Guest Columns

  1. Understanding The FDA’s Final Guidance On Manufacturing Site Changes
    4/22/2019

    The guidance looks at what constitutes a manufacturing site change, when a manufacturer should submit a PMA supplement, what documentation should be submitted to the FDA with a site change supplement, and more.

  2. 3 Powerful Writing Tips that Will Significantly Improve Your Clinical SOPs
    4/18/2019

    In addition to my career as a pharma industry consultant, I’m a writer. While I don’t claim to be the next Ernest Hemingway, I do consider myself a decent writer. I’ve put in the 10,000 hours of writing Malcolm Gladwell told us it takes to be an expert in his 2008 book, Outliers: The Story of Success. I’ve always had a passion for writing. At 24, I made a serious commitment to become a real “writer.”

  3. Evolution In Prostate Cancer Diagnostics Creates New Opportunities For Medtech
    4/17/2019

    This article provides a high-level review of some existing prostate cancer diagnostic assays used for screening, risk stratification, and monitoring treatment response. It also discusses opportunities for development in prostate cancer diagnostics.

  4. Calculating Sample Sizes For Human Factors Studies: What’s The Magic Number?
    4/15/2019

    Although sample sizes for medical device usability testing are mostly defined by regulatory standards, it is important for manufacturers to understand the underlying principles, and to make sound decisions accordingly.

  5. Understanding Prototype Development Phases For Medical Products
    4/10/2019

    Medical device prototypes at each development stage have a utility that needs to be understood to justify the cost and time invested to develop them.

  6. Cybersecurity Bill Of Materials For Medical Devices: What’s Next?
    4/1/2019

    In October, the U.S. FDA published an updated draft of Premarket Cybersecurity Guidance and introduced the concept of a cybersecurity bill of materials (CBOM) for medical devices. Some medical device manufacturers have since raised concerns regarding mandating CBOMs in the 510(k) or premarket approval packet.

  7. What Should You Do After An FDA Inspection?
    3/29/2019

    The FDA inspected your firm, and one or more FDA Form 483 inspectional observations were noted by its team. This article provides guidance on how to minimize or avoid additional enforcement actions.

  8. Beyond Human Error: Are Blunt- Or Sharp-End Decisions More Important In The Life Sciences?
    3/27/2019

    Decisions made upstream in the supply chain can have enormous repercussions downstream at the bedside or in the home, where medications are administered. How do we guarantee that the big and seemingly small decisions being made with each batch manufactured will be the “right” ones when there is so much inherent variability around us?

  9. Chief Quality Officers: Redesigning Quality For The 21st Century
    3/27/2019

    With input from FDA and regulators, CQOs are pursuing means to analyze huge data sets, manage complex manufacturing systems, and operate smoothly between varied products, languages, and cultures.

  10. NESTcc At Two: Progress And Next Steps For Real-World Evidence For Medical Devices
    3/25/2019

    NESTcc was envisioned as a cooperative network of partners working to use data, advanced methodologies, and good governance to improve the state of medical device evidence generation. Find out what’s yet to come, and how you can weigh in.