• San Diego: Mobile Health Hotbed

        Qmed Readers Vote: 5%San Diego is emerging as an innovator in the field of wireless medical technology, but medtech VC investing is lacking.Qmed Staff"Collaboration between UCSD, Salk Institute research facilities and biomedical field all contribute to medical device innovation.""Most dynamic atmosphere...many small startups""UCSD and med industry push the boundaries for medical device research."Major mobile health innovators including Sotera Wireless, which makes...
  • Chicago: More Than Big Headquarters?

        Qmed Readers Vote: 5%Chicago has some major medtech OEM headquarters. But can it leverage those headquarters to create a stronger medical device hub?Qmed Staff"It has a broad base of manufacturing and service capabilities. It has strong universities. It is centrally connected. It has a strong and growing tech base. And the local culture of hardworking yet approachable people makes for a great networking and community environment."Two major companies in the medical device...
  • Salt Lake City: The Little Medtech Engine That Could

        Qmed Readers Vote: 5%Salt Lake City is a fast-growing hub. But will it every catch up with the big U.S. hubs?Qmed Staff"People are highly experienced, educated, and entrepreneurial in Salt Lake City. The state is tax favorable, allowing new and existing business to flourish. People want to live here as the climate is great and recreational opportunities are abundant and close by."Utah has a fast-growing medical device industry clustered around its capital: Salt Lake City...
  • Los Angeles and Orange Counties: Sunny Times

        Qmed Readers Vote: 9%Edwards Lifesciences' prosperity is a bright spot for the region. Qmed Staff"Innovation is rolling here.""Largest overall group and diversity of medical device companies of all types, which feeds new ideas and cross-pollination"Like the region in general, the medical device industry in Southern California is both massive and sprawled out. There is no single city in the region that is a de facto medical device hub for the region. But most of the...
  • San Jose-Silicon Valley: Innovation Hotbed

         Qmed Readers Vote: 18%Medtech venture capital funding may be dwindling. But the biggest pool of it remains in Silicon Valley. Qmed Staff"Smartest people and newest technology""Lots of smart people""Most risk-taking"Silicon Valley leads the U.S. for venture capital funding. And while the region’s focus is still high tech, it also has a small army of innovative healthcare firms. In recent years, Apple and Google, both  based in Silicon Valley, have shown...
  • Boston-Cambridge: Research Prowess

        Qmed Readers Vote: 12%The region's medical device strength can be summed up in one phrase: R&D. Qmed Staff"Most highly regarded academics and industry leaders in one place""Highest level of game changing innovation"The Boston area is one of the top research hubs on the planet. On top of that, the area is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to venture capital funding in the United States. Like Silicon Valley, the region is extremely innovative. A...
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul: The Heart of Medical Alley

        Qmed Readers Vote: 31%No doubt, the Twin Cities have a dominant medical device hub. But can the region maintain innovation?Qmed Staff"It's a hotbed of big-name medical device companies, much like Silicon Valley is synonymous with high-tech applications.""Manufacturers, thought leaders, labs, [contract research organizations], investors, biotech—all the right folks within reach.""The dense cluster makes knowledge sharing and collaboration second to none for...
  • The Top 7 U.S. Cities for Medtech Innovation

         Let’s just say that Qmed readers have an affinity for a city nicknamed the “Mini-Apple.”Chris NewmarkerUpdated April 21, 2016It was a scene that one would only see in a major medical device hub: a founder of a string of major medtech companies, Manny Villafaña, telling a crowd of hundreds of device enthusiasts about the bold risk-taking that built Minneapolis-St. Paul into a powerhouse in the field.How many cities in the U.S.—or the world, for that matter—could...
  • Making a Paralyzed Hand Move Again, and Play Guitar

    Researchers in Ohio have enabled a paralyzed young man to once again move his wrist and hand—and complete tasks such as strumming a guitar and swiping a credit card—all through a chip implanted in his brain.Nancy CrottiIan Burkhart can grasp a coffee mug, too. (Image courtesy of Ohio State University)Back in 2014, a paralyzed young man moved his hand for the first time in four years just by thinking about it, thanks to a chip implanted in his brain. Now he can play guitar and perform five...
  • 4 Lessons from Medtech's Greatest Innovators

    Manny Villafaña is one of the founders of Minnesota’s medical device hub. He started some of its major companies and worked with some of the industry’s greatest early innovators. Here are some important lessons he's learned along the way.Chris NewmarkerManny VillafañaManny Villafaña was a key figure in the era of heart device derring-do, in which medical device wonders blossomed amid Minnesota’s “frozen tundra” and the state’s Medical Alley became a hub of innovation.During the 1970s,...
  • How Medtronic Ensured Micra's Safety Beyond the Grave

    Scientists at the company were convinced the company’s new leadless Micra pacemaker would be groundbreaking for the people who used it. But it was another matter after they were dead.Chris NewmarkerThe Micra pacemaker is about the size of a vitamin tablet. (Illustration courtesy of Medtronic)Before Medtronic’s tiny leadless Micra pacemaker hit the market, the company engaged in an unusual experiment in Minneapolis: implanting the device inside the hearts of 16 human cadavers and cremating them....
  • Who is the Winner of the 2016 BIOMEDevice Boston Innovation Prize?

