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Ron Sully, Director of Marketing

Welcome to OMNInews the electronic newsletter from Omnica Corporation. 
Here's our bi-monthly selection of news, trending topics, and what's happening at Omnica.                                  
Ron Sully - Director of Marketing 

August/September 2014

OMNInews Original Article  Five Essentials Inventors and Start-up Firms Need for Product Success.  Nation-wide, fewer than 5% of new product ideas actually succeed. With those odds, how does one judge which start-up firms or inventors-with-an-idea have the best chance of bringing their product to market? Before a prospect becomes a client, contract product developers need to verify these five fundamentals for success.       

    How much is your invention worth?

There is a distinction between inventors and entrepreneurs. The former is an idea person and a problem solver. Entrepreneurs commercialize products and create value. It is easy to understand which individuals and businesses are most likely to attract financial support. Find out what investors need to see, before they open their wallet.  


  The blurred distinction between consumer and clinical apps The FDA has stated they will focus guidance efforts on apps that pose a risk to patients if they don't work as intended. An emerging problem is large tech companies who are offering apps and platforms like Apple Health Kit and Google Fit with features (like cloud services) and functions
that may venture into regulated territory. There is talk that a special FDA group will be required to monitor these new applications, which could possibly be classified as either clinical or informational.                                         Adidas Fit Smart


  Metal parts with the push of a button It seems like every recent industry magazine contains articles featuring 3D printers and plastic parts prototyping. Printing complex plastic components is a mature technology, and it saves a lot of time compared to machining. Now the big news is printing 3D metal parts as substitutes for machined alloys. In the future, is it projected they will be used in high-volume production. BMW says within 10 years they will use high-speed printers for producing engine cores (see above). The machines are expensive, but if they can create parts with the push of a button, 3D metal printers could speed production time and significantly cut manufacturing costs.
  House plants that can't keep a secret  In 1962 Arthur C. Clark famously stated, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". Spoken words cause sound waves that vibrate objects in the same room. Opera singers can shatter wine glasses, can't they? Scientists at MIT have capitalized on this principle by filming vibrations of a house plant through soundproof glass, and later analyzing the motion to reconstruct audio.The professors have listened to plants, a glass of water, and a bag of chips to divine what was said in their presence. 


OMNICA News and Announcements . . .  

   Optical Detection Technologies are used in probably 85% of clinical chemistry and immunoassay analyzers. These techniques provide highly sensitive and accurate ways to analyze and detect minute concentrations of hormones, cancer markers, drugs, infectious disease organisms, and contaminants. Biological constituents such as glucose, cholesterol, and other metabolites are routinely measured in this way.


Optical screening detectors use specific wavelength light sources to excite and identify labeled targets. More recently, multi wavelengths are being used to broaden the information gathered in fluorescence-based assays. Some detection methods used for analysis are time-resolved fluorescence for continuous-flow microfluidic systems, and high-throughput imaging for DNA testing.


We have developed a number of products that use Optical Detection Technology, including a photon-counting immunoassay device, fluorescence-based dissolved oxygen probes, and a device that uses reflectance photometry. The analysis method is well-suited for lab-on-a-chip  applications and microfluidic devices that use small or low volume sample sizes, micro-arrays and other miniaturized high-throughput devices.   


As you can imagine, stray light can be a problem when designingoptical detection devices. Scientists in the UK have developed a super-black material using carbon nanotubes that absorbs more than 99.9% of the light it encounters. 


VantaBlack is darker than Audrey's dress.
o black, you can't see the foil wrinkles on its surface.
   Employment opportunity  

 We are still searching for a talented Mechanical Engineer to join the Omnica team.
1)  Minimum 10 years healthcare product development experience
2)  Hands-on engineer with 3D CAD proficiency
3)  Capable of working on multiple projects with interdisciplinary teams.

Contact Earl Robinson, president, at employment@omnica.com

    September Calendar Quiz  
The high wire daredevil in September's image is ambling above which city in Brazil? A right answer will win you a Starbucks gift card. Make the best use of it by reading when to drink coffee for maximum effectiveness. It's late in the year, but if you didn't receive your 2014 desk calendar, contact me and I'll send the collector's item (in 2025) to your address.

Did you miss past articles?  You can read them here:
July            Bolster your Portfolio with Design Patents 
         Time and Material vs Fixed Price Bids  
Four Types of Clients to Avoid  
   Hiring a Full Service Manufacturer vs a Product Development Firm  

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               Please Call:  Ron Sully - 949-472-0275

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   We are different than other product developers. Omnica is a full service high-tech design and engineering firm in business for 29 years. We have 28 full-time employees, and perform all design and engineering services in house, at our Irvine facility. Our specialty is developing medical devices for both start-up companies, large firms like Terumo, Alcon, Instrumentation Laboratory, BD, Medtronic, Allergan, and others.