How to think outside the box with medtech innovation

Innovation is important in medtech and many other industries. But what does it really mean – and can it be done with speed? That was the question that a panel of experts grappled with today at DeviceTalks West in Orange County, Calif. It turns out that there is more than meets the eye when it

How Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program is promoting innovation

For nearly a decade, Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program has worked with surgeons who have innovative ideas but aren’t starting their own companies. The program provides a third innovation route on top of the major two for big medical device companies: internal R&D and acquisition of smaller companies with new technologies. “A company the size of Smith

Promenade Software to showcase medical device software at DeviceTalks West

Promenade Software is a company comprised of highly skilled and experienced medical device software engineers with expertise spanning from low-level firmware to embedded applications, mobile applications and cloud services. Its engineers are on-site in Irvine, Calif. Featured technology and services: Parlay, professional services, cybersecurity Parlay: Parlay accelerates the development of medical device software, while simultaneously enabling testing and

How and when to outsource product development

Sometimes, it makes sense for a medtech company to outsource product development to bring their device to market faster and more efficiently. MassDevice.com editor Sarah Faulkner spoke to Minnetronix‘s VP of business development and marketing, Jim Reed, about how and when medtech companies should consider outsourcing product development to a partner.  Faulkner: How should companies

DeviceTalks West: Here are the speakers you’ll see

Hundreds of medical device industry insiders are expected to descend on Orange County, Calif., this month for DeviceTalks West – a premier boutique networking and learning event. From the VP in charge of Medtronic’s neurovascular business to the artificial pancreas pioneer Jeffrey Brewer, here are some of the speakers you’ll meet at DeviceTalks West, Dec. 11–12

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How product development outsourcing can make your medtech amazing

In today’s medical device market, more and more companies are using outsourcing as a product development strategy.  Stuart Karten, Karten Design There has been a fundamental shift in the way companies develop medtech products because of advances in digital technology, medical industry economics and public policy – such as the Affordable Care Act’s withholding of

Medical device startups: Here are the secrets of success

Bill Betten, Betten Systems Solutions It’s tough enough to be a startup developing and launching innovative products. For medical device startups, there’s the added burden of operating in a highly-regulated industry. The cost of developing a medical device ranges from $25 million to $100 million, according to a 2010 research study out of Stanford University.

3 keys to a higher value launch for IVD

Amanda Brantner, Ximedica Launching a new IVD technology can involve many hurdles and risks, but investment dollars abound for technologies that can demonstrate significant value in the healthcare market. “Investment and fundraising in the healthcare ecosystem saw a banner first half of 2017, driven in part by advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning for

Comparing EO and VPA sterilization

As medtech advances, device makers need to consider sterilization methods that won’t compromise electronics, drugs or biologics. Matt Conlon, Revox Sterilization Solutions The medical device industry has undergone an impressive transformation over the last several years, resulting in new and innovative devices and solutions. As companies continue to innovate, they are finding that commonly used sterilization

How to work with a preclinical contract research organization

When outsourcing medical device laboratory testing, knowing what the regulatory and business requirements are up front is critical to the success of your testing program. Amy A. Schade, Felice Randi LaMadeleine and J. Heléne Andersson, Toxikon Requests such as unusual application of technical or regulatory guidelines, shortened timelines, nonstandard study designs and custom reports are

Simplifying product testing and validation with fastener torque auditing

Capturing data during a product’s manufacturing process can help ensure the quality and consistency of that product. Here’s how that process plays out with fastener torque. Thomas Moore, Futek One of the scariest phases of product design is testing & validation. That’s when any unknown flaws or manufacturing defects will see the light of day.

How to select sterile barrier systems for reusable medical devices

Sterile barrier systems are key components in medical device sterilization, so selecting the right barrier is essential. Jason Pope, Nelson Labs Reusable medical devices, prior to use in healthcare facilities, must undergo validation testing to demonstrate the effectiveness of the cleaning instructions and the microbiocidal instructions that will be provided to the healthcare facility. Often, the

High-volume manufacturing: 4 points to consider before you scale up

Scaling to high-volume manufacturing requires companies to think ahead and prepare for the future early in the product lifecycle. Here are four points to reflect upon before your company scales up. Gavin Wadas, B. Braun Medical, OEM Division High-volume manufacturing typically involves the introduction of automation into the medical device fabrication and assembly process. A

DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

Medical device suppliers are light years away from the days when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs – as a visit to the upcoming DeviceTalks West will quickly confirm. From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts in

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Virtual tubing model analysis can accelerate complex catheter shaft design

Michael Holt, Integer Virtual tubing model analysis optimizes catheter design to help engineers reach final design freeze faster and shorten time to market. As medical procedures become more complex, engineers are challenged to develop smaller, thinner-walled catheters to keep pace with high-performance clinical demands. Conventional catheter prototyping relies on a manual, time-consuming trial-and-error process involving