By Wanyee Li StarMetro Vancouver Sun., June 3, 2018 VANCOUVER—Gordon Casey worked in finance in the Caribbean for 15 years, and when he moved to Vancouver in 2016 he saw an opportunity to use his earnings for good — he poured $50,000 of it into a tech startup aimed at saving lives in the opioid crisis. At least 1,448 British Columbians died of illicit drug overdoses last year, according to the latest B.C. Coroners Service data — nearly 28 a week. The first three months of this year saw that number rise past 30 deaths a week, 91 per cent of them indoors and alone. Casey and biomedical engineer Sampath Satti realized drug users need a stigma-free buddy system. They plan to invent one using technology. “What if there was a local alert system that, when someone is using and an overdose episode occurs, we look at the physiological changes that happen in the human body and elicit a local response?” he told StarMetro in an interview. … [Read more...] about B.C. startup developing wearable tech that could save drug users from overdosing
New bone building drug
DEARBORN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 23, 2018--EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of desktop and full-production 3D printers and materials, today announced two new medical-grade materials that make printing parts for implantation in humans safe and easy.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180423005689/en/EnvisionTEC today launches two new medical-grade materials that make 3D printing parts for implantation in humans safe and easy on its bioprinters. UV Silicone 60A MG, shown here, is a ready-to-print liquid silicone appropriate for microfluidics, wound dressings and more. EnvisionTEC also launched a biodegradable PCL polyester for use with its 3D-Bioplotter printers. (Graphic: Business Wire)EnvisionTEC’s two new ready-to-print Medical Grade (MG) materials – a liquid silicone rubber and a biodegradable PCL polyester ― are manufactured with the highest purity and can be implanted in humans … [Read more...] about EnvisionTEC Unveils New In-Vivo Medical-Grade Materials and Feature Options for 3D-Bioplotter
The Resomator stands monolithic in the corner of a room on the ground floor of a building at UCLA. It’s as sterile as a hospital in here, but every patient is already dead. This is the penultimate stage of their time under the care of Dean Fisher, director of the Donated Body Program at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. After dissection, bodies are wheeled in under crisp sheets for disposal in Fisher’s alkaline hydrolysis machine, which turns them into liquid and pure white bone. Later, their air-dried bones will be pulverized and scattered off the coast by nearby Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps base, where they will float and then disperse, because pure calcium phosphate dissolves very slowly. From a Coast Guard helicopter, it looks like drug lords flushing their stash. The machine is mid-cycle, emitting a low hum like a lawnmower several gardens away. It’s a rectangular box as big as a van, and its stainless steel panels neatly hide pipes, a panel of … [Read more...] about A New Way to Dispose of Corpses—With Chemistry!
I’ve been working to sprinkle in some non-science fiction and fantasy books into my to-read list lately. To that end, I picked up Brian Merchant’s The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, and I’ve been working my way through it whenever I have a couple of spare minutes. It’s a fascinating exploration into not only how the iPhone came to be, but also what goes into making each and every phone — and it’s not always a pretty picture. As usual, there’s a whole stack of science fiction and fantasy novels hitting bookstores this month, too. Here’s 15 novels coming out in March that caught our eyes. March 6th Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi The debut novel from Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone is the first in a trilogy. In the recent past, King Saran banished magic from the land of Orïsha, killed its magic wielders and rules with a tyrannical fist. Zélie Adebola lost her mother in the purge, but sees a … [Read more...] about 15 new science fiction and fantasy books to read this March
Purdue researchers are developing and commercializing a targeted drug combination that once injected into a patient could speed up and improve bone fracture healing, and significantly cut recovery costs. Novosteo Inc., a startup developing the technology, was co-founded by father and son team Philip Low, the Purdue Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery and the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Stewart Low, a postdoctoral staff member in Purdue’s Department of Chemistry. Stewart Low said bone fractures can pose several risks to patients. “People over 65 years of age who experience bone fractures, specifically hip fractures, have a one in four chance of dying from fracture-related complications. Half of these patients will not regain full mobility within a year,” he said. “We plan to focus initially on hip fractures in the elderly. We believe this is an area of underdevelopment and concern, so our goal is to help provide a better … [Read more...] about Targeted Drug Combo Could Expedite Bone Fracture Healing, be Used as Injection