• What the Top 20 Medtech Companies Want

    Faced with the charge of developing products faster and more cost effectively than they ever have before, many big medical device companies are looking for help. Brian BuntzIt’s tough being a medtech giant in 2015. Not only must new products be more clinically effective and cost efficient than ever before, they must meet the needs of a global marketplace. Complicating matters further, U.S. medtech firms frequently face reduced R&D budgets. And like other domestic manufacturing sectors,...
  • Hill-Rom to Buy Welch Allyn for $2 Billion

    U.S. Representative John Katko said that the medical device tax was the reason for the merger.Qmed StaffHill-Rom (Batesville, IN), the biggest maker of hospital beds in the United States, has announced that it will buy privately-owned  Welch Allyn (Skaneateles Falls, NY) for roughly $2.05 billion, enabling Hill-Rom to diversify its product portfolio by entering the point-of-care diagnostics business. Including everything from otoscopes and otoscope and ophthalmoscopes to blood pressure...
  • Boosting Syringes' IQ to Prevent Needlesticks

    Smart syringes have been engineered with features to protect health workers from using a syringe more than once, reducing needlestick injuries that can lead to infections. Brian BuntzThere are several types of smart syringes available, according to Graham Reynolds (pictured), vice president, marketing and communications pharmaceutical delivery systems at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (Exton, PA). “Some examples include an auto-disabling system that prevents reuse of the needle, a needle-...
  • College Dropout Challenges Google in Smart Contact Lens Innovation

    The Mountain View, CA–based search engine giant could face increasing competition over the release of the world’s first smart contact lens. Kristopher SturgisLast summer when Google and Novartis announced they were teaming up to develop a smart contact lens that could monitor glucose levels in patients with diabetes, there was little doubt that anyone could possibly do it better. But Harry Gandhi, a 22-year-old college dropout from Canada, decided to take them on. And his startup has just...
  • How about Injecting Electronics into the Brain?

    Researchers have created nanoscale electronic scaffolds that can be injected via syringe. Chris NewmarkerThis bright-field image shows mesh electronics being injected through a sub-100 micrometer inner diameter glass needle into aqueous solution. (Image courtesy of Lieber Research Group, Harvard University)An international team of researchers may have hit on a solution when it comes to the invasiveness of probes placed in the brain—a major stumbling block when it comes to neural...
  • MD&M East Supplier Focus: Teleflex Medical OEM

    At MD&M East, Teleflex Medical OEM featured Force Fiber OrthoTape (shown below), which is designed to be gentle on tissue and won’t pull through as easily as suture of similar size and composition. "It is ideal for applications where tissue pull-through may be a concern," says Jim McCormack, manager of global marketing communications at the company.The company offers custom-enginneered medical balloons and balloon catheters for a variety of peripheral, coronary, and neurovascular...
  • Infographic: Is Your Product a Medical Device or a Wellness Product?

    Worrell Design has teamed up with medical device compliance expert Sarah diFrancesca, an associate in the healthcare and life sciences regulatory group at Cooley LLP, to create this infographic to help determine whether a medical device or app qualifies as a general wellness product that will not be regulated by the FDA. 
  • Designing a Computer That Runs On Water

    A new class of computers can control and manipulate matter through a synchronous computer that operates using moving water droplets. Kristopher SturgisIt’s usually not a good idea to get computer electronics wet. But researchers at Stanford University are building a synchronous computer that’s powered by moving water droplets. The resulting machine not only can process information but also manipulate matter.While the computer does operate at significantly slower rates than a typical computer,...
  • The 3 Highest Rated Medtech CEOs

    Three of the top 50 highest rated U.S. CEOs worked at medical device companies. Qmed StaffAlex Gorsky of J&J was one of the top-rated CEOs in a Glassdoor roundup. Glassdoor recently announced its roundup of highest rated CEOs, which put Google’s Larry Page in the top slot, winning the confidence of 97% of anonymous Google employees who ranked him on Glassdoor.In the medtech world, Medtronic’s Omar Ishrak took top honors in the Glassdoor roundup with a 91% approval ranking among the 306...
  • Who Was the Most Innovative MD&M East Supplier?

