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Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 9, 2022
Air Quality Monitoring: Not Just an Urban Concern?

Air Quality Monitoring: Not Just an Urban Concern?

Air quality concerns are on the rise globally, with urban pollution the dominant cause. However, radon accumulation and unpleasant aromas are often bigger problems in rural locations, creating opportunities for gas sensors that offer continuous monitoring and even odor categorization.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 8, 2022
Sponge-Like Solar Cells Could be Basis for Better Pacemakers

Sponge-Like Solar Cells Could be Basis for Better Pacemakers

In a new study, scientists find that holes can improve technology, including medical devices. The study describes an entirely new way to make a solar cell: by etching holes in the top layer to make it porous. The innovation could form the basis for a less-invasive pacemaker, or similar medical devices. It could be paired with a small light source to reduce the size of the bulky batteries that are currently implanted along with today's pacemakers.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Computational Data Analysis in DNA Nanopore Sequencing

Computational Data Analysis in DNA Nanopore Sequencing

Nanopore sequencers are an emergent technology in the field of DNA sequencing, with the potential to significantly reduce costs and increase speeds of sequencing. However, they are subject to large amounts of noise; as such, computational tools are required for analyzing data and refining results. In this premium article, IDTechEx explores several of these tools, discussing the AI systems used in translating signals into DNA sequences and identifying several trends seen in the development of these computational platforms.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 7, 2022
3D Bioprinted Living Tissue Ear Implants Head to Clinical Trials

3D Bioprinted Living Tissue Ear Implants Head to Clinical Trials

3DBio Therapeutics and the Microtia-Congenital Ear Deformity Institute announced they have conducted a human ear reconstruction using the AuriNovo implant, an investigational, patient-matched, 3D-bioprinted living tissue ear implant. The groundbreaking reconstructive procedure in the first-in-human Phase 1/2a clinical trial is evaluating the safety and preliminary efficacy for patients with microtia, a rare congenital deformity where one or both outer ears are absent or underdeveloped.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 7, 2022
Tracking Sleep with a Self Powering Smart Pillow

Tracking Sleep with a Self Powering Smart Pillow

Studies have linked chronic lack of sleep to physical ailments, such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as mental health issues. Those interested in getting a better handle on what's happening to them at night have two primary options. They can take a sleep test conducted in a medical facility, or they can use an app through a smartphone or smart watch — a much more convenient, but less accurate choice. Recognizing the need, many groups have begun developing new sleep monitoring systems using triboelectric nanogenerators.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 6, 2022
Successful Transplant of Human Liver Treated in Machine

Successful Transplant of Human Liver Treated in Machine

A multidisciplinary Zurich research team Liver4Life has succeeded in doing something during a treatment attempt that had never been achieved in the history of medicine until now: it treated an originally damaged human liver in a machine for three days outside of a body and then implanted the recovered organ into a cancer patient. One year later, the patient is doing well.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 1, 2022
Artificial Cilia Could Someday Power Diagnostic Devices

Artificial Cilia Could Someday Power Diagnostic Devices

Cilia are the body's diligent ushers. These microscopic hairs, which move fluid by rhythmic beating, are responsible for pushing cerebrospinal fluid in your brain, clearing the phlegm and dirt from your lungs, and keeping other organs and tissues clean. Researchers have now designed a micro-sized artificial cilial system using platinum-based components that can control the movement of fluids at such a scale. The technology could someday enable low-cost, portable diagnostic devices for testing blood samples, manipulating cells or assisting in microfabrication processes.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 31, 2022
Smart Pacifier to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

Smart Pacifier to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

A wireless, bioelectronic pacifier could eliminate the need for invasive, twice-daily blood draws to monitor babies' electrolytes in Newborn Intensive Care Units or NICUs. This smart pacifier can also provide more continuous monitoring of sodium and potassium ion levels. These electrolytes help alert caregivers if babies are dehydrated, a danger for infants, especially those born prematurely or with other health issues.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 31, 2022
Smart, Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensors

Smart, Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensors

Last summer, Northwestern University researchers introduced the first-ever transient pacemaker — a fully implantable, wireless device that harmlessly dissolves in the body after it's no longer needed. Now, they unveil a new, smart version that is integrated into a coordinated network of soft, flexible, wireless, wearable sensors and control units placed around the upper body.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 30, 2022
Tiny Robotic Crab is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Tiny Robotic Crab is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny crab. Just a half-millimeter wide, the tiny crabs can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The researchers also developed millimeter-sized robots resembling inchworms, crickets and beetles. Although the research is exploratory at this point, the researchers believe their technology might bring the field closer to realizing micro-sized robots that can perform practical tasks inside tightly confined spaces.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 9, 2022
Air Quality Monitoring: Not Just an Urban Concern?

