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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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Engineer improves prosthetic legs by applying robot control theory

  A bioengineering professor from the University of Texas at Dallas has applied robot-control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees to walk. In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill almost as fast as an able-bodied person. "We borrowed from robot control theory to create a simple, effective new way to ...

Sustainable development in an Irish biomedical facility

  In April 2014, Ethicon Biosurgery, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, announced plans to invest €80 million in a manufacturing facility at the National Technology Park, Limerick. The new facility will manufacture EVARREST Sealant Matrix, a product that rapidly and reliably aids in stopping bleeding during surgery. The existing building was originally built in 2001 by Optech Europe. In 2008, Johnson and Johnson purchased the facility. LEED: Sustainable Development ...

Biomedical sciences in Singapore: an Irish ex-pat's view

  Singapore is one of Asia’s fastest-growing ‘bio-clusters’. It boasts several research institutes comprising corporate laboratories, public hospitals and the world-renowned A*STAR laboratories, all presenting valuable opportunities for the development of new medicines and future therapies that can be tailored to the needs of regional and global markets. Singapore is home to more than 30 of the world’s leading biomedical sciences companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Pfizer ...

Pink prosthetic arm 'printed' for teen girl by student engineers

  Thirteen-year-old Sydney Kendall had one request for the students in Washington University in St Louis (WUSTL) who were building her a robotic prosthetic arm: make it pink. Kendall Gretsch, Henry Lather and Kranti Peddada, students of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, accomplished that and more. Using a 3-D printer, they created a robotic prosthetic arm out of bright-pink plastic. Total cost: $200 (€148), a fraction of the price of standard ...

Tiny €12.5m robot 'hand' could revolutionise prenatal surgery

  Surgeons will be able to use better tools, imaging techniques and therapies in future operations on unborn babies due to a £10 million (€12.5 million) award from the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop these technologies. Pioneered in the 1980s, surgery on unborn babies has been shown to be effective to treat conditions arising before birth like spina bifida, where a lesion on the back leaves the spinal cord exposed in the ...

Bionic pancreas controls blood-sugar levels in type 1 diabetes

  The latest version of a bionic pancreas device has been successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials -- one in adults, the other in adolescents -- that imposed minimal restrictions on patient activities. A team of investigators from Boston University (BU) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report study results in a New England Journal of Medicine paper being issued online to coincide with a presentation at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. The device ...
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