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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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6 Common Failures in Mobile Health App Development

March 3, 2015 10:43 am | by Delmar Howard, mHealth Program Manager, Intertek | Comments

Widespread adoption of mobile devices and apps in healthcare is growing. Yet, as the industry rushes to market with new mobile health offerings, they often are met with confusion and uncertainty in such a new arena. Recent draft guidance...

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4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

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The Global Brainstorm: Solutions to Neurodegenerative Diseases

March 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Miri Polachek, Executive Director, Israel Brain Technologies | Comments

As medical treatment improves dramatically, allowing us to live longer lives, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s are becoming increasingly prevalent. Close to 40 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s...

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Rare Diseases at FDA: A Successful Year for Orphan Products

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Gayatri R. Rao, M.D., J.D. | Comments

2014 was a strong year for rare disease product development at FDA. It was also a year of significant firsts. In recognition of Rare Disease Day, February 28th, we want to reflect on the progress we have made thus far as we renew our commitment...

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True 3D Images...Glasses-Free

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

3D Icon’s imaging technology is poised to profoundly impact medical device development as well as healthcare practices. An upgrade on existing 3D imaging systems, “CSpace” provides an incredibly realistic display that you might as well be...

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