• Why Hologic’s Big Deal Threw Investors For A Loop

    Analysts were caught off guard by Hologic’s $1.65 billion proposal to buy aesthetic company Cynosure. Amanda Pedersen  Hologic Inc. threw analysts and investors for a loop this week with its $1.65 billion proposal to buy aesthetic technology maker Cyosure Inc., a deal that would place Hologic in a new, albeit fast-growing cash-pay segment.If all goes according to plan, the acquisition will close in April. At $66 a share, the deal has an equity value of about $1.65 billion and an...
  • Here's The Scoop On Scopis Scoping U.S. Market

    Scopis recently opened an office in Cambridge and is cultivating investors in the U.S.Nancy CrottiScopis offers target-guided surgery via augmented reality. A German company that sells augmented reality products for minimally invasive surgery has landed in the United States.Founded in 2010, Scopis GmbH offers augmented reality software to help surgeons plan ENT, craniomaxillofacial, neurological, spinal, and bronchoscopic procedures. The company’s...
  • ADM Cleveland 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 ADM Cleveland Innovation Prize (the “Contest”) is sponsored by UBM LLC, 2901 28th St., Ste. 100, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (“UBM” or “...
  • Call for Entries: ADM Cleveland 2017 Innovation Prize

    If you'll be showcasing an innovative medtech product or service at the upcoming Advanced Design & Manufacturing Cleveland expo March 29–30, enter our contest for a chance to be included in a special innovation tour for attendees. Entries are due February 24, 2017.UBM is looking to identify the most innovative exhibitors at Advanced Design & Manufacturing Cleveland and give them the recognition they deserve. The ADM Cleveland Innovation Prize is a contest acknowledging the most...
  • Allergan Wants To Sculpt Out Part Of A $4B Market

    Allergan wants to buy aesthetic device company Zeltiq for $2.47 billion, a deal that would give the biopharmaceutical giant a strong position in body contouring, a $4 billion global market opportunity. Amanda Pedersen  Allergan has been placing big bets on the fast-growing medical aesthetics sector. Earlier this month the Dublin-based biopharmaceutical company pumped up its regenerative medicine offering with a $2.9 billion cash purchase of Branchburg, NJ-based LifeCell Corp....
  • Does M&A Beat Organic Innovation?

    A panel of experts at MD&M West weighed in on acquisition-based innovation vs. organic innovation for growing a successful company.Amanda Pedersen Is it smarter to scale innovation organically or through M&A? Bryce Rutter challenged experts with that question last week during a panel he moderated at MD&M West on the subject of "Keeping Innovation at the Heart of Product Development."The question was particularly timely as mass consolidation continues to be a prevalent...
  • FDA Picks Up Bad Vibe From Vibrator Marketing

    FDA warns Rapid Release Technologies that its therapeutic vibrator, which has not gone through the agency’s regulatory approval process, is considered a medical device based on its intended uses. The company said it is working with FDA and consultants to comply with FDA labeling requirements. Updated February 14, 2017 Amanda Pedersen Therapeutic vibrators and heating pads are generally exempt from FDA’s premarket approval requirements, but Rapid Release Technologies' marketing...
  • How To Design Winning Devices With Front-End Research

    A panel of product design experts discuss the importance of front-end research and the reality that what people say they do often differs from how they really behave.Amanda Pedersen As an expert in integrating research, ergonomics, and design into new product development, Bryce Rutter knows all too well that what people say they do typically differs from how they really behave. That’s why relying on focus groups for medical device design doesn’t usually work, he said during a panel...
  • Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Head

    The Senate voted to confirm Price as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Here's what to expect.Marie ThibaultTom Price, MD is in as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 to confirm his nomination. The post of HHS head is particularly key as Republicans look to oust the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Senators voted along party lines, with all Republicans—and no Democrats—voting to confirm.Price, a Republican congressman...
  • How To Make Sensors That Make Sense

    An IoT expert talks about what works and what doesn't work in the rapidly-growing world of sensor technologyAmanda Pedersen When it comes to developing sensor-based products, it's okay to get a bit crazy, as long as the end product conforms to five guiding design principals. At least, that's what Mark Bachman, an Internet of Things (IoT) Evangelist, and a professor at the University of California Irvine, tells his students.At MD&M West, Bachman, who also is director of the eHealth...
  • Sensor Alert Technology Wins MD&M West Innovation Prize

    MedicusTek’s Sensable Care System, used to address patient bed falls and pressure injuries, was chosen for the Innovation Prize at the world’s largest annual medtech expo and conference.Marie ThibaultThe Sensable Care System from MedicusTek USA Corp. secured the top spot in the Innovation Prize competition at MD&M West this week. The Newport Beach, CA-based company’s technology uses a sensor array embedded in a mattress or bed pad to reduce the risk of pressure injuries or injuries from...
  • How Color Can Make Your Medical Device Better

    Color can be an overlooked aspect of the product design process, but Christine Park, an industrial designer at StarFish Medical, says color can be used to establish brand identity, improve usability, and evoke a positive emotional response. Amanda Pedersen   At MD&M West, Christine Park of StarFish Medical talked about unleashing the impact of color in medical device design  Choosing a color for a new medical device requires more thought than simply...
  • Could A Breathalyzer Test Detect Colorectal Cancer?

    Owlstone Medical has launched a 1,400-patient breath-based test using its microchip FAIMS technology to detect early-stage colorectal cancer. Amanda PedersenOwlstone Medical's FAIMS platform is designed to detect disease biomarkers in breath Two years ago, Bill Boyle lost his wife to colorectal cancer because she was diagnosed too late. Now his company is trying to develop a new way to detect colorectal cancer, using a microchip-based technology in the form of a...
  • 5 Surprising Facts About Light-Curable Adhesives

    Think you know everything there is to know about light-curable adhesives? Think again.Daphne AllenDymax offers a fast-bonding solution for plastic-to-plastic and plastic-to-metal substrates.Many companies are moving away from solvent-based technologies as part of eco-initiatives, Michelle Gumbert, marketing manager of Dymax Corp., tells Qmed.“With various environmental laws and acts such as Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) and the Clean Air Act making it...
  • J&J Sued Over Silicone Breast Implants

    The complaint may signal a new wave of lawsuits similar to those that overwhelmed implant-makers in the 1990s.Nancy CrottiA California woman has sued Johnson & Johnson and two of its subsidiaries, claiming that leaking silicone breast implants caused muscle pain and nausea.Filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles against J&J, implant maker Mentor Worldwide LLC, Ethicon Inc., and unnamed individuals, the lawsuit alleges defective manufacturing of Mentor’s MemoryGel silicone implants,...
  • Most Qmed Readers Think Immigration Restrictions Will Hurt Innovation

    When asked if U.S. immigration restrictions will impact medical innovation, 44% of Qmed readers said yes.Amanda Pedersen Last week Qmed published a story highlighting an Iranian researcher impacted by President Trump’s executive order blocking citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days, even with a valid U.S. visa or green card.Recognizing that this is a story with many different points of view, and that most medical device...
  • 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...