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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...

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...

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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 | 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...

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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 | 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...

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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...

Innovations Could Feed the Hungry, Streamline Drug Production

October 31, 2014 10:33 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

The winners included a unique genetic sequence that could allow researchers to produce multiple proteins from a lone strand of mRNA. The sequence, a form of internal ribosome entry site (IRES), was found in the wheat virus Triticum moscaic by ...

Don't Do It Quickly, Do It Right

October 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Jim Janicki, Executive Vice President of Engineering & Quality, RTEmd | RTEmd | Blogs | Comments

Regulatory requirements, business pressures (to get products to market faster), and cost implications often cause good teams to take short cuts. Even highly compliant organizations, when rushed, can lose discipline, causing developers to stray...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printed Injection Molding

October 30, 2014 2:44 pm | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys, a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has announced its collaboration with design and product development company, Worrell, to accelerate medical device development through the use of 3D ...   

Research Program to Develop Cost-Effective, 3D Printed Biomedical Tech

October 30, 2014 10:16 am | by Oxford Performance Materials | News | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has announced the commencement of an extensive joint research program with Yale University to develop innovative and cost-effective 3D printed biomedical technologies and applications ...    

Establish Communication Up Front

October 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Dave Beckstoffer, Commercial Program Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Blogs | Comments

For the motion control of any medical device, cost pressures always exist to keep them as low as feasible while still providing the performance required. The key is early engagement with the motion control manufacturer to ensure the development...

Photos of the Day: Exploring the Science behind Scalp Cooling

October 29, 2014 3:58 pm | by Paxman | News | Comments

Scalp cooling works by lowering the temperature of the head and scalp immediately before, after and during the administration of chemotherapy. This in turn reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles, thus preventing or minimizing the damage, meaning that hair loss is not inevitable...

Cold Deck to Reduce Volume of Material

October 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Jim Ritzema, Director of Operations, Rogan Corporation | Blogs | Comments

To reduce costs and increase productivity, we have added a cold deck to our vertical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding machine. The cold deck reduces the volume of LSR material we use during molding by eliminating the sprue and runner...

7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Barcode Labeling Software Provider

October 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas | Articles | Comments

Today, countless industries rely on barcode label design software for a variety of uses, such as creating barcodes for labels, products, shipping, and more. Within the healthcare industry, barcode technology is becoming more prevalent as patient...

Photos of the Day: Medication Management with the Amiko Inhaler

October 28, 2014 3:46 pm | by Amiko | News | Comments

Amiko, a unique wearable activity tracker that actually wraps around medicine packaging, launches to tackle non-adherent behavior as it happens. While other solutions are either smartphone apps which rely on patients to accurately and consistently report...

Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and Delivery Devices

October 28, 2014 8:30 am | by Ronelle Decker, Market Development Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

Balloon catheters, stent and stent delivery systems, atherectomy, and occlusion and neurovascular catheters, as well as other catheter-based devices, advance over a guide wire until it reaches the stenosis, obstruction, or stent delivery site...

Savings Comes from Unexpected Places

October 28, 2014 8:30 am | by David Morse, General Manager, Tube Hollows International | Blogs | Comments

Cost savings often come from unexpected places. Two examples that come to mind involved the design and processes used to achieve high precision holes in cannulated parts. Tube Hollows International can drill extremely precise holes (as low...

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