofer IOF researchers will be showcasing the technique at the Compamed trade fair (Hall 8a, Booth P13), to be held in Düsseldorf from November 13th-16th.
6th November 2017

Microchip turns 2D ultrasound machines to 3D imaging devices

Microchip turns 2D ultrasound machines to 3D imaging devices
Technology that keeps track of how your smartphone is oriented can now give $50,000 ultrasound machines many of the 3D imaging abilities of their $250,000 counterparts—for the cost of a $10 microchip. Doctors and engineers from Duke and Stanford universities will demonstrate their device at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Research Forum in Washington, D.C.
31st October 2017

Ultrasound-on-a-Chip receives broadest FDA 510(k) clearance

Ultrasound-on-a-Chip receives broadest FDA 510(k) clearance
Butterfly Network has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the world's first Ultrasound-on-a-Chip based imaging system, the Butterfly iQ for iPhone. The clearance covers 13 clinical applications, the broadest ever for a single ultrasound transducer. By combining almost 10 thousand sensors, 40 times more than systems costing 100 times as much, Butterfly ushers in a new era of accessible, high-performance medical imaging.
31st October 2017

Fanless system designed with Intel Atom processor

Fanless system designed with Intel Atom processor
MEDWEL, a part of the Portwell group, has announced the launch of the MEDS-BS200, embedded fanless system featuring Intel Atom processor E3900 product family (codenamed Apollo Lake). Its special and compact design, plus low power consumption make the MEDS-BS200 a perfect solution to support applications for visualisation and computing solutions in medical application.
25th October 2017

'Labyrinth' chip helps monitor aggressive cancer stem cells

'Labyrinth' chip helps monitor aggressive cancer stem cells
  Inspired by the Labyrinth of Greek mythology, a new chip etched with fluid channels sends blood samples through a hydrodynamic maze to separate out rare circulating cancer cells into a relatively clean stream for analysis.
28th September 2017

Microchip technology could be used to track smart pills

Microchip technology could be used to track smart pills
Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in "smart pills" to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology—and what makes it unique among other microscale medical devices—is that its location can be precisely identified within the body, something that proved challenging before.
14th September 2017


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