Medical Device Design & Development
How To Build An Exceptional Medical Device Biocompatibility Program
In recent years, biocompatibility and compliance with the ISO 10993 family of standards have been an area of significant attention. Demonstrating biocompatibility is an integral part of any device development. This article explains how to integrate a biocompatibility toxicologist into your team and his/her role within the development process.
Digital health measures are redefining our understanding of health and disease by changing what we measure and how we measure it. It is the perfect time for the field to build the digital health measurement toolbox with intention – and build it right. The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community is a new pre-competitive collaboration dedicated to this, and you can get involved!
Data integrity (DI) issues in pharma and medical devices have always been there, but in my experience as a consultant, these issues have increased in frequency more recently, thus moving them to the forefront. In this article, I explain five misconceptions about data integrity in our industry.
When life sciences companies need new talent, they typically have two options: bring in a consultant or hire a full-time employee. Usually, this decision is dictated by the permanence of the role, but sometimes, timelines complicate things. In this situation, an interim consultant can be the solution. But what is the interim consultant's role, really, and how do we use them effectively?
Some digital health apps are regulated by the FDA and other regulatory bodies, and some are not. But all software as a medical device (SaMD) and digital health apps have a common expectation: privacy. This article delves into the related regulations and how to go about developing your app or SaMD using the 7 principles of privacy by design.
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Quality System Metrics That Matter
Product quality is a top priority in any business because nothing else matters without it. Measuring the impact of quality instantly becomes the No. 1 business imperative when those process inefficiencies begin to negatively affect the bottom line. See how these companies digitized and connected their document management processes to help accelerate the time it takes to get a product to market without jeopardizing regulatory compliance.
For Contract Development, Manufacturing and Packaging organizations (CDMOs, CMOs and CPOs) improving operational flexibility, increasing capacity, shortening lead times and improving product quality is more important than ever as demand and competition for contract services increases. In these examples we show how moving from a paper to a digital solution these customers were able to eliminate data entry errors, reduce deviations, and improve overall efficiency and productivity.
As someone working in quality, you understand how vital your role is for improving efficiency, achieving quality, and meeting compliance. Your work is critical, and it’s essential to have the right tools do your job well – which means having a digital quality management system (QMS). Most executives cite the high cost of adopting technology as the main reason they reject plans to invest in digital systems. This article offers guidance that will help you quantify and communicate the importance of quality, and how a digital QMS delivers considerable savings.
The best way to build quality into a product is with an effective, connected quality management system (QMS), which serves as the foundation for long-term regulatory compliance and market success. However, not every QMS has the same capabilities and connectivity. A QMS that isn’t connected to other areas of the enterprise still slows down quality processes and introduces the possibility of more human error. In this article we highlight six features of a QMS system that will help companies realize maximum value for years to come.
Careful handling of the large amounts of documentation required for regulated products is critical for achieving compliance. Furthermore, document control guidelines enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) continue to evolve. This means your document control system should be agile and scalable to keep up with the changing regulatory landscape. This article details the FDA guidelines and ISO standards that apply to document control, and it illustrates how digitizing document control processes is essential for ensuring ongoing compliance and future relevance.
Noninvasive Optical Sensors Provide Real-Time Brain Monitoring After Stroke2/21/2018
Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke, and almost 90 percent of those are ischemic strokes in which a clot cuts off blood flow to part of the brain. To prevent further injury, blood flow to the brain must be restored as quickly as possible.
Embrace Becomes First FDA-Cleared Seizure-Monitoring Smart Watch2/5/2018
Empatica Inc has received clearance from the FDA for Embrace, its award-winning smart watch. Embrace uses AI (advanced machine learning) to monitor for the most dangerous kinds of seizures, known as "grand mal" or "generalized tonic-clonic" seizures, and send an alert to summon caregivers' help.
Researchers Create Fiber Optic Sensors That Dissolve In The Body2/5/2018
For the first time, researchers have fabricated sensing elements known as fiber Bragg gratings inside optical fibers designed to dissolve completely inside the body.
NUS Researchers Develop Wireless Light Switch For Targeted Cancer Therapy1/30/2018
A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a way to wirelessly deliver light into deep regions of the body to activate light-sensitive drugs for photodynamic therapy (PDT).
TU Wien Develops New Semiconductor Processing Technology1/22/2018
Extremely fine porous structures with tiny holes - resembling a kind of sponge at nano level - can be generated in semiconductors.
Tyndall, Sanmina Partner To Develop Sub-GHz Wearable Health Monitoring Platform1/10/2018
Tyndall and Sanmina Corporation have announced a research collaboration, which will focus on the development of a novel wireless technology for a commercial wrist-worn health-monitoring platform.
An Organ-On-A-Chip Device That Models Heart Disease1/2/2018
When studying diseases or testing potential drug therapies, researchers usually turn to cultured cells on Petri dishes or experiments with lab animals, but recently, researchers have been developing a different approach: small, organ-on-a-chip devices that mimic the functions of human organs, serving as potentially cheaper and more effective tools.
Nanowire Device Holds Promise To Detect Cancer With A Urine Test12/26/2017
Cells communicate with each other through a number of different mechanisms. Some of these mechanisms are well-known: in animals, for example, predatory threats can drive the release of norepinephrine, a hormone that travels through the bloodstream and triggers heart and muscle cells to initiate a "fight-or-flight" response.
Developing The First Pediatric Heart Valve Designed To “Grow” With The Child12/20/2017
Each year 40,000 babies in the U.S. are born with a congenital heart defect, often caused by a defective heart valve, which is estimated to account for 8,000 to 13,000 new cases in the U.S. alone.
Mass Spectrometric Imaging Technique Makes Diagnosis Easier And Smarter12/17/2017
A team of researchers at DGIST has recently developed a technology which enables to acquire a high resolution mass spectrometry imaging in micrometer size of live biological samples without chemical pretreatment in the general atmospheric pressure environment.