• How Baxter Did A 180 In Almeida's First Year

    Joe Almeida reflected on Baxter’s progress and cultural changes during his first year as the company’s CEO Amanda Pedersen  A year ago, during Baxter’s fourth quarter 2015 earnings call, CEO Joe Almeida put his newness to the company in perspective by telling analysts he knew where the cafeteria was because he ate there almost every day. But he hadn’t been on the job long enough to have a good sense of Baxter’s culture and had only just begun to develop a strategic framework for...
  • How GE Is Putting Women In Control Of Mammograms

    Tasked with revamping patient perception of mammography, a female product designer at GE Healthcare found a way to put control of the exam in women's hands, literally. Amanda PedersenGE Healthcare's Senographe Pristina allows women to control compression with a remote Women understand the importance of early detection of breast cancer, but most will put off getting a mammogram for as long as possible.The reason women delay scheduling a mammogram is simple enough to...
  • Could This New Device Help Heroin Addicts Kick The Habit?

    An Indiana court becomes the first in the U.S. to offer a new drug treatment program for offenders addicted to heroin that features a device that eases the pain of heroin withdrawal.  Kristopher SturgisSee how the Neuro-Stim System Bridge from Innovation Health Solutions works Greenwood City Court in Indiana kicked off a new drug treatment program this week offering those on probation that are addicted to heroin an opportunity to choose recovery over jail time. The path to...
  • Zimmer Biomet Shelling Out $170M for Supply Chain, Quality Fixes

    The company hopes the investment will help it put last year's shipping delays and a 57-page From 483 in the rearview mirror.Jamie Hartford After shipping delays sent its stock tumbling and FDA hit the company with a 57-page Form 483 last year, Zimmer Biomet is throwing money at its problems.During the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call January 31, CEO David Dvorak announced a $170 million investment to “harmonize and optimize” the company’s supply chain and manufacturing and quality systems...
  • MRI Claim Solves A Big Overhang Problem For Abbott

    FDA approved the MR-conditional labeling for both the Assurity MRI pacemaker and the Tendril MRI pacing lead, removing a major overhang problem that Abbott inherited from its recently closed acquisition of St. Jude Medical.Amanda PedersenFDA approved Abbott's Assurity MRI pacemaker and Tendril MRI pacing lead for MR-conditional labeling. The approval fills an important gap in the cardiac rhythm management portfolio Abbott inherited from its recent acquisition of St. Jude Medical. Abbott...
  • Will Innovation Pay The Price For Immigration Ban?

    One Iranian researcher feels trapped in ‘big prison called the United States of America’ while another Iranian researcher is stuck on the other side, unable to get to Boston to work on precision medicine advancements at a Harvard Medical School lab.Amanda PedersenSan Francisco artist Naomi Alessandra created this poster of Samira Asgari to raise awareness of those impacted by President Trump's executive order preventing non-U.S. citizens of seven countries from crossing U.S. boarders....
  • New Charges for Ex-Starkey Execs

    A superseding indictment adds filing false tax returns to the existing charges faced by former Starkey executives accused of stealing $20 million from the company.  Nancy CrottiTwo fired executives of hearing aid manufacturer Starkey Laboratories face new charges in a federal embezzlement and fraud case.The U.S. Department of Justice this week accused former Starkey president Jerry Ruzicka and former chief financial officer Scott Nelson of filing false tax returns. Ruzicka and Nelson...
  • Microscopic ‘Submarines’ Could Treat Stomach Disease

    Researchers have designed tiny micromotors that can independently navigate through the stomach neutralizing gastric acid before releasing drugs at a desired pH level.Kristopher SturgisThis graphic demonstrates how the tiny submarines work to neutralize gastric acid in the stomach.Delivering drugs to the stomach could become a much easier task thanks to a new study out of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering where nanoengineering professors have designed a new microscopic “submarine”...
  • Alere Refuses To Fold On Abbott Deal

    Alere still isn't ready to fold, but Abbott is long past ready to walk away from the $5.8 billion deal the two companies agreed to a year ago. Amanda Pedersen In business, as in life, it’s important to “know when to fold ‘em,” as Kenny Rogers put it in his 1978 hit “The Gambler.”But that advice isn’t always easy to follow, especially when there’s a $5.8 billion deal at stake.Keep track of who's buying, selling, and spinning off with our list of medtech mergers and acquisitions of...
  • ‘Smart’ Inhaler System Improves Patient Outcomes in Study

    The Smartinhaler system from New Zealand-based Adherium Ltd. connects with an app to monitor medication adherence, usage, and dosage.Daphne AllenThe Smartinhaler system uses software to help providers gain insightsabout how patients use their medication.Smartinhaler, a “smart” personal medication monitoring system from Adherium Ltd., has shown effectiveness in reducing hospital admissions over a 12-month independent, randomized controlled trial involving children with poorly...
  • Will Stryker's Mako Knee Product Be Worth The Wait?

