Worcester Polytechnic Institute launches smart medical devices program

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced the launch of its new PracticePoint program that is designed to bring research, development and testing of medical devices under one roof. PracticePoint, with $17 million in initial funding, will focus on creating smart and secure medical devices that can interact with the physical world and improve patient-centric care.

Nelipak joins Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

Nelipak Healthcare Packaging recently announced that it has joined The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). The HPRC is a private technical coalition of industry peers across the healthcare, recycling and waste management industries. Their goal is to improve recyclability of plastic products within healthcare. “Nelipak is committed to sustainable practices which benefit our customers, employees and the environment. At

PTI Engineered Plastics announced MedAccred injection molding accreditation

PTI Engineered Plastics recently announced that it’s received MedAccred injection molding accreditation. To receive the accreditation, PTI (Macomb, Mich.) had to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications. “Achieving MedAccred injection molding accreditation is not easy: it is one of the ways in which the medical device industry identifies

GW Plastics acquires Ireland-based Avenue Mould Solutions

GW Plastics said today that it has bought Avenue Mould Solutions, a precision mold building, machining, and injection molding company based in Sligo, Ireland. The deal enables GW Plastics to have precision mold-making and advanced manufacturing capabilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “GW Plastics is thrilled to

How Magnolia Medical is battling sepsis false-positives for better value

Seattle-based Magnolia Medical Technologies – which says it makes a dramatic improvement to sepsis testing – provides a great example of the new value arguments dominating medtech. Sepsis happens to be a big deal. Hospital patients are often susceptible to sepsis, a bacterial infection that is the fifth leading cause of death. The standard of care

Integer interim CEO gets ‘interim’ removed from title

Medical device contract manufacturing giant Integer Holdings Co. said today that interim CEO Joseph Dziedzic will take over the company for good. Dziedzic is a former Integer board member who took over in March after Thomas Hook stepped down from the top spot. He’s entered into a new three-year employment agreement with the Frisco, Texas–based

These antique surgical kits will make you glad you live today

Right about now, Indiana Jones is exclaiming: “They belong in a museum!” RR Auction house recently auctioned off antique surgical kits that a Harvard Medical School founder used during the American Revolution. The two kits, plus two other post Revolution-Era items sold for $104,000, CNN reports. Two kits were owned and used by Continental Army surgeon Dr.

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Who could replace Zimmer Biomet’s CEO?

Zimmer Biomet surprised this week with the announcement that CEO David Dvorak is immediately stepping down. So who will replace him? For now, the orthopedic device giant’s SVP and CFO Dan Florin will serve as interim CEO while the company’s board searches for a new permanent CEO. It is unclear whether Florin – who was VP and

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The ins and outs of microextruded medical tubing

Microextruded medical tubing could enable increasingly smaller surgical and home care products, according to Tekni-Plex’s Natvar.  Surgical and home care products including catheters are becoming increasingly complex and smaller in size. Neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical procedures also require tight tolerances for those small sizes. Until now, options for these components were limited to glass

Minnetronix completes facility expansion

Minnetronix today announced the completion of a 22,000-square-foot expansion of its home in St. Paul, Minn. The investment – which brings combined space of the St. Paul facility to 125,000 square feet – will increase the medical device contract manufacturer’s production capacity by 50%. Minnetronix has nearly doubled its employee headcount over the past two

5 medtech funding insights you need to know

Venture capital funding isn’t what it used to be for medical device startups, but there are actually reasons to feel optimistic about medtech funding. That was the big takeaway from a four-expert panel at DeviceTalks Minnesota last month. (The next DeviceTalks is Oct. 2 in Boston.) Charlie Whelan, director of transformational health consulting at Frost & Sullivan,

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Comar acquires ProPlas Technologies

Packaging and dispensing provider Comar recently announced that it is enhancing its offerings through its acquisition of ProPlas Technologies, in yet another example of consolidation in the medical device contract manufacturing space. “Comar’s recent investments in a class 8 cleanroom and new innovation design center, combined with the acquisition of ProPlas, will position the business to

DeviceTalks: 3M’s Cindy Kent on leadership, growth and inclusion in medtech

Cindy Kent is no stranger to medtech – she’s spent 20 years in healthcare, moving up the ranks and finding her way to president & GM for 3M’s infection prevention division. She spoke with MassDevice.comPublisher Brian Johnson at the DeviceTalks event in Minnesota this week about her skills as a leader, how she ended up as

LabConnect receives $24.5M in Series A funding

LabConnect announced that it has received a $24.5M Series A investment from ABS Capital Partners, Pablo Capital and BroadOak Capital. The funding will go toward growth initiatives like building out the technology platform, product and service enhancements and sales team expansions while also giving liquidity to early shareholders. John Stobo, a managing general partner at

Here are the top 5 medtech stories of mid-2017

The middle of 2017 is shaping up to be a continued whirlwind of activity for medtech. FDA is getting used to its new leadership but is facing a continued lack of clarity on user fees and UDIs. Industry is seeing a deeper consolidation in medical supplies, exemplified in Cardinal Health’s purchase of patient recovery supplies from

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