FDA approves first generic Epipen

The FDA this week approved the first generic version of Mylan‘s (NSDQ:MYL) Epipen emergency allergy auto-injector. Teva Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:TEVA), which won the historic approval, plans to market the generic epinephrine auto-injector in 0.3mg and 0.15mg doses. There are other epinephrine auto-injectors on the market in the U.S., but Teva’s is the first that’s approved to directly substitute

Lessons learned: How Jeff Karp stays at the forefront of innovation

Serial entrepreneur Jeff Karp has a philosophy for his laboratory: find important problems and get solutions to people quickly. To learn about the exciting technologies emerging from Karp’s lab, join us at DeviceTalks Boston on Oct. 8-10. After Jeff finished his PhD in chemical and biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, he knew he wanted

Inside Hologic’s evolving definition of women’s healthcare

Hologic (NSDQ:HOLX), known in the medtech industry for its mammography and diagnostics devices, is rethinking what it means to be a women’s healthcare company. The 6,000-person company wants to expand its reach to include products that care for women’s well-being, as well as their health – a concept that Dr. Edward Evantash honed when he led

How Insulet’s CEO plans to create a billion-dollar business

When Pat Sullivan joined Insulet (NSDQ:PODD) in 2014, the Billerica, Mass.-based company was reeling in roughly $300 million in revenue selling its Omnipod tubless insulin delivery system. Sullivan, a veteran of the medtech industry, saw a path to creating a billion-dollar company and it centered around the concept of making life easier for people with diabetes. “I

BioEclipse looks to synergistic therapies to topple stubborn cancers

For the last 20 years, Pamela Contag has studied cancer. And in that time, the world’s understanding of cancer has changed dramatically. “I remember when people were saying ‘One gene, one protein,” which we now know is wrong,” she told Drug Delivery Business News. “And then we thought cancer was a disruption in proliferation and really

Researchers use microparticles for targeted delivery of brain cancer therapy

A team of researchers from Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Mass. Institute of Technology and Mass. General Hospital demonstrated that localizing the delivery of NAMPT inhibitors can extend survival in a mouse model of glioma, according to a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists created a test to check for a mutation linked

Tackling drug delivery challenges with TissueGen’s implantable fibers

TissueGen‘s chief scientist and co-founder, Kevin Nelson, told Drug Delivery Business News the story behind the company he founded in 2000 and its drug delivery technology, the Elute fiber.  DDBN: How did TissueGen get its start? Nelson: In 1996, while faculty in biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, I was working with

The future of Abbott’s electrophysiology business

At DeviceTalks Minnesota 2018, medtech veteran Michael Pederson provided an inside look at the Abbott-St. Jude Medical merger and what’s ahead for Abbott’s cardiovascular technologies. Pederson tracked his career from a formative stint at HP to his current role as SVP of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure at Abbott (NYSE:ABT). Get the full story at our sister

Novo Nordisk exec: In the digital age, it’s not enough to have a better molecule

Much of Dr. Todd Hobbs’ life has centered around diabetes – he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes roughly 30 years ago and now he is the father of a child with diabetes. At his Kentucky-based primary care practice, he took on diabetic patients and helped manage their care. And when he made the jump

House votes (again) to repeal medical device tax

The House voted 283 to 132 this week to repeal the 2.3% tax levied upon medical devices as part of the Affordable Care Act. The medical device tax, which has long been decried by the industry as a measure that squashes innovation and kills jobs, has been on hold since 2014. The tax’s moratorium was extended

How Intuitive Surgical’s robotic systems are changing surgery

Robots are making their way into operating rooms around the world, acting as extensions of the surgeon. Intuitive Surgical, a mainstay in the robotic-assisted surgery field, has positioned its technologies as helping surgeons boost their performance and offer minimally-invasive options to patients. The company’s chief medical officer, Dr. Myriam Curet, shared her experience as a

Medtronic warns on connectivity issue with Guardian Connect app

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) this month issued a letter to physicians warning them of a potential connectivity issue with the Guardian Connect mobile app. The medtech giant warned that people using the Guardian Connect system to keep track of their blood sugar levels should update to the latest version of the mobile app as soon as possible. Get

MassDevice co-founder Johnson to lead MassMEDIC

MassDevice co-founder Brian Johnson is set to depart from the publication he founded nearly 10 years ago and take over as president of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC). Johnson will succeed Tom Sommer as president of the regional medical technology association. Sommer has served as MassMEDIC’s president since the group was founded in 1996.

Gerresheimer to acquire Sensile Medical and its drug-delivery tech

Gerresheimer plans to acquire Swiss medical technology company Sensile Medical and its array of liquid drug delivery devices. The buyout is a perfect fit in Gerresheimer’s portfolio, the company explained, since it will boost Gerresheimer’s drug delivery offerings and add new digital and electronic capabilities into the mix. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery

How can the medical device industry become more inclusive?

The medical technology industry has a gender diversity and inclusion problem – and these executives have a few ideas about how to solve it. At DeviceTalks Minnesota 2018, a panel of experts tackled a question that has long plagued the medical device industry: How can medtech become more inclusive? (For more insight into the medtech […]