May 24, 2015 |
Every so often, airport screening personnel around the world have been greeted by a strange sight: A tall, red-haired Englishman carrying a clear plastic box with thin tubes and pulleys nestled inside. "Yes, I have had some interesting experiences with that," said Jason Launders, explaining his invention as he sat in a windowless lab in Plymouth Meeting. "Try to explain it to a bunch of Germans. " The scientist created the motorized contraption, which the ECRI Institute uses to test the accuracy of high-tech CT scanners around the world by imitating the function of the human heart.
January 6, 2015
Helius Medical Technologies Inc. , a Newtown company focused on the treatment of neurological symptoms caused by disease or trauma, has hired surgeon Jonathan Sackier as chief medical officer. Sackier has helped build several companies, including medical technology, research and product-design, and medical contract sales organizations. He served as chairman of Adenosine Therapeutics and founded and funded the Washington Institute of Surgical Endoscopy, a center for education, research, innovation, and technology transfer.
May 17, 2013 |
Joan Fineman Jaffe, 74, a longtime resident of Huntingdon Valley, died of cancer Sunday, May 12, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. For the last 15 years, she and her husband, Marvin, had lived in Skillman, N.J., and Naples, Fla. Mrs. Jaffe was known within her family for her oil portraits of her children and grandchildren, a skill that had been nurtured early in life. Her father's uncle was Samuel Noah Kramer, a Russian immigrant and Philadelphia public-school teacher who became the University of Pennsylvania's Clark research professor of Assyriology, the study of a civilization that flourished in present-day Iraq 4,000 years ago. "Joan would spend weekends there, visiting," in a home rich in culture, Marvin Jaffe said in an interview Wednesday.
September 2, 2012 |
Medical technology evolves so quickly you wouldn't think there'd be much life left in Robin Cook's 35-year-old best-seller Coma , about a medical student who stumbles upon a ghastly conspiracy at a Boston hospital. But this four-hour mini-series (Mon. and Tues. at 9 p.m.), one of the last collaborative productions of Ridley Scott and his recently departed brother, Tony, is gripping. Its visual and narrative brio is fully cinematic. Lauren Ambrose ( Six Feet Under ) is a student taking a surgical rotation at Peach Tree Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
April 7, 2011
Safeguard Scientifics Inc., Wayne, said today that it is investing $25 million in PixelOptics, a Roanoke, Va., medical technology company developing electronically focusing prescription eyewear. Safeguard, a holding company that buys stakes in growth-stage life sciences and technology businesses, is part of a group of investors that put $45 million into PixelOptics. The Virginia company, founded in 2005, is trying to commercialize its emPower product, which reduces or eliminates distortion in multifocal lenses, Safeguard said.
February 1, 2011 |
Jeffrey P. Black is out as chief executive of Teleflex Inc., a Limerick firm he has led through a transformation from a diversified industrial manufacturer to one focused on medical technology. Replacing Black is a board member, Benson F. Smith, who for 25 years worked at Teleflex competitor C.R. Bard Inc., rising to the positions of president and chief operating officer, Teleflex said Monday. The company's shares gained 89 cents, or 1.6 percent, to close at $57.21 on the New York Stock Exchange.
March 17, 2010
RE JENICE Armstrong's recent column on herpes: As a single, 31-year-old African-American woman who's been infected since I was 16, I'm dismayed by the ignorance and the lack of resources. Until recently, I kept my condition strictly secret. I was involved with a man for eight years and didn't tell him. I always knew I could never have any meaningful relationship with a man without telling him. After eight years, the possibility of marriage came up. I disclosed the fact that I had herpes, got all the information I could and reported it to him. We decided not to marry because we both realized that we had not shown each other our true selves.
March 10, 2008 |
About 15 years ago, a hospital asked Paul Fox, whose Jenkintown company sells medical furniture and equipment, if he could supply a chair for a 500-pound patient. He was stunned. "I had never sold a chair for somebody who weighed 500 pounds," he said. It is a measure of how much Americans have grown that such requests are no longer unusual. "We could sell 10 to 15 pieces a month today," Fox said. The obesity epidemic means that more patients are maxing out equipment meant to safely hold people who weigh no more than, say, 250 to 350 pounds.
May 15, 2007 |
Viasys Healthcare Inc., a Conshohocken medical technology company, is being acquired by Cardinal Health Inc., the second-largest U.S. drug distributor, for $1.42 billion. After the deal, which has been approved by both companies' boards, is completed this summer, Cardinal Health said yesterday that Viasys would become a wholly owned subsidiary. Cardinal Health, an $80 billion company in Dublin, Ohio, said the acquisition would expand its clinical and medical product offerings worldwide and establish Cardinal as a leader in the $4 billion respiratory-care market.
December 15, 2004 |
It is time that we in the United States learn to think of health care as an economic opportunity, not a liability. Despite America's well-documented health-care delivery problems, America's actual health care is the best in the world. U.S. firms are responsible for some of the most important innovations in pharmacology and medical technology. Wealthy foreigners routinely come to the United States for advanced medical services with the best possible outcomes. To take advantage of this position, President Bush should create a new undersecretary for health in the Department of Commerce to promote the American system of health care worldwide.