Chris Newmarker

3 Questions You Should Ask about Surface Coatings

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on October 31, 2014
Biocoat Inc. (Horsham, PA) plays an important role in the medical device industry with its Hydak-brand immobilized hyaluronan coatings technology, which can be applied on most commonly used polymers and metals using a relatively simple process using conventional coating equipment and curing ovens.&n... Continue

How a Shape Memory Polymer Could Drive Medical Device Innovation

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on October 30, 2014
Shape-shifting thiolene/acrylates could open the door for a whole new host of applications in medtech, according to Walter E. Voit, assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Walter E. VoitSpeaking Thursday at MD&M Minneapolis, Voit said 3M Co. undertook res... Continue

5 Design Hurdles to Overcome with Wireless Medical Devices

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on October 29, 2014
There is a big need for cutting-edge wireless medical devices consumers love. The hard part is making them.When the original Fitbit tracker came out late in the past decade, it was a “stellar example of a first-generation product,” says Bill Saltzstein, president of Code Blue Consulting (Seattle... Continue

What the Target Data Breach Fiasco Should Teach Medtech

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on October 29, 2014
It was one of the major stories in the Twin Cities over the past year: personal data on up to 70 million Target Corp. customers stolen by hackers.Olayinka James Medical device companies actually have a great deal to learn from the story, because the Target hackers didn’t make a frontal assaul... Continue

Why Reshoring Matters for Medtech

Posted by Chris Newmarker on October 28, 2014
A lot of U.S.-based manufacturers are bringing production operations back home after offshoring them in the 1990s and 2000s to save cash. After years of looking to low-cost destinations like China, many firms are finding the cost benefits of offshoring are evaporating. Businessweek proclaimed earlie... Continue

Device Hacking May Have Become a Homeland Security Issue

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on October 23, 2014
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is apparently taking a greater interest in medical device cybersecurity, if a report from Reuters is to be believed.Reuters recently cited a “senior official at the agency” saying Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response T... Continue

The Scariest Medical Device Recalls of 2014

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on October 22, 2014
Any product recall is bad. But that is especially true in medtech—where the life of patients is often at stake.Dos and Don'ts (Slideshow)Whether it’s striving for simplicity in design or recognizing that people are capable of countless mistakes while using something, Qmed has collected... Continue

How to Spark a Revolution in Medical Plastics

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on October 22, 2014
The medical device industry has been pretty much using the same plastics and polymers for decades: workhorse materials including polyurethanes; polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE (marketed in other fields as Teflon by Dupont); and polyethylene terephthalate (sometimes marketed as Dacron) have been med... Continue

4. Genomics, 13 Votes

Posted by Chris Newmarker on October 17, 2014