Medical Device Industry News

  • Why J&J and Google Are Teaming Up to Make Surgical Robots

    When Johnson & Johnson Innovation in California looked for a partner to develop software for new robotic surgery tools, they turned to Google. Chris Newmarker Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary has forged a partnership with Google to advance the field of surgical robotics. The collaboration, facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation in California, will focus on creating new robotic surgery tools that integrate best-in-class medical device technology with robotic systems, imaging, and data analytics.

  • Olympus Updates Scope Cleaning Procedures After Superbug Deaths

    Olympus' TJF-Q180V duodenoscope, as shown on the company's website The safety communication to health providers comes amid mounting lawsuit

  • Why Novartis Is Going Big on Digital Health

    The Swiss pharmaceutical giant made big news last year when it came to its partnership with Google to create glucose-reading contact lenses. But it turns out the company has plenty of other digital health initiatives underway. Chris Newmarker

  • Lawsuits Mount Against Olympus Over Scopes Linked to Superbug Outbreak

    Olympus' TJF-Q180V duodenoscope, as shown on the company's website More lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims of the deadly outbrea

  • Zimmer Near Finish Line on $13.4 Billion Biomet Purchase

    Japanese regulators have signed off on the deal, but it still awaits official approval in Europe. Brian Buntz Zimmer Holdings’ planned $13.4 billion merger with Biometis on track for completion next month, with the Japan Fair Trade Commission the latest regulatory body to approve the deal, Zimmer said Wednesday.

  • Philips Hopes to Enlist Help from Allergan's CEO

    The Dutch technology giant hopes its healthcare business will play an integral role in propelling its business forward.  Brian Buntz

  • 5 Important Medtech Trends You Should Know About

    People aren't waiting for the medical device industry to solve problems, and there's something about Obamacare that many people don't understand. Chris Newmarker

  • Boston Sci Lawsuit Raises Uncomfortable Questions for Medtech

    The federal lawsuit claims discrimination against women over promotions and pay—not to mention some pretty inappropriate behavior—at the company’s Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. division. Nancy Crotti Two women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against a division of Boston Scientific Corp., claiming job and pay discrimination, unequal treatment compared with male employees, and sexual harassment.

  • Medtronic Hit With Class I Recall Involving Steerable Sheath

    In four cases, clinicians observed debris that appeared to come from the device, according to FDA. Chris Newmarker

  • What to Call Innovation Outside of Device Companies

    Call it DIY healthcare, medtech makers, amateur medtech something else? We would like to hear from you, our readers. Chris Newmarker It is a growing trend we’ve noticed at Qmed: Innovation is happening outside of traditional medical device corporations, fueled by 3-D printing, smartphones and much more.