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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 | Blogs | 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...

3 Steps to Prepare for the Onshoring Shift in Wearable Technology

November 12, 2014 7:30 am | by Noreen King, Founder, Evolve Manufacturing Technologies | Articles | Comments

These days, the headlines are flooded with news about wearable medical devices. From the fanfare surrounding wearable tech product launches (for example, Apple’s much-anticipated, recent unveiling in Cupertino of the Apple Watch — the company’s...

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. | Blogs | 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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Photos of the Day: The Curious World Medical Imaging Reveals

November 10, 2014 9:09 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Of the many Eureka! moments experienced by scientists since Archimedes, Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays in 1895 was among the least auspicious. When he trained his cathode ray apparatus on his wife’s hand and imaged the bones of her...

ISO 80369 Standards on Small-Bore Tubing Connectors Inch Forward Toward Release

November 10, 2014 7:30 am | by Kyle Steele, New Product Development Engineer, Value Plastics | Value Plastics, A Nordson Company | Articles | Comments

The Luer connector has, for decades, been one of the most common types of small-bore (less than 8.5mm) connectors used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities to link or join medical devices, components, and accessories for the purpose...

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 | Blogs | 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...

Examining the Physician Office Lab Market: Japan and Global Overview

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

Opening the Door to Nonpharmacological Treatment Options with Neurological Devices

November 7, 2014 7:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Devices under the umbrella of the neurological market cover an array of purposes, including management and treatment of disorders, as well as surgical and interventional procedures. Some of the most exciting devices are those used in neuromodulation...

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Don't Skip the Necessary Steps

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

Will ‘Outsiders’ Overtake the Medical Device Industry?

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

Uninsulated Single Contact Connectors Save on Costs

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

9 Expectations to Have of Your Suppliers

November 6, 2014 7:30 am | by Luis Tissone, Director Life Sciences, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

In recent years, countless management experts and analysts have touted the benefits that medical device manufacturers of all sizes can realize by establishing "partnerships" with their suppliers. Forward-thinking suppliers understand how they...

Photos (Videos!) of the Day: Cleveland Clinic's 2015 Top 10

November 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic has announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel intra-operative...

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Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

November 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic has announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel...

Sudden Impact – The Wearable Design Challenge

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

Photos of the Day: One-Stop Breast Cancer Diagnosis from NASA Robots

November 5, 2014 9:17 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Researchers created the Image-Guided Autonomous Robot from a long line of computerized heavy lifters and maintenance performers for the space shuttle and space station: CSA's Canadarm, Canadarm2 and Dextre. IGAR is expected to provide...

5 Indicators the Medical Device Industry Is Hitting Its Midlife Crisis

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

Cut to the Bone

November 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Nicole Ashton, Global Marketing Communications Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Articles | Comments

With an aging population comes a host of medical diseases and conditions. One of those is osteoarthritis, the most common type of knee arthritis. It is a very slow progressing degenerative disease where the joint cartilage gradually wears away...

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 | Blogs | 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...

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

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

Have a Clear Cost Benefit

November 4, 2014 8:30 am | by Eric Sugalski, Founder, Boston Device Development | Boston Device Development | Blogs | Comments

The new reality of medical devices is that improved outcomes can no longer justify increased healthcare costs. In the changing healthcare landscape, new medical devices must offer a cost benefit, meaning that the economic value derived from adoption...

Texturing Prospective with Ultrasonically Coated Balloon Catheters

November 4, 2014 7:30 am | by Fielding Water, Applications Engineer, Sono-Tek Corp. | Sono-Tek Corporation | Articles | Comments

Drug-coated balloons (DCB) emerged at the crossroads of angioplasty balloons and drug-eluting stents in treating blood vessel obstructions. Intense research continues as medical device manufacturers compete to create better products and processes...

Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: The Roles of FDA v. CMS

November 3, 2014 2:03 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

FDA recently 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 guidances...

Integrate Validated Off-the-Shelf Components

November 3, 2014 8:30 am | by Jim Ford, Manager of Corporate Product Management, Southco, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a rapidly consolidating medical device market, the need to quickly release cost effective designs is greater than ever. When considering design options, keeping a focus on the total cost of each design option is essential. Choices between...

Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 3, 2014 7:30 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus...

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