Medtech innovation: Here’s how you speed it up

Here’s how medtech can speed up its processes and tap into innovation, courtesy of Peter Douglass, director of technical operations at Proto Labs. Innovation in the medtech space is what every company wants. And there are many theories on how to get there. One is that improving the speed at which you develop will naturally

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

5 innovative medical devices designed by students

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) just released its list of the 2017 IDEA award-winning designed products. The winners in the medical device category included several interesting devices. But what really caught our eye was the Student Designs category, which featured several noteworthy medical innovations. These devices were interesting because of their focus on

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7 disruptive innovations from medical device suppliers

Medical device innovation doesn’t just come from small, single-product startups – contract manufacturers are increasingly a part of developing truly disruptive medtech.  Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor People sometimes make the mistake of viewing innovation as the product of a few geniuses and mavericks. But in fact, it is often the result of teamwork, as the writer

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How surgical robots are creating super surgeons

Faster than a scalpel-wielding hand, able to snake to hard-to-reach surgical sites in a single bound—future surgeons will be super surgeons, all thanks to robotics. Alistair Fleming, VP Medical at Sagentia In many industries, the advance of robotics has created worries about robots supplanting humans. But in the world of surgery, the next generation of

3 ways you can accelerate your innovation

Accelerating innovation is an easy-to-say, hard-to-do concept. In many ways, product development has sped up to a breakneck pace in the last 20 years due to CAD advances, automation, 3D printing, rapid protoyping, to name only a few technologies. Toolkits and methodologies have also expanded to include lean and agile principles, for example. The way

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Raumedic: Here are some of its latest drug delivery innovations

Raumedic said today that it will present new drug delivery technologies at Pharmapack in Paris on Feb. 1 and 2. The devices enhance drug delivery for oral and injection drugs, the company said in a prepared statement. The Mills River, N.C.-based company said it has developed the oral delivery device XStraw with DS Technology to safely

Medtech’s magic word: Deciphering ‘innovation’

What do we mean when we say innovation? Let’s be real. Innovation is a magic word that’s become a stand-in for everything. In medtech, there are usually three big ideas that get slapped with an innovation banner: Introducing new technology or products, introducing process improvements, and introducing supply chain improvements. Each of these is a source