• MD&M West 2017 Innovation Prize Official Rules

    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. CONTEST IS VALID ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES (EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO) AND CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) – ENTRIES FROM PERSONS LIVING IN OTHER COUNTRIES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED. GENERAL CONDITIONS:The MD&M West Innovation Prize (the “Contest”) is sponsored by UBM LLC, 2901 28th St., Ste. 100, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (“UBM” or “...
  • Let The Countdown Begin: Abbott-St. Jude Deal Draws To A Close

    With regulatory hurdles cleared, Abbott is expected to finalize its $25 billion acquisition of St. Jude Medical this week.Amanda PedersenAbbott's headquarters in Abbott Park, IL The countdown is officially on for Abbott Laboratories and St. Jude Medical Inc. Abbott said it has secured all necessary regulatory clearances and plans to close the deal Wednesday.Don't miss the MD&M West conference and expo, February 7-9, 2017, in Anaheim, CA.Miles White, chairman and CEO of the Abbott Park...
  • How To Nip Problems In The Bud The Endologix Way

     Endologix’s approach of stepping out in front of its manufacturing problem stands in stark contrast to that of Olympus, which swept a major safety concern under the rug.Amanda Pedersen All manufacturers run into snafus from time to time, but what sets one apart from another is how the management team reacts to the situation.Two recent Qmed stories, posted just a week apart, show a stark contrast between an organization that appears to have swept a major safety concern under the rug,...
  • Appeals Court Decision a Step Back for Medtronic

    The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a district court summary judgment granted to Medtronic in 2015, putting a securities fraud class action suit related to the company's INFUSE product back on the table.Marie ThibaultAn appeals court has vacated a district court summary judgment for Medtronic in a securities fraud class action suit involving the company’s INFUSE product.In a December 28 judgment, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis vacated a September 2015 summary...
  • Three Ways Exact Sciences Is Winning Insurers Over

    Stool test maker attributes insurance coverage success to value proposition.Amanda PedersenHumana recently joined a growing list of commercial insurers that now cover the Cologuard stool-based cancer test from Exact Sciences Corp. There may not be an exact science to getting payers to cover new technology, but having a strong value proposition seems to be a good place to start.Don't miss the MD&M West conference and expo, February 7-9, 2017, in Anaheim, CA.Here’s how Exact...
  • This Is How Varian Spinoff Could Get Big Fast

    Varian’s imaging spinoff isn’t even final and the new company is already making deals.Amanda PedersenVarex Imaging is kicking off its growth strategy early Varian Medical Systems Inc.’s medical imaging spinoff is putting its cart before its horse – for good reason.Don't Miss The MD&M West 2017 conference and expo, February 7-9, 2017, in Anaheim, CA.While its split from Varian won’t be final until January, Varex Imaging Corp. has already agreed to snap up PerkinElmer’s medical imaging...
  • The Healthcare Cyber Threats to Worry About in 2017

    A report points out that hijacking of medical devices and broader use of ransomware both increased in 2016, and warns of the new healthcare cyber risks coming in 2017.Marie ThibaultLooking back on cybersecurity in healthcare in 2016, researchers determined that both the practice of medical device hijacks and the wide use of ransomware became more commonplace this year.Frightening as that trend may be, security experts from TrapX Labs, a division of TrapX Security, Inc., predict more...
  • Did Endologix Bite Off More Than It Could Chew?

    Endologix seems to be taking a proactive stance to nip an AFX manufacturing glitch in the bud, but analysts wonder if the company’s portfolio is just too broad. The company expects to share more details by the end of the week.Amanda PedersenEndologix Inc. put shipments of its AFX system on hold Tuesday after finding damage to the graft material in certain larger sizes of the product that is more difficult to make. Endologix Inc. management spent the holiday weekend investigating...
  • Blood Test Predicts Cancer Survival Time

    New models based on test results may help doctors and patients decide whether and when to discontinue aggressive treatment.Nancy CrottiA routine blood test can predict how long cancer patients in palliative care will survive, researchers reported at an oncology conference in Singapore this week.Researchers at Kyoto University Hospital in Japan developed six adaptable prognostic (SAP) models that use laboratory measurements for albumin, neutrophil, and lactate dehydrogenase, which are routinely...
  • How To Teach Old Dogs New Tricks With ctDNA

    Clinical Genomics’ new blood test does the same thing as a 1970s test, only better.Amanda Pedersen If old dogs can indeed be taught new tricks, perhaps the same is true for blood tests. That appears to be the case with a new blood-based test for colorectal cancer (CRC) recurrence monitoring developed by Clinical Genomics.Don't miss the MD&M West conference and expo, February 7-9, 2017, in Anaheim, CA.While the test does fall under the rather broad, and arguably vague, umbrella of...
  • This Is Why China Should Zip It

