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My Favorite Bookmarks

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Originally Published MPMN May 2002


My Favorite Bookmarks

Ryan Pierce
Research and Development Engineer
Concentric Medical Inc.

Zachary Turke

Stanford Medical Device eSource ( is a directory of on-line resources that specifically target medical device designers. Conceived as part of the university's biomedical engineering curriculum, this site helps to simplify the task of knowledge management that is often a problem for our profession. Combining a Web portal with customized content, the page is a one-stop clearinghouse for trade journals, intellectual property information, and engineering data.

Science Made Simple ( is where I go when I need a quick and convenient way of converting different units of measure. Of course as device designers, we all know that 3 Fr = 1 mm, but this site is worth bookmarking for less-memorable conversions. The page even includes a currency convertor, which comes in handy when preparing expense reports.

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary ( is one of several useful medical dictionaries I've found on the Web. Hosted by InteliHealth, this dictionary has more than 35,000 entries, complete with pronunciation suggestions and hyperlinked cross-references when applicable. I have to read a lot of technical papers, and the convenience of this site leaves me no excuse for not looking up any unfamiliar clinical terminology I come across.

Medical Industry Today ( provides a free and concise report of the latest news on devices, diagnostics, biotechnology, market issues, corporate acquisitions, and world health. Available daily via fax or e-mail, this publication generally contains about 10 stories in both brief-synopsis and full-text formats. It only takes me a few minutes a day to scan the headlines, and I find it helpful for keeping in tune with what's going on in the industry.

Concentric Medical Inc. (Mountain View, CA; creates novel treatments in the field of interventional neuroradiology, including devices for stroke and tumors. In addition to standard products such as guide catheters, microcatheters, and guidewires, the company develops thrombus and foreign-body retrieval devices and drug-delivering embolic particles.

Medical Product Manufacturing News is seeking design engineers to share their Internet expertise with our readers. If you or someone else from your company would like to participate in this column, please contact associate editor Zachary Turke by phoning 310/445-4268 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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