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The Biomedical engineering division is a group for Engineers Ireland members working in the MedTech sector. It provides opportunities for networking and knowledge-sharing in this fascinating, diverse and life-changing division of engineering.

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Brain-controlled robot exoskeletons can help stroke patients move again

Using the power of thought to control a robot that helps to move a paralysed hand: a project from the ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory could fundamentally change the therapy and daily lives of stroke patients. One in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. Two thirds of those affected suffer from paralysis of the arm. Intensive training can – depending on the extent of damage to the brain – ...

Portable device produces biopharmaceuticals on demand

For medics on the battlefield and doctors in remote or developing parts of the world, getting rapid access to the drugs needed to treat patients can be challenging. Biopharmaceutical drugs, which are used in a wide range of therapies including vaccines and treatments for diabetes and cancer, are typically produced in large, centralised fermentation plants. This means they must be transported to the treatment site, which can be expensive, time-consuming, and challenging to execute in areas ...

CÚRAM – helping Ireland to lead the way in medical-device research

CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, based at NUI Galway, is working on ways to make life easier for patients suffering from chronic illness by enhancing and developing medical devices that can last longer in the body and be more in tune to the needs of the individual patient, so as to alleviate human suffering. One of 12 national Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres, CÚRAM was established in 2015 and is funded both through SFI and ...

Functional human tissue-engineered liver generated from stem cells

A research team led by investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles has generated functional human and mouse tissue-engineered liver from adult stem and progenitor cells. Tissue-engineered Liver (TELi) was found to contain normal structural components such as hepatocytes, bile ducts and blood vessels. The study has been published online in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine. Liver disease affects paediatric and adult patients, impacting ...

Medical-device development – are you missing out on R&D tax credits?

The medical-device industry is the number-one industry for innovation globally, with 8% of sales being invested in research and development (R&D) and a new patent filed every 50 minutes. This dynamic environment has an innovation cycle taking just 18-24 months, which means that a new product will be superseded by an improved version in less than two years (1). The relative costs of performing R&D in one country versus another (i.e. the after-tax cost of R&D) are important factors in ...

Engineers first to grow living bone that replicates original anatomical structure

A new technique developed by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia Engineering and professor of medical sciences (in Medicine) at Columbia University, repairs large bone defects in the head and face by using lab-grown living bone, tailored to the patient and the defect being treated. This is the first time researchers have grown living bone that precisely replicates the original anatomical structure, using autologous stem cells ...
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