Monday, December 16, 2013

Second World Health Organisation’s Global Forum on Medical Devices

The Second World Health Organisation’s Global Forum on Medical Devices took place in Geneva on November 22-24th and gathered together the academia, international organisations, industry and NGOs. While one of the WHO’s strategic objectives is “to ensure improved access, quality and use of medical devices”, during this event the organisation emphasized how important it is to align medical device innovation with the public health need. According to the WHO, there is a mismatch between these two spheres.
      After hearing the stakeholders’ opinion, five insights were listed to help the industry work towards resolving the mismatch: 4 ‘A’s define the agenda to improve access to appropriate medical devices (Availability, Accessibility, Appropriateness, and Affordability); Diagnostics industry contributes to low resource settings beyond Corporate Social Responsibility activities; Bring research and manufacturing to low resource settings; Young entrepreneurs have a good grasp of localisation; Mobile is the way to go.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

“3D: Printing the Future”

           3D Printing, or more professionally called Additive Manufacturing, is a process of making three dimensional solid object from a digital model. It can print in plastic, metal, nylon and so many other materials. It can make manufacturing prototype, end user products and even human organs by using a person’s own cells. This is possible because of its technology: it creates a three dimensional object by building it layer by layer successively.
        Besides the industry sector and academic researches, 3D Printing is being used by physicians and surgeons. The most recent event, that was all over the international media, is a case that took place in the United Kingdom. Surgeons are using 3D Printing to rebuild a patient’s face which was crushed in a motorbike accident. However, the surgery hasn’t been booked yet. The theme became an exhibition at the Science Museum in London and it is called “3D: Printing the Future”.