• Latest Medidata Collaboration a Bid to Improve Medical Image Management

    Medidata and Median Technologies want to make medical images a more effective tool in the fight against cancer.Marie ThibaultTwo medical companies have partnered to make patients’ medical images easier to access and study for oncology researchers. Medidata, a top provider of software and analytics for clinical trials, is teaming with France-based Median Technologies on an effort to optimize and expand medical imaging in cancer trials.Median Technologies, known as the Imaging Phenomics...
  • Medtronic, J&J, Push Back on TGA Proposal

    The medtech firms criticized a new priority review pathway proposal in Australia, saying it would not actually cut the time it takes for patients there to access new medical devices.Amanda Pedersen Medtronic and Johnson & Johnson are leading the industry in a pushback against a new regulatory proposal of medical devices in Australia.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) published a consultation paper last November that detailed the agency's proposal for a priority review pathway,...
  • Will Theranos Settle Walgreens Feud for Less Than $30M?

    The embattled startup continues to chip away at heaps of litigation while focusing its business efforts on developing and selling a tabletop blood-testing device.Amanda Pedersen  Theranos is reportedly close to resolving its Walgreens lawsuit, and may only be on the hook for $30 million or less. Theranos promised to "vigorously" defend itself against Walgreens, and it appears the embattled blood testing company and its lawyers have done a surprisingly decent job of it.The Wall...
  • How a Wearable Could Help the Visually Impaired

    Researchers create a new device that pairs a 3-D camera with vibrating motors and a braille interface to help the visually impaired identify surrounding environments.Kristopher Sturgis For decades the visually impaired have been largely reliant on one of the most simple solutions for navigation: the metal-tipped white cane. While the cane provides a simple and easy solution for identifying a clear path, they often lack any ability to provide information about the obstacles that actually...
  • Don't Blame the User for Being Human, Says MD&M East Speaker

    Human factors engineering expert encourages medical device designers to study all possible errors and develop designs that help prevent them.  Daphne Allen “It wasn’t that a user forgot, but that the device depended upon the user to remember.” Michael WiklundMichael Wiklund spoke these words during his June 13 presentation on human factors engineering at MD&M East 2017 entitled “To Err Is Human, But How Do You Prevent It?” He offered tips on how to identify potential use...
  • Good Times Keep Rolling for Medical Sales Reps

    Findings from an annual survey of medical sales representatives point to a continued increase in total compensation and quick upticks in pay as new reps gain experience in the field.Marie ThibaultMedical sales representatives have weathered a flood of doom-and-gloom forecasts in recent years. Constant pricing pressure, industry consolidation, and predictions of rep-less operating rooms have been real concerns.Yet it seems that medical sales reps are still enjoying the hallmarks of a rewarding...
  • Stryker Spies an Opportunity in Fluorescence Imaging

    The company agreed to pay $701 million for Novadaq, maker of the Spy imaging systems, which allow surgeons to visualize blood flow and tissue perfusion in real time during open procedures.Amanda Pedersen  Stryker Corp. has spied a deal opportunity in the fluorescence imaging space, agreeing to scoop up Mississauga, Canada-based Novadaq Technologies Inc. for $701 million, with a net purchase price of $654 million, reflecting net cash of roughly $47 million.At $11.75 a share, Stryker is...
  • 3 Lessons Medtech Can Learn from Financial Services

    The technology-driven transformation that shook up the financial services industry more than two decades ago mirrors what’s happening in healthcare today. Jamie Hartford Once upon a time, investing your money required turning over your nest egg to a Gordon Gekko-like financial advisor with access to a Bloomberg terminal. Then, the Internet took off, and suddenly everyone had at their fingertips the same tools and information professionals relied on to manage their money.“Financial...
  • German Court Crowns Edwards with Shared Tiara Rights

    Neovasc said it will appeal a ruling that partially favored Edwards in a European patent dispute.Amanda PedersenThe CardiAQ device is threaded into the heart from below. Vancouver-based Neovasc said it will appeal a German court ruling that partially favored Irvine, CA-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in a European patent dispute.The District Court in Munich found that CardiAQ Valve Technologies Inc., which is now part of Edwards, contributed to the invention of Neovasc’s Tiara mitral...
  • Will an Ultrasound Drill Solve Deep Vein Blood Clots?

