Due to their flexibility, automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) are one of the most important supply solutions in hospital supply logistics, writes Michael Dold, strategic industry manager of industrial vehicles, Global Industry Center Logistics Automation – Transport Logistics, SICK. Increasing digitalisation, with its ability to make the complex networking of logistic processes transparent and provide … Continue reading Optimal in the clinic: AGV systems count on “hospital-ready” sensor solutions
A new, automated medical pathology laboratory has been scaled down to the size of a chip, to enable doctors to find alternatives to anti-blood clotting medications. The tiny device is a biocompatible lab-on-a-chip, will enable the development of methods to prevent the formation of blood clots and reducing the risk of excessive, life-threatening bleeding. “We’ve … Continue reading Micro-system for pharmaceutical testing
University of New South Wales (UNSW) engineers have developed micrometre-sized submarines powered through nanomotors that can deliver medicine to cancer affected organs. UNSW chemical and biomedical engineers say the technology can be used to design the next generation ‘micro-motors’ or nano-drug delivery vehicles, that apply novel driving forces to reach specific targets in the body. … Continue reading UNSW develops medical submarines
MTPConnect – the Australian government’s Medical Technology, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical (MTP) Industry Growth Centre – and the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, have announced the first 11 recipients of $10 million investment from the government’s $35 million BioMedTech Horizons program. The successful 11 projects in the first round include a fully synthetic 3D printed spinal … Continue reading $10m in funding awarded to 11 projects to boost health innovation
CSL has announced that it has agreed to acquire 80 per cent equity of plasma-derived therapies manufacturer Wuhan Zhong Yuan Rui De Biological Products (“Ruide”) from Humanwell Healthcare Group (“Humanwell”) for US$352 million. The transaction will provide CSL with a strategic presence in the Chinese domestic plasma fractionation market, and complements the leadership position that … Continue reading CSL to acquire majority stake in Chinese manufacturer Ruide
Manufacturing companies in Australia are finding niches in the medical technologies sector as their traditional markets of mining and automotive diminish. Lower production costs and more robust large-scale capabilities offshore are playing a major role in the exit of mining and automotive component manufacturers from Australia. However, industry and government support have helped some firms … Continue reading Medical devices give hope to traditional manufacturers
Australian manufacturer Ansell has sold its condom business to a consortium of China’s Humanwell Healthcare and conglomerate CITIC, for $800 million. The buyers will take on Ansell’s Sexual Wellness division, which manufactures condoms and personal lubricants. Last year, the division achieved a pre-tax earning of $38 million with $190 million worth of sales. According to Ansell … Continue reading Ansell sells condom business to Chinese buyers
Researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed an inexpensive method for 3D printing bacteria into shapes and patterns, which could lead to revolutionary new materials. According to the researchers, the method could see applications ranging from mother-of-pearl fake teeth to powerful new microlenses that increase the effectiveness of solar panels and … Continue reading 3D printing bacteria promises new materials for manufacturing
The United States Food and Drug Administration has cleared ResMed’s new AirMini sleep apnea treatment product.
A strong manufacturing sector remains central to any first world economy as a result of its contribution to overall productivity, its input to R&D and innovation, its contribution to exports and its multiplier effects on growth.
If your health practitioner has used a syringe, tongue depressor (to look at your throat), pacemaker, stethoscope, X-ray or MRI scan, blood test, dental filling or joint implant to treat you, you’ve encountered a product from the medical technology industry.
Australian hearing implant manufacturer Cochlear has topped annual revenues of $1 billion, an increase 23 per cent on the year before.
ImpediMed announced a new medical device yesterday, which it said had great potential to impact the market for heart failure treatment.
Dr Samih Nabulsi became the new General Manager of Cook Medical Australia earlier this year. Brent Balinski spoke to him about Cook’s approach to innovation, and how Nabulsi’s R&D background will inform his leadership.
Innovation might be a word some are sick of, but it remains essential for success. Melbourne-based manufacturer Trajan Scientific and Medical shared a few insights into what it involves for them. Brent Balinski writes.
Traditional rivals Monash and Melbourne Universities are collaborating to create a new company that will market and sell medicines developed by the institutions to pharmaceutical companies, reinvesting any profit into research. Both universities are putting A$22.5 million towards the venture and the Victorian State Government is kicking in an additional A$10 million to get the … Continue reading Monash and Melbourne Universities join forces in new company to market medicines
Recent Endeavour Awards champion Admedus is growing briskly, with their tissue engineering process being used to repair hearts all over the world. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s chief operating officer, Dr Julian Chick. Australia’s “clean and green” image is a benefit well-known to many of our food exporters. Regulations are among the reasons it’s … Continue reading Pumped about the future
Medical device company Sirtex Medical has named a new chief executive for the Americas, Kevin Richardson, who will begin in the role on July 1. AAP reports that Richardson has been general manager and vice president for North America for the last six years. “The Americas will continue to be a very important growth region … Continue reading Sirtex Medical names new CEO for the Americas
Developments in 3D printing and associated software will empower hospitals and communities to fabricate, rather than buy, many of their solutions.
Johnson & Johnson’s Tasmanian Alkaloids poppy processing business will be sold to private equity firm SK Capital Partners.