This Dräger newborn incubator focuses on ‘intact survival’

The latest in incubator technology from Dräger focuses on long-term health and quality of life, as well as survival. One device paying particular attention to these trends is the Babyleo TN500 IncuWarmer beds from Dräger. Florida Hospital announced it’s the first in the United States to implement the Babyleo beds. The beds are being used in

Medical device value: Here’s how you work it into your design

Public and private payers are increasingly demanding that health providers manage their patient populations more effectively and efficiently. That means that medtech companies can no longer merely rely on the strength of their technology to achieve reimbursement. They need to demonstrate “value,” too. “There’s a lot going on with the healthcare payment delivery systems to reform

Cambridge Medical Robotics unveils first look at Versius ‘bot

Cambridge Medical Robotics released the first photos today of its surgical robot, Versius, designed to make minimal access surgery more widely available and easier to perform. “We’ve designed Versius with surgeons in mind. By equipping them with a remarkable tool, fit for their demanding job, we can change the way surgery is delivered,” CEO Martin…

How medical device risk management is connected with design controls

Medical device design controls play an important role when it comes to risk management, but the relationship isn’t always immediately clear. Intended use is especially important, says Jon Speer, founder of Greenlight.guru (Indianapolis), which markets a cloud-based quality management software. “If you don’t have a clear order or boundaries for conducting your risk management activities,

3D printing can give your medtech startup a competitive edge

You need to be fast and nimble to compete. A strong maker culture enabled by 3D design and 3D printing could be the way to do it. Derek Mathers, Worrell It can be a lonely world for medical and biotechnology startup entrepreneurs during the early days. Despite their deep desire to introduce and scale novel life-extending

Brooks Stevens announces new president

Brooks Stevens (Milwaukee, Wis.) recently announced that it has named Mike Roberts as its new president, effective immediately. Roberts has over 30 years of product development and design automation experience. He will now be responsible for Brooks Stevens’ transformation into a stronger and technology-driven product design and development company. Roberts will also be responsible for

Microinnovation: what paper towels have to teach us about medtech

How can you double the efficiency of a paper towel? Turns out you don’t need to reformulate or make the paper thicker. Instead, you find a simple concept that offers users a new way to think about the product. That’s what happened when paper towel manufacturers began producing the half-sized sheet. Roger Smith thinks the

Model Solution honors student industrial designers

Model Solution has honored eight industrial design students across the U.S. for excellence in product design with its second annual Model One Awards. The company – which has its U.S. office in Milpitas, Calif. – helped the eight students verify designs for manufacturing and pick colors, materials and finishes. Model Solution created mock-ups and high-quality appearance models of

Medical device product development: 7 pitfalls you need to avoid

Jon Speer, Greenlight.guru Managing your medical device product development project can be a daunting task. There are regulations and paperwork to manage, along with expectations such as deadlines or goals for getting the device to market. I sat down recently to chat with Peter Sebelius about our thoughts on project management best practices for medical

How Consensus Orthopedics added smarts to orthopedic devices

Consensus Orthopedics made headlines with its TracPatch this year. So how did an ortho company get a digital product to market? Let’s face it, orthopedic devices are dumb. That is to say, they are mute. Silent. And in today’s healthcare environment, the silent kind of dumb is dangerous. Consensus Orthopedics (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) wanted to

Abbott’s new contact ablation catheter: Here’s what you need to know

The new TactiCath contact ablation catheter unites EndoSense and St. Jude Medical technologies that Abbott acquired, marrying fiber optics, flexibility and 3D mapping. If you want your grilled cheese to cook faster, you press it into the pan with your spatula. That’s contact force, the principle behind Abbott’s TactiCath contact force ablation catheter, according to

This new device could provide better cervical cancer screening

Histologics has developed a small, Velcro hook-like device that is better able to consistently obtain samples of cells in the cervix during colposcopies to diagnose cervical cancer, according to researchers from the University of California at Riverside. Women who have an abnormal pap smear results usually have to have a colposcopy to closely examine the

Medical device labeling: You need to design it, too

When designing and developing a medical device, companies often consider labeling down the road, but they shouldn’t, says Michael Drues, a regulatory consultant based outside Boston. Labeling can involve a variety of ways a medtech company markets a product. What Drues calls high-level labeling – indications for use, intended use and label claims – drives

4 steps to make your product design user-centered

Chrissy Glaister, Product Creation Studio Applying a user-centered approach to your product design process will enable you to create products that resonate with your target market – and are safe, effective and easy to use. No matter where you are in a product’s lifecycle both user research and user evaluations are an invaluable aspect of product

Orchid Design hires new engineering director

Surgical device designer Orchid Design has a new engineering director for its Shelton, Conn., design center. Brandon Beckendorf will oversee the development of orthopedic and spine products for Orchid’s customers, Orchid announced July 25. Beckendorf was most recently director of engineering at OsteoMed, where he introduced lean product development, DFx, concurrent engineering and other processes