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A WORLD OF INNOVATION

Japan

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel tool for facial reconstruction: a 3D inkjet printer that can make artificial bones.

The process starts with a computer model of the bone to be replaced, made with X-ray and CT scan images. The model is sent to a printer that builds the artificial bone layer by layer from a ceramic powder hardened with a polymer adhesive.

For more information, contact bonefactory@next21info.

Sweden

Sweden’s Anoto Group AB has developed a digital pen that converts writing into data, saving time in an emergency.

California health officials tested the pen while simulating a flu pandemic in which they vaccinated more than 250 people in one hour.

“This technology gave county health care professionals the critical patient information in real time to ensure that they were able to administer the flu vaccine to patients who would not have an adverse reaction,” says Robin Cox, health education manager for Solano County Public Health.

For more information, contact Anoto’s U.S. office, boston@anoto.com.

Australia

University of Sydney researchers have found a series of five genes they hope will help neuro-oncologists tailor individual brain cancer treatments rather than following a one-size-fits-all approach. U.S. research indicates that patients are up to 50 times more responsive to tailored treatments than standard regimens.

For more information, contact Dr. Kerrie McDonald, Kerriem@med.usyd.edu.au.

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