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NHS Norwich and Norfolk spin-out Ablatus Therapeutics is at the forefront of radiofrequency ablation, an innovation which can destroy solid tumours without the need for invasive surgery. We speak to the team to find out how its new ablation technique could disrupt the tumour treatment space.

Also in this issue, we take a look at some of the core characteristics that have made Germany’s medical device market so successful, review technologies that are helping to challenge misinformation and improve adult vaccination rates, and examine how the US’s trade war with China is undermining the medical device industry.

Plus, we find out about a new light-emitting implant device that is poised to take photodynamic therapy to the next level, uncover the budding promise of 3D biopsies with researchers from RMIT University in Australia, and profile different research strands that are working to predict and prevent cardiac disease.

Finally, we check in with CMR’s Versius robotic surgery system to see how the company has developed over the past 18 months, and, as always, we get the latest insight and market trends from GlobalData’s team of experts and analysts.

 

In this issue

Destroying tumours with next generation ablation
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) can destroy solid tumours without the need for invasive surgery. At the forefront is NHS Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital spin-out company Ablatus Therapeutics. Abi Millar finds out how a new take on this old technology could disrupt the tumour treatment space.
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5 things to know about Germany’s gesund medical device market
Thanks to a global reputation of top class products and a well regulated environment, the words ‘Made in Germany’ have become synonymous with quality and innovation. Chloe Kent hones in on five reasons why Germany’s medical device market is the strongest in Europe.
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The hesitancy hurdle: how tech can improve adult vaccination rates
From Instagram influencers to wearable devices, a study by the International Longevity Centre UK has highlighted how technology can help society overcome misinformation and encourage more adults to get vaccinated. Chloe Kent takes a closer look at how these innovative methods could improve uptake.
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How is America’s trade war with China undermining the medical device industry?
Since May 2019, US import tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods have sat at 25%, the latest in a series of shots fired by the Trump administration in an escalating trade war between the two nations. These tariffs impact a vast range of medical devices, including imaging equipment, diagnostic reagents used in X-ray examinations and dental drills. Chloe Kent takes a closer look at how this is impacting the industry.
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A trick of the light: photodynamic therapy illuminates healthcare
Photodynamic therapy has been in use for a century or more, but advances in photobiology and biomechanical engineering are taking the technique to the next level. What are some of the latest innovations in light-based therapeutics and the devices that help deliver them? Chris Lo reports.
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The budding promise of 3D biopsies
Researchers have discovered that existing optical fibre technology could be used to produce 3D images of tissue inside the body, allowing clinicians to examine living tissue in real-time. To find out more, Chloe Kent spoke to Dr Antony Orth, who has been leading the development of the technology at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
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Predicting cardiac risk: new approaches in AI and blood testing
Common methods used to predict cardiac risk can be frustratingly inaccurate, but innovations in both blood testing and machine learning technology could change that. From chemical to digital, Abi Millar profiles these two very different research strands that are working to boost the prevention of deadly cardiac disease.
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Minimally invasive surgery for the masses: under the skin of CMR Surgical
CMR Surgical was founded in 2014, with the ambitious goal of transforming the nature of surgery for good. Five years on, the company has gone from strength to strength, and was recently named Britain’s sixth-fastest growing business. The milestones reached a crescendo in May 2019 in a 30-person clinical study, which has yielded promising results for this rising star of UK medtech. Chloe Kent finds out more.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Medical Technology, we take a look at the shady underworld of the dark web to find out how the medical device industry is being targeted by cybercriminals, examine what could be the future of open-source prosthetics design, and review Omnicell UK’s vision for an ‘Autonomous Pharmacy’ where medication is managing digitally in cloud based, AI powered systems.

Also, we find out how the LifeBank app is revolutionising blood transportation in Nigeria, explore the realistic impact of 5G in hospitals, and unpack the innovations driving the growth of India’s medtech sector.

Plus, we examine the current state of electronic health records to find out how they can be improved and jump into bed with the devices helping understand the science of sleep.



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