Medtech’s top leaders commit to interoperability – but can the data back it up?

Integrating data into the care process holds a great deal of promise for the healthcare industry. But medical device industry leaders agree that there are system complexities that need to be solved — with lack of good data a critical issue. That was a major takeaway from a Healthcare Technology Leadership Panel at the 6th Annual

ResMed is disrupting connected health: Here’s how

Here’s how a respiratory firm took control of the connected health and the medtech digital revolution. When you think powerful digital connected devices, the first thing to pop into your head probably isn’t a CPAP. Continuous positive airway pressure has been shown in numerous studies to be effective in improving sleep apnea and preventing a

These sweat patches can tell when you are tired, among other things

A new organization called NextFlex has teamed up with GE Global Research and is looking to scale up hybrid, flexible electronics called sweat patches that measure fatigue in pilots, elite athletes and other potential medical users — all by analyzing their sweat. NextFlex is a young entity and an unusual one. Founded in 2015, the

7 digital health startups you need to watch in 2018

If you want to see where the big money is going in healthcare these days, digital health products are the place to look. Digital health startups raised $11.5 billion in 2017, up 27 percent over 2016, according to the StartUp Health Insights Year End Report. Digital health startups are doing everything from enhancing patient-provider relationships to

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This technology allows package sterilization of silicones with in-situ curing

New methods of sterilization have made customizable implantable silicones a possibility. This exciting technology advance could allow better sealing, occlusion and repair or support within a patient’s body. Avantor has developed packaging to sterilize the silicone so that the material can be cured in-situ. Julie Cameron, VP of business development and marketing for the Nusil

Why you need to care about marketing requirements to develop a medical device

Marketing requirements are actually a critical part of the medical device creation process. They establish a solid foundation for product development. Kit Gianforte, Product Creation Studio Developing a new product can be an exciting and overwhelming time. You have observed an unmet need in the world and have a great idea for a new product that will

Expect high acquisitions, possible bidding wars in 2018, medtech expert says

Look for another strong year for medtech acquisitions in 2018 — and even potential bidding wars — predicts patent attorney David Dykeman. The wave of mergers and acquisitions in the medical device industry should continue this year, both in terms of value and volume, according to patent attorney David Dykeman. “Many large medtech companies are

Risk management for cloud-powered medtech: What you need to know

Cloud-enhanced medical devices are on the rise. There are some incredible benefits to the trend, as well as some increases in risk. Medtech developers should take note of the risks to properly develop a risk management strategy.  Michael Ford, Pro Back Office As we kickstart 2018, there are increasing concerns and risk challenges for the

Covestro releases new polycarbonate with resistance to solvents, cleaning agents

Covestro has released Makrolon Rx3440, a material designed to withstand solvents found in oncology treatments — as well as cleaning agents. The medical polycarbonate offers durability and chemical resistance to help prevent cracking so that healthcare professionals can more safely deliver oncology drugs to patients. Cancer treatments are hard on plastics, noted Lauren Zetts, North America

Why PEEK is so hard to extrude

PEEK — a popular material for catheters and minimally invasive tubing — can trip up novices when it comes to extrusion. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is known throughout the medical device industry for its toughness, strength and high heat thermal characteristics. It’s often used to replace metal components in medical devices; because it’s a thermoplastic it can be injection-molded

Here’s why Protolabs acquired Rapid Manufacturing Group

When Protolabs acquired Nashua, N.H.–based Rapid Manufacturing Group late last year, the deal was about expanding Protolabs’ CNC machining capabilities. It also added sheet metal to Protolabs’ list of quick-turn manufacturing services. For Rapid, Protolabs buying the company offered the opportunity for Rapid to become, well, more rapid, Burke Bero, a product manager at Rapid, recently

How Protolabs helped with Whoop’s fitness tracker

Angelo Gentile, Protolabs Competing in a market that includes Fitbit, the Nike FuelBand, and the Apple Watch is no small task, but that’s exactly what Boston-based Whoop did two years ago, bringing to market — with manufacturing help from ProtoLabs — a wearable fitness tracker geared for high-end athletes. At the start of baseball’s 2017

These 7 trends have made medical device manufacturing what it is today

About 10 years ago, there were a number of notable trends and market forces which began to, once again, change how the medical device manufacturing sector brought its products to market. They’re still shaping the market we have today. Andrew Potter, Bonifacio Consulting Services, and Christopher Delporte Perhaps the true measure of a forward-thinking industry

Dow touts versatility in latest LSR grades for overmolding

Dow Medical Solutions, a business unit of the DowDuPont Specialty Products Division has introduced two new liquid silicone rubber (LSR) technologies to support a broader range of rigid plastic substrates for overmolding applications. These new elastomeric products give designers and manufacturers greater options for creating differentiated devices with improved safety and durability. The two grades include

Spectralytics launches DFM product development facility for laser services

In the new medtech manufacturing environment, design engineers need parts faster, with fewer iterations and quicker turnaround. Spectralytics aims to meet those needs with its revamped development center in Maple Plain, Minn. The laser cutting and processing contract manufacturer has a newly expanded facility dedicated to design and prototyping. The 15,000 sq. ft. facility is located