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Medtronic Non-Infringement Win Stands, Supreme Court Passes On Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a ruling by a Federal Circuit court that declared that Medtronic did not infringe on implantable defibrillator patents held by Mirowski Family Ventures (MFV), because MFV, as owner of the patents, failed to show proof of infringement.

  • Will Medtech Companies Kiss Irish Tax Inversions Goodbye?
    Will Medtech Companies Kiss Irish Tax Inversions Goodbye?

    Ireland is moving to end the “Double Irish” tax loophole that allows foreign companies to pay significantly lower tax rates. This change in policy could boost tax rates for a great many U.S. companies, including some big names in the medical device industry.

  • Making Mass Spectroscopy Mobile
    Making Mass Spectroscopy Mobile

    Using a new sampling technique combined with a portable mass spectrometer, Purdue University researchers have created a miniaturized lab. A long list of tests can now be run rapidly without conventional sample preparation methods.

  • New Medical Device Coating Prevents Blood Clots, Repels Bacteria
    New Medical Device Coating Prevents Blood Clots, Repels Bacteria

    Implantable medical devices have always been challenged by blood clots and bacterial infection. Now, a new surface coating developed by Harvard researchers could solve both of those problems — using materials already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

  • 10 Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Using Open Source Software
    10 Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Using Open Source Software

    The entire Internet runs on open source software (OSS) and, if we used it more in medical devices, it would lead to reduced costs and increase the quality of devices. If you ask some regulatory affairs folks in medical device companies, they think OSS is too “dangerous” for use in safety critical systems.

  • Biologic Grafts Driving Growth In U.S. Soft Tissue Reinforcement And Regeneration Market
    Biologic Grafts Driving Growth In U.S. Soft Tissue Reinforcement And Regeneration Market

    Soft tissue is a crucial component of the human body that serves to connect, support, or surround other structures. Seeing as the main component of soft tissue, collagen, is the most abundant protein in mammals, it is of utmost importance that this tissue remains healthy. Complications with soft tissue can result in a myriad of medical conditions that often can only be treated successfully via surgical intervention.

  • Making Breast Cancer Screening Available Worldwide — Without Radiation Or Pain
    Making Breast Cancer Screening Available Worldwide — Without Radiation Or Pain

    In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month’s CEO Corner profiles the founder of a breast cancer diagnostics company whose mission is to provide less-expensive, easy-to-use screening tools to the developing world — and radiation- and pain-free options to specific patient groups in the U.S. Mihir Shah, CEO of UE LifeSciences, recently told me the story about how his company began, the struggles it faced in bringing its products to market, and the strategies it used to overcome those challenges.

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ARTICLES

  • Intelligent Fluid Couplings Communicate Critical Device And Process Data
    Intelligent Fluid Couplings Communicate Critical Device And Process Data

    Like many other devices these days, a select group of fluid connectors can now be found in the growing ranks of “intelligent” products. In addition to moving fluids, these high-tech connectors move data, thanks to the innovative use of wireless communication technology. This article outlines the benefits of implementing RFID-enabled couplings into a fluid handling system. By Dennis Downs, Colder Products Company

Proto Labs Helps Develop a Wearable Hand Sanitizer

This case study explains how the SwipeSense, a portable hand sanitizer that attaches to clothing and tracks usage, went from a design on a Post-It note to a tangible product. It also discusses how ProtoLabs’ plastic injection molding services and their design software were used to help. 

Improved Production Yields While Reducing Processing Costs For Blood Sampling Device

Axis-Shield created the Afinion blood analyzer for doctors located mainly in Europe and the United States for quantitative testing of certain complaints at a patient’s point of care.

Managing Risk in Medical Connectors

This paper will help to educate designers and manufacturers of medical devices who integrate electrical connectors into their design on some recent changes made by the FDA, and the implications of the new regulations.

