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MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/22/2019 20:33
CLEVELAND –" Two words dominated much of the program agenda (MIS) on Tuesday –" Artificial Intelligence. From a keynote address from Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to the CEO, and former Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft to a session discussing companies with non-traditional approaches to healthcare, the topic of AI was discussed. But is AI just the latest fad in healthcare?
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/22/2019 15:01
When children used to ask Michel Fornasier if his prosthetic hand gave him superpowers, he denied the question. Later on he began to say, "Who knows?". And that's how Bionicman was born. Fornasier, who was born without a right hand, contacted comic-book artist David Boller and together they created the first stories about Bionicman, who comes to people’s aid in various situations. The first comic anthology is out now. A second volume is planned for late 2019. Physical handicaps play a role in many stories. “What I want to do is to point out in a playful way that there are people with disabilities, and that they would like to be treated just like anyone else," Fornasier said. Made by , Fornasier's myoelectric hand prosthesis is a high-tech
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/22/2019 11:28
Not to compare ViewRay to a Chumbawamba song, but the company got knocked down hard in August after reporting its second-quarter earnings (more on that in a bit). But just like the aforementioned British alternative rock band, the medical device company seems to have gotten up again. ViewRay leverages MRI technology to offer oncologists real-time image guidance during radiation delivery. The MRIdian Linac, which can help oncologists see how the body is reacting to radiation treatment in real-time, represents a significant step forward and has the potential to give the Cleveland-based company the upper hand over competitors. ViewRay Got Knocked Down in August ... ViewRay reported its second-quarter earnings results on Aug. 9 and while
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/21/2019 16:21
CLEVELAND - Two healthcare organizations are coming together to form a joint venture that will expand the boundaries of care through telehealth. Cleveland Clinic and American Well announced the joint venture named The Clinic, during the first day of the 2019 Medical Innovation Summit (MIS). Cleveland Clinic will offer up its expertise in virtual care and Boston-based American Well will contribute its digital health technology platform. The two companies are focused on leading the industry toward integrated, digital care delivery models that complement and are connected to traditional care settings. Executives from the organization sat down with MD+DI on Monday to talk about The Clinic and its potential impact on patient care. “We know there.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/21/2019 08:00
Researchers have developed an for soft robotics that allow for kinetic movements by combining a carbon-based 2D material and a synthetic polymer to create flexibility. A team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed the soft actuator, which allows robots to move in more flexible, realistic ways not just for utilitarian purposes, but also to create art, researchers said. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a soft robotic butterfly that can open and close its wings using a new flexible artificial muscle developed from a combination of MXene and polymer.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/20/2019 01:54
Typically, when medical device companies or physicians want to study a specific condition or disease state, they experiment on either cadavers or animals. But finding a cadaver that fits the criteria of one of these pathologies, such as scoliosis or congenital heart disease, can be difficult. And if such cadavers can be found, the cost to procure, maintain, and dispose of them is significant. Animal studies have the same cost-effectiveness issues. And, while animal anatomy can be similar to human anatomy, it is not exactly the same. “But now [customers] can have organ models printed in 3D, on demand,” said Scott Drikakis, business segment leader, medical, at Stratasys, said in an interview with MD+DI . Based on the need for biomechanical ac.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/18/2019 15:03
BD is expanding its autoinjector offerings to give patients and combination product manufacturers more options for patient convenience and cost savings. The company’s Physioject autoinjector has been a popular choice for nearly two decades–”BD reports that it has sold 50 million Physioject autoinjectors since 2010. To further ease self-injection, BD has developed Intevia, a platform device that combines an autoinjector and a prefillable syringe in one integrated system. The system is also designed for use with a range of viscosities without additional customization. The system is designed to effectively and safely inject a variety of drugs of different viscosities up to 35 centapoise and different fill volumes up to 1mL. “We worked on the
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/18/2019 14:46
As hot as surgical robotics has been the last two years, the market hasn't seen anything compared to what 2020 is likely to bring. So how is the pioneer in robotically-assisted surgery preparing for its incoming competition? "It is also likely we will see increased price negotiations and elongated negotiation timelines as competition get closer to launching new products," Marshall Mohr, executive vice president and CFO at Intuitive Surgical, said during the company's third-quarter earnings call. "These dynamics could result in profit fluctuations. However, we will continue to manage the business for the long term as we believe that the fundamentals of the business are strong.". Mohr said the company knows that when the competitors' products
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/18/2019 14:27
