The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2017 were recently announced for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Galien Foundation, the host of the awards, hands out the the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement designed to improve human condition. Before candidates can qualify for

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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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Want to sell your medtech startup? Be one of these three things

Peter Stebbins meets with a lot of medtech startups as medical device transactions lead at Johnson & Johnson Innovation in Boston. Often, they could benefit from a better grasp of what a buyer is looking for. “It’s not infrequent that someone with an idea perceives it should make sense to J&J, but they don’t understand where our

Med device, drug delivery companies join J&J’s Toronto JLABS incubator

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) said today it has added 24 companies, including those in the medical device and drug delivery fields, to its JLABS incubator facility in Toronto, Canada. The facilities in Toronto now host over 40 companies, according to Johnson & Johnson, all of which are provided with lab space and offices, modular lab

7 companies in the race to make an artificial pancreas

Over 50 years ago, scientists discovered the ability to externally control blood glucose regulation for individuals with type 1 diabetes. Since then, researchers in the field of diabetes management have dreamt of creating a closed-loop system – a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device – to effectively act as an “artificial pancreas”

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Supremes remand medtech patent cases

The U.S. Supreme Court sent back several appeals to the federal circuit this week, including 1 relating to Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) stent patent fight with Medinol, in light of a recent vote regarding the use of laches in patent infringement cases. Defendants use laches to declare that a plaintiff unreasonably delayed in bringing a claim

The top medtech stories of early 2017

The new Trump administration and Republican Congress – and all the accompanying change and uncertainty –is the major story for the medical device industry. But there are many other medtech stories worth noting from the first quarter of 2017. There was an FDA warning over Abbott’s Absorb bioresorbable stent, a continued spate of M&A deals, a

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Failure to thrive: Lessons learned from medtech innovations that missed the mark

Some of the medical device industry’s most heralded disruptors wound up being its biggest failures. Here’s what we can learn from their mistakes. Fink Densford, Associate Editor No one in medtech sets out to fail. No one invests in building a device believing that, despite years of research and development, it won’t make the cut.

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13 more women leaders in medtech

The medtech industry is increasingly gaining women leaders. Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic have a handful of women in positions of power, which is a step forward for women considering that only 4% of healthcare CEOs are women. Keeping with the theme of March’s Women’s History Month, here are 13 more women leaders in medtech

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Donald Trump: What medtech’s top executives are saying

For the most part, the medical device industry’s top executives have sounded positive about the new Trump administration and Republican Congress during recent earnings calls with analysts. Some such as Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky have even offered advice. And while there are many open questions, top executives insist potential repeal and replace of

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Antimicrobial sutures can prevent surgical infections, study says

A new study analysis shows that antimicrobial sutures can be effective for preventing surgical site infections and can be cost effective. Antimicrobial suture technology coats the antiseptic triclosan onto synthetic, absorbable, polymeric sutures. The broad-spectrum antiseptic fights against typical surgical pathogens like Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The safe amount of triclosan that can be placed

Johnson & Johnson, HP ink medical 3D printing deal

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) said today it inked a deal between its J&J Services biz and a subsidiary of HP to collaborate on using 3D printing tech to create “better health care outcomes at reduced costs.” Through the collaborative deal, the companies said they will combine scientific, clinical, material science and technological expertise to develop