    Researchers are developing a tool that uses low-frequency intravascular ultrasound waves to break down blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis.Kristopher Sturgis p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #666666; -webkit-text-stroke: #666666} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} This ultrasound “drill” can be aimed straight ahead to better target clots. The tool also incorporates an injection tube that allows users to inject microbubbles at the site of the clot, making...
  • Some Surgical Nav Systems are Error-Prone, FDA Warns

    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #323333} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} FDA issued a safety warning regarding possible navigational accuracy errors linked to frameless stereotaxic navigation systems, although the agency said the overall benefits of using these systems continue to outweigh the risks. Amanda Pedersen   Certain types of stereotaxic navigation systems could produce accuracy errors,...
  • 4 Life Lessons from a Medtech Pioneer

    Robert E. Fischell, PhD, winner of the 2017 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, shared some of the wisdom he has gained from more than 50 years in the medical device business during MD&M East this week.Amanda Pedersen   After more than 50 years in the medical device business, and securing more than 200 patents, Robert E. Fischell, PhD, has gained a wealth of knowledge about innovation. On Tuesday, during a presentation at the MD&M East conference and expo in New York,...
  • Liquidmetal Wins Innovation Prize

    Liquidmetal was voted in as the Innovation Prize winner at MD&M East 2017.Liquidmetal’s Matt Martin demonstrated the strength and elasticity of components made through the one-step molding process.Liquidmetal from Liquidmetal Technologies has won the Innovation Prize at MD&M East 2017. Combining a novel material with a unique shape-forming process, the Liquidmetal solution can be used to create high-strength metal components with little to no shrinkage. Specifically, the amorphous, non-...
  • Phillips-Medisize: Molex Merger Has Been a ‘Win-Win’

    Several months after merging with Molex, Phillips-Medisize points to the benefits of the combination, including vertical integration, added electronics capabilities, and a faster time to market.Marie ThibaultGame changer.That’s how an executive for Phillips-Medisize Corporation describes the company’s acquisition by Molex, LLC in late October 2016.Phillips-Medisize, a major provider of outsourced design and manufacturing services for the medical device, diagnostic, and pharmaceutical industries...
  • Trauma Care Eased with New Package

    Two trauma wounds could be sealed in emergency settings.Daphne AllenH&H DualSeal pack provides the ability to cover two wounds without carrying a larger pouch.Seconds count when professionals are treating trauma patients in the field. Having developed life-saving emergency-care products for more than 30 years, H&H Medical Corp. has found yet another way to expedite trauma treatment—include two chest dressings in one easy-to-use package.H&H has launched the DualSeal occlusive chest...
  • U.S. Hip Arthroscopy Market Shaped by Innovation and Increased Interest

    The U.S. market for hip arthroscopy is undergoing significant growth in response to technological innovation and changes in the competitive landscape. Matthew Choi and Jeffrey WongHip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure commonly performed to treat femoralacetabular impingement (FAI) and labral tears. The number of people affected by FAI and labral tears is currently unknown due to a lack of proper diagnostic tools and the fact that most conditions remain asymptomatic.1 The U.S. market...
  • This Study Could Be Huge for Women Needing EVAR

    Endologix reported positive 30-day results from a study evaluating endovascular aneurysm repair in women, using a device specifically designed to better suit female anatomy compared to traditional treatment options.Amanda PedersenEndologix said its Ovation System was specifically designed to better suit female anatomy compared to traditional endografts. Underrepresentation of women in clinical trials is one of the biggest hurdles cardiovascular researchers face when evaluating a new device...
  • Will Superior FDA Labeling Ease Hologic Investor Concerns?

    FDA approved a new label for Hologic’s Genius 3-D mammography technology, designating it as being superior to standard 2-D mammography for routine best cancer screening of women with dense breasts. It is the first system of its kind to recieve such labeling.Amanda PedersenHologic's Genius 3D Mammography system won FDA approval in 2011, but a newly approved physician label gives the system supier status over standard 2-D mammography for routine breast cancer screenings of women with dense...
  • Is Rumored Valeant Deal Giving You Déjà vu?

    Rumor has it the debt-ridden company is looking to sell its Bausch + Lomb surgical product assets to Carl Zeiss Meditec for as much as $2 billion, but Valeant has a track record of talking about more deals than it completes.Amanda Pedersen The deal rumor mill is hot this week with reports that Valeant Pharmaceuticals may be looking to sell its Bausch + Lomb surgical product assets to Carl Zeiss Meditec. Neither company has commented publically on the potential deal.Learn about product...
  • Bos Sci Wins CE Mark for MR-Conditional DBS System

    The company said its Vercise Gevia deep brain stimulation (DBS) system is the industry’s first MR-conditional directional DBS system with stimulation visualization.Kristopher Sturgis  Boston Scientific’s Vercise deep brain stmulation (DBS) system is intended for the treatment of movement disorder symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. The recent CE mark applies to the newest version of this technology, the Vercise Gevia DBS system. This...