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Revamped Medical Tubing Puller/Cutter Saves Time, Cuts Costs

Posted in Medical Tubing Processing by Shana Leonard on February 15, 2013
Sometimes a minor change can have a major impact. By simply adding an optional air-feed cutter bushing to its established Medline tubing puller/cutter, for example, Conair (Cranberry Township, PA) claims to have dramatically improved process efficiency, ultimately saving customers time and money....Continue

Weekly Vitals: Medtech Job Cuts Continue, VC's Remarks Spark Controversy

Posted in Medical Venture Capital by Shana Leonard on September 12, 2012
In the wake of St. Jude's announcement last week, Welch Allyn announced restructuring plans that entail a 10% reduction in workforce over the next three years, which it attributed, in part, to preparing for the impending medical device tax. Unfortunately, this trend does not appear to be slowing down just yet....Continue

Predicted Growth Is Music to Hearing-Aid Market's Ears

Posted by Shana Leonard on September 12, 2012
Listen up: The global hearing-aid market is primed for growth, according to a report by GBI Research, which produces business intelligence reports. The company estimates that the global hearing-aid market will increase from $7.2 billion in 2011 to $11.3 billion by 2018 at a compound annual growth rate of 7%....Continue

Execs Weigh In: Balancing the Risks and Rewards of MedTech Globalization

Posted by Shana Leonard on September 12, 2012
By Sanjay Salunkhe, iGATE Corp....Continue

A Bioabsorbable Metal Stent: What DREAMS Are Made Of

Posted in Cardiovascular by Shana Leonard on September 5, 2012
Abbott's much-anticipated Absorb BVS coronary scaffold system is considered a trailblazer in the bioresorbable stent market, boasting U.S. clinical trials underway and a CE Mark in Europe. Yet despite the polymer-based device's prominence in the sector, the Absorb may face some stiff competition down the road from a novel bioresorbable metal stent with big dreams....Continue

Smart Catheter Keeps Biofilms at Bay

Posted in Medical Tubing Types by Shana Leonard on September 5, 2012
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are among the most pressing issues in healthcare today owing to their role in rising costs, longer recovery times, and preventable patient endangerment. And among the biggest culprits and contributors to HAIs, particularly to blood and urinary tract infections, is the common catheter....Continue

Weekly Vitals: St. Jude, Boston Sci Face Restructuring and Layoffs

Posted by Shana Leonard on September 5, 2012
Sadly, 300 St. Jude Medical employees found themselves suddenly jobless as they headed into the Labor Day holiday this year. The medical device maker announced the job cuts last week as the result of a company restructuring effort that yielded two new operating units: the Implantable Electronic Systems Division (IESD) and the Cardiovascular and Ablation Technologies Division (CATD)....Continue

Renal Denervation: All the Rage in Europe

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 30, 2012
Renal denervation (RDN) was among the most prevalent and buzzed-about topics pumping up the crowd at this year's European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2012. And in light of the parade of presentations focused on validating or making new claims of safety and efficacy for the still-nascent technology, it's becoming evident that the hypertension-treatment method may just live up to the hype....Continue

Weekly Vitals: At the Heart of ESC 2012

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 30, 2012
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress was held in Munich this week and served as a platform for announcing the launch of various products and the results of exciting trials, particularly for medtech powerhouses such as Medtronic and St. Jude. Hot topics such as fractional flow reserve and renal denervation played a prominent role at the conference. Read more about some of the big news to come out of ESC in our weekly roundup below....Continue

Noninvasive Biosensor Could Eliminate Needles from Blood Glucose Monitoring

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 29, 2012
Developing an alternative approach to blood glucose monitoring that does not rely on lancets and pinpricks has been a primary goal of diabetes device R&D in recent years. Contributing to this effort, researchers at Purdue University have engineered a noninvasive, low-cost biosensor capable of detecting glucose in concentrations as low as 0.3 micromolar in blood, urine, saliva, and tears....Continue
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