    Voters were most impressed by RTP Co.'s line of resistant thermoplastics during Wednesday’s Innovation Prize tour at the BIOMEDevice Boston show.Marie ThibaultRTP's 2000 HC thermoplastic series was tested with repeated exposure to harsh disinfectants.A few years ago, RTP Co. identified a problem that resulted from the fight against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs): Repeated exposure to harsh hospital disinfectants was leading to cracks in plastics used in that...
  • Surgery Meets Virtual Reality This Thursday

    Shafi Ahmed and his company Medical Realities think broadcasting surgeries with virtual reality could help close the surgical knowledge gap worldwide.Nancy CrottiWhen a London surgeon and co-founder of a virtual and augmented reality company removes a tumor from a patient’s colon on Thursday, April 14, the whole world could be watching.Shafi Ahmed, MD, will don Google Cardboard, a low-cost VR system, so a 360-degree camera mounted over the operating table in the Royal London Hospital can...
  • How a Neurostimulator Can Also Advance Science

    NeuroPace’s RNS System for treating seizures is also providing insights that could advance understanding of epilepsy, a scientist with the company explained Tuesday at the Design of Medical Devices Conference in Minneapolis.Chris NewmarkerThe RNS System includes a small, implantable neurostimulator connected to leads placed in up to two seizure onset areas. (Image courtesy of NeuroPace)The medical device industry trend of pacemaker technology being increasingly applied to neurological...
  • Dexcom Hit with Major Glucose Monitors Recall

    The recall involves hundreds of thousands of continuous glucose monitors with potentially faulty alarms.Dexcom won FDA approval last year for its Dexcom G5 mobile continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, which sends glucose data directly to a smartphone. (Image courtesy of Dexcom)Nancy CrottiDexcom has announced a massive and serious continuous glucose monitors recall, involving more than 260,000 devices with alarms that may fail to sound.Rather than asking customers to...
  • IBM Has Ambitious Plans to Decode Epilepsy

    The goal of the Australia-based research is to recognize epilepsy in brain scans of individual patients in the same way Facebook recognizes your face in photos.Nancy Crotti(Pixaby image of neurons courtesy of Gerd Altmann)IBM researchers in Australia are working on a way to stop seizures before they start, using computer software modeled on the web of neurons in the human brain, according to a report by Wired.Working with neurologists at the University of Melbourne, they’re...
  • Is an App Store for Surgery the Next Big Thing?

    Scott Huennekens, CEO of the joint Verb Surgical venture between Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Johnson & Johnson, aims to bringing digital thinking into the surgical suite.Arundhati Parmar For the past two decades, Intuitive Surgical has set the terms of surgical robotics, being the only game in town. That hegemony is slowly being challenged with the expected approval any day now of TransEnterix’s SurgiBot.But Alphabet (formerly Google) has had its eye on this market as...
  • Is the Robot Takeover Hitting a Speedbump?

    Robots have been called "the next big thing" in technology  for decades. While that still may be true, the robot revolution could be slower than many expected, and Google's parent is rumored to be selling off one of its robotics divisions.Brian BuntzProponents of robotics still argue that robots will soon transform culture and medical care. It is likely that robots will take on ever-more important roles in fields as diverse as surgery and elder care while also doing a growing number...
  • Abbott Wins $1 Billion Stent Lawsuit

    Abbott Laboratories emerged victorious in a lawsuit that alleged the company had encouraged medical providers to submit false payments for stents to Medicare.Qmed StaffA federal jury in Dallas this week sided with Abbott Laboratories in a False Claims Act lawsuit that carried a potential $1 billion in damages for the company.A whistleblower named Kevin Colquitt, a former regional sales director for Guidant, had alleged that the company was promoting bile duct stents for treating digestive tract...
  • Theranos Beefs Up Board in Light of Lab Problems

    Reeling from months of negative press coverage and warnings from CMS and FDA, Theranos is beefing up its scientific and medical advisory board with eight medical and lab testing experts.Qmed StaffTheranos had raised eyebrows for the illustrious members of its board of directors, which included political luminaries such as former Secretary of State Harry Kissinger, former Senator Samuel Nunn, and former cabinet member George P. Shultz. But after the Wall Street Journal began a series of critical...