Chris Newmarker

Sil-Pro Planning an $11 Million Expansion

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on February 10, 2016
The medical device contract manufacturer is planning a major corporate campus expansion that will allow it to add 104 jobs.Qmed StaffSil-Pro, which specializing in developing and manufacturing silicone and thermoplastic medical devices and components, plans to spend $11 million to add 57,000 sq ft t... Continue

Boston Sci Gets a Huge Boost for Watchman

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on February 9, 2016
Medicare coverage of the left atrial appendage closure device was an open question for Boston Sci going into this year. Now the question is resolved in the company’s favor.Chris NewmarkerThe Watchman’s features include a self-expanding nitinol frame in five sizes, PET mesh fabric meant to promot... Continue

Former FDA Commissioner, J&J Targeted in Federal Lawsuit

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on February 8, 2016
Margaret Hamburg, MD, the former FDA commissioner, is accused of conspiring to suppress information about the harmful effects of Johnson & Johnson’s antibiotic Levaquin—at the same time her husband ran a hedge fund that profited from J&J stock.Margaret HamburgChris NewmarkerNearly a year... Continue

John Kasich: A Conservative Approach to Healthcare?

Posted by Chris Newmarker on February 8, 2016
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich has taken heat from fellow conservatives for his decision to expand Medicaid in Ohio under the Affordable Care Act. The Weekly Standard says it is a stretch for Kasich to claim that he rejected Obamacare, even as he took advantage of one of its major measures... Continue

How Cryopreserving Organs Is Closer to Reality

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on February 4, 2016
(Image courtesy of you me on Flickr)Researchers are getting closer to cryopreserving organs. Here’s how.Qmed StaffA human heart can only survive only four to six hours between a donor’s death and transplant. Livers only do a bit better: 12 hours. And kidneys only last 36 hours.There’s more rea... Continue

How Big Is Too Big for Medical Device Companies?

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on February 2, 2016
In the midst of rampant consolidation in the medical device sector, the calls for healthcare conglomerates like J&J and Novartis to break up are growing louder.Qmed StaffJohnson & Johnson is not alone when it comes to calls for it to spin off its medical device businesses. Novartis has been ... Continue

Stryker Pays Nearly $3 Billion on Hospital Products Maker

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on February 1, 2016
Sage Products' portfolio includes the Prevalon Liftaem mobile patient transfer system. (Image courtesy of Sage Products)Sage Products makes and distributes disposable products for everything from skin preparation and protection products to devices that position and move patients.Qmed Staff... Continue

The 6 Most Innovative MD&M West Suppliers

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on February 1, 2016
Here are the six MD&M West Innovation Prize finalists. Make sure to check them out at MD&M West.Qmed StaffContract development work on a macular degeneration device, an efficient laser cutting and machining, a coating innovation for braided catheters, a flexible medical device... Continue

Why St. Jude Medical Could Have a Tough 2016

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on January 29, 2016
The Minnesota-based medical device company is dealing with gaps in its pacemaker and ICD folder, as well as reimbursement problems around its CardioMEMS heart failure monitoring system.Chris NewmarkerSt. Jude Medical could be facing a rocky road this year. The Little Canada, MN–based maker of hear... Continue

Hillary Clinton: Business as Usual

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on January 28, 2016
    Clinton wants to build on the Affordable Care Act.Qmed StaffLast year, Hillary Clinton seemed like a shoe-in for the Democratic nomination. Now, after winning the Iowa caucuses by a razor-thin margin, her odds are somewhat less certain, although she currently remains the frontrunn... Continue