• This Is the Closest Device to a Tricorder Yet

    Chest-worn patch tracks both biochemical and electrical signals, sending the info to a smartphone. Nancy CrottiThe Chem-Phys patch records electrocardiogram (EKG) signals and tracks levels of lactate. (Image courtesy of University of California, San Diego)Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed the first flexible, wearable device capable of monitoring both biochemical and electric signals in the human body.The Chem-Phys patch records electrocardiogram (EKG) signals...
  • Heal an Injured Knee? You Need to Listen

    Georgia Tech researchers hope their wearable device— which records and graphs sounds inside injured knees— will help soldiers and athletes.Nancy CrottiThe Georgia Tech device uses both MEMS microphones and piezoelectric strips to pick up sounds. (Image courtesy of Georgia Tech)Those snap, crackle, pop sounds coming from your knee may someday help physicians discern the extent of an injury and how it’s healing.A research team led by a former NCAA discus thrower is working on a device that...
  • New Diabetes Device Assembles Itself

    GI Windows' technology delivers magnetic parts via endoscope that then self-assemble in the small bowel, forming an anastomosis before passing out of the body. Arundhati ParmarGI Windows Animation from Jared Kornblatt on Vimeo.Diabetes drugs abound, but many startups are taking the device approach to manage type 2 diabetes, an expensive and chronic condition.There’s Fractyl Laboratories, based in Waltham, MA, that is testing an endoscopic procedure to ablate a portion of the duodenum...
  • This Test Can Find a Single Virus in Urine

    The test from the University of Texas has implications for field use in detecting catastrophic viruses like Zika.Nancy CrottiThe researchers demonstrated their new technique on a the murine cytomegalovirus, which is related to a herpes virus, shown here. (Image courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin)A pair of University of Texas at Austin graduate students has come up with a test that can rapidly detect a single virus in urine, according to the university.Although the technique presently...
  • Get Ready for Medical Innovation on CBS

    "This is the revolution, Dr. Wallace." Medical device revolution?Chris NewmarkerWhat if you could just cut through all the healthcare industry red tape and find a Silicon Valley tech billionaire willing to fund your wildest medical device industry innovation dreams?Well, good luck on that. But until then, you can always bust open a bag of chips, pour a cold drink and watch CBS' new "Pure Genius" television series, expected out this fall. The series is about a tech billionaire named James...
  • This New Wearable Measures Your Blood Alcohol

    San Francisco company wins national prize for wearable device that measures alcohol level through perspiration.Nancy CrottiThe BACtrack Skyn uses a fuel-cell technology like that in devices used by police for roadside BAC testing and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone to store data. (Image courtesy of BACtrack)A company that makes portable blood-alcohol testers has won a national prize for a wearable version that looks like a fitness tracker and delivers results in near-real time....
  • This Stretchy Battery Tech Could Boost Wearables

        The new stretch batteries include a thin, tiled array components in the millimeter scale. (Image courtesy of John Rogers, University of Illinois) Scientists develop a new line of battery and solar cell technologies that are thin, soft, and can stretch without any detectable loss in power.Kristopher SturgisThe new flexible power system was designed by researchers at the University of Illinois to help  bridge the gap when it comes to powering wearable devices....
  • Adhesive Suppliers Stick Closely to Changes in Medical Devices

    As the array of materials used in medical devices has grown, the available adhesive options have likewise expanded.Frank Vinluan This flexible tubing was bonded with a Henkel cyanoacrylate adhesivedeveloped to offer flexibility, rapid fixture, and high bond strength.Years ago, medical device makers had few choices when selecting adhesives for their medical devices. Adhesive companies focused on making large batches of off-the-shelf product, recalls Mark Conway, executive vice president,...
  • This Is How You 3-D Print Complex Metal Parts

    Harvard University researchers created a novel method for 3-D printing complex metallic architectures using a programmed laser to solidify ink composed of silver nanoparticles. The method could enable more medical device advances.Kristopher SturgisThese 3-D printed wire butterflies were produced using new printing technique. (Image courtesy of Lewis Lab/Wyss Institute at Harvard University)When it comes to wearable technologies, many advancements are held back by the complications of...
  • How Toyota Is Bringing Back the Amazing iBOT

    Shelved amid lack of reimbursement from Medicare, DEKA’s stair-climbing, all-terrain wheelchair is set for a comeback amid a new partnership with Toyota. Qmed StaffDEKA Research and Development (Manchester, NH) has inked a deal with Toyota that will enable the development and launch of a next-generation iBOT motorized wheelchair, the two companies recently announced. Under the deal, Toyota will license balancing technologies held by DEKA and its affiliate. The...
  • Rounding Out the List of Most Compensated Medtech CEOs