Choosing The Right Linear Drive Train

Whether you are designing your own motion solution, selecting components from a supplier, or working with a system solutions provider, understanding drive train selection is a key to a successful and reliable machine. This paper will outline the key performance characteristics to take into account for your next motion application. The goal of the paper is to provide you with guidelines to make your decision easier, faster, and more accurate.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • 5 Keys To Protecting Your Medical Device From Cybersecurity Threats
    5 Keys To Protecting Your Medical Device From Cybersecurity Threats

    In this nascent era of connected healthcare, medical devices must be evaluated in a much broader context than simply a series of discrete patient engagements. They should be viewed as the basic building blocks of a massive national biomedical device network, one that undergirds our nation’s entire healthcare infrastructure. Unfortunately, they are also the most vulnerable components of that system. Learn how to protect your devices, the national network, and patients from malware and hackers.

  • The DOJ & cGMP Enforcement: What The Medtech Industry Can Learn From Pharma’s Folly
    The DOJ & cGMP Enforcement: What The Medtech Industry Can Learn From Pharma’s Folly

    What would you say if I told you that failure to comply with FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) could soon cost your company millions — as much as $505 million, or even $750 million? Those are the amounts paid by pharmaceutical manufacturers in recent years to settle allegations of manufacturing adulterated product that eventually ended up in Medicaid and other government healthcare programs. If you think these examples don’t apply to you because you’re a medical device manufacturer, then think again.

  • Graphene Biosensors — The Next Frontier In Medical Diagnostics?
    Graphene Biosensors — The Next Frontier In Medical Diagnostics?

    Graphene — the übermaterial that is 1 million times thinner than paper, 100 times stronger than steel, and the world’s best conductor of both electricity and heat — has become one of the hottest areas of materials science R&D over the past decade. Much of the graphene research has focused on two main objectives: 1) finding a way to better manufacture the substance, and 2) identifying the best applications for it. Recently, I was introduced to a company that claims to be close to achieving both goals, and its work could have considerable influence on how graphene is used in healthcare, particularly in the area of in vitro diagnostics.

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  • Medtronic Non-Infringement Win Stands, Supreme Court Passes On Appeal
    Medtronic Non-Infringement Win Stands, Supreme Court Passes On Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a ruling by a Federal Circuit court that declared that Medtronic did not infringe on implantable defibrillator patents held by Mirowski Family Ventures (MFV), because MFV, as owner of the patents, failed to show proof of infringement.

  • Wireless Pressure Sensor Could Enable Touch-Sensitive Prosthetics
    Wireless Pressure Sensor Could Enable Touch-Sensitive Prosthetics

    A new wireless technology may take pressure sensing to a new level in prostheses and intracranial pressure monitoring.

  • FDA Releases New Guidance On Market Recall Vs. Removal
    FDA Releases New Guidance On Market Recall Vs. Removal

    To address confusion on when to recall a product, an area that many companies struggle with, the FDA has issued a guidance document in its final form.

  • Ebola Patient Treated With Investigational Blood Filtration Device
    Ebola Patient Treated With Investigational Blood Filtration Device

    For the first time, Ebola is being treated using the Aethlon Hemopurifier (AHP) system. The method is a novel approach to treating viruses that filters them from the blood along with certain protein-based pathogens.

  • Will Medtech Companies Kiss Irish Tax Inversions Goodbye?
    Will Medtech Companies Kiss Irish Tax Inversions Goodbye?

    Ireland is moving to end the “Double Irish” tax loophole that allows foreign companies to pay significantly lower tax rates. This change in policy could boost tax rates for a great many U.S. companies, including some big names in the medical device industry.

  • Making Mass Spectroscopy Mobile
    Making Mass Spectroscopy Mobile

    Using a new sampling technique combined with a portable mass spectrometer, Purdue University researchers have created a miniaturized lab. A long list of tests can now be run rapidly without conventional sample preparation methods.

  • New Medical Device Coating Prevents Blood Clots, Repels Bacteria
    New Medical Device Coating Prevents Blood Clots, Repels Bacteria

    Implantable medical devices have always been challenged by blood clots and bacterial infection. Now, a new surface coating developed by Harvard researchers could solve both of those problems — using materials already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Could RFID Tech Improve Breast Cancer Surgery?
    Could RFID Tech Improve Breast Cancer Surgery?

    University of Wisconsin researchers are currently working on using implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to guide surgeons to a tumor’s location. They believe that the technology has the potential to replace painful and less accurate wire localization methods.

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