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College Freshmen Develop Single-Use Numbing Device To Lessen Injection Pain

Students at Rice University have created a device that uses ordinary coolants to numb the skin prior to an injection. The project targets both children and elderly patients who are susceptible to noncompliance due to the pain caused by needles.

  • An Introduction To Lean For Medical Device Manufacturers
    An Introduction To Lean For Medical Device Manufacturers

    This is the first in a series of articles on the ways that medical device manufacturers can transform their operations — and gain a competitive advantage in the market — by implementing lean strategies. In this installment, Darren Dolcemascolo, senior partner and co-founder of EMS Consulting Group, discusses the framework for lean manufacturing and why it is particularly useful to those in the medical device industry.

  • IBM Partners With Medtronic, J&J, Apple On Watson-Powered Big Data Platform
    IBM Partners With Medtronic, J&J, Apple On Watson-Powered Big Data Platform

    IBM recently announced separate agreements with Apple Inc., Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Medtronic Inc. to aggregate health data from different apps and devices into a secure, cloud-based platform. The “big data” platform would allow patients, providers, insurers and companies to share information and glean insights from the massive amount of health data generated by millions of devices today to achieve personalized, affordable, and more effective treatments.

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

  • An Introduction To Lean For Medical Device Manufacturers
    An Introduction To Lean For Medical Device Manufacturers

    This is the first in a series of articles on the ways that medical device manufacturers can transform their operations — and gain a competitive advantage in the market — by implementing lean strategies. In this installment, Darren Dolcemascolo, senior partner and co-founder of EMS Consulting Group, discusses the framework for lean manufacturing and why it is particularly useful to those in the medical device industry.

  • Q1 Peripheral Vascular Market Analysis: Drug Coated Balloon Landscape Evolves, Surprise Buyer For Cordis
    Q1 Peripheral Vascular Market Analysis: Drug Coated Balloon Landscape Evolves, Surprise Buyer For Cordis

    Med Device Online is pleased to introduce Medtech Trendwatch, a new monthly guest column series from analyst firm Decision Resources Group (DRG). Each installment will explore the latest trends in a major therapy area of the medical device industry. In this first installment, Louise Murphy, DRG's Medtech Cardiovascular Insights team lead, breaks down four of the top stories from Q1 2015 that are shaking up the peripheral vascular (PV) devices market.

  • ISO 9001:2015 — What Medical Device Manufacturers Need To Know
    ISO 9001:2015 — What Medical Device Manufacturers Need To Know

    ISO 9001:2015, which will likely be published in the fall of this will give medical device companies a preview of some forthcoming revisions to ISO 13485 and a head start on implementing the necessary changes to ensure compliance. This article will review some of the critical changes in the current draft international standard (DIS) that we can reasonably expect to see in ISO 9001:2015, what these changes will mean to medical device manufacturers, and what they can do to start preparing.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • Developing A Surgical Robotics System That Doctors Really Want — And Hospitals Can Afford
    Developing A Surgical Robotics System That Doctors Really Want — And Hospitals Can Afford

    TransEnterix has taken a most unconventional approach to the design of its SurgiBot platform for laparoscopic surgery. While traditional systems are controlled via a console located outside the sterile field, TransEnterix decided to return the surgeon to the patient’s bedside. The result is a robotic surgery system that is quite literally just what the doctor ordered — and that costs a fraction of existing platforms. Med Device Online recently spoke to Todd Pope, the company's president and CEO, about the rigorous process TransEnterix used to incorporate stakeholder feedback from across the healthcare system in SurgiBot’s design.

  • Companies To Watch: Novian Health
    Companies To Watch: Novian Health

    With its novel, laser-based technology, this early-stage company hopes to displace lumpectomy as the standard of care for eliminating breast tumors after early detection.

  • 3D-Printed Injection Molding: The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?
    3D-Printed Injection Molding: The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?

    3D printing has fundamentally changed the way medical devices are prototyped and tested; however, the technology can carry a product only so far into the development process, primarily due to material constraints. Injection molding (IM) can generate highly accurate prototypes in final production materials, but the process is not without its own drawbacks. Now, a hybrid prototyping process has emerged, offering medical device developers the best of both worlds — the speed and economy of 3D printing combined with the material and accuracy advantages of IM.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

The Unique Requirements For Wireless Medical Devices

Medical device designers and manufacturers who don’t understand the unique requirements for ensuring success in a WLAN (wireless local area network) deployed solution run the risk of their device having adverse performance, potential regulatory recalls, the need for a product re-design, revenue loss, and competitive market positioning.  

Which Screw Is Best For You?

This white paper was written to provide a thorough understanding of screw drive trains and the many options available.

Understanding Connector Operating Voltage

It can be difficult to determine exactly how much voltage a connector can safely carry as the effects of humidity, air pressure, or safety requirements need to be considered. This paper discusses the different conditions engineers may encounter that can impact operating voltage in the connectors they specify so that they’ll perform as expected, even in challenging environments.

Medical Device Metal-To-Plastic Conversion In 6 Steps

With quickly increasing healthcare costs and improving technology, designers across the medical device industry are being tasked to increase performance and decrease costs associated with their products. One of the most effective methods for performance enhancement and cost cutting is metal-to-plastic conversion. Plastics can be used to replace even the strongest and stiffest steel devices by incorporating simple design modifications.

