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Stryker: We are Playing a Different Offense Than Zimmer
Stryker executives believe that differentiated technology, not consolidation, is the path to win the future and the firm's MAKO's robotics platform is one such novel technology.  
(March, 2015)
Olympus Validates New Reprocessing Instructions
The maker of the duodenoscope blamed for the superbug infection outbreak at UCLA releases a new, validated reprocessing protocol for the device.
(March, 2015)
FDA Approving Devices Faster
It took about half as long for a device to win FDA approval in 2014 versus 2013.
(March, 2015)
More Younger Americans Getting Hip Surgery As Fewer Physicians Perform It
The number of Americans between 45 and 64 who had their hips replaced nearly doubled between 2002 and 2011. Meanwhile fewer physicians performed them in the same period. 
(March, 2015)
Senator Wants Oil and Gas Industry to Fill in for Device Tax
Senator Ed Markey (D–MA) proposes repeal of the medical device tax and asks the oil and gas industry to pay for it.
(March, 2015)
Precision Medicine Initiative Could Be a Boon for Diagnostics Players
The $215-million initiative included in the president’s 2016 budget proposal would provide funding for research and regulation associated with precision medicine technologies. But does it go far enough? 
(March, 2015)
Abiomed’s Impella 2.5 Wins PMA Approval
The device, originally cleared under a 510(k), was reevaluted under the 515 Initiative and is now the first hemodynamic support device with a PMA indication for use during high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions.
(March, 2015)
Medtech Startup Showdown 2015: Round 1—Solaris Technology Group vs. Drug Free Therapeutix
  Solaris Technology Group vs. Drug Free Therapeutix (DFTx)     ...
(March, 2015)
Medtech Startup Showdown 2015: Round 1—Innoblative Designs Inc. vs. BioDirection Inc.
  Innoblative Designs Inc. vs. BioDirection Inc.     ...
(March, 2015)
Medtech Startup Showdown 2015: Round 1—GaitTronics Inc. vs. Interrad Medical—SecurAcath
  GaitTronics Inc. vs. Interrad Medical—SecurAcath     ...
(March, 2015)
Medtech Startup Showdown 2015: Round 1—Surgical Perspective vs. Briteseed
  Surgical Perspective vs. Briteseed     ...
(March, 2015)
Medtech Startup Showdown 2015: Round 1
Which of these eight startups has what it takes to make it in the medical device industry?  
(March, 2015)
Wireless Security: A Work in Progress
The keys to developing secure wireless infrastructures in the medical device industry are implementing solid risk-assessment and risk-management programs.
(March, 2015)
AdvaMed Rearranges FDA’s Priority List
The medical device trade group tells FDA which guidance topics should be tackled first.
(March, 2015)
Will This Wearable Device Kill the Computer Mouse?
Thalmic Labs’s Myo gesture control interface could change the way humans interact with technology forever. 
(March, 2015)
Why Medical Device Designers Should Care about Fasteners
Fasteners come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, but for medtech applications, they must all offer corrosion resistance, strength, and holding power.
(March, 2015)
Hashing Out Patent Reform Options
A number of bills have been proposed to try to curb the patent litigation abuse that has impacted many industries, including medtech, but which one achieves the right balance?
(March, 2015)
Societies: Do More for Insulin Pump Safety
A joint statement from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association calls for more research and data transparency around real-world use of insulin pumps.
(March, 2015)
Analysts: FDA Approval of New Heart Device Will Boost Bos Sci
FDA approves Boston Scientific's next generation subcutaneous ICD system that has no leads in the heart slightly earlier than expected.   
(March, 2015)
At ACC, Medtronic and Edwards Lifesciences Tout Positive TAVR Data
At ACC, transcatheter heart valve replacement therapy took big strides toward ultimately becoming the standard of care for patients with aortic stenosis. 
(March, 2015)
Boston Scientific's Watchman Heart Device Approved ... Finally
 Watchman, Boston Scientific's novel heart device for atrial fibrillation patients, has won approval after an unprecendented three FDA panel reviews. 
(March, 2015)
Get More Out of Pumping Less
A syringe pump driven by a servomotor outperforms standard stepper motor–driven syringe pumps in microdispense lab applications.
(March, 2015)
Designing and Manufacturing Biopharma Delivery Devices
The development of biologic-delivery devices requires input from the materials science, biology, chemistry, toxicology, biomedical, mechanical engineering, and other disciplines
(March, 2015)
St Jude Medical to Resume Portico Heart Valve Implants
CE Mark has been reinstated to St. Jude Medical's TAVR device, which means the company can resume selling its implants in Europe soon. 
(March, 2015)