Light-based medical products: What you need to know

Photonics technologies are everywhere but need a deft touch to integrate into light-based medical products. Scott Wohlstein, The Photonics Group Much like electronics is the study of the electron, photonics is the study of the photon and includes its generation/emission, transmission, detection and analysis. Incandescent/fluorescent light sources, UV lamps, lasers, LEDs, lenses, fiber optics, detectors

Medical device startups: Here’s how you successfully plan

The development of the product development plan is an evolutionary effort that continues through the life of the medical device project. Bill Betten, Betten Systems Solutions, and Tom Waddell, Waddell Group This is the second in a series of articles that will discuss the design of innovative products in the highly regulated medical environment.  The

8 steps to successfully introduce your medical device product

There are eight major steps you need to know in order to successfully get a medical device to market, according to  Jim Medsker, president of Keystone Solutions Group. The steps provide a “general overview of the important issues to think about as an early stage company,” Medsker explained in a recent whitepaper. The eight steps

Develop a methodical approach for the field strategy

Charlotte Morella, Novasyte Health Prior to launching a field team to address the product need, it is critically important to assess the effectiveness of the field strategy as it could result in a significant, potentially unnecessary, budgetary hit. 1. What is the goal? Start by understanding and having internal alignment on the target metrics and/or

That time Roald Dahl invented a medical device

Roald Dahl is best remembered as an author of children’s books, particularly for works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. His stories have sold more than 250 million copies around the globe. But Dahl was much more than a storyteller: He also helped invent a medical device that has been used on nearly 3,000 children worldwide, according

How Model Solution is enabling development of canine prosthetics

The Echo prosthetic leg is specifically designed to improves a dog’s mobility and balance, giving them a second chance at life while reducing pressure on his body and avoiding potential spinal issues. Model Solution (Milpitas, Calif.) assisted Shubham Harish, a student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, in developing the design for the canine

Manufacturing companies form collaborative for advancing product development capabilities

A group of manufacturing services companies said today they created a collaboration, called the Medical Device Development Collaborative, to help improve access to a full range of product development capabilities for concept-to-market solutions. The collaboration is based in the Medical Alley region and aims to help small to mid-size OEMs by offering experience and expertise

How to think outside the box with medtech innovation

Innovation is important in medtech and many other industries. But what does it really mean – and can it be done with speed? That was the question that a panel of experts – moderated by William Betten of Betten Solutions – grappled with today at DeviceTalks West in Orange County, Calif. It turns out that

How Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program is promoting innovation

For nearly a decade, Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program has worked with surgeons who have innovative ideas but aren’t starting their own companies. The program provides a third innovation route on top of the major two for big medical device companies: internal R&D and acquisition of smaller companies with new technologies. “A company the size of Smith

How and when to outsource product development

Sometimes, it makes sense for a medtech company to outsource product development to bring their device to market faster and more efficiently. editor Sarah Faulkner spoke to Minnetronix‘s VP of business development and marketing, Jim Reed, about how and when medtech companies should consider outsourcing product development to a partner.  Faulkner: How should companies

How product development outsourcing can make your medtech amazing

In today’s medical device market, more and more companies are using outsourcing as a product development strategy.  Stuart Karten, Karten Design There has been a fundamental shift in the way companies develop medtech products because of advances in digital technology, medical industry economics and public policy – such as the Affordable Care Act’s withholding of

Medical device startups: Here are the secrets of success

Bill Betten, Betten Systems Solutions It’s tough enough to be a startup developing and launching innovative products. For medical device startups, there’s the added burden of operating in a highly-regulated industry. The cost of developing a medical device ranges from $25 million to $100 million, according to a 2010 research study out of Stanford University.

Webinar: How to succeed in medical device incubation

This webinar was presented live on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Click below to watch on demand.     Times have changed. A unique new medical device concept these days, even supported with IP, is rarely enough to gain investor interest, let alone stroking a sizeable check. Development professionals within the field not only need to

Everything you need to know about medical device creation

Medtech development is hard. Medical device creation can require manufacturing know-how in areas as wide-ranging as electrical components, high-performance polymers, molding and machining – and that doesn’t even include the required expertise in design, regulatory requirements and achieving reimbursement. The good news is that the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through

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4 ways multiphysics simulation can boost medical device design

From the simulation expert to the device designer, it’s never been easier to access the power of multiphysics simulation. Valerio Marra, Comsol Because the human body is such an extraordinarily complex system to model and such a hostile environment for medical devices, their design must push the limits of technology. The adoption of multiphysics simulation