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A Harmonic Convergence of MedTech

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Honestly, if you attend Medica and don’t find yourself exhilarated by all the creativity and innovation that’s happening in the medtech space, you’re in the wrong job. The event is not just an educational or networking opportunity, but rather an event that truly celebrates medical technology...

Out with the Old, In with the New

December 5, 2014 10:48 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering...

Friday 5: Connecting Healthcare with TE Connectivity's Thomas Medina

December 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I foresee a continuous transition from body-worn to body-integrated devices designed to deliver very specific, customized care. Device function will be monitored and controlled remotely, determined via gene-based diagnosis and therapies; and will be...

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Trust, But Verify In Order to Comply with UDI

December 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Steve Cochran, Chief Technology Officer, GHX | Blogs | Comments

“Trust, but verify” is my advice to manufacturers seeking to comply with the UDI rule. As a third party submitter that has successfully loaded data into the Global UDI Database (GUDID), I can confidently tell manufacturers, "trust that it...

Develop an Internal Team for UDI

December 4, 2014 7:30 am | by Deborah Kacera, Regulatory & Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Working with industry, we still see a need for more internal conversations among various stakeholders within organizations for an effective rollout of UDI. This is because the regulation has “amended” many existing regulations that will impact...

Characterizing Tomorrow’s Medical Devices

December 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by Robert Green, Senior Market Development Manager, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

Accurately measuring the load current of an implantable medical device can be quite a challenge. Although an implantable defibrillator might draw just 0.5 microamps of current in sleep or standby mode, the current draw could jump to 5A or higher...

Photos of the Day: The Past 100 Years and the Future of Medical Imaging

December 3, 2014 10:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Thomas Edison’s light bulb patent was 16 years old when his colleague and GE co-founder Elihu Thomson modified his electric lamp technology and developed an early X-ray machine that allowed doctors to diagnose bone fractures and locate “foreign...

Roll-Out UDI to the Device Manufacturer and Supply-Chain Partners

December 3, 2014 7:30 am | by Matt Kelly, Key Account Manager, Medical, Watlow | Blogs | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a final rule requiring that most medical devices distributed in the United States carry a unique device identifier, or UDI. A UDI system has the potential to improve the quality of...

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Have A Solid Team in Place for UDI Compliance

December 2, 2014 7:30 am | by Linda Chatwin, Esq, RAC Manager, Medical Regulatory Advisory Services North America, Life and Health, UL LLC | Blogs | Comments

Preparing for UDI requires a well-thought through project plan. Someone in the organization needs to own the project and manage it carefully, or bring in outside resources to help. The key to success lies in examining current labeling processes...

Lab Group Hires Lawyers for LDT Fight

December 1, 2014 9:23 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) has retained former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, a partner with Bancroft PLLC, and Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University...

3D Printing to Eliminate Assembly

December 1, 2014 7:30 am | by Norm Riley, Technical Marketing Director, Applied Silicone Corporation | Applied Silicone Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Advances in adhesives technology for wound care directly affect the quality of treatment.  Hydrophilic wound care adhesives provide longer wear between dressing changes, which prolongs the optimal healing environment. Bio-inert and vapor...

A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

Recognizing Market Shifts and Providing Support

November 26, 2014 7:30 am | by Alexandra Kiniry, Global Marketing Manager for Medical, Henkel Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Fast Cure - The majority of medical device companies Henkel supplies produce disposable assemblies. Therefore fast curing adhesives allow manufacturers to improve their yields and cycles times. ISO 10993 Certification - ISO certification is...

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Photos of the Day: Google's Spoon Steadies Tremors

November 25, 2014 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Built with hundreds of algorithms, these specially designed spoons make it much easier for people with tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling. The spoons sense a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced ...

An Introduction to Medical Device Prototyping

November 25, 2014 10:27 am | by David Foshee, Principal Design Engineer, Gilero, LLC | Articles | Comments

As product design consulting engineers, we do a lot of prototyping at Gilero. Many of our clients understand prototyping very well, but there are some clients for whom prototyping or manufacturing is entirely outside their experience...

Look Beyond Traditional Adhesives

November 25, 2014 7:30 am | by Ravi Ramjit, Ph. D, VP of R&D, EuroMed | Blogs | Comments

Advances in adhesive development technology have allowed medical device manufactures to engineer new product solutions in the wound care space. Traditional, overaggressive adhesives have been plagued by patients reporting pain and trauma...

Engineering Live Preview: How to Get More Students into STEM

November 24, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are...

Micro Molding Drives Innovation for MedTech

November 24, 2014 9:27 am | by Dale Gildemeister, Program Manager, Sil-Pro | Sil-Pro, LLC | Blogs | Comments

As medical processes become less invasive and the expectations for rapid recoveries increase, the need for smaller devices is driving the need for micro-molded components. The tools used to manufacture micro-molded components are becoming...

Photos (Videos) of the Day: Virtual Reality and 3D Printing to Address Head Injuries

November 21, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Last spring, the National Football League, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and GE called on researchers, scientists and enthusiasts to find new tools for detecting concussions and protecting football players from traumatic brain injuries...

Friday 5: Don Labriola of QuickSilver Controls Speaks on Automated Healthcare

November 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to Labriola, he “grew up” at Beckman (now under Danaher), starting with the company at age 17 and worked there for the next 20 years of his career. Most of his time was spent in the Medical Diagnostics Group. “I worked on the electronics...

Q&A: Injecting Smarter Design into Diabetes Management Device

November 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Vaishali Kamat, Associate Director and Head of Digital Health of Cambridge Consultants participated in a brief Q&A on the KicoPen, a new injection pen design that incorporates smart technology for precise glucose monitoring and insulin delivery...

Converging Medical Device, Drug, and Biotech Companies

November 21, 2014 7:30 am | by Michael Drues, Founder & President, Vascular Sciences | Blogs | Comments

Most device development is evolutionary, (i.e., come out with one device, tweak it a bit to make a new device, etc.) I understand the advantages of evolutionary device development from a technology perspective, from a business perspective...

Top 10 Ways to Cut Manufacturer Supply Chain Costs

November 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by Denise Odenkirk, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, GHX | Blogs | Comments

Although over 85% of med-surg manufacturers are transacting electronically with providers, manual, paper-based supply chain processes for other medical devices, such as implantables continues to contribute significantly to the soaring costs in healthcare...

Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things (On Demand)

November 20, 2014 3:29 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age ...

Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was my first visit to the event, so to say it was overwhelming, yet fantastic, would be an understatement. Watch my list of the ten best things I saw.

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