Head on over to the Food and Drug Administration's (http://www.fda.gov) site to stay on top of the latest developments in the industry. Two sections of the site - http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/index.html and http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/index.html - are of interest to engineers involved in developing medical devices. The first site-Center for Devices and Radiological Health-offers "Device Advice" for self-service information; a pre-market approval database; the Division of Small Manufacturers Assistance to help manufacturers comply with FDA regulations; sections for pre- and post-market issues; and special interest items.
At Medical Device Link.com (http:// www. devicelink.com/) you'll
discover a comprehensive site with links to seven publications, a database of
consultants, a link to all the latest industry tradeshows, plus a career center
that allows you to post your resume or look through classifieds.
Surgical Products Online at http://www. surgprodmag.com features a
comprehensive database of new products and supplier directory of nearly 500
companies. Also on the site are feature articles, profiles and solutions with a
review of suppliers and their resources and abilities to contribute to success
in the O.R., and online literature request.
If materials is your game, then head on over to the Society for Biomaterials.
This professional society promotes advances in all phases of materials research
and development. The site features journal information, links to the
biomaterials community, and a good biomaterials bulletin board to network,
compare, or just chat. Check out the site at http://www. biomaterials.org.
Biomechanics World Wide at http://www.
per.ualberta.ca/biomechanics offers users information on biomechanics. The
site lists other biomechanics and related sites, as well as files of relevant
information. It is also points to the individual 'home pages' of biomechanists,
links to career opportunities in the field, comparative biomechanical sites,
ergonomics, motor control, and more.
The Biomedical Engineering Network lists conference information, jobs for
engineers, academic programs, societies and associations, grants, and
publications. Check them out at
Biomateria.com at http://www.biomateria.com calls itself the
virtual home of the European Biomaterials Network. Read articles from recent
newsletters, conference presentations, international news, EU regulations, and
A sister publication of Design News, MDT offers tons of new products in the
medical field. Check it out at http://
The second site of interest is MedWatch. This part of the site is designed to educate all health professionals about the critical importance of being aware of, monitoring for, and reporting adverse events and problems to the FDA and/or the manufacturer and ensures that safety information is passed on to the medical community. The site offers continuing education articles and several databases including Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database (MAUDE) and the Medical Device Reporting Program (MDR) database which contains more than 600,000 reports from 1984–1996.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.