DeviceTalks Boston: Here’s what you need to know

DeviceTalks Boston on Oct 2. will give attendees the chance to see some of the best minds in medtech live. There will be learning and networking opportunities galore. Read on and meet some of the top medical device leaders and experts who will be speaking – and discover other highlights from the upcoming show.   Next>> (See

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The startup pivot: How to rethink your medical device company

In the medtech market, startups have to be flexible; the startup pivot is crucial. “Companies have to morph as they go,” said Maria Palasis, CEO of bioresorbable drug delivery system company 480 Biomedical. Palasis explained that startups, and even mature companies should expect to shift their technology in one way or another through the course of

What’s next in 3D printing prototypes

Tony Holtz, Proto Labs 3D printing is advancing, especially for medical device applications. Printer developers are making leaps when it comes to achieving finer resolution and prototypers are improving steps for secondary processes. The 3D printing technology has enabled improvements in micro resolution features and clarity for lenses and microfluidics. The improved secondary operations have created

FAIs: When do you use conventional versus digital inspection methods?

Tony Holtz, Proto Labs First article inspections (FAIs) can be time-consuming and costly, but they are a necessary step in getting medical devices from product design to production. Medical device manufacturers are likely familiar with the process, although most leave it to suppliers to handle. Even if that is the case, device makers should get

MPR presenting devices and mobile monitoring at DeviceTalks Boston

MPR is working to solve energy shortages by helping to develop the next generation of technologies and improving the operations of existing power plants and is applying advanced technologies to ensure cleaner air and water. MPR is developing medical devices and biotechnology products that offer solutions to world health problems, and its on the frontier

FDA cuts could threaten medtech innovation: Here’s why

The Trump administration’s proposed federal budget could hurt the speed and quality of FDA review times, says a top expert at Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisers (MCRA). Glenn Stiegman, MCRA Innovation is a vital element of success for medical device companies. More than 6,500 U.S. companies are developing technologies that improve patient outcomes. This represents a

TransMed7 and Peridot forge medical device development partnership

TransMed7 announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with Peridot Corp. went into effect on Aug. 21. The two privately-held companies design and develop medical device technologies and offer end-to-end precision manufacturing and clean room assembly services. “This new strategic partnership with Peridot enables TransMed7 to launch new products such as our Concorde and

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

Webinar: How to get your device successfully on the market – Oct. 10

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST     Learn what it takes to get a medical device adopted into the market.  People often believe since they have a great idea, it’s a no-brainer getting someone to write a check for it…  As it turns out, it’s much more complicated than that. Get

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,

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

Webinar: 3D printing at Medtronic – Sept. 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT     Learn how 3D printing empowers medical device manufacturer Medtronic to bring products to clinical use faster, develop better therapies and personalize patient care. With functionally accurate, 3D printed prototypes, Medtronic can complete more design revisions in less time, empower physician feedback through an improved

Could this new assay reduce the need for animal tests?

American Preclinical Services has developed a novel assay that its creators think could replace the thromboresistance animal tests for medical devices – which use dogs, sheep and pigs. Mark E. Smith, American Preclinical Services Blood-contacting medical devices and the materials from which they are constructed must meet stringent safety criteria prior to regulatory approval 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

Nexus IE creates catheter coating test system for BioInteractions

Product consultancy Nexus Intelligent Engineering (Nexus IE) has designed and developed a fully automated catheter coating test system for medical device coatings supplier BioInteractions. Nexus IE (Witchford, U.K.) designed the BIOFriC 1000 fto measure the coefficient of friction of coated catheters. The test system could have uses in both  medical R&D laboratories and product manufacturing