Medical devices: When should you make them smarter?

The drive toward value in healthcare has increased demand for smarter medical devices able to provide information for real-time feedback, as well as after-the-fact analysis. So when does it make sense to actually make a medical device smarter? And how do you go about it? Tom KraMer, CEO of Kablooe Design outside Minneapolis, has a

Adhesives and medical devices: How to make sure things don’t go wrong

Too often the adhesive selection for a medical device is left to the end of a project. It doesn’t help that there are so many adhesives as to make the choice overwhelming. With so many potential negative outcomes, here are tips on making the right choice. Tony Kaufman and Del R. Lawson, Critical and Chronic Care

Medtech companies need to expand their philosophy: Here’s why

Medtech companies should expand their notion of who their customers are and dig deeper to discern what those customers want, according to health provider- and insurer-connected experts at the recent DeviceTalks Minnesota in St. Paul. Artificial intelligence and the proliferation of healthcare data have made it possible for medtech to consider not just individual patients

Nortech Systems expands China manufacturing facility

Nortech Systems recently announced that it is expanding its Suzhou, China manufacturing space. The new manufacturing space will be 15,000 sq. ft bigger than it currently is and will still offer Nortech Systems’s full-service electrical manufacturing services. This expansion comes after the Maple Grove, Minn.-based company expanded its Mexico operations in February by building a new

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

Webinar: How to balance regulations and performance with your medical device design

This webinar was presented live on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     Creating a medical device that meets both regulatory compliance and performance requirements takes careful planning. You also need to understand the most efficient path to market commercialization in order to stay within budget and on schedule. This

Meddux announces two new partners

Meddux Development Corporation (Boulder, Colo.) recently announced that it has added two new partners to the company, effective as of May 1. Chad Herremans has joined the company as VP of quality and operations. He will be responsible for overseeing manufacturing operations and quality teams. He has held a number of roles in the manufacturing,

7 ways you can doom your medical device startup

Randy Nelson has worked with medical device startups for more than a dozen years through his Evergreen Medical Technologies (St. Paul, Minn.), as well as the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. A product development veteran of St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific, Nelson has pretty much seen it all when it comes to

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For this Abbott executive, solving problems isn’t enough: ‘We need to add value’

As payers and providers across healthcare shift their focus to value-based care, leaders in the medical device industry are racing to keep up. Michael Pederson, SVP of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure at Abbott, told why simply solving problems with new technology isn’t enough anymore. What was your path like from electrical engineering to

Webinar: What is the future of telemedicine?

This webinar was presented live on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     This webinar will begin by articulating the drivers of telemedicine and remote monitoring, then discuss the challenges and the future. Where is the industry struggling to create a meaningful impact with telemedicine? Where are there successes that

Webinar: Why minimum viable products are the ‘engineer’s curse’

This webinar was presented live on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     As a startup, there are difficult decisions to be made related to product features and performance. We will examine methods and strategies to determine what performance and user specifications need to be met when launching your first

How Minnesota got a Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium

Dr. Gwenyth Fischer, director of The Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium at the University of Minnesota, thinks the seven year old group gives their inventors an edge. The advantage could be summed up in one word: “location.” Minneapolis-St. Paul is a major U.S. medical device hub — a tight-knit community of people with product development, regulatory, reimbursement and

Medical device startups: Here’s how you handle verification and validation

The two “Vs” — also known as V&V, verification and validation — serve to link the medical device product that has been developed all the way back to the initial customer needs and product requirements. Bill Betten, Betten Systems Solutions While many think that verification and validation only occur at the end of the medical device development

Webinar: How Boston Scientific selected its PLM medical device software solution

This webinar was presented live on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     As a global medical device manufacturer, Boston Scientific must balance quality, innovation, compliance, and profitability. This panel discussion provides insight into how Boston Scientific supports those needs. Listen to Tina Kunshier, Boston Scientific and Michelle Boucher, VP

Genae acquires Hilbert Paradox

Medical device contract research provider Genae (Antwerp, Belgium) recently acquired the digital health data management platform Hilbert Paradox. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Hilbert Paradox (HPX) captures and correlates digital health data by using different computing power, AI and data analytics. The company’s goal is to increase health data equity to improve