Lorenzo Gutierrez

Using Smartphones as a Medical Device for Point-of-Care Applications

What makes smartphones as a medical device exciting as potential point of care platform?

Smartphones are the most widely used portable devices in the world today.  According to Statita, the number of current worldwide smartphone users is around 3.5 billion.  This means that 45% of the world’s population owns a smartphone. It is predicted that by 2023, the number of mobile device users will increase to 7.3 billion. Considering that smartphone manufacturers offer new models every year, the number of smartphones in circulation is likely three times that number or more.

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Astero StarFish

Where do you find inspiration for work?

inspiration for work

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Many have paused work for a COVID-19 required break. As an essential business, our work did not pause.  We asked our content team of engineers, regulatory, quality, design, and program management creative professionals where they find inspiration for their contributions to medical device development. This blog is about finding inspiration for your work as summer and a return to work loom ahead.

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Mike Loveless

Science Fiction Medical Devices

Science Fiction Medical Devices Real medical devices from the imagination of science fiction

Many shows, movies, books and videogames feature science fiction medical devices and technologies that seem otherworldly and far beyond our capabilities. We often can’t believe a lot of them are real because their impact on the characters is so dramatic. However, the imagination and creativity of a sci-fi writer can grow from science fiction into science non-fiction with time, scientific progress and design development.

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Brian King

Five recommendations for approaching medical device optics projects

Five powerful perspectives for the Optics Laboratory

Implementing medical device optics projects like a novel measurement scheme, or bringing up a breadboard prototype for the first time, is a dynamic and messy endeavour. I’d like to share five key recommendations for approaching such journeys based on my 25 years of designing and implementing laser-based measurements.

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Lorenzo Gutierrez

8 Tips to implement POC diagnostic platform optical detection

This blog offers eight tips to help successfully implement a POC diagnostic platform optical detection with a disposable microfluidic cartridge. With the changing healthcare ecosystem, demand for point-of-care (POC) testing kits is expanding globally. Medical technology companies are accelerating development or repurposing platforms to address the need for portable diagnostic tools at the point of care using disposable microfluidic chips to screen for a variety of diseases. For COVID-19 alone, the Canadian federal government has announced plans to produce 40,000 test kits a month for the next 12 months.

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Nick Allan

Why a CoVID-19 Point of Care Diagnostic will help insure our future

What is a coronavirus and why a CoVID-19 Point of Care Diagnostic is so important

CoVID-19 Point of Care Diagnostic

Transmission Electron micrograph of a Coronavirus.

The virus that causes CoViD19 is a coronavirus. The viruses are so called because the virus physically looks like a crown (‘corona’ derived from ancient Greek word for crown) when imaged by electron microscopy.  These coronaviruses are a group of enveloped single stranded RNA viruses which typically are responsible for the common cold. About seven kinds are known to cause an infection in humans.  Four of these are seasonal and cause the common cold year after year after year. The remaining three coronaviruses are termed emergent coronaviruses because they have been the cause of outbreaks and epidemics.

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Nigel Syrotuck

DIY COVID-19 Medical Devices

DIY COVID-19 medical devicesOne response to possible COVID-19 medical device shortages is to try to hack DIY COVID-19 medical devices together. It’s very empowering to see open-source communities come together to try to turn out a workable design to help avoid dire shortages for those in need. However, development of medical devices is far more nuanced than it might seem.



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