Air Quality Monitoring: Not Just an Urban Concern?

Air quality concerns are on the rise globally, with urban pollution the dominant cause. However, radon accumulation and unpleasant aromas are often bigger problems in rural locations, creating opportunities for gas sensors that offer continuous monitoring and even odor categorization.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Computational Data Analysis in DNA Nanopore Sequencing

Computational Data Analysis in DNA Nanopore Sequencing

Nanopore sequencers are an emergent technology in the field of DNA sequencing, with the potential to significantly reduce costs and increase speeds of sequencing. However, they are subject to large amounts of noise; as such, computational tools are required for analyzing data and refining results. In this premium article, IDTechEx explores several of these tools, discussing the AI systems used in translating signals into DNA sequences and identifying several trends seen in the development of these computational platforms.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 7, 2022
Tracking Sleep with a Self Powering Smart Pillow

Tracking Sleep with a Self Powering Smart Pillow

Studies have linked chronic lack of sleep to physical ailments, such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as mental health issues. Those interested in getting a better handle on what's happening to them at night have two primary options. They can take a sleep test conducted in a medical facility, or they can use an app through a smartphone or smart watch — a much more convenient, but less accurate choice. Recognizing the need, many groups have begun developing new sleep monitoring systems using triboelectric nanogenerators.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 1, 2022
Artificial Cilia Could Someday Power Diagnostic Devices

Artificial Cilia Could Someday Power Diagnostic Devices

Cilia are the body's diligent ushers. These microscopic hairs, which move fluid by rhythmic beating, are responsible for pushing cerebrospinal fluid in your brain, clearing the phlegm and dirt from your lungs, and keeping other organs and tissues clean. Researchers have now designed a micro-sized artificial cilial system using platinum-based components that can control the movement of fluids at such a scale. The technology could someday enable low-cost, portable diagnostic devices for testing blood samples, manipulating cells or assisting in microfabrication processes.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 31, 2022
Smart, Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensors

Smart, Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensors

Last summer, Northwestern University researchers introduced the first-ever transient pacemaker — a fully implantable, wireless device that harmlessly dissolves in the body after it's no longer needed. Now, they unveil a new, smart version that is integrated into a coordinated network of soft, flexible, wireless, wearable sensors and control units placed around the upper body.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 8, 2022
Sponge-Like Solar Cells Could be Basis for Better Pacemakers

Sponge-Like Solar Cells Could be Basis for Better Pacemakers

In a new study, scientists find that holes can improve technology, including medical devices. The study describes an entirely new way to make a solar cell: by etching holes in the top layer to make it porous. The innovation could form the basis for a less-invasive pacemaker, or similar medical devices. It could be paired with a small light source to reduce the size of the bulky batteries that are currently implanted along with today's pacemakers.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 7, 2022
3D Bioprinted Living Tissue Ear Implants Head to Clinical Trials

3D Bioprinted Living Tissue Ear Implants Head to Clinical Trials

3DBio Therapeutics and the Microtia-Congenital Ear Deformity Institute announced they have conducted a human ear reconstruction using the AuriNovo implant, an investigational, patient-matched, 3D-bioprinted living tissue ear implant. The groundbreaking reconstructive procedure in the first-in-human Phase 1/2a clinical trial is evaluating the safety and preliminary efficacy for patients with microtia, a rare congenital deformity where one or both outer ears are absent or underdeveloped.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 6, 2022
Successful Transplant of Human Liver Treated in Machine

Successful Transplant of Human Liver Treated in Machine

A multidisciplinary Zurich research team Liver4Life has succeeded in doing something during a treatment attempt that had never been achieved in the history of medicine until now: it treated an originally damaged human liver in a machine for three days outside of a body and then implanted the recovered organ into a cancer patient. One year later, the patient is doing well.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 31, 2022
Smart Pacifier to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

Smart Pacifier to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

A wireless, bioelectronic pacifier could eliminate the need for invasive, twice-daily blood draws to monitor babies' electrolytes in Newborn Intensive Care Units or NICUs. This smart pacifier can also provide more continuous monitoring of sodium and potassium ion levels. These electrolytes help alert caregivers if babies are dehydrated, a danger for infants, especially those born prematurely or with other health issues.
Global Biotechnology Insights
May 30, 2022
Tiny Robotic Crab is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Tiny Robotic Crab is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny crab. Just a half-millimeter wide, the tiny crabs can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The researchers also developed millimeter-sized robots resembling inchworms, crickets and beetles. Although the research is exploratory at this point, the researchers believe their technology might bring the field closer to realizing micro-sized robots that can perform practical tasks inside tightly confined spaces.
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