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Australia uses machine learning to advance Alzheimer's research
Scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, have used artificial intelligence to develop a world-first benchmark for measuring brain atrophy – or thinning - in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Elsoft to start its medical device ops soon
Automated test equipment (ATE) manufacturer Elsoft Research Bhd is targeting to start the operations of its new medical device business by the first half of this year, says its group chief executive officer C.E. Tan.
Why medical device designers need to become more agile — and how they can do it
To stay competitive, medtech firms must center manufacturing in business optimization plans, while embracing a design-to-value approach, says Jennifer Samproni, Flex’s chief technology officer for its Health Solutions division.
Abbott's medical device sales hit by China curbs, supply chain issues
Abbott's medical device sales came in at $3.75 billion in the quarter, missing analysts' average estimates of $3.84 billion. China had been enforcing zero-COVID curbs for about three years, but scrapped the policy last month, which set off a massive wave of infections.
10 Malaysian firms to participate in Arab Health 2023
Ten Malaysian medical device and pharmaceutical companies will participate in the Arab Health 2023 medical expo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from Jan 30 to Feb 2, 2023.
Scientists demonstrate quantum recoil, paving the way for precise X-ray imaging
For the first time since it was proposed more than 80 years ago, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have demonstrated the phenomenon of "quantum recoil," which describes how the particle nature of light has a major impact on electrons moving through materials. The research is published online today (January 19) in the journal Nature Photonics.
New Zealand starts implementing world's only robotic radiation therapy delivery device
Accuray announces first patient treatment in New Zealand with the CyberKnife System
Groundbreaking technology for breast cancer diagnosis enters Southeast Asia
Seno Medical inks exclusive agreement with Genetik, Inc. as distributor for Imagio Breast Imaging System in Southeast Asia
Singapore's Amplify Health extends AI & ML integrated solutions in APAC
Amplify Health, the pan-Asian integrated health technology solutions joint venture between AIA Group and Discovery Group, has acquired AiDA Technologies, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to companies in Asia Pacific (APAC).
PVmed Raises $14 Million in Series A Funding
The funds will be used to support rapid expansion of PVmed's AI cancer treatment product portfolio
Kitakyushu General Hospital in Japan advances use of digital laparoscopic platform
Asensus Surgical, a US-based medical device company that is digitising the interface between the surgeon and the patient to pioneer a new era of Performance-Guided Surgery, has announced that Kitakyushu General Hospital in Japan has entered into an agreement to lease and utilise a second Senhance Surgical System. Kitakyushu is the first hospital to install multiple Senhance Surgical Systems.
Malaysia advances research and diagnostics services for precision wellness
Pathomics Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MAHSA Health to set up a Joint Centre for Research and Diagnostics Services for Precision Wellness and Clinical Research at MAHSA Avenue.
Asia-Pacific Roundup: Malaysia queries on requirements for medical device certificate applications
Malaysia’s Medical Device Authority (MDA) is seeking feedback on proposed changes to its guidance on the application requirements for certain certificates. MDA is planning to expand the guidance beyond export-only certificates of free sale (CFS) to cover manufacturing certificates.
Medtronic announces first patient enrolled in U.S. clinical trial for Hugo™ robotic-assisted surgery system
Medtronic has taken a major step forward in the world of robotic surgery, enrolling its first patient into an ambitious U.S clinical trial to evaluate their Hugo system's efficacy in urologic operations. If successful, it could revolutionize the field and challenge Intuitive Surgical's long-held dominance with their da Vinci robot across this medical specialty.
Thai Union invests in UK-based collagen medical biotech startup Jellagen
Thai Union adds to its biotechnology portfolio by investing in a startup sourcing collagen from jellyfish
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