Guest Columns

  1. How To Prepare For An FDA Inspection

    An FDA inspection is very different than an ISO certification or surveillance audit — too often, organizations “prepare” for scheduled ISO audits by playing catch-up on activities that have been neglected or otherwise overlooked. The catch-up strategy will be problematic for FDA inspections.

  2. IVDs And LDTs: Evolving Visions Of FDA Oversight Under The VALID Act

    The Verifying Accurate, Leading edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act represents the latest development in LDT regulation. This article examines how clinical tests have been regulated, as well as an overview of the proposed VALID Act, and where the potential legislation stands.

  3. 3 Surefire Approaches To SOP Harmonization

    We seem to be buried in standard operating procedures (SOPs). So how the heck are companies supposed to make the SOP mountain smaller through harmonization?

  4. The Human Component Of Clinical Trial Technology Implementations

    As part of our ongoing series about best-in-class approaches for rapidly assessing, prototyping, and introducing digital and other clinical trial technologies, we focus our attention in this article on the “human” component of technology-enabled transformation.

  5. Will We Have Harmonized Standards By The MDR’s Date Of Application?

    The EU Commission has requested that EU Standardization Organizations draft revisions to their existing standards, adapt some international standards, and issue new standards in support of the MDR and IVDR before May 26, 2020. Which standards could meet the deadline, and where are there likely to be issues?  

  6. Medtech Consolidation And The Outsourcing Competitive Landscape

    While consolidation may have somewhat predictable effects in most medtech markets, this trend has a distinct impact on competitors in the outsourced devices market.

  7. Cutting Packaging Costs: What Life Sciences Can Learn From Consumer Packaged Goods

    Industries can (and should) learn from one another. As the life sciences market continues to become more competitive and social pressure to reduce healthcare costs increases, consumer packaged goods (CPG) approaches and strategies to cut packaging costs can be applied to life sciences to achieve these objectives. 

  8. Factors Shaping Four Major Infectious Disease In Vitro Diagnostic Markets

    The HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and Treponema pallidum (or syphilis) test IVD markets represent devices that apply to multiple patient groups and scenarios. As such, the size and forecast growth trends of these markets are influenced by many different factors.

  9. 4 Key Usability Considerations For Biopharmaceutical Delivery Device Design

    Often, the last thing on the minds of drug development teams working is the human factors engineering (HFE) performance of the drug delivery devices that will ultimately deliver their innovative medications to patients. Yet, such an oversight can cause major delays in delivering these new medications to market. 

  10. Understanding The FDA’s Breakthrough Devices Program

    Well-prepared manufacturers can benefit from close collaboration with the FDA during the intensive approval process, propelling their products to market in a relatively short period of time.