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Getinge announces global launch of new GSS Steam Sterilizer

Getinge, a leading global provider of innovative medical technology, announced the worldwide launch of its flagship GSS Steam Sterilizer series, which is specifically designed for use by companies in the life science industry. The new GSS Steam Sterilizer for life sciences is available in two different versions – GSS R for biomedical research and GSS P for pharmaceutical production. Getinge is introducing them at ACHEMA 2018, the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology's (DCHEMA) congress, which is taking place…

Merivaara introduces versatile operating table

Merivaara has unveiled one of the world's most versatile operating tables for elective procedures. The new, smarter Practico was designed to improve ergonomics with the industry's widest range of posture possibilities. “Customers have been asking for a table like this for years,” says Jyrki Nieminen, Merivaara's R&D director. “It has been in development for two years and we have received amazing feedback regarding the design, aesthetics and technical specifications.” Flexible, mobile operating tables are in high demand due to the…

BD launches circulating cell-free DNA blood collection tube for applications

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, announced the commercial availability of the CE-IVD marked PAXgene® Blood ccfDNA tube within the European Economic Area and Switzerland (Western Europe). The plastic blood collection tube, which includes a proprietary sample stabilization additive and BD Vacutainer® Hemogard™ technology to help protect healthcare worker safety, was designed to ensure accurate and reproducible results in molecular diagnostic testing applications using circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA), such as cancer and non-invasive prenatal tests.…

Researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display

A new ultrathin, elastic display that fits snugly on the skin can show the moving waveform of an electrocardiogram recorded by a breathable, on-skin electrode sensor. Combined with a wireless communication module, this integrated biomedical sensor system - called “skin electronics”—can transmit biometric data to the cloud. This latest research by a Japanese academic-industrial collaboration is led by Professor Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Engineering. Thanks to advances in semiconductor technology, wearable devices can now…

FDA approves second gene therapy for blood cancer

U.S. regulators approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults, a report released to the press said recently. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma. It uses the same technology, called CAR-T, as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. in August, a treatment for childhood leukemia from Novartis Pharmaceuticals. "In just several decades, gene therapy has gone from being a…