The 20 largest medical device companies in the world

When it comes to the largest medical device companies, it’s a changing cast of players – as demonstrated once again in Medical Design & Outsourcing’s latest 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

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Insulet touts real-world data for Omnipod insulin management tech

Insulet (NSDQ:PODD) touted real-world data today for its Omnipod insulin management system at the Congress of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The data come from a study of nearly 39,000 patients with Type I and Type II diabetes who received insulin through the Omnipod system and had at least three months of data […]

Abbott’s new contact ablation catheter: Here’s what you need to know

The new TactiCath contact ablation catheter unites EndoSense and St. Jude Medical technologies that Abbott acquired, marrying fiber optics, flexibility and 3D mapping. If you want your grilled cheese to cook faster, you press it into the pan with your spatula. That’s contact force, the principle behind Abbott’s TactiCath contact force ablation catheter, according to

Why Abbott’s CEO is excited about Bigfoot Biomedical and diabetes treatment

Just one week after Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said it inked a deal with Bigfoot Biomedical to develop an automated diabetes management system, CEO Miles White told analysts that he thinks Bigfoot is playing an important role in the strategic change taking place in the space. “It’s a fairly clever service and approach that I think will create, not just an

Abbott heart device shown safe for infants

Developing very small devices that can be used for children is a significant challenge in the market. FDA is cautious to approve new devices into this market for vulnerable patients. But the efforts are needed to improve the health of babies, particularly those born with heart defects. Abbott’s reduced sized Amplatzer duct occluder II (ADO

Abbott’s MitraClip can be implanted through the jugular vein, too

A Canadian cardiologist has successfully inserted Abbott Labs’s MitraClip through the jugular vein instead of the femoral vein, according to a recent report. Dr. Neil Fam inserted the Abbott Laboratories device into an 86-year old patient with severe mitral regurgitation. Because of the patient’s age, traditional surgery to repair her mitral valve was not an

Abbott lands French reimbursement win for FreeStyle Libre glucose monitor

Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today it won national reimbursement from the French Health ministry for its FreeStyle Libre wearable glucose monitor. The FreeStyle Libre is designed to monitor glucose through a sensor worn on the back of the upper arm for 2 weeks, without the need for the finger prick calibration required by continuous glucose monitoring

Superbugs: Diagnostic test makers think they have an answer

Becton Dickinson and other diagnostic test makers have launched a global push to promote more testing, in the hopes of identifying antibiotic-resistant superbugs before they become a serious problem. AdvaMedDx, a group that represents diagnostic test manufacturers, announced the initiative on Friday in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDs at the World Economic Forum

FDA: St. Jude Medical devices really do have a cybersecurity problem

FDA issued a safety communication on January 9, 2017, detailing St. Jude Medical products that could be vulnerable to cyber threats. These threats could result in rapid battery depletion or administration of inappropriate pacing or shocks—potentially lethal outcomes. FDA noted that there have been no reports of patient harm related to the cybersecurity risks. The news comes

St Jude releases FDA-cleared Merlin@home cybersecurity update

Abbott (NYSE:ABT) subsidiary St. Jude Medical said it launched a cybersecurity update for its Merlin@home remote monitoring system designed for use with implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices. The Little Canada, Minn.-based company said the move was made to “complement the company’s existing measures and further reduce the extremely low cybersecurity risks.” Read the full story at

How catheters are driving healthcare innovation

The catheter is not the Hollywood starlet of medical devices. Hardly glamorous, it’s a tube that goes inside the body. Despite their diminutive size and seemingly basic function, however, catheters have become an integral part of the modern healthcare system and are driving innovation in the industry. Navigating the human circulatory system can be a