Netflix’s ‘The Bleeding Edge’ blasts medtech & FDA

Netflix has unleashed a blistering indictment of the medical device industry, the FDA and doctors who accept money from medtech in its new documentary, ‘The Bleeding Edge,’ released today. The film depicts people who have suffered injuries and/or illnesses following placement of Bayer’s Essure sterilization device, Johnson & Johnson’s vaginal mesh, various manufacturers’ metal artificial

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

This new material could eliminate motors and actuators in robots and medical devices

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have developed a new material that eliminates the need for motors and actuators to be used in robots, medical devices, prosthetic muscles, exoskeletons and more. The new actuating material is made from nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxides and is powered by visible light, electricity and other stimuli. The material actuation is

New robot takes on repetitive hair-restoration tasks

Restoration Robotics (Nasdaq: HAIR) has launched a robotic intelligent system that offers precise, minimally invasive, repeatable hair harvesting and implantation uses in one platform. The Artas iX robotic hair restoration system has a 3-camera stereoscopic vision system with 44-micron resolution and a 7-axis robot. It has a compact, motorized, battery-powered, portable and adjustable procedure chair for increased patient comfort and

Study: No difference in complications, survival rate between robot-assisted and open bladder surgeries

A seven-year study comparing outcomes from robotic and open cystectomy procedures showed no statistically significant difference in complications or survival rate between the two methods. The randomized open versus robotic cystectomy study, known as the Razor trial, is touted as the first comprehensive study to compare outcomes between robotic and traditional open surgeries in any […]

Industrial exoskeletons arrive, more to come

“Exoskeletons” are those mechanical devices or soft materials worn by patients/operators, whose construction mirrors the structure of operator’s limbs, joints, and muscles, works in tandem with them. Exoskeletons are used as a capabilities amplifier, assistive device, haptic controller, or for rehabilitation. Exoskeletons stand in contrast to non-articulated mechanisms such as braces and slings that do…

Medtech veteran Mir Imran wants to replace injections with the ‘robotic pill’

Companies have tried for decades to deliver protein-based drugs orally. Can Mir Imran and his company’s robotic pill succeed where so many have failed? Mir Imran has been building medical device companies for 40 years. Perhaps known best for his work on the first FDA-approved implantable cardioverter defibrillator, Imran’s model is to identify big, unsolved

This robotic system can automatically adjust ultrasound equipment

Neural Analytics today announced that it has won FDA clearance for a robotic system that can automatically adjust the company’s ultrasound equipment to monitor blood flow through the brain from outside the body. NeuralBot was designed to work with the company’s previously approved Lucid M1 transcranial Doppler ultrasound system, a portable all-in-one ultrasound system designed

The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2018

There’s a complaint sometimes that innovation is too incremental in the medical device industry. But don’t tell that to the people running the 10 companies included in Medical Design & Outsourcing and MassDevice’s list of the hottest medtech startups of 2018. Our editors came up with a list of 20 interesting young companies. We then

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20 medical device startups you need to know

There’s a lot of excitement these days around digital health. But there are actually many medical device startups out there in other spaces that continue to push the overall boundaries of medtech. From neuromodulation to drug delivery, surgical robotics and more, here’s a roundup of 20 medical device startups catching the eye of Medical Design

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Does robotic telesurgery have a future?

Although many have experimented with remote “telesurgery,” are the conditions right for commercial companies to start making an investment in a remote robotic surgical future? Although the idea of telesurgery — performing specialized procedures with robot-assisted surgical tools from a remote location — dates back to the very first research into medical robotics, the technology

March 2018 issue: Medtech disruptors, Amazon, robotic telesurgery, connected health and more

Does robotic telesurgery have a future? This new technology could help surgeons clear out leftover cancer cells ResMed is disrupting connected health: Here’s how 8 women medtech innovators you need to know 17 black innovators who made medtech better Medtronic thinks these clinics could be the future of diabetes care: Here’s why Is Amazon about

MD&M West: Here’s what you may have missed

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to lose your way on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the February 2018 event, you may have missed a lot. From Omron to Micromo to MedPlast to Apex Motion Control, WTWH Media

Designing for healthcare robotics: 2 things you need to consider

Have an idea for an innovative healthcare robot? Here are a few design principles to help you avoid common pitfalls. Ken Haven, Acorn Product Development When people think of robotics, they often think about warehouses or manufacturing lines, where robots automate multiple processes. But robotics has the potential to reshape the way healthcare is delivered in a

How Medrobotics’ CEO thwarted possible corporate espionage

Medrobotics CEO Samuel Straface has a habit of being last out the door – a habit that may have saved his company from corporate espionage. Good leadership isn’t a trait that manifests itself only when there’s a team to oversee. It’s a persistent quality that, when managed correctly, requires constant and consistent effort and can