         No. 8: Boston Scientific CEO Michael MahoneyTotal Compensation: $11,594,128Total Salary: $967,740 Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $10,527,884Percent Difference: +10% No. 9: Zimmer Biomet CEO David DvorakTotal Compensation: $11,392,178Total Salary: $1,056,258 Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $9,521,874Percent Difference: +20% No. 10: Hologic CEO Stephen MacMillanTotal Compensation: $11,333,859Total Salary: $1,000,000Previous Fiscal...
  • This Polymer Could Matter for Heart Valves

    A new study from Rice University uses a natural polymer to serve as a template for the middle layer of synthetic heart valves—providing a potential novel solution in a field with limited options. Kristopher SturgisRice University bioengineering professor Grande Allen and her graduate student Dan Puperi test a sample in her lab at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative. (Photo courtesy of Rice University)When it comes to heart health, the functionality of heart valves can’t be overvalued...
  • J&J CEO Alex Gorsky Sees a Dip in Compensation

        Total Compensation: $23,795,866Total Salary: $1,613,462Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $24,989,306Percent Difference: –5% Gorksy's salary was actually up more than $100,000 last year, but the value of his pension and non-qualified deferred compensation earnings was nearly cut in half, to $2.7 million.Continue >>Image courtesy of Johnson & Johnson
  • GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt Sees Compensation Rise 14%

        Total Compensation: $23,376,805Total Salary: $3,800,000 Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $20,530,474Percent Difference: +14% It would make sense that Immelt would make the list, since GE is a huge conglomerate where medical device manufacturing is only a portion of the business. Immelt saw his stock awards double to $6.2 million, and his non-equity incentive plan compensation more than tripled to $7.6 million. The increased incentives more than made up for...
  • 3M CEO Inge Thulin's Compensation Slightly Down

        Total Compensation: $19,441,062Total Salary: $1,448,153 Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $20,115,589Percent Difference: –3% Thulin is another no-brainer for the list, since 3M is another huge conglomerate making much more than medical device products. Compensation was a bit down during 3M's most recent fiscal year ended December 31. Thulin's non-equity incentive plan compensation fell to $2.3 million from $3.5 million. Stock awards and the value of...
  • Abbott Labs CEO Miles White Enjoys 9% Rise in Compensation

        Total Compensation: $19,401,704Total Salary: $1,900,000  Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $17,732,241Percent Difference: +9%White, who has been Abbott Labs' CEO since 1999, saw stock awards and option awards each go up by nearly a third, to more than $6 million apiece. Continue >>Image courtesy of Abbott Labs
  • Cardinal Health CEO George Barrett's Compensation Up 7%

        Total Compensation: $13,269,731Total Salary: $1,320,000Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $12,448,618Percent Difference: +7%Barrett was among a number of highly paid medtech CEOs enjoying an increase in stock awards and option awards in the most recent fiscal year. Continue >>Image courtesy of Cardinal Health
  • BD CEO Vincent Forlenza Sees 7% Rise in Compensation

         Total Compensation: $11,710,032Total Salary: $1,045,000 Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $10,983,518Percent Difference: +7%Barrett's salary crossed the $1 million mark in 2015. His compensation was up in almost all the other categories, from stock awards to non-equity incentive plan compensation. Continue >>Image courtesy of BD
  • Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak at Top for Compensation

        Total Compensation: $39,460,266Total Salary: $1,503,123Previous Fiscal Year Compensation: $12,118,846Percent Difference: +226% Medtronic's most recent proxy is for the fiscal year ended April 24, 2015. Much of Ishrak's skyrocketing compensation was due to the company helping Ishrak pay for the special U.S. excise taxes he and other top Medtronic executives personally owed after the January 2015 closing of Medtronic’s $50 billion acquisition of Covidien. ...
  • 10 Medtech CEOs Who Made the Most

        The past year has been really good for many medical device company CEOs. Find out which ones. Chris NewmarkerMay 20, 2016It turns out that more than two-thirds of medtech CEOs saw their compensation go up over the past year, according to a Qmed analysis of SEC filings for 38 of the largest medical device companies publicly traded in the U.S.Average annual compensation for a CEO of a big medtech company was nearly $8.7 million.Want to know if your CEO was in the top 10?...