ARTICLES BY BOB MARSHALL

Good Money No Longer Goes To Die In Neuroscience
Good Money No Longer Goes To Die In Neuroscience The human body is miraculous in its ability to heal. We cut ourselves shaving and the wound quickly scabs over, healing completely in a couple weeks. We break a bone in our arm or leg and the ends of the broken bone knit themselves back together, healing in a couple months. But, what happens when we injure our brain?  Continue Reading...
Diners, Devices, And Dives
Diners, Devices, And Dives We are often drawn to bright, shiny objects of some sort. This holds true for the medical device industry as well. The top four economic areas in the U.S. for medical device employment in 2015 were Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, and Minneapolis. As I look at my home state of Pennsylvania, I see a microcosm of the national paradigm.  Continue Reading...
Hammering Home A Solution For The Opioid Crisis
Hammering Home A Solution For The Opioid Crisis Have you ever accidently struck your thumb or finger with a hammer? What was your immediate reaction? I mean after the few choice expletives! Most, if not all of us, will grab and rub the impacted appendage. Why do we do this, and what does this have to do with a potential solution for the opioid crisis?  Continue Reading...
Grateful Patients Turn The Spotlight On You!
Grateful Patients Turn The Spotlight On You! When was the last time someone expressed gratitude for the work you do? I don’t just mean a simple “thank you” for completing a task or deliverable. I’m not even talking about receiving a bonus because your company hit its performance targets this past year. Being told “thank you” is important and getting a bonus is very nice, but I am talking about something deeper and more meaningful.  Continue Reading...
When Regulatory Goes Wrong
When Regulatory Goes Wrong In spite of my preference for “happily ever-after” as detailed in a previous article, sometimes things do not go well for medical device companies as it pertains to regulatory affairs.  Continue Reading...
Human Factors Align At The RAPS 2017 Regulatory Convergence
Human Factors Align At The RAPS 2017 Regulatory Convergence Recently I had the privilege of co-presenting a session at the RAPS 2017 Regulatory Convergence with former colleagues from Regulatory & Quality Solutions (R&Q) and members of the FDA. Read more about the session here.   Continue Reading...
3 Medtech Regulatory Successes (That Started As Failures)
3 Medtech Regulatory Successes (That Started As Failures) These tales prove that it's possible to snatch victory from the hands of regulatory defeat when responding to adversity with open-minded persistence.  Continue Reading...
Can Better Diagnostics Cure Our Healthcare System?
Can Better Diagnostics Cure Our Healthcare System? Perhaps no area of healthcare is experiencing more dynamic growth and providing more value for the money than diagnostic testing. According to an EvaluateMedTech report from last year, annual world-wide sales of in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are projected to swell to over $70 billion by the year 2022.  Continue Reading...
What Happens In Vagus…Is Stimulating!
What Happens In Vagus…Is Stimulating! The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve and interfaces with parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. It is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system in the human body. So, what happens when the vagus nerve becomes compromised or does not function properly, and how do we treat it?  Continue Reading...
Memory Recovery Device Takes Novel Approach To Alzheimer’s Disease
Memory Recovery Device Takes Novel Approach To Alzheimer’s Disease Proposed implant provides a redundant backup system for the brain, offering hope to those at risk for Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.   Continue Reading...
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Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall brings more than 20 years of experience in medical device product development, manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs to Med Device Online. He spent the last seven years with medical device consulting firm Regulatory & Quality Solutions, and previously held leadership positions with Renal Solutions (now Fresenius Medical Care), Siemens Medical Solutions, Medrad (now Bayer HealthCare), and Respironics (now Philips Healthcare). He holds both a BS degree in electrical engineering and an MS degree in organizational leadership from Geneva College.