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Are You Satisfied With The FDA?
Are You Satisfied With The FDA?

More than half of Americans are displeased with President Donald Trump's performance to date, and nearly four-fifths of the nation collectively sighs when evaluating Congress. So what does the medtech industry think of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as we near the halfway point of 2017? The answer may surprise you. 

  • Engaging A Life Science Consultant: Common Pitfalls & Best Practices
    Engaging A Life Science Consultant: Common Pitfalls & Best Practices

    This article summarizes insights gleaned from interviews with multiple consultants, each of whom has at least 25 years’ experience in the life sciences space — and from conversations with the life science companies who hire such consultants to ensure that their systems meet the product quality attribute/specification requirements mandated by their respective regulators.

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Proving Its Worth As An Opioid Alternative For Long-Term Treatment Of Chronic Pain
    Spinal Cord Stimulation Proving Its Worth As An Opioid Alternative For Long-Term Treatment Of Chronic Pain

    While opioids are a quick fix to chronic pain, and the up-front costs of SCS far exceed the cost of an opioid prescription, SCS is a less dangerous and more effective treatment that will only become more clinically effective with further product improvements.

  • An Introduction To qFMEA – A Tool For QMS Risk Management
    An Introduction To qFMEA – A Tool For QMS Risk Management

    Probably the most significant concern for anyone responsible for implementing, deploying, and maintaining a quality management system is the integration of risk-based thinking. This article is an expansion on the idea presented by John Vanhouwe, QA manager at IAC Group, in his article Risk Based Thinking: Making Use of a New FMEA Tool Called O-FMEA.

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  • How Many FDA Premarket Applications Are Necessary For Your Combination Product?
    How Many FDA Premarket Applications Are Necessary For Your Combination Product?

    Often, an already-approved drug can further benefit patients when applied with a medical device. In such cases, the pharmaceutical product sponsor may utilize the 505(b)(2) pathway for regulatory approval of the combination product. But even when the regulatory pathway is known, submission strategies for regulatory approval of combination products can be challenging and confusing. The development and review of combination products in the U.S. typically requires the involvement of multiple centers within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the oversight of the FDA’s Office of Combination Products (OCP).

Validation: A Key Stage In Mobile Health Development

To enter the rapidly growing mobile health space, companies must overcome the Mobile Health Development-crucial hurdle of validation. This process demonstrates that the app – in combination with the underlying technology platform / device – performs comparably to traditional products on the market..

IoT-Enabled Medical Devices Are The Wave Of The Future

Winning in the medical devices market of the future requires mastering advanced technologies – or finding a partner with these capabilities. The global Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare market is forecasted to reach $410 billion by 2022. To succeed in this arena, device companies need to stay out in front of manufacturing innovations so they can quickly integrate information technology (IT) functionality into their products, accelerate time to market and control costs.

Using A Component Management Process To Scale Up Manufacturing Of Drug Delivery Devices

The best practice for fitting multiple parts into a single assembly at tight tolerances is to choose a single component supplier with a sufficient array of core competencies in advanced device manufacturing methods. The chosen supplier should also utilize a well-designed component management process that includes close attention to important elements, proper planning, and high performance levels to provide an affordable, highly scalable drug delivery device.

Segmentation Of The Diagnostics Market

The in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market is commonly segmented by techniques, products, application, end users, and geography. To better navigate the IVD diagnostic market landscape, understanding and recognizing how each segment is distinct, yet related to one another is critical for the company that wants to optimize its opportunities within this market.

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SOLUTIONS

Medical Silicone Processes Medical Silicone Processes

FMI is committed to providing the highest quality of silicone components for medical devices. Using the highest process controls alongside the most rigorous quality tools, FMI is able to ensure patient safety and 100 percent inspection of every single component before it ships.

Pressure Relief Valves (For Plastic) Pressure Relief Valves (For Plastic)

The IMH Pressure Relief Valves for plastic incorporate a simple, press-in design for easy installation. With features including metal to metal seating, the valves provide low leakage, highly repeatable cracking pressure, and compatibility with a wide range of fluids and gases.

Solid-State Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) For Near-Ultraviolet or Red, Green & Blue Light Detection Solid-State Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) For Near-Ultraviolet or Red, Green & Blue Light Detection

First Sensor offers a new series of innovative solid-state silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) that are designed to detect ultra-low light levels down to single photons. These detectors are optimized for near-ultraviolet (Series SiPM-NUV) or red, green, and blue (Series SiPM-RGB) light detection with peak sensitivities at 420 nm or 550 nm. Key features include a low operating voltage, high gain and low noise, and immunity to magnet fields.

Rapid Tooling And Medical Device Prototyping Rapid Tooling And Medical Device Prototyping

Donatelle’s rapid tooling and prototyping services help accelerate the design process and bring critical medical device products to market – faster. With an experienced team of engineers, mold designers, machinists, and toolmakers, they are able to produce near-net shape parts with near production tolerances, machined or molded, in as little as a few days.

Motion Control Products: Coreless Motors Motion Control Products: Coreless Motors

Canon’s coreless motors are part of the family of dc-motor products that are custom manufactured to achieve the exact speed, power, and currents required for OEM applications. These motors feature a small footprint, high power output, and a low moment of inertial that provides quick response rates and high controllability. They are ideal for many applications including cameras and pumps. Customization and other options are available on request.

Metal Additive Manufacturing Metal Additive Manufacturing

PTI offers metal additive manufacturing to improve productivity and quality for sinks, over-long cycles, and the so called ‘impossible’ cooling challenges. PTI uses a power bed fusion process aided by 3D data that supplies a thin layer of metal powder to the machine base plate. Designers then use a laser beam to sinter the metal powder to form shapes, allowing creation of designs not possible with the subtractive manufacturing process.

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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. Working by the side of its customers from concept to patient, West creates products that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of the world's pharmaceutical drug supply.

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