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The Super Aged Society

Humankind today is facing an array of challenges—global climate change, the depletion of natural resources, water scarcity, and an aging population, just to name a few. It is more important now than ever for us to address these issues and find solutions to how we and future generations can continue living on this one earth…

Innovating Openly

Several years ago, Stanford University researchers stumbled across something unexpected. In the course of examining the autopsied brain tissue of people with multiple sclerosis, a team in Lawrence Steinman’s lab noticed significantly elevated levels of angiotensin enzymes and receptors, better known for their role in hypertension…

Science by the Masses

Funding any business venture can be daunting—especially for entrepreneurs who must sometimes raise millions of dollars from private investors to launch a new idea. Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble Technology, found a way around this problem. When Migicovsky was unable to raise money from investors for his Pebble e-watch…

Bridging the Gap from Bench to Bedside

China ranks as the world’s third largest medical device market and is expected to become the second largest market in the world within 5-7 years. However, almost all of China’s hospitals, not to mention its larger first class hospitals, use imported devices. For a very long time, foreign-made products have dominated the middle and high-end markets, leaving to Chinese companies the low-end products with little profit margin. According to recent statistics provided by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicine and Health Products, 90% of value-added high-tech devices, which account for 70% of China’s medical device market, are foreign-made. Why can’t Chinese companies compete with multinational biomedical corporations? Is it due to lack of money or intelligence?

Accelerating the Innovation Cycle

If ever an industry was in need of both incremental and disruptive innovation, it is today’s healthcare industry. Realizing the full potential of innovation across the spectrum of healthcare environments is critical to address the well-documented, emerging global crisis generated by the aging of the population, the obligation to increase access for all to the best standard of care, and the societal imperative to contain costs. In addition, as budgets at funders such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA), the National Health Service (NHS, UK) and others are increasingly constrained, it is more important than ever to increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which investments in fundamental research and development translate into products, services, and procedures that improve the health and well being of people around the world.

Waking Up to Innovation

John Day is a physicist at the University of Bristol in the UK. He has an innovation that he believes will not only improve patient care but will also save the National Health Service (NHS) time and money…

Seven Steps to Innovation

What does it take to move from the drawing board to realization, especially in the field of biomedical engineering that seems to be churning out one great idea after another? It’s not about luck, according to the experts. The road to success has many twists and turns, but by passing a few guideposts along the way, the journey can be a rewarding one.

Forecast 2014

When it comes to predicting the future, everyone has their own approach. Weather forecasters track changing pressure systems, economists study the markets, and doctors wrestle with patient risk factors. And here at Pulse? Over the last few months, we’ve talked to experts in the field, asked IEEE EMBS members for input, and scanned through the past year’s research breakthroughs to identify what we think might be the hottest biomedical engineering areas to watch in 2014.