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Ignoring Component Obsolescence Won’t Make It Go Away

March 19, 2015 2:46 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

MDT recently conducted a survey on component obsolescence in the medical device design space. While some responses were expected, I was rather surprised by several others. Considering how much of an impact a component obsolescence issue...

Models Add Efficiency to Bioabsorbable Implant Development

March 19, 2015 11:01 am | by Abhay Bulsari, Owner/Technical Manager, Nonlinear Solutions Oy; Kimmo Lähteenkorva, R&D Manager, ConMed Corp.; and Esa Suokas and Mikko Huttunen, Senior Scientists, ConMed Linvatec Biomaterials Oy | Articles | Comments

Product development of orthopedic bioabsorbable implants requires the knowledge of the dynamics of bioabsorption. Bioabsorption is simulated in vitro by hydrolysis experiments. Several variables including shear and bending strength, mass...

Infographic: Component Obsolescence in Medical Device Development

March 19, 2015 10:34 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske, & Eileen Whitmore | News | Comments

Once a medical device development project moves past a certain point, going back and making a change such as replacing a component due to it being phased out can be costly for the OEM. If the device has gone through regulatory review, it can add significant...

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Photos of the Day: Fighting Malaria with MRI

March 19, 2015 9:54 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the past three decades, osteopathic physician and malaria expert, Dr. Terrie Taylor, has made an annual pilgrimage from Michigan to Malawi in pursuit of an answer to a deadly puzzle. Each year, malaria claims the lives of 575,000 children...

Consider the Patient to Ensure Safety in Device Development

March 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Deborah Kacera, Regulatory and Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

It will be no surprise that the most critical consideration to ensuring patient safety when developing a medical device is to consider the patient: who are they, who will be using the device, how will they interact with the device, and what’s...

Focus On 'Why?' Instead of Just 'How' for Device Design

March 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Ed Trevis, President and CEO, Corvalent | Blogs | Comments

Every facet of the process – from circuit board design and assembly to on-site implementation of fully developed medical equipment – can affect the patient experience. Because of this, design strategies that consider long lifecycle and consistent...

Anxiously Awaiting a Device to Calm Down

March 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Sporadic bouts of anxiety aren’t really considered a medical condition – but if you’re anxious enough, it can sure feel like an illness! Your heart starts racing, breathing turns short and shallow, and the world moves a little too quickly for comfort...

3 Tips for a Successful Outsourced Device Launch

March 18, 2015 11:21 am | by Tom Nadal, Director of Business Development, CleanCut Technologies | CleanCut Technologies | Articles | Comments

Whether you’re a seasoned medical device professional or a recent grad stepping into your first full-time position in marketing, engineering, operations, quality, or regulatory at a medtech OEM, chances are you’ll be a contributing member...

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Powering Wearable Health Devices

March 18, 2015 8:42 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

Our competitors are hard at work in element14’s Sudden Impact design challenge - creating wearable health solutions for athletes, coaches and trainers to use on the field in real time. As we move toward the May 8 deadline to submit the final...

How Long Does Clearance on a 510(k) Submission Take?

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Debate rages on over the FDA — Has it become less efficient? More efficient? Is it a barrier to innovation? Is it doing exactly what it needs to do? While these questions are not likely to be definitively answered anytime soon, one query that many do have regarding the FDA could be resolved...

Top 5 Medical Devices from SXSW 2015

March 17, 2015 4:24 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The SX Health and MedTech Expo was presented for the first time on March 16th and 17th, the last two days of SXSW's "Interactive" portion. The stage was host to programming and panels, providing opportunities to learn from leading experts...

March 2015 Digital Edition

March 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this month's cover feature... Every project is going to have unexpected challenges. The project team needs to analyze the situation and respond quickly to keep the project on-track. Experience is key. If working with seasoned medical device professionals who have been in the trenches, are well-connected in the industry, and appreciate the “speed-to-market” mindset...

6 Ways Electrical Engineers Have Changed the Face of Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:48 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One of the most prominent industries to benefit from the aid of electric engineering is the field of medicine. With more intelligent innovations regularly being made, doctors and medical professionals are able to work with stronger and more...

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Photos of the Day: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:35 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineers are professionals dedicated to developing electrical solutions and equipment. They are responsible for providing a variety of industries with powerful, long-term solutions, designed to help solve many types of problems...

Coating Success Depends on More Than Material Selection

March 16, 2015 11:10 am | by Tim Kissling, Owner & President, Precision Coating Technology & Manufacturing Inc. | Precision Coating Technology & Manufacturing, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many medical device designers have worked with coatings suppliers to identify the right material for an application, but have later encountered unforeseen issues that result in higher costs, production delays, and sometimes, even product...

Devices Safeguard Patient Safety Only When They Work

March 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Ellen Turner, Market Development Manager, Specialty Plastics, Medical Devices, Eastman Chemical Company | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices are under a lot of pressure — doing more for caregivers and patients with each innovation, all while having to withstand the wear and tear that comes with constant use. A heightened focus on patient safety, resulting from evolving...

Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM?

March 16, 2015 10:43 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Statistics show that 38% of students who start with a STEM major in college do not actually graduate with a degree in the same discipline. What needs to change to prevent these losses? What can professors, and even businesses, do to keep...

Photos of the Day: Top 5 Devices from ExCel Wearable Technology 2015

March 13, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I'm personally beginning to yawn and glaze over at every new announcement of the next "innovative fitness tracker/health monitor/attempt to keep up with the Apple Watch." But these wearables are far from ordinary - here are five that certainly...

Photo Etching: Stimulating Innovation in Medical Product Design

March 13, 2015 11:26 am | by Albert Tsang, Technical Manager, Precision Micro | Precision Micro, Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Across industry, there is a concerted and accelerating trend towards miniaturization, and nowhere more so than in the medical device sector, where demand for minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment devices is growing exponentially...

Don't Make the Same Device Design Mistakes

March 13, 2015 10:09 am | by Michael Appel, M.D., Anesthesiologist, INCOSE | Blogs | Comments

We must not only anticipate any new hazards, but must also carefully consider the common underlying risks that have already been identified in previous devices. Using more than just a hypothetical risk process, we need to evaluate known problems...

First Engineering-Based College of Medicine

March 13, 2015 9:30 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Partners in a first-of-its-kind medical college on the University of Illinois’s Urbana-Champaign campus are advancing to the next phase of development, having completed a key administrative step today. The University of Illinois Board of...

Subway Navigation for the Blind

March 12, 2015 4:33 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A new technology could help the blind navigate around busy subway stations. Wayfindr, which so far has been rolled out in one London Underground station, uses an app and Bluetooth technology to serve as a GPS for the underground commuter...

Chameleon Material Shows Your Body's True Colors

March 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Engineers from UC Berkeley have developed an artificial skin that changes color whenever the material flexes or receives any sort of pressure. A flexible material that changes color provides a whole spectrum of medical opportunities...  

Improved Development Processes and Compliance with Cloud-Based PLM

March 12, 2015 11:44 am | by Alaine Portnoy, Director of Marketing, Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

LoneStar Heart, Inc., based in Laguna Hills, Calif., is developing cardiac restorative therapies for patients with heart failure that harness the heart’s ability to repair itself. Based on its integrated cardiomechanical and biomolecular...

3 Patient Safety Considerations for Medical Device Development

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Maria Shepherd, President, Data Decision Group, Medtech Whitespace and Strategy Research | Blogs | Comments

Usability is the piece of the medical puzzle that supports good engineering design. Simply designed devices with simple instructions reduce the possibility of use error, and the CDRH receives approximately 100,000 Medical Device Reports...

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