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Are Clinical Trials Just the Beginning for Google’s Wristband?

July 2, 2015 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Last week, while I was enjoying the Florida heat on vacation and completely unaware of any such medtech happenings, it was announced via Bloomberg that Google was working on the development of a wristband that tracked biometric information. Oh goodie...

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A Global Fight Against Dangerous Counterfeit and Unapproved Medical Products: From Operation Pangea to FDA’s Global Strategic Framework

July 2, 2015 11:51 am | by Howard Sklamberg, J.D., George Karavetsos, J.D., and Cynthia Schnedar, J.D. | Comments

Unfolding earlier this month was a global cooperative effort, which included the Food and Drug Administration, to combat the online sale and distribution of potentially counterfeit and illegal medical products. Operation Pangea VIII was a project...

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Automated Caregiving: Robots in Healthcare

July 2, 2015 10:53 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Researcher & Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Comments

For decades the US, and arguably the rest of the developed world, have had to deal with the impending storm of retiring baby boomers. Although we’ve only just entered the first wave as the oldest baby boomers only reached retirement age four years...

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Medical Innovation Competition Pits Country Against Country

July 1, 2015 3:19 pm | by Omar Benavides, Ph.D., Senior Product Development Engineer, Procyrion, Inc. | Comments

Culled from a pool of more than 280 high-quality submissions from 34 countries, 17 of the most innovative life science technologies are competing for a finalist spot in the Universal Biotech Innovation Prize. Only the two most innovative projects...

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Powering Implantable Devices with Humidity

July 1, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique that can be employed to generate motion/power in humid environments. At the moment, they are only accomplishing this with small devices and the power generated is relatively low. Of course, hearing...

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5 Things You Missed in Infection Control

June 30, 2015 4:02 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Walking away from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2015 national conference, I couldn’t help but think of all the dedication and science invested in every corner of healthcare. Everywhere I turned...

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3 Ways OEMs Must ‘Think Outside The Box’ for Medical Drone Tech

June 30, 2015 10:44 am | by Tim Jennings, CEO, Engineered Packaging Solutions | Comments

Drone technology promises to revolutionize the medical world in the coming years. But, as with any new technological development, there will be challenges. One of the greatest is in an area that might seem trivial at first glance—the transport case...

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Wearable Medical Devices and End-to-End Healthcare

June 26, 2015 1:11 pm | by Dr. Mohan Kumar R., Vice President, Strategic Business, MegaChips Corporation (India), SIG for Disability & Internet of Things Steering Committee; Sri Chandrasekaran, Director, Standards & Technology, India; IEEE Standards Association | Comments

Wearable, low-power medical devices hold the promise of vastly improving the efficiency and cost of end-to-end (E2E) healthcare delivery. While this is particularly true in developing countries, success in this burgeoning domain would benefit...

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Lightbulb Simulates the Sun to Hack Your Circadian Rhythm

June 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

A Kickstarter project called Silk is developing a connected lightbulb that constantly matches its light output to that of the sun’s all day long. Silk lightbulbs fit into standard sockets and connect wirelessly to a central hub, so they can be remotely...

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5 Point Checklist for Selecting Medical Device Outsource Partners

June 25, 2015 10:46 am | by Charles Garcia, VP of Business Development, StarFish Medical | Comments

This checklist approach can be applied to many complex tasks, including Medical Device Development Outsource Selection. Using a checklist to find the best outsourced partner to develop your medical device will reduce errors, increase safety...

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MedTech Memoirs: Eyeglasses

June 24, 2015 2:24 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Eyeglasses are considered a functional fashion accessory. I myself am counted among the many who wear corrective eyeglasses, so applaud the inventors every step of the way that made it possible for me to not bump into everything. You are all truly visionaries!

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One-Stop Shopping for an Extrusion Supplier

June 23, 2015 3:44 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Zeus | Comments

Every day, we work with engineers where science is paired with supplier innovation to advance the performance of medical procedures and there, in turn, improve clinical outcomes. We see this most dramatically with bioabsorbable tubing, which is...

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There Are So Many Wearables, Better Make Sure They're Safe!

June 23, 2015 2:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Many safety risks common to electronic products can be heightened when devices have such close, direct, and extended duration contact with the human body. Physical safety concerns related to wearable devices include electric shock, acoustic sound pressure...

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3 Ways to Determine Your Idea’s Market Potential

June 23, 2015 10:26 am | by Robert Grajewski, President, Edison Nation Medical | Comments

If you think your idea is immune to market constraints, think again. The fact is, most patents fail to turn a profit — and it will happen to yours too if you don’t look into whether or not it is fiscally viable. So somewhere between scribbling your...

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Vertically Integrating Tubing Assembly, Process, and Packaging

June 22, 2015 3:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. | Comments

The extrusion of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) tubing has improved processing and biocompatibility. Extrusion offers synthetic materials with low extractible content. This improves biocompatibility when used in the body or in contact with...

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Big Brother Is Watching You Intubate

June 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

While exploring the show floor at MD&M East, I was constantly on the lookout for outside-of-the-box, attention-grabbing exhibits. I eventually spotted a mechanical skull with a tube stuck down its throat, and a small display screen on top. So of course, I had to investigate!

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