Webinar: The most exciting medtech of 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018 2 p.m. Eastern time / 11 a.m. Pacific time     The medtech industry has seen some new technologies and ideas that could change the way healthcare is delivered. Much of the most exciting medtech comes from unexpected sources. Ideas include e giving patients a virtual wallet to carry their own patient

FDA’s Breakthrough Device Program: It may make a difference

Dr. Malvina Eydelman, Director of the Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices, Office of Device Evaluation FDA’s Breakthrough Devices Program is beginning to show important results for patients since it was established in late 2016 under the 21st Century Cures Act to help patients gain timely access to breakthrough technologies. Consider Second Sight

8 women medtech innovators you need to know

As we celebrate more women becoming medtech leaders and paving the way for innovation, it’s important to remember the many accomplishments women have already made when it comes to the advancement of health and medicine. X-rays on the battlefield, the American Red Cross, leprosy treatment and more — these advances happened because of women. As

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Drug delivering contact lenses win MIT’s top healthcare innovation prize

Contact lenses that deliver medications directly to the eye over a period of days or weeks were the recent grand prize winner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize. The MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize competition had 8 finalists who pitched their healthcare innovations to judges from Optum and other local venture

The most disruptive medical device innovations of all time

When it comes to disruptive medical device innovations, it’s easy to lose the perspective of history. Here are devices through history that definitely made a difference. Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor and Danielle Kirsh, Assistant Editor Whether you’re talking about surgical robotics or efforts to bring more value to healthcare, the word “disruptive” seems to get

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How self-serve medical devices could make patients feel in control

Intimidating medical devices can cause anxiety for patients — in the same way that people can experience “white coat hypertension” when seeing a doctor. Devices that are smaller and more patient-centered could help patients feel better about their treatment and make them feel like they’re in charge, according to Leslie Trigg, CEO at Outset Medical (San

How GE is measuring blood pressure with selfies

Regular blood pressure measuring could soon be completely cuffless, thanks to a group of scientists and researchers who are working on creating algorithms to detect blood pressure using a smartphone camera. Scientists at GE Global Research, Michigan State University and the University of Rochester Medical Center are working on making algorithms that can analyze video

Microfluidics can make brain implants safer: Here’s how

Researchers at Rice University have created a device that uses microfluidics to implant flexible, conductive carbon nanotube fibers in the brain that can record neuron actions and replace traditional implant methods that can damage brain tissues. Rice University researchers suggest that the implant technique could improve therapies that need electrodes to sense neuronal signals and

Carbon partners with Dentca and Dreve for 3D-printed dentures

Carbon recently partnered with Dentca and Dreve to make 3D printed dentures and gingiva masks and trays. The collaboration will allow the production of customized 3D printed dental products on Carbon printers using materials from Dentca and Dreve. “While 3D printing is not new to the dental market, Carbon provides a complete solution with a

John Snow Labs launches natural language processing lab to improve patient care with AI

John Snow Labs recently announced that it has launched its natural language processing (NLP) library with healthcare-specific deep learning models to help developers create software applications that understand medical texts. The NLP library will give healthcare providers the ability to quickly process and interpret a variety of clinical texts like patient notes, lab reports, clinical

17 black innovators who made medtech better

From cardiology to endoscopy to blood transfusion, African Americans have played an important role as innovators in the history of medicine and medtech. To help mark African American History Month, here’s a look at some of their greatest achievements. Here are 17 black innovators who have made discoveries and invented devices to make medtech better.

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MD&M West 2018: Medtech supplier innovations you need to know

Updated Feb. 5 More than 20,000 engineers and executives are expected to gather and network for the annual MD&M West – one of the largest annual medical device manufacturing events. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 6–8, and houses an array of industry suppliers showcasing their latest technologies and manufacturing advancements. Think medical

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This remote-controlled immunotherapy system targets and kills cancer cells

University of California researchers have developed a remote-controlled therapy system that identifies and kills cancer cells using ultrasound. The ultrasound-based system is able to non-invasively and remotely control the genetic process in immune T cells to identify and kill cancer cells. According to the researchers, the ability to non-invasively and remotely manipulate cells at a

3 secrets of medtech success from a true industry pioneer

From stents to TAVR, Stanton Rowe has built a medtech legacy out of accomplishing the seemingly impossible. Here are three lessons from his career. Stanton Rowe has played a major role in two of the top medtech innovation success stories of recent decades: stents and transcatheter valve replacements. Listening to him speak at DeviceTalks West

These medtech companies raised the most VC last year

Perhaps there’s a ray of hope that venture capital funding is recovering a bit for the medical device industry. VC firms invested more than $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of more than $647 million from 2016, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CB Insights. There were a total 229 deals involving

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