Here are the top 5 medtech stories of mid-2017


FDA’s new commissioner, Scott Gottlieb

Scott Gottlieb FDA

In a 57-42 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Gottlieb as FDA commissioner on May 9. Gottlieb, 44, is a former FDA deputy commissioner who has advocated a loosening of requirements needed for approval of new medical products. He was also a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, a partner at venture capital firm New Enterprise Assoc., and sits on the boards of multiple healthcare companies.

During his first address to FDA, Gottlieb called for further steps to modernize the agency and make use of tools to keep drugs and devices safe and effective for users. He also singled out opioid abuse as an immediate problem.

new Digital Health Innovation Plan is also in the works.


DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

textadimage 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 their own right.

Read on to discover five example of medical device expertise to be had at DeviceTalks West, which runs Dec. 11–12 in Orange County, Calif.

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