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Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 24, 2021
Antibiotic Levels Measurable in Breath for First Time

Antibiotic Levels Measurable in Breath for First Time

A team of engineers and biotechnologists has for the first time shown in mammals that the concentration of antibiotics in the body can be determined using breath samples. The breath measurements also corresponded to the antibiotic concentrations in the blood. The team's biosensor - a multiplex chip that allows simultaneous measurement of several specimens and test substances - will in future enable personalized dosing of medicines against infectious diseases on-site and help to minimize the development of resistant strains of bacteria.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 22, 2021
TOF Sensor for Patient Monitoring: Track Human Skeletal Movement

TOF Sensor for Patient Monitoring: Track Human Skeletal Movement

Omron engineers have worked hard to create long lasting and reliable sensing products for manufacturers and product designers. With continued growth of smart sensor demand within the touchless market and for the medical industry, Omron has continued improvements on their latest sensing product, the B5L Time of Flight sensor.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 22, 2021
First-in-World Heart Implant: Women Receives Novel Artificial Heart

First-in-World Heart Implant: Women Receives Novel Artificial Heart

A cardiothoracic surgical team has performed the world's first Aeson bioprosthetic total artificial heart implantation in a female patient. The investigational device, currently intended as a bridge to heart transplant, is part of an Early Feasibility Study.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 22, 2021
Tuning Flexible Circuits with Light

Tuning Flexible Circuits with Light

Researchers use ultraviolet light to tune circuit performance with a photoreactive polymer based on controlled changes in the chemical structure, which may lead to the development of wearable electronics and medical sensors.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 21, 2021
First Coffee Produced with Cellular Agriculture

First Coffee Produced with Cellular Agriculture

Researchers have successfully produced coffee cells in a bioreactor through cellular agriculture. The innovation can help to make the production of coffee more sustainable. The first batches produced in a laboratory in Finland smell and taste like conventional coffee.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 17, 2021
New Programmable Gene Editing Proteins Found Outside of CRISPR System

New Programmable Gene Editing Proteins Found Outside of CRISPR System

Within the last decade, scientists have adapted CRISPR systems from microbes into gene editing technology, a precise and programmable system for modifying DNA. Now, scientists have discovered a new class of programmable DNA modifying systems called OMEGAs (Obligate Mobile Element Guided Activity), which may naturally be involved in shuffling small bits of DNA throughout bacterial genomes.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 16, 2021
Electroconvulsive Therapy to Effectively Treat Major Depression

Electroconvulsive Therapy to Effectively Treat Major Depression

Electroconvulsive therapy reduces deaths by suicide among older adults with depression in the months immediately following hospitalization, researchers report. As suicide risk is highest just after hospitalization among those with depression, the therapy could save lives.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 15, 2021
5G From 2022 Onward: Deployment Status, Industry Challenges, & Market

5G From 2022 Onward: Deployment Status, Industry Challenges, & Market

5G is paving the way for a fully digitalized and connected world. The past two years have seen many new field trials and an accelerating number of commercial rollouts. Moreover, 5G is starting to be adopted in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 15, 2021
Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

SMART nanosensors are safer and less tedious than existing techniques for testing plants' response to compounds such as herbicides.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 14, 2021
World's First Additively Manufactured Connected Stethoscope

World's First Additively Manufactured Connected Stethoscope

The SKOP is a medical device for remote auscultation. It provides excellent listening quality, essential for emergency situations and for isolated patients. SKOP takes inspiration from nature, using a biomimetic design based on the human ear to maximize performance. The SKOP geometry can only be additively manufactured using ultrafast 3D printing.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 13, 2021
Stretching the Capacity of Flexible Energy Storage

Stretching the Capacity of Flexible Energy Storage

Some electronics can bend, twist and stretch in wearable displays, biomedical applications and soft robots. While these devices' circuits have become increasingly pliable, the batteries and supercapacitors that power them are still rigid. Now, researcher report a flexible supercapacitor with electrodes made of wrinkled titanium carbide — a type of MXene nanomaterial — that maintained its ability to store and release electronic charges after repetitive stretching.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 10, 2021
Dental Implant Generates Electricity by Chewing to Repair Tissue

Dental Implant Generates Electricity by Chewing to Repair Tissue

Researchers are developing a smart dental implant that resists bacterial growth and generates its own electricity through chewing and brushing to power a tissue-rejuvenating light.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 8, 2021
Tiny Robots Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Our Central Nervous System

Tiny Robots Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Our Central Nervous System

A new study investigates tiny tumbling soft robots that can be controlled using rotating magnetic fields. The technology could be useful for delivering drugs to the nervous system. In this latest study, researchers put the robots through their paces and showed that they can climb slopes, tumble upstream against fluid flow and deliver substances at precise locations to neural tissue.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 8, 2021
First CRISPR-Edited Wheat Grown in Europe to be Planted This Autumn

First CRISPR-Edited Wheat Grown in Europe to be Planted This Autumn

UK research institute Rothamsted Research, a pioneer of GM crop trials since the 1990s, has been granted permission by Defra to run a series of field trials of wheat that has been genome edited. The Hertfordshire-based experiments will be the first field trials of CRISPR edited wheat anywhere in the UK or Europe.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 6, 2021
A Skin Crawling Treatment for Acne?

