Industry Perspectives - Design & Development

  1. From Biotech To Medtech: A Chat With New AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker
    3/15/2016

    I recently interviewed new AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker. We discussed his early legislative background with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as how he thinks his 11 years of experience at BIO will apply to his new position. 

  2. How Product Innovation Is Revitalizing Pacemaker Markets
    3/10/2016

    Even in mature device markets, innovation can change commonly held conceptions of a market’s destiny. Creating and understanding a theoretical alternate timeline helps to quantify the value of such innovation. 

  3. How Medtech Can (Profitably) Improve Palliative Care Patients’ Quality Of Life
    3/8/2016

    The opportunities to improve quality of life through different phases of the patient journey are vast, and they start with developing and improving products with out-of-the-box thinking, integrating the latest technologies, and growing our understanding of patient needs — aligned with the economics of cancer care. Let’s focus first on the final stage of the patient journey, as it typically is the most ignored stage in terms of improving patient quality of life.

  4. How Rapid Manufacturing Can Help Medtech Serve An Aging Population
    3/4/2016

    As the world's aging population will places increasing demands on the healthcare system, the challenge for medical device companies is to develop products and services to meet this demand, in a cost-conscious manner, in the face of what has been referred to as an impending “demographic storm.”

  5. The Value Of Eye-Tracking Software In Medical Device Usability Testing
    2/29/2016

    The easiest way to mitigate user and tester biases during usability testing is to automate the subjective portions of data collection, while eye-tracking software and other technologies can help to capture those pieces of latent data that may elude the human eye. Use of eye-tracking software in usability testing offers researchers, engineers, and designers a bird’s eye view of the user experience. 

  6. 5 Keys To Designing Medical Devices For Life Beyond Clinical Trials
    2/19/2016

    More life sciences companies should be building their R&D on the unmet needs of patients in real world contexts. Products’ future successes will depend more and more on their ability to deliver on the road, in the restaurant, or in the fitness center.

  7. Chip Technology Enables Smaller, Faster, And Cheaper Medical Devices
    2/15/2016

    Semiconductor technologies excel at making complex instrumentation and data analytics available to consumers at the lowest possible cost — and we can tune semiconductor technology such that its power will enable health measurements anywhere, anytime, by anyone, and at very low cost.

  8. Using Agile Project Management To Improve Medical Device Development
    2/12/2016

    Writing medical requirements during the early stages of device development is important, but assuming they will not change is folly. Because development is a process of incremental discovery, agile project management practices are increasingly popular for addressing challenges that occur during the product development lifecycle.

  9. 6 Development Steps To Fast-Track Your Medical Device's Path To Market
    2/5/2016

    You have an idea for a new medical device. You could choose the traditional path of product development, or you could employ a different approach, one that engages and involves end-users along the way. One that incorporates the use of prototypes to help you discover what is meaningful and important.

  10. Medtech Material Selection For Performance And Feel
    2/4/2016

    When designing a medical device, material selection can be difficult, especially with thousands of plastic material options available. While material properties, environmental effects, regulatory requirements, and cost almost always are considered, "feel" is often overlooked – despite its importance to user and patient satisfaction, as well as market success.