Imagining the future of heart pump technology

Since its introduction more than 50 years ago, the left ventricular assist device has evolved from being a temporary solution to a long-term option for patients recovering from heart failure. Now, companies are engineering the LVAD of the future to be smaller and more adaptable for individual patients. Dr. John O’Connell, Abbott For more than

OCTANe Medical Technology Investors Forum gears up for healthcare value

Medical technology leaders continue to discuss the best ways to approach the changing landscape of healthcare. In offering higher levels of healthcare value, Bill Carpou, CEO of OCTANe, told Medical Design & Outsourcing that improving patient outcomes will be driven by artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. OCTANe will be showcasing these and other

The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2017 were recently announced for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Galien Foundation, the host of the awards, hands out the the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement designed to improve human condition. Before candidates can qualify for

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Self-propelled catheter moves through bronchi like an earthworm

Japanese researchers have created a catheter that can navigate by itself through some of the thinnest branches of the bronchi. Pulmonary lesions are biopsied to diagnose or treat respiratory illnesses like lung cancer. Bronchoscopy is the standard method for manual biopsies. The bronchi branches into different directions and progressively gets thinner and more difficult to

Artificial intelligence could prevent breast cancer false positives: Here’s how

Artificial intelligence could improve detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and eliminate false positives, according to new research out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). A team of researchers from MIT’s CSAIL, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School developed an AI system with machine learning that can

Webinar: How to innovate without increasing your risk

This webinar was presented live on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Click below to watch on demand.     Early identification and mitigation of programmatic risk elements is the key to predictable, efficient execution.  Ximedica has developed and refined its early phase development process to achieve this goal.  In the session we will demonstrate the tools

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 13, 2017

From Orthocell’s distribution deal to CorNeat unveiling its artificial cornea, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. OrthoCell inks Australian distro deal Orthocell announced in an Oct. 10 press release that it has signed a distribution deal with Surgical Specialities. The deal will make Surgical Specialities the

How Abiomed became a major medical device company

Abiomed has quickly climbed MDO’s Big 100 list, landing this year at 90th, and it has done so without major acquisitions. Fueling the global medtech company’s growth is a device with unique indications and a patient-centered business strategy. More than 60,000 patients have been treated using Abiomed’s Impella heart pumps – and every time the

How medical device developers can compete in a value-based system

Rob Morgan, VP Medical, Sagentia The shift toward value-based reimbursement in the U.S. (and similar models internationally) affects all aspects of healthcare processes and procedures – medical devices included. In a McKesson Corporation survey, U.S. healthcare providers reported 36% of their business had a value-based payment arrangement. By 2021, they expect that number to reach

7 breast cancer breakthroughs you need to know

As we mark another Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s worth noting the recent strides that have been made when it comes to diagnosing and treating the disease. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. Affecting one in eight women, breast cancer will be accountable for about 40,610 deaths

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Pediatric cardiac patients have better quality of life with ECMO

A new study has shown that cardiac patients who have been treated for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) have had overall favorable outcomes among survivors. ECMO gives breathing and heart support to critically ill children – artificially removing carbon dioxide and oxygenating red blood cells outside the body – while doctors treat other illnesses, according to

Mini lab-made kidneys help track polycystic kidney disease

University of Washington researchers created mini kidneys out of stem cells to help track the early stages of polycystic kidney disease. Researchers created and grew mini-kidney organoids that have a realistic micro anatomy to study polycystic kidney disease. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a disease that causes cysts to grow in the kidneys. The cysts

Exhaled breath can identify bacterial infections: Here’s how

Researchers at Radboud University have discovered a way to quickly detect bacterial infections using only exhaled breath. Humans create ethylene, also known as a plant hormone, naturally as a result of oxidative stress caused by UV radiation and other things. The researchers discovered that ethylene is created when there is inflammation in the body and

6 innovative pediatric devices you need to know

The creators of six innovative pediatric devices received a total $250,000 in prize money at the fifth annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium, co-located this year at AdvaMed’s The MedTech Conference in San Jose, Calif. The event – organized by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System and sponsored by National

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Medtech stories we missed this week: Sept. 22, 2017

From the FDA’s clearance of Covalon’s film-drape to Bioventus launching its study, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears Covalon’s MediClear OTC surgical film-drape Covalon announced in a Sept. 21 press release that the FDA has cleared its MediClear PreOp to market in U.S. hospitals,