A Skin Crawling Treatment for Acne?

Drawing inspiration from nature, a team of international scientists have invented a smart device for personalized skin care that collects and monitors body fluids while sticking to the skin's surface, paving the way for more accurate diagnostics and treatment for skin diseases and conditions like acne.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 3, 2021
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Implanted Cells That Release Drug

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Implanted Cells That Release Drug

With a goal of developing rheumatoid arthritis therapies with minimal side effects, researchers at have genetically engineered cells that, when implanted in mice, will deliver a biologic drug in response to inflammation.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Polymer 3D Printing for Medical Applications

Polymer 3D Printing for Medical Applications

In a previous premium article, I covered the use of bioceramics in 3D printing for medical applications, particularly bone and tissue engineering scaffolds. In this premium article, the focus will be on the use of polymers in 3D printing for medical applications.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 3, 2021
Which COVID-19 Patients Are Most Likely to Need Ventilators?

Which COVID-19 Patients Are Most Likely to Need Ventilators?

Researchers are developing a computational tool to help medical staff decide which patients will need the most extensive treatment for COVID-19.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 3, 2021
Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity - Even Underwater

Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity - Even Underwater

Researchers have created a soft and stretchable device that converts movement into electricity and can work in wet environments.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 2, 2021
Smart Wound Dressings with Built-In Healing Sensors

Smart Wound Dressings with Built-In Healing Sensors

Researchers have developed smart wound dressings with built-in nanosensors that glow to alert patients when a wound is not healing properly. The multifunctional, antimicrobial dressings feature fluorescent sensors that glow brightly under UV light if infection starts to set in and can be used to monitor healing progress.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 24, 2021
Antibiotic Levels Measurable in Breath for First Time

Antibiotic Levels Measurable in Breath for First Time

A team of engineers and biotechnologists has for the first time shown in mammals that the concentration of antibiotics in the body can be determined using breath samples. The breath measurements also corresponded to the antibiotic concentrations in the blood. The team's biosensor - a multiplex chip that allows simultaneous measurement of several specimens and test substances - will in future enable personalized dosing of medicines against infectious diseases on-site and help to minimize the development of resistant strains of bacteria.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 22, 2021
First-in-World Heart Implant: Women Receives Novel Artificial Heart

First-in-World Heart Implant: Women Receives Novel Artificial Heart

A cardiothoracic surgical team has performed the world's first Aeson bioprosthetic total artificial heart implantation in a female patient. The investigational device, currently intended as a bridge to heart transplant, is part of an Early Feasibility Study.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 21, 2021
First Coffee Produced with Cellular Agriculture

First Coffee Produced with Cellular Agriculture

Researchers have successfully produced coffee cells in a bioreactor through cellular agriculture. The innovation can help to make the production of coffee more sustainable. The first batches produced in a laboratory in Finland smell and taste like conventional coffee.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 16, 2021
Electroconvulsive Therapy to Effectively Treat Major Depression

Electroconvulsive Therapy to Effectively Treat Major Depression

Electroconvulsive therapy reduces deaths by suicide among older adults with depression in the months immediately following hospitalization, researchers report. As suicide risk is highest just after hospitalization among those with depression, the therapy could save lives.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 15, 2021
Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

SMART nanosensors are safer and less tedious than existing techniques for testing plants' response to compounds such as herbicides.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 13, 2021
Stretching the Capacity of Flexible Energy Storage

Stretching the Capacity of Flexible Energy Storage

Some electronics can bend, twist and stretch in wearable displays, biomedical applications and soft robots. While these devices' circuits have become increasingly pliable, the batteries and supercapacitors that power them are still rigid. Now, researcher report a flexible supercapacitor with electrodes made of wrinkled titanium carbide — a type of MXene nanomaterial — that maintained its ability to store and release electronic charges after repetitive stretching.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 8, 2021
Tiny Robots Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Our Central Nervous System

Tiny Robots Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Our Central Nervous System

A new study investigates tiny tumbling soft robots that can be controlled using rotating magnetic fields. The technology could be useful for delivering drugs to the nervous system. In this latest study, researchers put the robots through their paces and showed that they can climb slopes, tumble upstream against fluid flow and deliver substances at precise locations to neural tissue.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 6, 2021
A Skin Crawling Treatment for Acne?