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MED DEVICE INSIGHTS

Success in today’s medical device industry requires innovative ways of thinking about traditional and evolving problems. To this end, Med Device Online is pleased to bring you Med Device Insights, a new digital publication that imparts fresh perspectives and strategies from your peers and other thought leaders in the space. Our first issue includes original articles about:

  • A revolutionary new approach to rapid prototyping
  • The unintended consequences of new payment paradigms
  • Factors to consider when developing your India strategy
  • Using Internet-of-Things-style protocols for connected devices
  • Steps to identify the right clinical outsourcing partner
  • A company developing laser-based tumor ablation systems
  • And more...

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE

Design and Development of Advanced Optical Applications

Design and Development of Advanced Optical Applications

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Medical RF & Microwave Semiconductors

Medical RF & Microwave Semiconductors

Skyworks offers a large variety of RF and microwave semiconductor products for use in medical devices. Common applications include glucose monitoring, defibrillators, hearing aids, pacemakers, MRI scanners, and others.

Citranox: Acid Cleaner And Detergent

Citranox: Acid Cleaner And Detergent

Concentrated to save you money. Phosphate free, biodegradable and readily disposable. Penetrating wetting power to save you time. Free rinsing to give you reliable results and no interfering residues. Use to pass your cleaning validation tests for lab accreditation and plant inspection approval. Contains acid ingredients for high performance removal of metal oxides, salts and inorganic residues combined with full detergent capability.

Solenoid Valves: LFV Series

The LFV Series is made up of 5 styles of solenoid valves available in standard and low pressure models. These valves are designed with a contoured path flow to minimize damage to “delicate” fluids, and a smaller internal volume to reduce the fluid amounts necessary to fill a system, and sample and reagent requirements.

Plastic Injection Molding

Plastic Injection Molding

PTI’s plastic injection molding services include short-run molding, scientific molding, and micro molding for a wide variety of applications. These services can be utilized for single prototype testing all the way through high volume production.

Solid State Amplifier for EMC Compliance Testing: 50S1G6

Solid State Amplifier for EMC Compliance Testing: 50S1G6

AR’s solid state amplifiers are often used in medical EMC compliance test efforts. The 50S1G6 is a class A solid state amplifier which provides 50 watts of output power from 0.7 to 6 GHz.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • College Freshmen Develop Single-Use Numbing Device To Lessen Injection Pain
    College Freshmen Develop Single-Use Numbing Device To Lessen Injection Pain

    Students at Rice University have created a device that uses ordinary coolants to numb the skin prior to an injection. The project targets both children and elderly patients who are susceptible to noncompliance due to the pain caused by needles.

  • Abbott Introduces Affordable OTC Glucometer Amid Reimbursement Pressures
    Abbott Introduces Affordable OTC Glucometer Amid Reimbursement Pressures

    Abbott recently received FDA clearance for a new over-the-counter glucose monitor that is a more affordable alternative to expensive branded glucometers and test strips. Patients can purchase the device without related insurance paperwork or copays.

  • Device Could Enable Pain-Free, At-Home Blood Collection — Without Needles
    Device Could Enable Pain-Free, At-Home Blood Collection — Without Needles

    Startup company Tasso, Inc. is developing a device that uses suction to withdraw a small blood sample when held against the skin for two minutes. Users report that the process is virtually pain-free, and the developers say the device could provide safe and convenient blood draws in a home-care environment.

  • Report: M&A Activity In European Medtech Sector On The Upswing
    Report: M&A Activity In European Medtech Sector On The Upswing

    A recent market research report reveals that mergers and acquisitions (M&As) among medical device companies in Europe are increasing. The main drivers for the increased M&A activity in the region are pricing pressures, decreased reimbursements, and cost considerations.

  • IBM Partners With Medtronic, J&J, Apple On Watson-Powered Big Data Platform
    IBM Partners With Medtronic, J&J, Apple On Watson-Powered Big Data Platform

    IBM recently announced separate agreements with Apple Inc., Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Medtronic Inc. to aggregate health data from different apps and devices into a secure, cloud-based platform. The “big data” platform would allow patients, providers, insurers and companies to share information and glean insights from the massive amount of health data generated by millions of devices today to achieve personalized, affordable, and more effective treatments.

  • Scientists Develop Paper-based Test For Morphine, Potential Use In Diagnostics
    Scientists Develop Paper-based Test For Morphine, Potential Use In Diagnostics

    A Finnish research team has developed a morphine test that can be ink-jet printed on paper. The researchers claim that their technology is cost-effective, portable, and could also be developed as a test for other narcotics or for use in medical diagnostics.

  • World’s First Use Of Cold Plasma To Selectively Kills Cancer Cells In Clinical Procedure

    A surgical team coordinated by the US Medical Innovations, LLC (USMI) family of companies, completed the world’s first clinical procedure using cold plasma for the selective killing of cancerous tissue at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA This groundbreaking surgery was performed on a patient who had previously been diagnosed with inoperable Stage 4 Colon Cancer, through a one-time pre-market Compassionate Use exemption from the Food and Drug Administration.

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