LEAD STORIES

Apple Watch Drives MD Anderson Cancer Study

Camden, NJ — MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper reportedly is planning a behavioral health study that will require cancer patients to use Apple Watches to track their health data. The pilot project will use an analytics platform developed by behavioral health company Polaris Health Directions.

  • Philips, MIT Forge $25M Research Alliance
    Philips, MIT Forge $25M Research Alliance

    Philips has announced an initial five-year alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition to creating a $25 million research partnership that will support some of MIT’s health technology innovations, the Netherlands-based tech giant will move its North American research hub from Westchester, N.Y., to Cambridge, Mass.

  • 5 Keys To Revitalizing The Medtech Innovation Ecosystem
    5 Keys To Revitalizing The Medtech Innovation Ecosystem

    America’s medical technology industry creates life-saving and life-enhancing treatments and cures that drive efficiencies and cost savings in the health care system, improve the quality of patient care, and generate high-quality jobs that contribute to economic growth. But today, the innovation ecosystem that supports medical technology development is severely stressed. This article proposes a new framework to respond to these challenges, addressing five specific threats to the American innovation ecosystem.

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

  • Factors Hampering Adoption Of Biologic Matrices In EU Market For Soft Tissue Reinforcement And Regeneration
    Factors Hampering Adoption Of Biologic Matrices In EU Market For Soft Tissue Reinforcement And Regeneration

    Since the launch of LifeCell’s AlloDerm product in the United States in 1994, the use of biologic tissue matrices for soft tissue reinforcement and regeneration has grown considerably.

  • 5 Keys To Revitalizing The Medtech Innovation Ecosystem
    5 Keys To Revitalizing The Medtech Innovation Ecosystem

    America’s medical technology industry creates life-saving and life-enhancing treatments and cures that drive efficiencies and cost savings in the health care system, improve the quality of patient care, and generate high-quality jobs that contribute to economic growth. But today, the innovation ecosystem that supports medical technology development is severely stressed. This article proposes a new framework to respond to these challenges, addressing five specific threats to the American innovation ecosystem.

  • How To Apply Lean Problem Solving In Your Medical Device Operations
    How To Apply Lean Problem Solving In Your Medical Device Operations

    In the first installment of Thinking Lean, I introduced the basic philosophy of lean and an overview of its tools and methods. In this article, I will talk about the most foundational aspect of lean — lean problem solving — and will provide a step-by-step process for applying this approach within a medical device company.

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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

  • Best Practices in Quality Systems for Medical Devices

    Medical device manufacturers need to know the requirements that outline the criteria for successful quality programs; the ISO standards, and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) regulations. This white paper discusses the manufacturing requirements of CFR Title 21, Part 820.

Top Ten Tips For Designing Silicone Medical Components

Silicone is biocompatible, inert and stable, flexible, has a low compression set with a wide range of durometers, and offers superior heat resistance. While these unique properties make it an ideal material for medical device components, up-front design considerations should be taken into account as well. This document includes ten tips to guide you through the process of using silicone parts for medical devices.

Avoiding Common Mistakes in Extractables/Leachables Program Design

This white paper from WuXi AppTec discusses how to avoid common mistakes in extractables/leachables program design. To avoid costly errors resulting in delays, additional testing, or test repeating, it is important to consider current standards and contemporary interpretations and opinions that regulators are using to regard each submission.

Improving Low Volume Non-Contact Dispense Precision

This white paper explains how Parker Hannifin’s Smart Syringe Pump overcomes the issues and complications associated with low volume (10µl and lower) non-contact liquid dispensing.

The Art Of Medical Device Design Inputs

Design inputs are the foundation of medical device development. And without a strong foundation, bringing a new product to market can be problematic.

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  • 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
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  • A company developing laser-based tumor ablation systems
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Sensors for Low Pressure Measurement in Medical Devices

Sensors for Low Pressure Measurement in Medical Devices

First Sensor's Sensortechnics LDE series of ultra-low pressure sensors offer pressure ranges from 25 Pa (0.1 in H2O); full scale, very high offset stability and accuracy; simultaneous digital SPI bus and analog output; and high immunity against dust contamination and humidity.

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Step-Down DC-DC Converter: SKY87608

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Corry Micronics offers DC and 50-ohm glass sealed feedthrus. These feedthrus are available in standard and customized packages...
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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Apple Watch Drives MD Anderson Cancer Study
    Apple Watch Drives MD Anderson Cancer Study

    Camden, NJ — MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper reportedly is planning a behavioral health study that will require cancer patients to use Apple Watches to track their health data. The pilot project will use an analytics platform developed by behavioral health company Polaris Health Directions.

  • First 3-D Printed Titanium Cervical Implant Operation Successful
    First 3-D Printed Titanium Cervical Implant Operation Successful

    A team of surgeons in Germany has performed the first spinal fusion operation implanting an individualized cervical implant made from 3-D printed titanium. The implant’s design and manufacture was the result of a collaboration between EIT Emerging Implant Technologies GmbH (EIT) and 3D Systems.

  • Report: China's Sinocare Eyeing Bayer's Diabetes Device Business
    Report: China's Sinocare Eyeing Bayer's Diabetes Device Business

    Sinocare, Inc., a Chinese manufacturer of blood glucose monitors, is reportedly bidding for Bayer's diabetes device unit.

  • Philips, MIT Forge $25M Research Alliance
    Philips, MIT Forge $25M Research Alliance

    Philips has announced an initial five-year alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition to creating a $25 million research partnership that will support some of MIT’s health technology innovations, the Netherlands-based tech giant will move its North American research hub from Westchester, N.Y., to Cambridge, Mass.

  • Students Develop Wearable Device To Monitor Anxiety In Autistic Children

    A wearable device developed by students at the University of British Columbia shows promise in preventing meltdowns in children with autism.

  • Portable Device Test “Squishiness” Of Cancerous Tumors

    Tumors come in all shapes, sizes … and squishiness. And it turns out that matters, if you want to know how to treat them.

  • First Mind-Controlled Bionic Prosthetic Lower Limbs For Amputees Launched

    Two amputees are the first people in the world able to control their Bionic prosthetic legs with their thoughts, thanks to tiny implanted myoelectric sensors (IMES) that have been surgically placed in their residual muscle tissue. The IMES, which was provided by the Alfred Mann Foundation, instantaneously triggers the desired movement, via a receiver located inside the prosthesis. This process occurs subconsciously, continuously and in real-time.

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