The Galien Foundation recently announced nominees for most innovative medical devices for its 14th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards.
The foundation bestows the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology products that are designed to improve the human condition.
“As we celebrate 50 years of the Prix Galien process, we are honored to announce this year’s Prix Galien USA nominees, which represent the determination and passion for change that serves as the driving force of life-changing innovation,” said Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chair of the Prix Galien USA and Prix Galien International Committees, in a news release. “The awards committee applauds the nominees for their commitment to ensure a healthier future for generations to come.”
Nominees need to be FDA-approved for the market within the last five years, and show major potential to affect healthcare. The winners will be announced in October this year.
“While scientific discovery and medical innovation experts continue to fight against the current pandemic, this year’s nominees remind us how their work represents the next chapter of human progress in fighting disease,” said foundation chair Bruno Cohen. “As we quickly approach this year’s in-person and digital awards ceremony, the foundation continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will support guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.”
This year, the foundation selected 26 nominees for “Best Pharmaceutical Product,” 23 nominees for “Best Biotechnology Product” and 18 nominees for “Best Medical Technology.”
The best medical technology devices range from an eye implant to transcatheter heart valve systems. Here are the 18 most innovative medical devices of 2020, according to the Galien Foundation.