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

Cleveland Clinic, Boston Sci think deep brain stimulation can treat strokes

The Cleveland Clinic is pioneering deep brain stimulation for stroke recovery, with an ongoing clinical trial to determine if Boston Scientific’s Vercise DBS system improves movement in recovering stroke patients. Dr. Andre Machado and his team performed the 6-hour deep brain stimulation surgery on Dec. 19, 2016. The procedure implanted electrodes into the cerebellum section

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

Needle knife therapy proven safe for inflammatory bowel disorder

The Cleveland Clinic recently published positive data from its first study that tests the safety and effectiveness of endoscopic needle knife therapy for intestinal strictures in inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) patients. “We pioneered this procedure,” said Bo Shen, medical director of Cleveland Clinic’s IBD Center, in a press release. “And our research shows that it

How Proto Labs is helping to make bioabsorbable surgical staples

Quick-turn contract manufacturer Proto Labs is playing an important role helping Opus KSD (Peacham, Vt.) ramp up production of  SubQ It! – a disposable, handheld surgical stapler that uses bioabsorbable fasteners beneath the skin. Health practitioners generally use bioabsorbable, thread-like material or a surgical stapler with metal staples to close the small openings created during laparoscopic surgery.

New medicines could eliminate uterine fibroid surgeries

Decision Resources Group, a healthcare research and data company, suggests that the launch of new medicines could provide a long-term management alternative to uterine fibroids surgeries over the next 10 years. Effective medical alternatives to surgical procedures will include novel selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs) including Allergan and Gedeon Richter’s ulipristal, Bayer’s vilaprisan, and Repros’s

What you need to know about industrial design and medtech

Worrell, a life sciences design firm in Minneapolis, recently came up with a metaphor for what industrial design offers the medical devices space: It’s “art in the OR.” So why does the OR or the medical device field in general need art? Worrell’s founder Bob Worrell lists 2 companies: Apple and Google. “Wouldn’t think 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

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

Beaver-Visitec International to acquire Malosa Medical

Beaver-Visitec International – a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of specialized surgical devices for the ophthalmic marketplace– announced today that it has acquired Malosa Medical. Malosa Medical is a manufacturer and supplier of single-use surgical instruments, primarily for use in the field of ophthalmology. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Fueled by an aging

Talking human factors and moonshots with Bryce Rutter

Medtech innovation is about considering small details while looking at a big picture. Bryce Rutter, president and founder of Metaphase Design, explores how human factors influences the design process, even when that information runs contrary to the designer’s thinking. He shares some tips on how to approach innovation based on company size, and answers the question of

Biostage touts preclinical data for Cellspan regenerative implant

Biostage (NSDQ:BSTG) touted preclinical data for its Cellspan esophageal implant at this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Biomaterials. The 27-person biotech based in Holliston, Mass., is developing technology to regrow esophageal tissue in patients that have esophageal cancer or atresia. Biostage has devised a way to combine stem cell therapy and a biocompatible device

DSM introduces the first black medical-grade UHMWPE fiber

DSM Biomedical has released its Dyneema Purity Black fiber that is the first and only black ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) medical fiber. The black fiber builds upon what Dyneema Purity fibers are known for like strength, being that it is 15 times stronger than steel. It also has a small profile, high pliability and

How to make ultrasound zap tumors in a moving organ

Researchers led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing think they’ve overcome the challenges standing in the way of using ultrasound to kill cancer tumors in organs that move with breathing. Until now, health practitioners have mostly limited ultrasound to treating prostate cancer, bone metastases and uterine myoma, according to the Fraunhofer Institute (Bremen, Germany). Organs

Why surgical stapling is a hot medical device product

The global increase in laparoscopic surgeries, particularly bariatric, is leading to a greater reliance on surgical staples, says a report on the Surgical Stapling Devices Market from Future Markets Insight. Close to $2 billion worth of surgical stapling devices were sold in the world last year, and revenues are expected to double by the end of 2026. Time savings,