Sam Brusco
Associate Editor

Sam Brusco first joined MDT as an editorial intern in August 2014. They liked him so much (and he’s still trying to understand why) they decided to keep him around as MDT’s associate editor starting in January 2015. Sam generates content for MDT’s website, seeking out breaking medical technology news. He also writes several columns weekly, highlighting and providing analysis on trending medical technologies, co-writes and co-stars in the monthly Pulse webcast, arranges and conducts interviews with industry professionals, and tries really hard to annoy the public at large with puns.

Sam graduated from Rutgers University in 2014. When he’s not tracking the medical device design beat, you might find him singing and playing guitar, reading sci-fi, or watching cop dramas and old sitcoms. 

Happy Friday, MDT readers! I'm sure this won't reach as many eyes as usual, what with the grill-polishing and preparation for Memorial weekend trips...
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5.27.2016
12:26pm
The NeuroBlate system, also known as MRI-guided neurosurgical ablation, consists of a customized, 3D-printed mini-platform for laser interstitial thermal...
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5.23.2016
3:29pm
Happy Friday, MDT readers! We're drawing ever closer to summer, and I'm sure many of you are gearing up to take a vacation. But the FDA certainly...
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5.20.2016
11:34am
As implantable devices become smaller and demand "smart" functionalities like wireless communication and advanced sensor arrays, an enormous strain...
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5.18.2016
3:07pm
A research team comprising of members from Northeastern University, The Catholic University of America, and Disney Research Pittsburgh have developed a robotic...
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5.16.2016
3:15pm
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Happy Friday, MDT readers! I hope nothing too unlucky has happened to anyone yet today. But even if it has, fortunately there have been plenty of device...
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5.13.2016
11:16am
According to the FDA, this guidance document is meant to serve as "leap frog guidance," outlining the agency's view on the technical...
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5.11.2016
3:48pm
Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, engineer and executive for both Facebook and Oculus, announced at the Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards, that after a little more than a...
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5.10.2016
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Happy Friday, MDT readers! It’s been a dreary, rainy week here in NJ; thankfully the bevy of medical device approvals this week has been a silver lining. Here’...
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5.6.2016
10:45am
German opera singer Michael Volle stepped into an MRI machine. The baritone underwent a scan while singing "Song to the Evening Star" from Wagner...
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5.5.2016
12:29pm
Bioquark, a U.S. biotech company, was just granted ethical approval for a clinical trial (in an Indian hospital) in which attempts will be made to reawaken...
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5.4.2016
3:46pm
Since the robots can do their work while the patient is standing, the horse need not be anesthetized. In addition to traditional 2D CT images, the scanner can...
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5.3.2016
2:59pm
If you have a particularly strong strain of the travel bug, jet lag is one of the biggest roadblocks to overcome. The “Jet Lag Blocker” feature prompts users...
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5.2.2016
2:30pm
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The device, according to descriptions in the patent, consists of a number of components: an electronic lens, sensors, a storage module, radio, and battery....
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4.29.2016
3:24pm
Happy Friday, MDT readers! I’m sure most of you were far too busy to stay up to date on the myriad of FDA nods, clearances, or approvals—whatever you want to...
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4.29.2016
11:22am
Gregg Kirkpatrick, a consultant for Medical Devices International Consulting, claimed to have helped achieve concept to market for a device in 10 months flat....
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4.28.2016
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Today, worldwide healthcare company Abbott Laboratories announced a deal to acquire device maker St. Jude Medical, in a cash and stock deal of $25 billion. The...
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4.28.2016
2:32pm
The autonomous delivery bot ferries medicine, equipment, and meals to patients by navigating with its cameras, Wi-Fi, and pre-installed maps of the hospital...
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4.27.2016
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Bacteria associated with mesh surgical site infections, like MRSA and E. coli, are both a threat to patient health and patient wallets. Among one of the...
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4.25.2016
2:52pm
As of this week, the third MR-linac machine is being installed, this time in the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). The second was installed last year in the...
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4.22.2016
2:03pm
According to a team of Binghamton University researchers, the brain's response to specific stimuli is so unique to an individual they could one day...
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4.20.2016
2:24pm
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Lowe spoke on a number of potential applications for flexible force-sensing circuits. Because they are able to quantify force response and monitor thresholds,...
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4.18.2016
2:36pm
His main reason for supporting the digital health initiative is the belief that healthcare currently takes a binary approach—you have to fit neatly into an...
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4.15.2016
2:12pm
I spent Wednesday and Thursday of this week in Boston, one of my favorite cities, for this year's BIOMEDevice Expo and Conference. Though not nearly as...
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4.15.2016
11:52am
The American Optometric Association (AOA) wrote a letter to the FDA on Tuesday, April 4th urging them to enforce stricter regulations on Opternative, a digital...
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4.6.2016
2:07pm
People with heart disease or hypertension have to adhere to a low-sodium diet to prevent the risk of a critical event due to rising blood pressure. But one...
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4.5.2016
3:32pm
The cells were harvested from mouse gums and turned into iPS cells. Once cultured, the cells developed into embryoid bodies, a 3D mass of cells somewhat like...
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4.4.2016
3:13pm
Happy April Fool's Day, everyone! Traversing heretofore untraveled medtech ground—where giants like Medtronic and Boston Scientific dare not tread—these...
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4.1.2016
11:48am
Remember Sedasys, Johnson & Johnson’s robot anesthesiologist that began making serious headlines in May of last year? in their latest move to cut spending...
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3.30.2016
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Heartache takes its toll emotionally, but one Redditor has shown that the heart may physically undergo change following a breakup by posting his fitness...
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3.28.2016
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To give astronauts the workout they need with so little space, NASA has recently developed the Miniature Exercise Device (MED-2). By way of small robotic...
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3.23.2016
3:39pm
CareKit aims to develop apps targeting everything from chronic diseases like Parkinson’s and diabetes, to post-surgery recovery, to mental, maternal, and home...
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3.22.2016
2:32pm
Johnson & Johnson must pay $502 million in damages to five patients who claimed to have been injured by the company’s Pinnacle artificial hip implants....
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3.18.2016
4:03pm
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in particular has been looking for ways to optimize their fighters’ mouthguards, and with good reason: they’re...
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3.17.2016
2:51pm
If the same measurements made by a bunch or large, expensive machines can be made by a smaller, friendlier device worn at home or on the go at a fraction of...
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3.14.2016
10:36am
ReGear Life Sciences is trying to move shortwave diathermy treatment from the clinic to the home with a wearable device called VIVY, introduced during CES 2016...
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3.10.2016
3:07pm
Because medical device manufacturing has so many moving parts with regard to the logistics, a static QMS program may not be enough anymore. Something more...
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3.8.2016
11:00am
To give the blind or visually impaired a more comprehensive map of indoor surroundings, Toyota of all places is working on Project BLAID, a horseshoe-shaped...
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3.7.2016
1:49pm
According to Spotify, the playlist is engineered to play specific songs during the progression of labor, mirroring the actual birthing experience. It begins...
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3.4.2016
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