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Out of the Lab, Into the Industry: Microlution Finds a (Very) Small Niche

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


A little more than 10 years ago, Microlution’s founders were graduate engineering students at IMTS 2004, and facing an endless stream of visitors curious about the prototype micro-machining center they brought to demonstrate. “We had many companies come by and ask if they could buy one,” said Andy Phillip about the machine he helped build in a lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with classmate Andrew Honegger. Full Article

Bio Printing Expert Warns Against ‘Hype’

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


An expert on bio printing urged caution against “hype.” Full Article

Trends & Themes in the Medical Device Market

Bryan Hughes, Brian Gorski, and Mike Brooks, P & M Corporate Finance LLC


The medical device market has expanded in recent years, driven by longer life expectancy, novel technologies and increased expenditure on healthcare, especially in emerging economies. At the same time, the regulatory environment in North America and Europe has driven a shift to value-based healthcare solutions, which in turn has resulted in increased competition, changing business models, and innovative strategies to achieve sustainable growth in this dynamic market. Full Article

What's Needed to Achieve Scalable Production of Tissues

Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager, Medical, Manager, Innovation Watch, Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series, SME


Producing or growing tissues that could avoid the immune response of donor tissues sounds far –fetched, but in some limited applications has already been achieved. Tissues for drug development testing are already available. Replacement skin is expected to be available within 3 years and to take off quickly. While much progress has been made, there is still much to be done to achieve a scalable production process. The good news is there are two very distinct groups working from very different perspectives.  Full Article

Industry Trends: Medical Instrument and Supply

Jocelyn Phillips , Analyst, IBISWorld


The Medical Instrument and Supply manufacturing industry primarily researches, develops and produces nonelectronic medical, surgical, dental and veterinary instruments and apparatus, such as syringes, anesthesia apparatus, blood transfusion equipment, catheters, surgical clamps and medical thermometers. In the United States, this industry is mature and resilient. Full Article

Delicate Supports, Database Software Improve 3D Printing

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Software engineers are toiling away on applications updates for 3D printing to make work easier for their medical manufacturing counterparts, and have come up with some novel solutions that also save them time and money. “At Formlabs, we’re obsessed with providing the best user experience possible, and we’re always experimenting with new ways to make our products better,” says Maxim Lobovsky, co-founder of Formlabs, which hacked an idea from truss bridges and trees to make 3D printing faster and more efficient. Full Article

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