Sound waves power new advances in drug delivery and smart materials


IMAGE: The patented ‘Respite’ nebuliser uses high-frequency sound waves to precisely deliver drugs to the lungs.
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Researchers have revealed how high-frequency sound waves can be used to build new materials, make smart nanoparticles and even deliver drugs to the lungs for painless, needle-free vaccinations.

While sound waves have been part of science and medicine for decades – ultrasound was first used for clinical imaging in 1942 and for driving chemical reactions in the 1980s – the technologies have always relied on low frequencies.

Now researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have shown how high frequency sound waves could revolutionise the field of ultrasound-driven chemistry.

A new review published in Advanced Science reveals the bizarre effects of these sound waves on materials and cells, such as molecules that seem to spontaneously order themselves after being hit with the sonic equivalent of a semi-trailer.

The researchers

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Technology Advances in Drug-device Combination Products, 2020 – Growth Opportunities in Improving Device Performance and Medication Efficacy

Dublin, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Future of Therapy: Technology Advances in Drug-device Combination Products” report has been added to’s offering.

Drug device combination products are aimed to provide targeted treatment, enable better drug delivery and improve the efficacy of the device and medicine.

This research service (RS) showcases some of these emerging drug-device combination products including drug eluting stents and drug loaded/coated orthopedic implants under implantable drug-device combination and drug eluting lens and drug eluting bandages under non-implantable drug device combinations. The research service discusses the impact of these innovations, patents, technology roadmap and growth opportunities.

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1. Executive Summary
1.1 Scope of the Research
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Key Findings

2. Industry Overview
2.1 Drug-device Combination Products Improving Delivery of Drugs or Therapeutics Efficacy of the Device
2.2 Segmentation of Drug-device Combination Based on Product Type
2.3 Segmentation of Drug-device Combination Based on

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EU Rules ‘Hindering Banks’ In Tech Advances, Study Warns

Law360, London (November 17, 2020, 5:12 PM GMT) — Increasing regulatory requirements are hindering progress as the banking sector adopts emerging technology and new ways of working, according to a study by audit firm PwC and the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.

The study was published on Monday as new regulations that will govern use of technology loom — including the European Union’s proposed Regulation on Markets in Crypto Assets and the Digital Operational Resilience Act — the report’s authors said.

The proposed EU legislation package, which was published in September, focuses on regulating digital currencies and ensuring that banks can resist cyberattack.

“Innovation is crucial for banks to…

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ams Presents Advances in Lateral Flow Technology for Pandemic Control at Sensor Innovation Week

ams keynote at Fierce Technology event demonstrates innovations in spectral sensing technology which improves rapid access and accuracy in the COVID-19 battle

ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high-performance sensor solutions, is driving efforts that will enable large-scale, fast, and highly reliable COVID-19 testing at the point of care (POC). The company’s spectral readout technology for Lateral Flow Immunoassays is used in PCR tests and now for antigen and antibody detection. Please join the upcoming virtual Fierce Technology Sensor Innovation Week Fall.

Tech Talk Keynote by ams AG:

  • Delivering Pandemic Control: How ams innovation in spectral sensing technology is improving rapid access, accuracy, and app-to-cloud connectivity for COVID-19

  • ams Featured Keynote Speaker: Wim Renirie, VP & General Manager for Accessory & Wearable Solutions

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 / 11:30 am – Noon ET

  • Register: The event is free; register here.


The capability to do large-scale, fast, and

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December issue SLAS Technology features ‘advances in technology to address COVID-19’

Oak Brook, IL – The December issue of SLAS Technology is a special collection featuring the cover article, “Advances in Technology to Address COVID-19” by editors Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., (National University of Singapore), Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D., (The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA) and Xianting Ding, Ph.D., (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China).

The December special issue houses a collection of articles addressing COVID-19 caused by a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic demands the urgent need to diagnose and treat the disease globally. Research and development of new technologies and therapeutics have remained a pressing need in order to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases. This special collection focuses on the advancing technological innovations being used to address the novel disease.

The special collection includes seven articles of original research, in addition to two reviews and the featured cover article.

