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Bucking the 2014 Healthcare Trends

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Emily Cross, Ph.D, Director of Media and Communication, TecMed, Inc. | Comments

A quick Google search of 2014 trending topics in health care will introduce you to a not-too-surprising barrage of themes covering the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”, or “Obamacare”), wearable devices and the secure...

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Why 3D Printing is a Real Game Changer in Modern Medicine

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | Comments

No one wants to live fast and die young anymore. The new cult that’s spun the society into an obsessive quest for the modern elixir of extended life is the beating heart of the 21st century. It is, of course, the all-consuming desire to reverse...

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A Digital Tattoo and Personal Paper Trail

November 13, 2014 7:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Comments

In a recent episode of the Engineering Update, ECN shed light on a Moscow-based artist who created musical tattoos — that is, tattoos that, when scanned by a special instrument, produce a noise that can loosely be described as...

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4 Questions to Ask when Considering the Cloud ERP Solution

November 12, 2014 7:30 am | by Bart Reitter, Director, QAD Life Sciences | Comments

As a Medical Device manufacturer, you’ve undoubtedly heard and read the buzz about the cloud. The cloud, by definition, is a nebulous term that gets bandied about frequently these days. A simple definition of the Cloud is that it is a network...

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Wearable Ultrasound Device Could Replace Painkillers

November 11, 2014 7:30 am | by George K. Lewis, Jr., PhD, Co-Founder, Chief Scientific & Technology Officer, ZetrOZ, Inc. | Comments

ZetrOZ has an instinctual focus on innovation. However, ZetrOZ aims to be more than innovative; it has its sights set on being revolutionary. To make that possible, the young company harnesses its miniaturized ultrasonic technology, a game-breaker ...

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From Concept to Company: 5 Steps in the Journey of a Medical Device Startup

November 10, 2014 7:30 am | by Nate Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, Veritas Medical LLC | Comments

Innovation is the life force of the medical device industry. Without a large budget for in-house R&D, licensing or acquiring a new technology, many companies are losing market share to those with deep pockets. To avoid the bureaucracy of...

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Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: Japan and Global Overview

November 7, 2014 3:07 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Comments

Japan’s highly centralized healthcare system has not left much room for physician office testing, outside of a sizeable physician office laboratory (POL) flu testing market. Epidemic and pandemic influenza strains in Asia significantly increased the need...

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Don't Skip the Necessary Steps

November 7, 2014 7:30 am | by Don Biszek, Director of Program Management, Stratos | Comments

In the fast-paced world of medical technology, a lot of the ideas companies have to cut costs end up costing more in the long run. Product development firms are moving more work overseas for cheaper rates. While that works for some aspects...

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Will ‘Outsiders’ Overtake the Medical Device Industry?

November 6, 2014 4:37 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The real variable that makes companies like Google and Apple a threat to the more established medical device players (well, besides a big bankroll) is the experience and mindset they have. These are consumer companies who have been extremely...

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Uninsulated Single Contact Connectors Save on Costs

November 6, 2014 7:30 am | by Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX | AVX | Comments

When specifying connectors for new medical devices, consider uninsulated single contact solutions. These UL-certified contacts match the performance, robustness, and reliability of full connector solutions without the additional component and...

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Sudden Impact – The Wearable Design Challenge

November 5, 2014 9:25 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, Newark element14 | Comments

The wearable health market is at a turning point. An IHS report estimates more than 250 million related devices will ship over the next five years alone. For engineering firms and technology companies, the time is now to not only participate in this...

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5 Indicators the Medical Device Industry Is Hitting Its Midlife Crisis

November 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Dave Powell, Partner A.T. Kearney | Comments

The medical device industry, which has enjoyed the enviable position of gaining five percent average annual growth and operating margins between 23 and 25 percent, is next in line to get turned on its head by industry disruptors. The future of...

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Discipline and Project Management Skills for Cutting Costs

November 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Brian Weller, VP of Quality/Regulatory Affairs, D&K Engineering | D&K Engineering | Comments

For those of us who've had the experience of looking back on a development project that ran late and over budget, we probably had to endure some Monday morning quarterbacking about "doing it right the first time". Easier said than done. But...

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Be Thankful Marketing Isn't Running the R&D Lab

November 4, 2014 3:53 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

In such a highly regulated marketplace that so strongly depends on relationships, is your absence at an industry trade event going to significantly impact the perception your customers or manufacturing partners have? If it does, perhaps you haven’t…

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Developing Devices for Disabled Patients with FDA Encouragement

November 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Center Director for Science, FDA, and Chief Scientist CDRH | Comments

For people with disabilities, medical devices can offer a vital and potentially life-changing option. Take, for example, a patient who has had his arms amputated. Medications can treat phantom pain, but they can’t help that patient pick up a glass...

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