4 steps to deeper medical device design insights

When it comes to medical device design insights, Karten Design might have a helpful tool with its “Voice of the Ecosystem” approach. There are many changes to the healthcare system, Eunji Park, lead design strategist at Karten Design, explained during a webinar this week entitled, “Unpacking the Ecosystem of Healthcare Consumers.” Cost increases in the healthcare

TransEnterix CEO: Robotic surgery has a big problem

Todd Pope has been working in the surgical robotics space for over a decade. As the CEO of TransEnterix, which has developed Senhance surgical assistance device, Pope believes the surgical robotics market is about to explode. But before it can take off, Pope noted that players have to address a really big problem with robotic

Why adding device identifiers to insurance claims protects patients

The pushback to adopting unique device identifier into claims forms is that the added steps will be burdensome for hospitals. But documenting device identifiers in claims forms is actually “feasible” and “straightforward,” and requires only modest effort, according to a new whitepaper from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Of particular concern was that the device claims

Navtar expands medical tubing portfolio

Natvar, a Tekni-Plex company, has launched thermoplastic microextrusion tubing. The technology is used in neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical applications. Microextrusion tubing offers a replacement for glass and fluoropolymers, and the company promises short development lead time. The new tubing option could help drive innovation in these therapeutic spaces. Microextruded options include monolayer, coextruded, multi-lumen tubing or profiles

Surgeon entrepreneur bets on virtual reality to boost surgical training

Dr. Justin Barad is a gamer, so it makes sense he would be drawn to virtual reality. As a high schooler, Barad started the computer science team. He interned at Activision, and was all set to be a game developer. But then Barad started to think about how he could help people. He ended up

How cleanrooms can ensure life science product quality

Cleanrooms are an important production tool for life sciences manufacturers; maintaining high stands of product quality ensures product efficacy and builds a strong reputation. Kevin Weist, president, Clean Air Products Quality is paramount in the life sciences. The innovation and growth for which life sciences companies strive cannot be attained without top quality products. Whether

How Cambridge Medical Robotics wants to transform robotic surgery

The field of surgical robotics is rapidly changing. (Check out our ongoing surgical robotics series). Major players in the field include Cambridge Medical Robotics (CMR), a U.K.-based OEM working on a portable surgical robot called the Versius. CMR recently completed Series A financing, and CEO Martin Frost believes the technology will transform the existing market. Frost answered some

Stratos PD: What went wrong and what does it mean for medtech?

UPDATE May 10, 2016: In the interest of full disclosure, Heather Thompson was a freelance writer for the Stratos blog. There has been some conjecture since the once premier consulting firm, Stratos Product Development, shut down last week. Those closest to the company have expressed a deep sadness in the abrupt end of a company

Stratos Product Development quietly and abruptly shutters doors

Stratos Product Development of Seattle has abruptly shut down. The design firm had worked with some of the biggest names in tech and healthcare, and its closing leaves other design firms and medtech industry watchers in shock. E-mailed inquiries to the company returned with this message:  “This response serves to notify you of the closing of

How deep learning algorithms could detect diabetic eye disease

Researchers at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University believe deep learning algorithms, a form of artificial intelligence, hold the key to detecting diabetic retinopathy and averting blindness in patients. Diabetic retinopathy damages the blood vessels at the back of the eye and is the leading cause of preventable blindness globally. Up to 45% of

Meet the computer-automated drill that cuts surgery time down to minutes

What do machining auto parts and speeding up cranial surgery have in common? Think a computer-driven drill that can produce fast, safe, clean cuts in complex surgical procedures. Such computer-automated drills, which have long been used in automotive technology, have the potential to speed surgeries by 50% or more. Researchers from the University of Utah

Wading into parallel reviews as a reimbursement strategy

The process of gaining reimbursement is one of the most expensive and perilous activities a medical technology company will undergo. Some are exploring how (and whether) a strategy that encourages working with both FDA and CMS at the same time can help cut down the resource costs associated with reimbursement. Seth Goldenberg, director of product

Patenting strategies for medtech startups

Patenting may be a daunting task, but it is critical to facilitating a company’s success. Here are some tips on how and when to think about patents. David Dykeman has advised numerous startup companies during his more than 20 years practicing patent law. The intellectual property attorney serves as co-chair of the global life sciences

Critic questions FDA’s handling of Essure product complaints

FDA continues to update how it is informing the public about the controversial Essure permanent birth control device from Bayer. But at least one prominent critic sees holes in FDA’s efforts. “Many women are still being implanted with the device without adequate warnings of the risks associated with the device,” attorney Holly Ennis wrote in an

Why our grandkids will laugh at today’s surgical robots

For the last 10 years, if anyone mentioned robotic surgery or surgical robots, 95% of the time they meant the da Vinci robot from Intuitive Surgical. “That product has been so dominantly successful that almost everybody who talks about it is talking with that as their reference point,” said Roger Smith, chief technology officer for