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February 5, 2018 | Resident & Alumni News
A Surgical Robot with Big Ambitions
Robots in the operating room are on the rise. Led by the Da Vinci surgical robot, these machines improve surgeons’ dexterity in such intricate tasks as separating tumors from the voice box or removing the prostate. But Mohammad Abedin-Nasab, a professor of biomedical engineering at Rowan University, is working on a different kind of surgery. His robot, called Robossis, could help surgeons perform the tricky operation of realigning a broken femur, the bone between the knee and the hip.
Imagine: animal testing that is as good for animals as it is for humans. Most of us know that medical animal testing goes on, and we accept it as the bleak price we pay for the medical miracles that will hopefully save our parents, our children, ourselves, when a terrible disease takes hold.
Group K Diagnostics Wins Mid Atlantic Bio Angels’ “Best of the Best” at 1st Pitch Life Science Competition
Mid-Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA) announces today that Group K Diagnostics (Group K), a Philadelphia-based diagnostics company developing a multi-test modular point of care diagnostic platform, was named “Best of the Best” at MABA's 1st Pitch Life Science event held on December 13, 2017 at the Alexandria Center in New York.
When Benjamin Lewis was in veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, he worked both in vets’ offices caring for sick animals, and in research labs where healthy animals were injected with diseases for drug testing. In the same day, Lewis might see a dog suffering naturally from the same disease that he had seen injected into a healthy animal in the name of medical research a few hours before.
Philly company launches the ‘OpenTable’ of clinical trials
Billing itself as “the OpenTable of clinical trials,” a Philadelphia startup has launched PatientWing, an online network that gives patients, caregivers, physicians, trial sponsors and research sites a streamlined way to connect.
First flushable pregnancy test gets pre-market approval from FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted pre-market approval for Lia Diagnostics’ home pregnancy test last month. It marks the first pregnancy test made of a biodegradeable paper that can be flushed down a toilet. The pre-market approval process is granted to Class 3 medical devices submitted for scientific and regulatory review to evaluate safety and effectiveness.
Bone Deep: A Philly company seeks to revolutionize the bone graft
Orthopedic bone graft surgery involves the use of rods, plates, pins, putty, wires, screws and external fixation devices. For patients, these procedures — of which over 600,000 are done annually in the U.S. — pose surgical risks and often require extended hospitalization, immobilization and physical therapy.
Philadelphia’s Character Lab builds better students, and better people
We all know that it’s essential to build “character” in our children, but what exactly does that mean? Philadelphia’s Character Lab, a nonprofit, early-stage tech company, is tackling that question by advancing the science and practice of character development in schools.
Invisible Sentinel further empowers brewing quality with launch of innovative real-time PCR assay, brewPRO
Invisible Sentinel Inc., a Philadelphia-based global molecular solutions company announces commercialization of its real-time PCR platform, Veripro™, and the first assay available on the platform, brewPRO™ for the detection of Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. brewPRO is a comprehensive, risk management detection system for beer spoiling Lactobacillus and Pediococcus.
UE LifeSciences partners with GE Healthcare’s accelerator five.eight
UE LifeSciences Inc., a USA-India based med-tech startup today announced a pivotal distribution partnership with GE Healthcare to commercialize iBreastExam (iBE) in 25+ countries across South Asia, South-East Asia and Africa.