Original research articles include:

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NASA Research Exhibit to Highlight Science and Engineering Advances at the Virtual SC20 Supercomputing Conference

NASA Research Exhibit to Highlight Science and Engineering Advances at the Virtual SC20 Supercomputing Conference

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — From assessing COVID-19’s global impacts to helping NASA return humans to the Moon to searching the cosmos for new exoplanets, researchers from across NASA, with university and industry partners, will highlight their latest advances, enabled by the agency’s supercomputers, in the NASA research exhibit at SC20—the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. This year, the conference is being held virtually November 9 through 19, 2020.

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The virtual NASA exhibit will feature 35 science and engineering projects for which HPC plays an essential role.

This year, as a participant in the national COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium, an interagency effort organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA

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Medical ‘advances’ of 2020 could transform future healthcare, leading experts say

The technology used to develop the Pfizer vaccine could be used to tackle illnesses such as cancer and other infectious diseases similar to Covid-19, leading health experts have said, raising hopes that humanity can take a major scientific “leap forward” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oncologists, vaccinologists, biomedical engineers and doctors have all told The Independent that the technological advancements seen throughout 2020 could come to have a “profound” impact on the future provision of care for patients suffering from a variety of conditions.

The developments made in diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccine manufacturing and medical telecommunications are expected to leave a transformative legacy that will endure beyond the pandemic, experts say.

From RNA-based technology that trains the body to fight cancer, to the so-called “factory in a box” – which aims to manufacture 600 vaccine doses in as little as 60 seconds – the

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EnWave Signs Equipment Purchase Agreement GEA Lyophil GmbH and Advances Joint Pharmaceutical Technology Development

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EnWave Corporation (TSX-V:ENW | FSE:E4U) (“EnWave”, or the “Company”) announced today that it has signed an Equipment Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) with GEA Lyophil GmbH (“GEA”) to deliver a lab-scale Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV™”) machine for the demonstration and development of REV™ technology for pharmaceutical applications.

GEA will use the equipment to advance the commercialization of the technology for pharmaceutical applications. The lab-scale machine will be made available for trials with prospective pharma-industry purchasers of large-scale microwave-assisted lyophilization equipment. This machine will also be used for internal evaluation and technology advancement activities at GEA. This will allow GEA to better showcase EnWave’s technology to pharmaceutical companies as a first step in evaluating the merits of adopting larger-scale capacity.

GEA intends to install the customized lab-scale REV™ machine at its pilot facility in Hürth, Germany

In January 2020, EnWave and GEA announced

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Market Advances Toward Record as Tech Stocks Rebound

By: Ella Koeze·Source: Refinitiv

Stocks pushed close to new highs on Wednesday, even as Americans braced for the next phase of the pandemic in the United States.

The market rally came as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the United States soared to new highs, straining medical facilities. As winter approaches and cooler weather drives people indoors, experts expect the totals to continue to climb.

Even so, investors stuck with stocks despite the rising virus risks, buying up shares of giant technology companies and stay-at-home companies — both well-positioned to weather another economic slowdown. Smaller companies and those in industries tied to shorter-term economic developments lagged.

The trading dynamic suggested significant underlying support for share prices, despite uncertainties related to the virus.

“Right now, the market can put a bullish interpretation on any piece of news,” said Steve Sosnick, chief strategist at Interactive

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S&P 500 Advances Toward Record: Live Stock Market Updates

By: Ella Koeze·Source: Refinitiv

Stocks pushed close to new highs on Wednesday, even as Americans braced for the next phase of the pandemic in the United States.

The market rally came as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the United States soared to new highs, straining medical facilities. As winter approaches and cooler weather drives people indoors, experts expect the totals to continue to climb.

Investors stuck with stocks despite the rising risks of the virus, buying up shares of giant technology companies and stay-at-home companies, while smaller companies and companies tied to shorter-term economic developments lagged.

Even so, the S&P 500 was up almost 1 percent, just below its record high close, set Sept. 2. The Nasdaq was 2 percent higher, led by a rebound in giant tech stocks that have served as a safe haven for investors amid the pandemic. Amazon

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