A Skin Crawling Treatment for Acne?

Drawing inspiration from nature, a team of international scientists have invented a smart device for personalized skin care that collects and monitors body fluids while sticking to the skin's surface, paving the way for more accurate diagnostics and treatment for skin diseases and conditions like acne.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Polymer 3D Printing for Medical Applications

Polymer 3D Printing for Medical Applications

In a previous premium article, I covered the use of bioceramics in 3D printing for medical applications, particularly bone and tissue engineering scaffolds. In this premium article, the focus will be on the use of polymers in 3D printing for medical applications.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 3, 2021
Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity - Even Underwater

Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity - Even Underwater

Researchers have created a soft and stretchable device that converts movement into electricity and can work in wet environments.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 22, 2021
TOF Sensor for Patient Monitoring: Track Human Skeletal Movement

TOF Sensor for Patient Monitoring: Track Human Skeletal Movement

Omron engineers have worked hard to create long lasting and reliable sensing products for manufacturers and product designers. With continued growth of smart sensor demand within the touchless market and for the medical industry, Omron has continued improvements on their latest sensing product, the B5L Time of Flight sensor.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 22, 2021
Tuning Flexible Circuits with Light

Tuning Flexible Circuits with Light

Researchers use ultraviolet light to tune circuit performance with a photoreactive polymer based on controlled changes in the chemical structure, which may lead to the development of wearable electronics and medical sensors.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 17, 2021
New Programmable Gene Editing Proteins Found Outside of CRISPR System

New Programmable Gene Editing Proteins Found Outside of CRISPR System

Within the last decade, scientists have adapted CRISPR systems from microbes into gene editing technology, a precise and programmable system for modifying DNA. Now, scientists have discovered a new class of programmable DNA modifying systems called OMEGAs (Obligate Mobile Element Guided Activity), which may naturally be involved in shuffling small bits of DNA throughout bacterial genomes.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 15, 2021
5G From 2022 Onward: Deployment Status, Industry Challenges, & Market

5G From 2022 Onward: Deployment Status, Industry Challenges, & Market

5G is paving the way for a fully digitalized and connected world. The past two years have seen many new field trials and an accelerating number of commercial rollouts. Moreover, 5G is starting to be adopted in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to healthcare.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 14, 2021
World's First Additively Manufactured Connected Stethoscope

World's First Additively Manufactured Connected Stethoscope

The SKOP is a medical device for remote auscultation. It provides excellent listening quality, essential for emergency situations and for isolated patients. SKOP takes inspiration from nature, using a biomimetic design based on the human ear to maximize performance. The SKOP geometry can only be additively manufactured using ultrafast 3D printing.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 10, 2021
Dental Implant Generates Electricity by Chewing to Repair Tissue

Dental Implant Generates Electricity by Chewing to Repair Tissue

Researchers are developing a smart dental implant that resists bacterial growth and generates its own electricity through chewing and brushing to power a tissue-rejuvenating light.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 8, 2021
First CRISPR-Edited Wheat Grown in Europe to be Planted This Autumn

First CRISPR-Edited Wheat Grown in Europe to be Planted This Autumn

UK research institute Rothamsted Research, a pioneer of GM crop trials since the 1990s, has been granted permission by Defra to run a series of field trials of wheat that has been genome edited. The Hertfordshire-based experiments will be the first field trials of CRISPR edited wheat anywhere in the UK or Europe.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 3, 2021
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Implanted Cells That Release Drug

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Implanted Cells That Release Drug

With a goal of developing rheumatoid arthritis therapies with minimal side effects, researchers at have genetically engineered cells that, when implanted in mice, will deliver a biologic drug in response to inflammation.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 3, 2021
Which COVID-19 Patients Are Most Likely to Need Ventilators?

Which COVID-19 Patients Are Most Likely to Need Ventilators?

Researchers are developing a computational tool to help medical staff decide which patients will need the most extensive treatment for COVID-19.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Sep 2, 2021
Smart Wound Dressings with Built-In Healing Sensors

Smart Wound Dressings with Built-In Healing Sensors

Researchers have developed smart wound dressings with built-in nanosensors that glow to alert patients when a wound is not healing properly. The multifunctional, antimicrobial dressings feature fluorescent sensors that glow brightly under UV light if infection starts to set in and can be used to monitor healing progress.
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