    EG-GILERO caught the attention of an MD&M East show floor innovation tour, winning the Supplier Innovation Challenge with a simple and intuitive design for Anutra Medical's dental anesthesia dispenser. Chris Newmarker Necessity may be the mother of invention, but simplicity may be invention’s favorite sister. That seems to be the case for EG-GILERO, which won the Supplier Innovation Challenge at MD&M East with a demonstration of simple and intuitive design. Check out the...
  • Why Hackers Are Hijacking Medical Devices in Hospitals

    Hackers are using Internet-connected medical devices to attack hospital databases, according to a cybersecurity company report.Nancy Crotti“It’s Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment,” proclaimed a Wired article last year. Turns out they were right. Hospitals and other healthcare institutions may have already been hacked through their medical devices without knowing it, according to a report by TrapX, which recreated three such attacks to learn how they work.Medical devices on a network...
  • MD&M East Supplier Focus: Proven Process

    Proven Process (Booth #2048) is displaying its catheter insertion robot and pneumatic driver for a totally implantable heart at MD&M East.“The best thing about these devices is that they are designed to make it to market because they improve patient outcomes,” says sales engineer Michael Kanis. “Products can't make it to market in today’s business environment without demonstrating greater effectiveness. These devices enable life-preserving, life-saving technologies. So with any...
  • MD&M East Supplier Focus: Nordson EFD

    At Booth #2015 at MD&M East, Nordson EFD is displaying its new EV Series, which features its intuitive vision-guided DispenseMotion software and a simple pencil camera. Designed to make the automated dispensing system quick to set up, the system offers true three-dimensional control to facilitate easy programming of dots, lines, circles, arcs, and compound arcs. “Precise, accurate, repeatable placement of fluid on components improves final product quality, increases yield, and reduces waste...
  • MD&M East Supplier Focus: GW Plastics

    GW Plastics (MD&M East Booth #1715) likes to give its clients options. For those who want to manufacture in China, the company offers strict quality control in its China-based facilities. It can also help companies that are interested in reshoring.Brian BuntzGW Plastics has recently more than doubled the size of its facilities in China—from 50,000 to 125,000 sq-ft. The new facilities offer bothcontract manufacturing and finished device capabilities, says Timothy Reis, VP, healthcare...
  • MD&M East Supplier Focus: Uson

    Uson (Booth #1250 at MD&M East) recently debuted the Raptor, a compact, powerful analyzer with a small footprint. Uson boasts that the Raptor is the only leak tester on the market that uses Bluetooth technology to integrate smart devices with leak testing technology. Optima vT’s new software allows millisecond data capture to give the user unparalleled control of their testing process.In the following Q&A, the company's global marketing manager Julie Tran describes the benefits of the...
  • What Makes Engineers Tick? Readers Share Their Thoughts on the Matter

    We put that question to our technical-savvy audience and received insights on why the public doesn't get engineers—but should.Qmed Staff“Engineers understand the cold physics of a thing, and can make it work. Nonengineers throw emotional content at it... and hope it works,” says Robert Poyser, quality and regulatory manager of UK-based David Thomas Contact Lenses Ltd.“Engineers think quantitatively which is the bedrock of good decision making,” adds professor Richard Dealtry, chairman of the...
  • MD&M East Supplier Focus: CRI

    Braided catheter manufacturing shown in CRI's facilities. CRI (Booth #549; Indiana, IN) has expanded their product and service offerings to include interventional products. Brian Buntz“In addition to our new interventional product line, we continue to provide full product life cycle management including research, design, development, prototyping, verification and validation, testing, regulatory, mass production and distribution,” says Renée Clinard, the company’s sales manager.In the following...
  • Something Like a QR Code Can Keep Your Robot Out of Trouble

    Rethink Robotics found that a QR-code–like sticker can eliminate many headaches when something changes a manufacturing robot’s location. Chris Newmarker It turns out QR codes aren’t just for marketing. Something very much like a QR can help a manufacturing robot quickly find its position—something that is especially crucial in the ultraprecise world of medical device manufacturing, says Eric Foellmer, marketing manager at Rethink Robotics (Boston). Watch the video below of...
  • MD&M East Supplier Focus: Portescap

    Portescap's 22ECS45 ULTRA EC is a member of the company's Ultra EC series of brushless DC motors.Motor specialist Portescap (West Chester, PA) is featuring its Ultra EC brushless DC motors at MD&M East.Brian Buntz“The Ultra EC brushless motors offer greater power density and run much cooler than equivalent motors utilizing the patented EC coil,” explains the company’s program manager Dave Beckstoffer.The motor, which is featured at Booth #935 at the show, can be used for applications...
  • Why Medtech Reshoring Is Not Just a U.S. Thing

    A major contract manufacturing seeks to be a local producer—everywhere around the world. Chris Newmarker Phillips-Medisize has grown to 14 global locations.Medtech outsourcer Phillips-Medisize has greatly expanded its presence in China in recent years, opening a project site in Suzhou a year and a half ago and then announcing the creation of a design and development center there last month.  But this isn’t about the classic offshoring of medical device manufacturing away...