Medtronic Buys Laser Surgery Firm For Up To $105 Million

Medtronic recently acquired Texas-based laser neurosurgery company Visualase, Inc. for up to $105 million in an all-cash transaction.


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Best Practices For Interventional Cardiovascular Medical Device Trials

Companies seeking to bring implantable cardiovascular products to market, whether they are stents, valves, pacemakers, ventricular assist devices, or other novel technologies, face several significant factors in designing and conducting clinical trials. This paper addresses the four aspects of implantable cardiovascular device clinical trials that Novella Clinical considers most critical: regulatory requirements, reimbursement strategy, clinical challenges, and vendor selection.

Design Verification Testing: The FDA Cares, You Should Too

Design Verification failures are costly, and these costs may be paid not just by development budget and schedule, but may result in rejection of submissions, warning letters, recalls, loss of market share, or in the worse cases, patient harm. Design Verification is one of the most commonly cited sections in recent warning letters issued by the FDA that include findings related to specific sections of the Design Control regulation (21 CFR 820.30).

Medical Device Development: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Incorporating international and emerging markets at an early stage of product development is critical for long-term success in getting to market, but also in bringing costs down by getting started smart. Understanding market opportunities from a regulatory, reimbursement, and healthcare delivery perspective, as well as understanding market fluctuations, is the first step in planning a global strategy.

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  • Cutting Through The Remote Patient Monitoring Hype
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    There is so much hype surrounding remote patient monitoring (RPM) — and related buzzterms like wearables, mobile apps, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and mHealth — that sometimes it is difficult to separate hyperbole from reality. What opportunities does RPM really afford medical device makers? What should they do to take advantage? How do wearables fit into the equation? Should the medtech industry fear or embrace the involvement of tech titans like Google and Apple? Read on for answers to these and other important RPM-related questions.

  • Reverse Engineering A Human Heart Valve
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    The man who literally wrote the book (two books, in fact) on the aortic valve has devised a new artificial valve design that that he says will revolutionize transcatheter aortic valve implementation (TAVI). And if everything goes according to plan, his heart valve could reach European patients in 2015 and U.S. patients soon after. Find out how he and his startup company developed this technology — by using the natural aortic valve for their design output.

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    Do You Make These 5 Usability Mistakes In Your Medtech Development Process?

    Major healthcare systems are starting to pay much closer attention to usability during the medical device procurement process. They are establishing internal human factors teams, having usability experts evaluate technologies prior to purchase, and sharing their learnings with other healthcare systems. If you fall prey to these five usability design pitfalls, your device won’t stand a chance in this new user-centric procurement environment.

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