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Don't Leave It Until the Last Minute

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Scott Levy, Senior Packaging Editor, DDL Inc. | Comments

The “Just-in-Time” mentality that has become more pervasive within the medical device industry has also resulted in many more package validation testing projects being rushed and left to the last minute. This situation can pose a significant...

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NFC Power in a Pin-Sized Package

October 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

In a recent blog, I highlighted a rapidly charging battery technology that was being developed for electric vehicles, but would certainly have applications in the medical device space as well. Unfortunately, that technology is not here yet, and...

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How Do We Make the Breast Pump ‘Not Suck’?

October 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular...

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A Virtually Effortless Doctor's Visit

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Comments

The doctor is in! Virtually, that is, in the confines of your phone or computer screen. Companies like HealthTap are now providing virtual house calls to patients who may not be able to schedule a same day appointment. These companies...

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Make Cooperative Decisions and Provide Incentives

October 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Anthony Kalaijakis, Strategic Medical Marketing Manager, Molex | Molex | Comments

Healthcare reforms are driving Medtech companies to re-evaluate how they go to market and, at the same time, protect their heavy investment in current architecture. In the regulated Medtech industry, manufacturers must ensure products are...

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Taking 'Charge' of Your Mood

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Comments

As we go about our daily activities, we’re at the mercy of whatever mood we’re in. That’s all well and good when in a favorable mood, as productivity peaks, any obligation becomes more enjoyable, and whistling or singing accompanies your work...

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CLM Machine for Conservation and Maximization of Resources

October 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Walter Zic, Chief Operating Officer, EDM Department Inc. | EDM Department | Comments

I believe the solution to cutting costs in the development of medical devices lies within the technology of CLM (closed loop manufacturing). Traditional measurement procedures can be both elaborate and error-prone as they necessitate constant...

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Establish Cost Based on Time and Materials

October 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Chris Zandstra, Engineering Manager, Rose Technologies | Rose Technologies | Comments

As a contract manufacturer, when we quote development projects to our customer, we prefer to use a time and materials basis instead of a flat rate. This method gives the developer the flexibility to keep the project moving when the scope...

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Leverage a Quality Function Deployment Tool

October 20, 2014 8:30 am | by Brian Handerhan, Business Development Manager, Parker Hannifin | Comments

I personally subscribe to the concept that 80% of the cost optimization opportunity of any product is frozen at the point of the design freeze, leaving only 20% of the opportunity to be addressed through conventional cost reduction efforts...

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Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: Labs Acting Like IVD Manufacturers

October 17, 2014 4:38 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, FDA released its two draft guidances on the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT): Framework for Regulatory Oversight of LDTs and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for LDTs. With the release of these...

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Students Sharpen Research Skills with the FDA

October 17, 2014 3:49 pm | by Nysia George, Ph.D., Intern Program Coordinator, and Tom Powers, Communication Officer; National Center for Toxicological Research | Comments

Biology. Chemistry. Bioinformatics. Toxicology. Practical, hands-on laboratory work is important for all college students who want to become scientists — but, for many of them, such experiences are out of reach. That’s one of the reasons why every...

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Recharging Medical Devices Faster…MUCH Faster

October 17, 2014 3:00 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

When it comes to portable electronics, the power source can often be the biggest challenge for a designer attempting to reduce the size of a device. Batteries are typically the largest component in the device design. When it comes to medical devices...

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An ERP Software Solution for Managing Costs

October 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Joey Benadretti, President, SYSPRO USA | Comments

Employ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to facilitate timely and accurate decision-making via access to real-time, integrated data. Predict demand to optimize inventory levels. Streamline supply chains to maximize efficiencies...

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Congress Needs to Give Green Light to Health IT Innovation

October 16, 2014 10:02 am | by David LeDuc, Sr. Director of Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association | Comments

Healthcare systems around the world are being challenged by aging populations, chronic illness and revolutionary—but expensive—treatments. Appropriate solutions are often not available to patients in need, while medical providers, academics...

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A Healthy Dose of Facebook

October 16, 2014 9:47 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Comments

Facebook allows its users to map the footprints of their various walks of life. It functions as a digital reflection of the human condition, abound with pictures, status updates, links, and private (or, for emphasis, public) conversations...

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