4 ways wearables will transform healthcare’s future

Wearable technology is moving beyond consumer-grade health and wellness devices – the daily step counters and heart rate trackers offered by the likes of Apple, Fitbit and Garmin. “They’re convenient, small, portable and inexpensive, but you don’t use consumer items for life and death,” said Dr. Arthur Combs, chief medical officer at flexible electronics company MC10

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7 diagnostic devices to boost healthcare in the developing world

The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of death and disease globally is caused by hazards and environmental burdens in developing countries with little to no access to preventative care and diagnostic devices. Since developing countries are poor agricultural regions that are still becoming economically and socially advanced, it is harder for doctors to

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Medtech stories we missed this week: August 11, 2017

From Xtant Medical’s 510(k) extension to Varian Medical’s distribution deal, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. FDA extends Xtant Medical’s 510(k) for Calix C spinal implant Xtant Medical announced in an Aug. 9 press release that the FDA has cleared its product line extensions

Medtech stories we missed this week: August 4, 2017

From MDCorp inking a European distribution deal to Align Technology’s North Carolina expansion, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. MDCorp inks distribution deal with Smart Endoscope Systems MDCorp announced in a July 31 press release that it has signed a distribution agreement with Smart Endoscope

9 battery and power source advances you need to know

In the drive toward tinier implantable medical devices and wearable health sensors, battery and power source technology has been a major stumbling block. As experts noted in a discussion about battery technology during DeviceTalks Minnesota in June, battery innovation in the field is especially slow. Going too fast has its risks, too. Case in point

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NPI/Medical invests over $1M in new equipment

NPI/Medical announced that it has invested over $1 million in molding and quality equipment to improve its product development and speed-to-market times. The Ansonia, Conn.–based medical device development and manufacturing company reported that it has had several equipment upgrades that are tailored to market, closed loop machine capabilities and process monitoring that are important for

Medtech stories we missed this week: July 28, 2017

From Accenture’s AI-powered app to help the visually impaired to Rayovac getting clearance from Health Canada, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but still thought were worth mentioning. 1. Accenture touts AI-powered app for visually impaired Accenture announced in a July 28 press release that it has developed an artificial intelligence–powered way to

Freudenberg Medical registers China facility with FDA

Freudenberg Medical announced that it has registered its medical device manufacturing operation in Shenzhen, China with the FDA. “We registered our operation to manufacture a clipping device used on hospital beds,” said general manager Terry To. “Our dedicated team completed the project – from mold design to validation and mass production – in just five

Medtech stories we missed this week: July 21, 2017

From Second Sight’s South Korean market entry to Sanuwave’s Indonesian distribution deal, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Second Sight enters South Korea market Second Sight announced in a July 5 press release that it has entered the market in South Korea with the implantation of two

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