• Deciding Where in the World to Make What? It's Complicated

    Offshore, reshore, onshore, nearshore, or right-shore… It says something that so many different terms have popped up reflecting the complexity of modern globalized manufacturing operations. Brian BuntzGW says that companies that offer a standardized global manufacturing platform and quality system can take much of the risk out of offshoring. Shown here is the company's facility in Dongguan, China.A decade or two ago, many U.S. companies were tempted by seemingly simple arithmetic to move...
  • Why Offshoring Probably Costs More than You Think

    When companies weigh the decision whether to offshore manufacturing operations, they often use simple calculations that make offshoring seem less expensive than it actually is.Brian BuntzIndexed unit labor costs in China are soaring. Graph courtesy of the Reshoring Initiative. The arithmetic that many companies use to decide whether to move production overseas can make offshoring seem 20 to 30% less expensive than it is in reality, says Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative (Chicago...
  • Infographic: The Journey from Idea to Commercialization

    Integrated Technologies Limited has come up with the following infographic showing the entire product development cycle, starting with the idea stage and extending beyond product launch.(A bigger version of the infographic can be downloaded from Integrated Technologies Limited's website.)     
  • Top Technologies of 2015: You Decide

    Although we are only six months into the year, we’re getting a sense of which technologies might be contenders to be the top technologies of 2015. Qmed StaffRather than doing a roundup of finished medical devices, we’ve come up with a list of technologies that could be especially promising for medical device developers. Included in the list are items such as Apple’s Research Kit (which could change how research studies are performed) and electronics designed to be injected into the brain.We...
  • Safety Concerns Raised for Common Plasticizer Used in Medical Devices

    New research raises health and safety concerns over DINCH, a commonly used plasticizer found in products such as medical devices and food packaging.Kristopher SturgisVassilios Papadopoulos, PhD, was the study’s lead author. DINCH (1,2-Cyclohexane dicarboxylic acid diisononyl ester), a commonly used plasticizer that has been promoted as a safe alternative to phthalate plasticizers, might not be as safe as initially thought. A recent study out of McGill University found that DINCH exerts...
  • Why Medical Devices Are Easy Targets for Hackers

    Medical devices could be the weakest link in the medical industry security chain. Alan GrauThe HIPPA data privacy act of 1996 made patient privacy and data security a top priority for the medical industry. Despite this, medical data breaches continue to make headlines and hackers continue to find ways to steal patient data. Health insurance credentials can be worth twenty times the value of a credit card on the black market making medical data a lucrative target.Cyber criminals are successfully...
  • How a Cutting-Edge Wound Therapy Device Was Developed

    A wound care company enlisted the help of Logic PD design and manufacture their next generation ultrasound treatment device. The two companies worked together to create the UltraMIST therapy platform, which is designed to be easier to use than older technologies, while also being more effective at treating chronic wounds.Logic PDLogic PD recently helped Celleration Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) create a smaller and more user friendly version of its MIST Therapy painless ultrasound treatment.The...
  • 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...