Chris Newmarker

Former Starkey President Pleads Not Guilty to Theft

Posted by Chris Newmarker on September 23, 2016
Jerry Ruzicka and three other defendants in the case pleaded not guilty to charges that they fleeced the hearing aid manufacturer and its main owner out of $20 million over a nine-year period. Chris NewmarkerJerry RuzickaA December trial date has been set in federal court in Minneapolis for four of ... Continue

BD to Spend $100 Million on Nebraska Syringe Plant

Posted by Chris Newmarker on September 23, 2016
Becton, Dickinson and Co. plans to expand its ability to manufacture insulin syringes at the factory. Chris Newmarker BD's Holdrege, NE, plant. (Image courtesy of BD)BD recently announced a $100 million investment in new technology and manufacturing equipment at its Holdrege, NE, insulin syringes pl... Continue

Trump Versus Clinton: Medical R&D

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 23, 2016
Clinton has said she will support investing in science and technology research and development, as well as in technology transfer. She has also pledged to improve the patent system to reward innovators, and ensure an effective copyright system that protects creative content, while unlocking access t... Continue

Former Starkey Execs Charged With Stealing $20 Million

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 22, 2016
An indictment unveiled in Minnesota claims a complicated web of sham companies and dummy entities set up to siphon away money from the privately held hearing aid manufacturer and developer. Chris NewmarkerJerry Ruzicka A year after the president, chief financial officer, and human resources vic... Continue

How Tiny Are Medical Device Parts Getting? This Tiny

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 22, 2016
Miniaturization is a major trend in the medical device industry, and a great example could be found at Heraeus's booth at MD&M Minneapolis.Chris NewmarkerHeraeus (St. Paul, MN) has been machining medical device parts down to the micron level in recent years. Check out this video from M... Continue

A Better Way to Keep Feet Clean in Healthcare Settings?

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 21, 2016
Circuit Solutions used MD&M Minneapolis to tout a new device to keep feet from tracking grime into healthcare settings. Chris NewmarkerWhile there has been significant progress preventing some types of infections, about one in 25 U.S. hospital patients still suffer at least one he... Continue

How Medical Device Design Is Like Ping Pong

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 21, 2016
Kablooe Design turned to table tennis to teach medical device design lessons at MD&M Minneapolis. Here's why. Chris Newmarker"Playing ping pong is like competing in the marketplace. And if you don't go through the process correctly, if you skip parts of the process, you're going to be at a ... Continue

Catheter Materials Innovation Wins Top Prize at MD&M Minneapolis

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 21, 2016
Polymer extruder Zeus has created catheter polymer braiding with tensile strength comparable to metallic braiding, enabling MRI to be used during catheter based procedures. The innovation won this year's MD&M Minneapolis Innovation Prize. Chris Newmarker Zeus (Orangeburg, SC) on Wednesday w... Continue

Medtronic Recalls Temporary Pacing Lead System

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 21, 2016
The Class 2–level recall involves thousands of devices. Chris NewmarkerFDA recently issued a Class 2 designation for a recall involving thousands of Medtronic temporary lead pacing systems because there is the potential for them to connect to a hazardous voltage. The recall involves 1169... Continue

FDA Seeks App to Prevent Overdose Deaths

Posted in by Chris Newmarker on September 19, 2016
The agency is holding a competition for a mobile health solution to reduce the epidemic of painkiller overdose deaths across the United States.Chris NewmarkerFDA is calling on innovators from all disciplines to create a mobile phone app that can help people overdosing from prescription painkillers, ... Continue