    Zipline Medical has Chinese Market Approval all zipped up.Amanda PedersenZipline Medical's Zip surgical skin closure device is now approved in China. A Silicon Valley company has a shot at zipping up the $543 million Chinese wound closure market. Campbell, CA-based Zipline Medical Inc. secured approval from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to sell its Zip surgical skin closure device in the region.Don't miss the MD&M West 2017 conference and expo, February 7-9, 2017,...
  • Don't Stop Believin' In A Fingerstick-Free Future

    FDA approval of Dexcom’s dosing claim is seen as a major stride in the journey to eliminate finger pricks for good in diabetes management.Amanda PedersenDexcom's G5 is the first FDA-approved continuous glucose monitoring device to win dosing claim, allowing patients to rely on the CGM readings for daily treatment decisions, with fewer fingerpricks A new FDA label approval this week represented a big step for Dexcom Inc., and an even bigger step for the diabetes management...
  • Could This Bionic Pancreas Be the Best Solution?

    New data published from a small clinical trial with the bionic pancreas from Beta Bionics shows therapy with the device offers good control over blood glucose levels with little patient input required.Marie ThibaultThough diabetes device technology has improved markedly in recent years, patients still shoulder the heavy day-to-day burden of managing the disease.Still, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of diabetes device innovation, especially when considering data...
  • Light 'Em Up: Cancer 'Light Switch' Shows Surgeons Where To Cut

    Amanda PedersenThe nanosensors lit up on this image show cancer tissue at the microscopic level. The blue background is muscle tissue.Scientists have figured out how to switch cancer tissue on "like a light bulb" so that surgeons can see tumors better.The UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers invented a transistor-like threshold nanosensor to illuminate cancer tissue and tested it out in mice. The study is published Nature Biomedical Engineering.Don't miss the MD&M West...
  • Johnson & Johnson to Open Health Tech Center

    Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson plans to open a health technology center in Rhode Island, with employees focused on information technology and software apps.Marie ThibaultJohnson & Johnson has announced it will open a new health technology center in Providence, Rhode Island. The announcement is evidence of the bellwether's investment in value-based care, since the center’s employees will develop software applications and information technology solutions focused on health outcomes.The...
  • Why Are Olympus Execs Pleading The Fifth?

    Three of Olympus Corp.’s top executives stayed mum when grilled about emails tied to deadly scope-related infections.Amanda PedersenContaminated Olympus TJF-Q180V closed-channel duodenoscope. It’s not uncommon for corporate executives to plead the Fifth in civil lawsuits when separate criminal charges are possible, nor does it indicate guilt, according to legal experts, but it certainly raises eyebrows.Don't miss the MD&M West conference and expo, February 7-9, 2017, in Anaheim, CA....
  • Hope For Women With Low Sex Drive

    Brain stimulation may decrease sexual dysfunction, according to recent research study.Nancy CrottiWomen with decreased sex drive may have another alternative to the failed “female Viagra” pill that FDA approved last year.Researchers in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh have found that certain types of direct brain stimulation can help boost libido in females and males, according to a report in New York magazine.Register to attend the MD&M West conference and expo in Anaheim, CA, February 7–9, 2017...
  • Stryker Ortho to Compensate More Patients Under Expanded Settlement

    As part of a new settlement agreement, Stryker Orthopaedics agrees to provide compensation to additional U.S. patients who had revision surgery to replace two specific hip stem implants.Marie ThibaultStryker Orthopaedics has agreed to another settlement involving its hip stem implants. The settlement between Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (known as Stryker Orthopaedics) and attorneys plaintiffs in New Jersey and Federal multidistrict cases will cover eligible U.S. patients who were implanted with...
  • Will Machines Replace General Practitioners Someday?

    General practitioners may need to up their game over the next 10 years, if artificial intelligence disrupts the market as much as one medtech CEO expects it to.Amanda PedersenBiotricity Inc. is in talks with IBM Watson Health to use artificial intelligence in remote patient monitoring tech for chronic diseases There’s so much health data being generated through electronic medical records and other digital health tools that traditional data analysis just doesn’t cut it anymore, according to...
  • What Does It Take to Design a Tricorder?

    As the two finalist products in Qualcomm's Tricorder XPRIZE competition advance to consumer testing, the teams that developed them shed light on what it takes to bring Star Trek technology to the real world.Kristopher SturgisThe DxtER prototype was one of two medical Tricorder concepts to advance to the final round of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. Fifty years ago Star Trek introduced its viewers to a futuristic world with countless gadgets and technologies that...