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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

Include Test Application Engineers to Get the Details Right

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Jacques Hoffmann, President, InterTech Development Company | Blogs | Comments

Failsafe testing of medical devices is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for release of a device to the market.  Most realize that simplistic truth but there are far too many who do not appreciate the “devils in the details” of test applications...

Molding Nine Different Plastics at Once

March 11, 2015 4:21 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Several weeks ago during the MD&M West show, I enjoyed hearing about a number of material advances that should make for a positive impact on the medical device development industry. But one innovation stood out among them. Born out of a collaboration between...

Photos of the Day: Spinning Synthetic Spider Silk for Medicine

March 11, 2015 3:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you live in a house, one of the most amazing materials known to humans is likely languishing in a dark corner of your basement. Spider webs, and especially spider draglines, are made from silk threads extruded by arachnids that can be several...

Rebooting the Healthcare System

March 11, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Patients with chronic health issues in particular often do not receive the personalized care that they require – hospitals typically take a reactionary approach to these patients, treating them only as soon as a major health issue arises or...

Your Smartphone Is Already a Tricorder

March 11, 2015 9:54 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Apple announced several new initiatives on March 9, including HBO Now and a function on the Apple Watch that will tell you when you’ve been sitting down too long watching HBO Now. One of them has already been in use by medical researchers...

Continued Pressure to Make Products Smaller, Lighter, More Reliable

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Peter Ladwig, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development, Hutchinson Technology Inc. | Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The need for miniaturization is driving the development of new process technologies to manufacture complex components. In some cases, it is impossible to manufacture separate pieces for separate functions and attach them together to manufacture...

‘Silver Bullet’ Implantable Device Prevents Infection

March 10, 2015 3:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

It costs more than $1.6 billion annually to treat post-surgical infections in patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery, but a researcher from North Carolina State University is working on a device that could reduce this number...

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