Medtronic is taking some very big steps with artificial intelligence. The Dublin-based company is launching GI Genius –“ a system it said is the first to use AI to detect colorectal polyps. The product’s launch is taking place during Week in Barcelona, Spain. GI Genius was developed by Cosmo Pharmaceuticals and has CE mark. Medtronic is bringing the solution to the market through a distribution agreement with the Dublin-based Cosmo Pharmaceuticals. The GI Genius module uses advanced artificial intelligence to highlight the presence of pre-cancerous lesions with a visual marker in real-time –“ serving as a second observer. Studies have shown that having a second observer can increase polyp detection rates; every 1% increase in adenoma detect.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/18/2019 14:24
A new type of return electrode aims to prevent some of the common problems associated with such devices, including adhesive-related skin injuries or pad-site burns, and it also provides an additional benefit. “Most return electrodes don't have any type of cushioning, but the Mega Soft Universal Plus technology incorporates a flexible gel that helps with pressure reduction,” said Paul Borgmeier, PhD, PE, director of research & development at Ethicon Inc., in an interview with MD+DI . In describing how the Mega Soft Universal Plus return electrode works, Borgmeier said it makes sense to take a look at how the traditional, smaller, sticky return electrodes function first. “These return electrodes need to be applied directly to the patient’s s.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/17/2019 20:12
Collecting and analyzing streaming biosensor data and converting it into actionable insights is the job of a new type of player in the healthcare arena, the analytics and platform company. MD+DI spoke with Chris Economos, chief commercial officer at physIQ (Chicago), to learn more about this frontier. “Our business thesis is to be the intelligence layer that sits on top of all these continuously streaming data sets, across the rapidly evolving ecosystem of wearable biosensors,” Economos explained, adding that physIQ is not a hardware manufacturer. Rather, it has developed a smartphone app that captures data streaming from biosensors and streams the data to the cloud, where its portfolio of FDA-cleared machine learning and AI-based analytic.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/17/2019 13:20
To once again borrow from Charles Dickens, it is the best of times and worst of times for vendors and clinicians researching the effectiveness of remote robotic surgery. Though a trans-Atlantic gall bladder removal in 2001, dubbed the "Lindbergh operation," Â surgeries could be performed remotely from thousands of miles away, the technique has stalled. "The use of telesurgery technology is at a halt and has been since the first and only telesurgery was conducted in 2001," Paul Choi, Rod Oskouian, and R. Shane Tubbs wrote in a May 2018 article summarizing the field's recent history and prospects in the journal "However, with further optimization of visual display, latency time, and haptic feedback technology, design and publication of furthe.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/17/2019 12:03
MD+DI spoke with Deepak Sharma, engineering project manager at FlexDex Surgical Inc., about his upcoming presentation at , “.” Sharma explained the differences between the jobs of designing and manufacturing a product and how the two types of engineers can work best together. He emphasized that communication early in the product development cycle between manufacturing engineers and product designers is key to eliminate delays in bringing a product to market. What current challenges are there with manufacturing engineers and design engineers working together? Sharma: Product design is a creative process. It requires thinking out of the box, while starting with a hazy understanding of what the final product may look like. At the end of desig.
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/16/2019 14:45
While this certainly seems to be the season for many companies to move forward on timelines for upcoming surgical robotics platforms, Titan Medical is taking a step back. During an earnings call, the Toronto-based company noted it was delaying the timeline for the development of its Sport robotic surgical system. In a release, Titan said it was "withdrawing all forecasts with respect to the cost and timing of the development of its robotic surgical system beyond 4Q19 because its lack of financing has caused its primary product development supplier to limit the development work on the ...
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/16/2019 00:44
Today’s manufacturers strive to balance product quality and innovation with cost and process efficiency, and medtech companies are no different. Contract manufacturers have been helping medical device companies with such endeavors for years, but technology advancements, globalization, new regulations and standards, and market and competitive pressures are raising new challenges. David Montecalvo has been addressing such challenges for years. He previously worked at Medtronic in a number of leadership roles including vice president, contract manufacturing, of the company’s Restorative Therapies Group of businesses;Â vice president of business operations integration, where he led the successful global operations integration of Covidien Plc;Â
MedicalDeviceLink.com 10/15/2019 16:29
For decades the Minneapolis-St. Paul region has stood out as a hotbed for medical device innovation. But other U.S. regions have also managed to position themselves as a medtech hub, including California's Silicon Valley, Boston, MA, and even . This raises important questions about the future state of innovation in Minnesota. At , Oct. 23-24, a panel of experts will discuss whether or not Silicon Valley will eclipse Minneapolis as the largest U.S. medtech hub. In preparation for the panel discussion, MD+DI to weigh in on which U.S. metros they considered to be the top hub of medical device innovation.ÂAs the map above shows, most (44%) of the 100 survey respondents said the San Jose, CA region (aka Silicon Valley) is the top U.S. metr.

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