How Bigfoot Biomedical wants to disrupt diabetes care

Bigfoot Biomedical is a highly competitive player in medtech’s race to develop an artificial pancreas. The 50-person company has made rapid progress towards developing a smart, automated insulin delivery system since its beginnings in 2014. Just yesterday Bigfoot announced that it is partnering with Abbott, bringing together Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring tech and Bigfoot’s insulin

Stryker launches new deformity correction hardware

Stryker’s Foot and Ankle business unit announced that it is launching its Hoffman LRF Hexapod hardware and online application for deformity correction. The Hoffmann LFR Hexapod uses mathematical algorithms to calculate solutions to correct deformities. “Stryker’s Hoffman LRF Hexapod and its innovative software is a step forward for surgeons and patients involved with complex deformity

6 surgical robots that will surprise you

Researchers around the globe have created surgical robots for solutions to procedures that are generally invasive and time-consuming. Whether its eye surgery or even finding a vein to draw blood, healthcare practitioners face daunting tasks, but robots have made these procedures easier (as easy as the DaVinci makes it look when peeling a grape and

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Thinking about wading into robotic surgery? We’ve got some advice for you

There are a handful of companies in the robotic surgical space. But that is about to change. There is ample evidence that the robotic surgical device market is going to explode in the next 3 to 5 years. We recently spoke with Todd Pope, CEO of TransEnterix who said there is a lot of opportunity

This could be the battery-free solution for pacemakers

A new energy storage system charges itself using ions from inside the human body – providing an exciting alternative to traditional batteries used in pacemakers, according to researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Connecticut. Researchers at the universities developed a bio-friendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor;

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 19, 2017

From FDA clearances to touting study data, here are some medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. XpandOrtho wins FDA 510(k) clearance XpandOrtho announced in a May 17 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its electronic soft tissue balancing instrument for total knee replacement surgery. The

Airgas creates new healthcare focused brand

Airgas has created a new brand called Airgas Healthcare that will integrate existing healthcare and life sciences activity of Airgas and Air Liquide Healthcare. Airgas Healthcare will provide a wide range of medical gasses and related products and services to customers with the integration of Air Liquide Healthcare. Those who will benefit from the new

Study shows benefits of overhead utility systems in ICUs

A new study from Draeger and Georgia Tech has shown that overhead utility systems potentially have substantial benefits in intensive care unit rooms. The study claims that ceiling mounted solutions for utilities are more superior than a traditional headwall. Hospital staff members tend to like overhead booms more, according to the study. Overhead booms have shown

Steute Meditech: How navigation aids ease foot switch usability

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical devices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot controls typically consist of multiple actuators … one for each required control function. For example, it is not uncommon to find foot controls for electrosurgical generators with 3 functions, foot controls

G4S launches new portable security system to protect patients

G4S, an integrated security company, has launched a portable monitoring system for vulnerable patients who have psychiatric disorders or cognitive conditions. Virtual Patient Watch is a security system that monitors patients and sends out an alarm if someone tries to get out of bed or has behavior that requires immediate medical attention. It is designed

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

How medtech companies can benefit from agile marketing

Getting a medical device to market can be tough. It has to go through several hoops at the FDA, including the 5-step premarket requirements that include: classifying the device; choosing the correct premarket submission; preparing appropriate information for premarket FDA submission; sending a premarket submission to the FDA and communicating with FDA staff during review; and

Medtech stories we missed this week: April 21, 2017

From new and renewed partnerships to FDA approvals, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Life Spine receives FDA clearance for cervical spacer system Life Spine announced in an April 19 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Plateau-C Ti Cervical Spacer System. The system uses

Medtech stories we missed this week: April 14, 2017

From FDA approvals to business expansion plans, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. BioTelemetry launches offer to acquire LifeWatch BioTelemetry and LifeWatch announced in an April 9 press release that the 2 companies have entered a transaction agreement that states BioTelemetry will launch a tender offer to acquire all

Trinseo offers medical grade MAGNUM ABS for medical equipment

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, is offering medical equipment manufacturers and molders medical-grade MAGNUM ABS Resins. The material features the advantages of Trinseo’s mass polymerization technology combined with the properties needed most for medical applications to assure the integrity of end-use applications. Trinseo’s MAGNUM 8391 MED ABS Resins