Resonetics lean expert touts the benefits of beauty in a purpose-built facility

Resonetics has opened a purpose-built manufacturing facility in Davis, Calif. The building was designed specifically for laser-cut metal tubing with the idea of minimizing waste and inefficiency. The new facility represents a six-fold increase in size over the former manufacturing plant to support continued growth. Grayson Beck, SVP velocity and automation, designed the layout with the

Softwheels, Igus redefine the wheel in wheelchair

Thomas Renner, Catalyst Marketing Communications When engineers at SoftWheel set about re-inventing the wheel, the team at the Israel-based company studied their product from the inside out. The result is a much smoother ride for wheelchair patients, with applications for bicycles, automobiles and even planes on the long-term horizon. The technology behind SoftWheels for wheelchair patients

Braid-reinforced catheter shafts: How to ensure X-ray and MRI compatibility

To achieve stiffness in intervascular catheter shafts, manufacturers often turn to stainless or nitinol – but those materials aren’t suited for MRI. Luckily, low-cost fibers offer a viable alternative. William Li and Steve Maxson, Adam Spence Intervascular catheter shafts are designed to be relatively stiff at the proximal end, to facilitate the pushing and torquing

3 ways to streamline global medical device registrations

Global medical device registrations can be time-consuming and costly for organizations. Here are some ways to make the process better. Alex Butler, MasterControl Obtaining clearance or approval for a medical device in the U.S. is cause for celebration. Obtaining clearance or approval for a medical device in multiple foreign countries is cause for jubilation. On

4 ways medtech contractors are evolving (and why)

The present and near future for medtech contractors will rely on specific strategies such as tiered partnerships and consolidation, an emphasis on speed, and owning therapeutic and technology spaces.  Andrew Potter, Bonifacio Consulting Services, and Christopher Delporte In the first article in this series, we examined some of the important trends during the last 10–15 years

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Will FDA turn to neuroscience-based human factors research?

There is a new wind blowing in medical technology — one that many believe is overdue: an overhaul of human factors. At the recent Patient Safety Initiative, Charles Murphy, Chief Patient Safety Officer at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, called out human factors as one of the key factors he believed needed to be

Peelable tubing technology could transform miniaturized catheters

Here’s how peelable tubing technology is leading to advances in catheterization. Joe Rowan, Junkosha The future of the medical tubing sector is an interesting one, not least because there are a variety of pressures on organizations within this space to provide cost-effective, highest quality products in shorter timescales. This is mainly driven by the global healthcare

Greenlight Guru’s newest software version enhances QMS, complex design tracking

Greenlight Guru — which offers cloud-based quality management software specifically for medical device companies — recently announced Multi-Level Design Control, the latest version of its purpose-built medical device design traceability software. The new platform improves on Indianapolis-based Greenlight Guru’s previous offering that moved design controls off the paper and into the cloud, said Greenlight Guru co-founder

The best medtech funding option you’ve never heard of

Regulation A+ (Reg A+) is a funding option that feels tailor-made for high impact technologies like medtech. Never heard of it? That’s because it didn’t exist until 2015, when the Obama administration passed the JOBS Act. Before then, private companies could only seek backing from the wealthiest 2% of Americans — accredited investors. The new

Drug delivery needs better human factors

Adopting neuroscience-based human factors methods could yield better outcomes for patients, improved communication design and engineering teams, and maybe even help companies build IP. The methods behind assessing human factors in medtech are outdated—and they’re due for an upgrade, said Charles Mauro CHFP, of Mauro Usability Science. “The type of research employed to determine if

AI could be a game-changer for older people and cognition

As the founder and CEO of MyndYou, Ruth Poliakine-Baruchi believes strongly in the power of artificial intelligence to change health. MyndYou is an AI healthcare company dedicated to identifying and tracking cognitive changes in older adults. The goal is to help these adults stay with their families longer and gain better care than they might get

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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