Acorn exhibited at this year's MD&M East, which was held in NYC at the Javits Center last week. The show drew over 5,000 attendees, who attended to hear talks (including a keynote by Steve Wozniak) and meet with over 900 vendors of leading medical technology firms.
Some of the more interesting things we learned during the 3 day show:
- Quick-turn manufacturer Proto Labs is a testing site for the new HP Multi Jet Fusion technology for industrial-grade 3D printing. Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.) is among a number of companies that HP is collaborating with as a part of the high-tech company’s early customer engagement program. Acorn has had years of experience working with ProtoLabs on many projects, and we look forward to continued enhancements of their offerings.
- A company called TissueGen(Dallas) touted its Elute biodegradable drug-loaded fiber products. The Dallas-based company has a patented modification of a 19th century manufacturing process that allows for extrusion of biodegradable drug-loaded fibers at room temperature. The novel process preserves the biological activity of incorporated drugs and therapeutic agents, allowing for their sustained controlled release in implantable medical devices.
- Magnesium Elektron showcased its state-of-the-art biomedical material capabilities, including its new SynerMag alloy product. Magnesium Elektron’s SynerMag product enables medical devices to resorb at a steady rate. It is also osteo-conductive; it promotes bone growth. SynerMag is reportedly twice the strength of other bio-resorbable materials, such as polymers. The strength makes it ideal for applications that are highly strenuous, such as bone repair.
Their Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) was also held at the show, recognizing the technological achievements of medical device manufacturers.
Some of the more notable awards were:
- Canfield Scientific (Readers’ Choice Award) for its Vectra WB 360 3D imaging system – this system is designed specifically for dermatologists, scanning/capturing images of most of the skin’s surface. Clinicians can then map, track and monitor pigmented lesions and diseases of the skin.
- Genea Biomedx won 2 awards for its products designed to assist clinicians helping patients with infertility:
- Gavi - The world’s first Automated Vitrification Instrument. Embryologists are confronted with a laborious and time-consuming manual process for vitrification (cryopreservation of embryos and eggs), which also has a steep learning curve. Gavi technology is a combination of:
- Pod with microfluidic dynamics that locates the embryo to allow automated fluid exchange
- Automated sealing to ensure pod is "fully closed" to eliminate risk of LN2 contamination
- Thin pod walls to ensure fast vitrification and warming rates
- Geri - an incubator for embryos with time-lapse imaging built in:
- Minimizes disruption to the embryo
- Contains backup heating elements in the event of failure
- Fits on a benchtop
Acorn was proud to have exhibited some of our work and discuss how we can help clients turn technologies into revenue generating products. Contact us today to discuss your needs/project.
Ken Haven has been CEO of Acorn Product Development since the company’s founding in 1993. Ken has more than 25 years of product development experience including technical leadership roles with NeXT Computer, Attain, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard. He holds MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.