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Continued Pressure to Make Products Smaller, Lighter, More Reliable

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Peter Ladwig, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development, Hutchinson Technology Inc. | Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Comments

The need for miniaturization is driving the development of new process technologies to manufacture complex components. In some cases, it is impossible to manufacture separate pieces for separate functions and attach them together to manufacture...

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How to Succeed in the Emerging Digital Healthcare Market

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, A.T. Kearney | Comments

Over the next five to 10 years, a new healthcare technology marketplace will emerge: digital health. As healthcare and wellness come closer together, and as medicine focuses on home-based prevention as much as hospital-based treatment, people...

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4 Devices to Catch a Few Extra Winks

March 10, 2015 3:17 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Unfortunately, it seems that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. In honor of the 2nd annual Insomnia Awareness Day, (March 9, of course, the groggy day of the “spring ahead”) here are four medical devices that ensure you receive your well-deserved beauty rest...

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Scouting for the Next Breakthrough Start-Up in 'BrainTech'

March 10, 2015 8:30 am | by Mickey Chesla, Israel Brain Technologies | Comments

Shimon Eckhouse has founded close to twenty companies in twenty years and is considered the guru of Israel’s medical devices arena. Today, he heads Alon Medtech, a medical technology incubator which receives funding from Israel’s Office of...

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Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word for Today’s STEM Talent

March 9, 2015 4:22 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing,” a few images tend to come to mind: low skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce. For whatever reason, these stereotypes...

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Interfacing with Wearables Through Your Own Skin

March 9, 2015 3:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

iSkin is a biocompatible skin sticker that enables users to interface with electronic devices directly by touching the technology that's on their own body. The sticker could enable an interface for healthcare wearables that could be conveniently...

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Miniaturization is a Prerequisite when Operating Within the Body

March 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Zahl Cama, Quality Manager, American Swiss Products, Co. | American Swiss Products Co., Inc. | Comments

It's almost a prerequisite when (no pun intended) operating within the body – or even in more abstract research environments – that the devices and instruments have to be small. The fact is that miniaturization – even sub-miniaturization...

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Get to Know the Design Rules at This Scale

March 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Shawn Martin, Sales Manager, Metrigraphics, LLC | Metrigraphics, LLC | Comments

From our perspective, we look at it more as, “how is medical design impacting miniaturization?” As a micron-scale process developer and manufacturer, we’re receiving more and more requests from biosensor and device designers looking to...

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3 Prescriptions for the 'Video Game Treatment'

March 6, 2015 3:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

I’m not just playing around when I claim that video games and their accompanying technologies prove themselves quite useful as medical devices. These games won’t just involve collecting experience to level up or upgrade a character’s powers or...

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6 Tips to Understand the Collaborative Innovation Cycle

March 6, 2015 8:46 am | by Kathryn Stecco, M.D., Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Panthera MedTech | Comments

The medical device landscape is littered with failed products produced by companies whose management forgot - or ignored or didn't know - the cardinal rule of assessing potential value: Validate the market based on physician input before...

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Have Tech Solutions Helped Quell Ebola?

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Researcher & Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Comments

The largest Ebola outbreak in history is slowly but surely being quelled in the wake of a somewhat overwhelming global response. Media outlets did help fan the spread of fears often times not based on scientific protocol. The CDC, UN, and WHO...

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Want to Quit Smoking? Tweet About It!

March 4, 2015 3:39 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

As it turns out, the much faster-paced platform of Twitter is presenting itself as a unique tool for “social media therapy” (provided you don’t have so much to say that it exceeds the 140 character limit.) Most recently, Twitter has been...

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5 Tips to Maximize Intellectual Property Portfolio Value

March 4, 2015 12:04 pm | by Frank Becking, Co-Founder, IP Counsel, Chief Technology Officer, Panthera MedTech | Comments

A strong Intellectual Property (IP) position can be one of a start-up company's most valuable assets. A weak (or poorly defined) IP position can also be one its greatest liabilities. All this is particularly true for developers in the medical...

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Wearable Technology: One Step Closer to Mobile Healthcare

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Boccone, GreyBox Communications | Comments

"Telehealth is changing the way patients and families experience the continuum care. Healthcare providers will increasingly need to create effective and convenient home based, high touch and high tech solutions that work in a value based...

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Is Supply Chain Consolidation and Collaboration Best for Innovation?

March 3, 2015 4:14 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | TE Connectivity, Ltd. | Comments

One of the criticisms of medical device OEM M&A is that too much of it eliminates competition and could result in less innovation for a particular technology. The same criticism could be true of the supply chain as well. If a company...

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