Bessel launches accelerator program for medtech startups

Bessel and an Alabama tech hub today said they are launching Hatch Powered by Bessel, an accelerator program for medtech startups.

Applications are now open for the 10-week program, which starts in Fairhope, Alabama, this summer.

The accelerator “combines the passion of startup founders, the guidance of seasoned medical device experts, and the burgeoning startup ecosystem and investment in Alabama,” Bessel said in a news release. “… The program aims to equip medtech startups to create sustainable and scalable innovations—breakthroughs that scale—and to give founders the entrepreneurial resource ecosystem they need for long-term success.”

Startups selected for the program will receive a travel stipend, access to events and workshops, and guidance on strategy, fundraising and execution from lifescience industry entrepreneurs who will act as mentors and advisors.

The startups will be offered funding…

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Advances in resin 3D printing you should put to work today

If you’ve looked at resin 3D printing in the past and aren’t currently taking advantage, it’s worth another look.

By Chris Danek, Bessel and Trion Concepts

3D printing has long been a staple for rapid prototyping of medical devices. Recent advances in additive manufacturing with resin cure systems have greatly expanded the capabilities available — in many cases, right on the R&D engineer’s desktop.

We now have resins that behave similarly to engineering thermoplastics like ABS, polycarbonate and even elastomeric materials. And print speeds and resolutions have increased dramatically.

Together, these advanced materials and improved printing mean resin printers can produce highly functional parts and high-fidelity prototypes to iterate designs for short-run production and as a bridge to injection-molded tools. Let’s explore how medical device manufacturers are using these advancements to innovate the traditional design and production process.

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Texas-based team seeks EUA for 3D printed emergency ventilator

Image from Scott Crawford, TTUHSC El Paso

A team of physicians and engineers developed a hands-free resuscitator bag compression device that can be utilized as an emergency ventilator during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the pandemic goes on and a shortage of vital equipment, including ventilators, continues, a number of companies and research teams from all over have worked to create alternative options. One such alternative is this collaboration from researchers at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and The University of Texas at El Paso, with contributions from Bessel, Ansys and Stratasys (NSDQ:SSYS).

The Texas Breather (TM) is designed to fall into the FDA’s new category of devices that qualify for emergency use authorization (EUA), the emergency use resuscitator systems (EURS). It includes an adjustable degree of compression and respiratory rate with a simple design that inclu…

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