INNOVATIONS BLOG

Putting diagnosis and treatment in the hands of patients...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Sep 21, 2016 9:15:32 AM

Connected health. Precision healthcare. Such evolving concepts promise to revolutionize patient care, and Phillips-Medisize Chairman, CEO, and President Matt Jennings believes they could serve medical device manufacturers as they work to introduce products that improve healthcare outcomes while lowering costs. Jennings spoke about such trends at a press conference at Medical Design & Manufacturing East on June 14, where he also explained how a recent acquisition could position the company to help. Connected health essentially involves the use of companion diagnostics with other healthcare products as patients self-diagnose and self-treat, Jennings explained. “The endeavor is to put diagnostics in smaller packaging and in the hands of the patient,” he said. And connected health could drive precision, he explained. When it comes to statins, “we are starting to learn now with monitoring that diet and exercise can impact the effectiveness of the drug,” he said. “If we can test on a routine basis, can we affect cholesterol levels? These are frontiers that lend themselves to diagnosis and treatment.”

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

Learn More About Creativity And Innovation From LEGO...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 31, 2016 2:11:31 PM

Many companies and design agencies tend to look at the design and creativity stage from a narrow perspective. Usually, the design team is locked inside the ideas room with no contact with the rest of the world until it delivers the idea that gets approved by the client or project manager. Once a project goes into crisis mode and stress increases, creativity is given an even more limited role in the project. This can be a result of the high cost of developing creative concepts or a lack of confidence that creative people are able to handle pressure and provide help at this critical stage of the project. Additionally, generic models of the development process do not focus much on innovation and creativity, whether partially or holistically, leading enterprises such as BT, Microsoft, Starbucks, Xerox, Yahoo and others to provide the proof that an innovative design process can lead to a competitive position in the market — see “Eleven Lessons: Managing Design in Eleven Global Companies” (PDF). Over the last century, many incidents have provided examples that innovation and creativity can play an essential role for an organization in the midst of crisis. Creativity and innovation in such cases take a broader role outside of the ideas room. They can be applied to redesign a company’s structure and devise a more innovative process that leads to products that meet both creativity and business needs. One interesting example of this is LEGO, the world-famous toy manufacturer. By studying its crisis, lasting from 1993 to 2004, we’ll answer two main questions: Can creativity and innovation help an organization in its time of crisis? And can studying cases such as LEGO’s reveal a model for the broader role of creativity in an organization for other enterprises to follow?

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Post-consumer Waste Creates Graduation Gowns...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This year almost 30,000 Australian university students will graduate in gowns made from recycled plastic bottles.
Six Australian universities are using the gowns since they became available last December. Hank Thierry, general manager graduations for Reed Graduation Services Pty. Ltd., based in the Melbourne suburb of Keysborough, said the gowns are made in China from post-consumer waste, mainly PET bottles. Thierry said each gown contains the equivalent of 28 recycled bottles. Thierry said the technology was developed in the United States and he traveled there to establish a supply chain and then arranged for the gowns to be manufactured in China. Reed established its own brand, Envirograd, under which it markets the gowns to universities and other higher-education campuses.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Luminous Clothing with TPU Film Comprising LED...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 25, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Covestro (Hall 6, Stand A 75) will showcase an item of luminous clothing at the K 2016 plastics trade fair. LED make it truly stand out, but can also perform key functions such as protecting pedestrians and cyclists against accidents. What makes it special is that the light-emitting diodes are not positioned on a panel or strip, but on a piece of soft fabric. At the center of the development is an electronic system that is responsive to movements without losing its functionality. The system comprises a flexible and formable film made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro. The TPU is the substrate for the printed copper circuits, which are arranged in a meandering pattern and can thus also be bent and stretched.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

The dream of drone delivery starts to take flight

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 23, 2016 9:11:36 AM

Drone package delivery is sparking the imagination of retailers, consumers and everybody in between. Here’s what it means to packaging professionals. Amazon, Google, DHL and Walmart are all working on the supply chain of tomorrow, including package handling and delivery. And although the future looks somewhat different to each of them, all four know they want aerial drone technology to be part of it. Driving their interest in drone package delivery is the possibility of super-fast shipping—as in next half-hour rather than next day—which in turn relates to the growth of e-commerce and consumers’ changing expectations for what constitutes timely delivery. Online shoppers clearly are interested in getting their purchases as quickly as possible. In a 2016 survey conducted by Walker Sands Communications, 79% of respondents said they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to request drone delivery of their package if it could be delivered within an hour. Of the 1,433 U.S. consumers surveyed, 26% expected to order their first drone-delivered package “in the next two years,” and another 30% said “in the next five years.” In addition, 73% of Walker Sands’ survey participants said they would pay up to $10 for a drone delivery. Although the economics of drone delivery have not yet been worked out, robust delivery fees could help offset operating costs.

