Why Flex is betting on stretchtronics for medtech

The wearable lab at Flex (formerly Flextronics) reports it’s making strides when it comes to creating devices that are transparent and seamless. “Usually when you think about healthcare, you picture a person in a bed with wires running all around. We think healthcare should be as easy as putting on a T-shirt,” said Flex CEO John

Edwards Lifesciences has ‘key events’ around TAVR this week

Edwards Lifesciences is planning some important TAVR reveals during the PCR London Valves 2017 course that is underway. The Irvine, Calif.–based cardio devices company said yesterday that it plans to introduce the new Sapien 3 Ultra valve during the event, which runs until tomorrow. Edwards officials expect the Sapien 3 Ultra to receive CE Mark

New synthetic muscle step forward for soft robotics

A research team from Columbia Engineering’s Creative Machines lab developed a synthetic soft muscle that has a strain density 15 times larger than natural muscle and can lift 1,000 times its own weight that could propel soft robotics creation forward. According to the study “Soft Material for Soft Actuators” published in Nature Communications, the material…

EY, Evaluate are upbeat about the medical device industry: Here’s why

The medical device industry is growing at a healthy and steady pace, according to new reports that EY and Evaluate released today during AdvaMed’s annual Medtech Conference. “The results of this year’s report is a direct contrast to last year and tells a positive story about the future of the medtech industry,” said EY partner

How Abbott is making good on investor promises

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) has won FDA approval of MR-compatible ICDs – an indication that it could be making good executing on key priorities it inherited when it acquired St. Jude Medical for $25 billion early this year. The news today “lends incremental credibility to our thesis that ABT can and will have a positive impact on STJ

Medtech stories we missed this week: Sept. 22, 2017

From the FDA’s clearance of Covalon’s film-drape to Bioventus launching its study, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears Covalon’s MediClear OTC surgical film-drape Covalon announced in a Sept. 21 press release that the FDA has cleared its MediClear PreOp to market in U.S. hospitals,

This Dräger newborn incubator focuses on ‘intact survival’

The latest in incubator technology from Dräger focuses on long-term health and quality of life, as well as survival. One device paying particular attention to these trends is the Babyleo TN500 IncuWarmer beds from Dräger. Florida Hospital announced it’s the first in the United States to implement the Babyleo beds. The beds are being used in

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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5 DeviceTalks Boston exhibitors you should know

DeviceTalks Boston is an annual event that allows some of the best minds in medtech to exchange ideas, insights and technologies. The event is hosted by Medical Design & Outsourcing’s sister site MassDevice. Those who attend the event can expect to network with other medtech enthusiasts, attend in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry and

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This pen can diagnose cancer in tissue in seconds

Scientists and engineers in Texas have created a pen-like device that can accurately recognize cancer in tissues during surgery. A team at the University of Texas at Austin has invented a tool used during surgeries that can give results in about 10 seconds, which is 150 times faster than current technology, according to the researchers.

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

This sweat-powered biofuel cell could create better wearable devices

Engineers at the University of California at San Diego have created a stretchable sweat-powered biofuel cell, and it could enable better wearables. The biofuel cells use energy from sweat to generate 10 times more power per surface area than other biofuel cells that are used in wearables. The researchers claim it could be used to

The 10 largest medical device companies in the world

Mergers & acquisitions continue to change the medical device landscape, as reflected in Medical Design & Outsourcing’s new Big 100 list. We pulled financial regulatory filings and reached out to major companies in some cases to create a list of the 100 largest medical device companies in the world, ranked by annual revenue for their

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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

How to design a successful embolic protection devices clinical trial

Embolic protection devices could reduce risks of interventional cardiac procedures such as TAVR, but their efficacy is hard to prove. David Novotny, Novella Clinical The embolic protection device (EPD) market is expected to grow into a billion-dollar industry if the device becomes the standard safety protocol for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and other interventional