    Stryker's full release of Mako total knee product could steal the show at the annual AAOS meeting in March, after the company made the market wait more than a year after winning FDA approval for the product. Amanda PedersenStryker said it installed 86 Mako robots last year and is ready for the full launch of the Mako total knee system  Stryker has made the market wait for more than a year for the highly-anticipated release of the Mako total knee product.Stryker’s sales...
  • Could A Software Upgrade Make Mammography Better?

    FDA approved a software upgrade for the Aspire Cristalle digital mammography system from Fujifilm Medical Systems that enables U.S. customers to use 3-D mammography. Amanda PedersenU.S. radiologists using Fujifilm's Aspire Cristalle system can now offer 3-D mammograms FDA approval of a mammography software upgrade will allow Fujifilm Medical Systems' U.S. radiology customers to produce 3-D digital images of a patient’s breast. The advancement is particularly meaningful for...
  • New Autoinjector Options for Emergency-Use Drugs

    SMC's recent acquisition of Oval Medical Technologies Ltd. brings under its purview novel autoinjector platforms that could be used to deliver drugs during a crisis.Daphne AllenSMC Ltd. acquired Oval Medical Technologies, a maker ofautoinjectors, in December.Today’s patients want small devices that can be easily carried in a pocket or purse and are highly intuitive to use, explains Barbara Tischart, vice president of marketing for SMC Ltd. Such features are particularly important when it comes...
  • Could Device Tax Repeal Be Closer Than We Think?

    President Trump signaled his intention to move quickly on repealing and replacing Obamacare by signing an executive order to minimize the economic and regulatory burdens of the policy. But industry advocates are more concerned about getting the device tax repealed. Amanda PedersenPresident Donald Trump didn't say a word about healthcare during his inagural address, but wasted no time in signing an executive order to minimize economic and regulatory burdens imposed by the Affordable Care...
  • One Way ACA Uncertainty Could Hurt GE's Bottom Line

    GE executives said uncertainty around the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act could hinder growth in its U.S. healthcare segment as customers may become cautious. Amanda PedersenGE CEO Jeff Immelt said U.S. healthcare customers could show caution around GOP efforts to kill Obamacare Industrial conglomerate’s like General Electric Corp. could start to see healthcare customers becoming more cautious in response to the GOP’s efforts to dismantle Obamacare.By segment,...
  • Why Did Healthcare Get Left Out Of Trump’s Inaugural Speech?

    President Trump touched on plenty of hot-button issues during his 16-minute inaugural address Friday. But not one of them had to do with healthcare. Amanda PedersenPresident Donald Trump In the 16 minutes that he spoke to the American people after being sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump managed to use 1,433 words, 24 of which had never before been uttered during a U.S. inaugural address. And yet, not one of them had anything to do with healthcare...
  • Innovative Breast-Tissue Expander Gets FDA Nod

    The device could represent the first major change in expansion procedures in 40 years.Nancy CrottiFDA has granted de novo clearance to the first breast-tissue expander that uses air instead of saline and shortens the process from mastectomy to reconstruction.AirXpanders of Palo Alto, CA, recently completed the second phase of its XPAND clinical trial for the AeroForm device. Placed underneath the chest muscle, the needle-free device contains a reservoir of compressed carbon dioxide. Using...
  • How Pink Made One Ceramic Supplier See Red

    Amanda PedersenThe pink color of this ceramic hip component, the CeraSurf-p from CoorsTek, set CeramTec off in 2014. CoorsTek Inc.’s pink ceramic hip components made CeramTec GmbH see red in 2014, but a Colorado judge has ruled that CeramTec does not own trademark rights to the color pink.Learn about product differentiation in a commoditization-based marketplace at MD&M West, February 7-9 in Anaheim, CA.Back in 2014, CeramTec, of Plochingen, Germany, tried...
  • Were MiMedx Employees Coerced Into Supporting PAC?

    MiMedx Group Inc. has been accused of demanding its managers give cash to a company-operated political action committee that was a top contributor to Tom Price, a Georgia congressman and President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services secretary. Amanda Pedersen The storm clouds looming over regenerative medicine company MiMedx Group Inc. for the past couple of months are getting heavier as allegations roll in about employees being coerced into donating to...
  • Help for Europe’s Large-Valve Aortic Stenosis Patients

    Medtronic’s CoreValve Evolut R 34 mm valve, which already has FDA approval, has secured CE Mark, enabling minimally invasive treatment for a large portion of aortic stenosis patients.Marie ThibaultMedtronic announced another regulatory win for its largest size transcatheter aortic valve, the CoreValve Evolut R 34 mm valve, which has just received CE Mark. The 34 mm valve will be the largest transcatheter aortic valve commercially available in Europe.The CoreValve Evolut R 34 mm valve received...