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

Researchers Study Composites for Fixing Bone Fractures...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 20, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Evonik Industries AG researchers are using biodegradable high-strength composites to fix broken bones. The materials could replace metal implants, which remain in patients’ bodies or require surgery for removal. Devices made with Evonik’s new composites will be gradually absorbed by the body as the healing process takes place. The materials consist of polymers and of substances that naturally occur in bones. The project is being studied at Evonik’s Medical Devices Project House in Birmingham, Ala. “In the long term, our focus is regenerative medicine. We want to create bioabsorbable implants to replace damaged tissues with healthy tissues. Our current work on biodegradable composites is a first step in this direction,” said Dr. Andreas Karau, head of the Project House, in a news release. “Our leading position in polylactic acid-based polymers is an excellent foundation for the development of materials and solutions for regenerative medicine,” Karau said. The polymers break down into carbon dioxide and water. Degradation time depends on the molecular composition, chain length, and crystallinity.

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Topics: Industry News

Study: BPA alternative BPS 'more harmful'...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Washington — A new study on bisphenol-S shows the polycarbonate component could be considerably more harmful than the controversial chemical it is meant to replace. Published in the journal PLOS Genetics, findings in “Exposure to the BPA Substitute Bisphenol-S Causes Unique Alterations of Germline Function” indicate BPS harms eggs at even lower concentrations than bisphenol-A. UCLA researchers exposed nematodes to both BPA and BPS in concentrations similar to those commonly found in humans. The exposed worms showed lower fertility rates than control worms, the study says, and worms dosed with BPS had negative effects on their fertility at concentrations lower than those with BPA. “These results therefore suggest that BPS may not represent a safe alternative to BPA with regards to reproductive and germline toxicity,” the study says, also suggesting that BPS is more damaging to the endocrine system than BPA. Products containing BPS are frequently labeled “BPA-free,” in theory to allay consumer concerns about the much-maligned chemical. BPA remains controversial in spite of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s declaration in 2014 that BPA exposure is safe for humans. Some groups continue to pressure the plastics industry to find alternatives...

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Topics: Industry News

How Plastics Help the Environment...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 18, 2016 9:46:34 AM

In late July, the American Chemistry Council released one of the most important studies that I can remember related to plastics. But I’m afraid that the one thing people will remember is that plastics packaging is great for sirloin steak. The report is called “Plastics and Sustainability: A Valuation of Environmental Benefits, Costs and Opportunities for Continuous Improvement,” and it was prepared by a London-based firm called Trucost. Trucost is a data-driven organization that specializes in estimating the hidden costs of the unsustainable use of natural resources. The firm did a high-profile study for the United Nations Environment Program in 2014. The study for ACC uses the same methodology and natural capital accounting metrics as the UN report. This isn’t your typical lifecycle analysis that you remember with from the 1990s, where it seemed like the criteria could be adjusted to amplify the benefits of any material and denigrate the competition. This is respected work, that’s worth citing — and repeating.

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Topics: Industry News

New Resin Made From Disposable Paper Coffee Cups...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 13, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Consultancy and recycling manufacturer may have the answer to turning disposable coffee cups into durable resin.
 
Consulting firm Nextek and recycling manufacturer AShortWalk of the U.K., have partnered in the development of a new resin, NextCupCycle, made from disposable paper coffee cups. It turns out that less than 25% of an estimated 3 billion paper cups used annually in the U.K are currently recycled. Part of the problem is the hot beverage cups themselves, which are made from paper fiber tightly bonded with a PE coating layer. This construction makes them troublesome to recycle, as it would require the painstaking separation of each layer.

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Topics: Industry News

IBM Researchers Discover a New Way to Recycle PC...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 12, 2016 12:30:00 PM

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, Industry News