Role of Biomedical Sales Engineer
No one dreams about working as a sales engineer after graduating as a biomedical engineer, but with limited options available one may try his hand at this job.
Biomedical being such a huge industry and its product base being enormous the companies are in need for sales and marketing people. Many national and multi-national companies have set their base and there are distributors for the products of these companies, so the job opportunities are always available.
Having said this it is always better to work for a Parent company than for a distributor.
A dream job would be getting an opportunity to work for Draeger, Maquet, GE, Philips, Smiths Medical, Olympus.
List of 25 Dream companies every biomedical engineer wants to work for
App, device clicks selfie to monitor cholesterol
Scientists at Cornell University have developed a new device which enables your smartphone’s camera to read your cholesterol level instantly – by clicking a selfie.
The gadget eliminates the need for clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices.
Cornell University engineers claim the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics, or “smartCARD,” could save lives – by reading out cholesterol level in about a minute.
First bionic hand that can feel
The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.
The wiring of his new bionic hand will be connected to the patient’s nervous system via electrodes clipped onto two of the arm’s main nerves, the median and the ulnar nerves.
With this the man will be able to control the movements of the hand as well as receiving touch signals from the hand’s skin sensors.
Researchers Create Inner Ear from Stem Cells
Researchers have converted embryonic stem cells from mice into structures of the inner-ear. The breakthrough will help with cellular therapy and new drugs for inner-ear disorders.
Scientists from Indiana University have transformed mouse embryonic stem cells into key structures of the inner ear.
These are stem-cell-derived sensory hair cells (in red) with hair bundles (green).
Cellular nuclei are shown in blue.
Artificial Livers a step close to reality
An Indian origin scientist and her team have made a discovery that could lead to development of artificial livers for transplantation.
Researchers identify compounds that help liver cells grow outside the body. The discovery might be used to produce artificial liver tissue for transplantation.
In this image, the cell nuclei are stained blue. The green stain identifies liver cells, and the red stain identifies cells that are actively dividing.
Baby’s life saved with 3D-printed breathing device
A baby who was born with a serious medical condition is now able to breathe on his own after doctors created a new device with the aid of a 3D printer.
A bioresorbable splint used for first time, successfully stopped life-threatening tracheobronchomalacia.
Top: Baby Kaiba with his mother April Gionfriddo a few months after the surgery.; Bottom: The device shown is similar to the one used to save the life of Kaiba.
Every day, baby would stop breathing, his collapsed bronchus blocking the crucial flow of air to his lungs. April and Bryan Gionfriddo watched their baby helplessly, praying that somehow the dire predictions weren’t true.
New paper will lead to cheap medical devices
US researchers have created a new type of paper that repels liquids, including water and oil; work could lead to new generation of biomedical diagnostics devices.
How about a paper material that wouldn’t be affected by water, oil or any other variety of liquids? Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new type of paper that repels liquids, including water and oil.
Georgia Tech professor Dennis Hess and graduate research assistant Lester Li work on the new paper samples
Cradle turns smartphone into a biosensor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses and other molecules.
The cradle for the iPhone that turns it into a handheld biosensor using the camera and processor
Having such sensitive biosensing capabilities in the field could enable on-the-spot tracking of groundwater contamination, combine the phone’s GPS data with biosensing data to map the spread of pathogens, or provide immediate and inexpensive medical diagnostic tests in field clinics or contaminant checks in the food processing.
About biomedical engineering
Biomedical Engineers topped the technology and science category in the year 2011, according to U.S. news and world report in 50 Best careers. Biomedical is deemed as a career of future!
Well those reading the word “Biomedical Engineering” for the first time would quickly open a new tab and google it!
According to Wikipedia definition “Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology. This field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine: It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare diagnosis, monitoring and therapy”
Role of Biomedical Engineer In a Hospital:
Purchase of equipment’s (which includes inviting quotations/tenders for purchasing new equipment’s/machines & preparing comparison chart for the same).
Writing specifications for all the new equipment’s & machinery.
Evaluating the equipment &machinery on the basis of its initial cost as well as its operating cost: since many times, the high maintenance & operating cost of the equipment turns out to be much higher than the initial cost.
Inspection of incoming equipment & machinery and doing pre-acceptance checks before official acceptance & payment.
Maintaining records; for e.g. equipment history.
Setting standards & ensuring their compliance.
Maintaining the equipment to the best of its performance by organizing a planned maintenance program for all equipment’s and attending to emergency breakdowns and repairs.
Arranging for training programs for personnel in clinical engineering department as well as the end users.
Advising & providing expertise to the medical staff & administration.
Maintaining equipment inventory for all existing & incoming equipment’s.
Active involvement in the activities of the hospital’s safety committee & checking safety hazards.
Monitoring contract services viz. A.M.C. and C.M.C.
Keeping record of the Spares/consumable items.