An R&D manager shares his perspective.

Daphne Allen


Li Jin

Medical device designers are well versed in design controls, but generating design requirements can get a little confusing. At MD&M West 2017, Li Jin, R&D manager for Abbott, clarified a few points about design inputs in “Developing Design Requirements to Ensure User Needs Are Met in Product Development” on February 7.

A design input is defined as the “physical and performance requirements of a device that are used as a basis for device design,” according to 21 CFR Part 820.3.

Writing design input...

February 17th, 2017

The annual college basketball bonanza is right around the corner, and that means it's also time for MD+DI's Medtech Startup Showdown In our competition's third year, medtech startups will face off against each other in brackets. Enter your startup now!

It's already time for the MD+DI's third Medtech Startup Showdown. In this contest, medical device startups compete against each other to determine who has what it takes to succeed in the industry.

Here’s how it works: We’ll organize startups into a tournament bracket, and each week give our readers the chance to vote for their favorites. The team in each bracket that gets the most votes will move on to the next round.

To be considered for the tournament,...

February 17th, 2017

As Allergan and Hologic announce big acquisitions in the medical aesthetics space, Syneron Candela discusses its strategy for competing against these bigger players.

Marie Thibault

This was a big week in the medical aesthetics technology space, with two major medtech companies—Allergan and Hologic—making bids for two different medical aesthetics companies. The proposed acquisitions are clear evidence of interest in the rapidly growing field, but the potential purchases are also likely to impact market dynamics and current players.

One such medical aesthetics player is Syneron Candela. The company offers products used for body shaping, hair removal, and vascular lesions, among other treatments....

February 16th, 2017

A specialty chemical company publicizes a four-step protocol to test materials for resistance to disinfectants, drugs, and the other chemicals found in the hospital environment.

Marie Thibault

In the medical device industry, the importance of choosing materials that can stand up to repeated exposure to harsh chemicals is becoming clear, as MD+DI has reported in the past. The use of strong disinfectants and rigorous sterilization procedures has intensified with healthcare reform and the focus on reducing hospital-acquired infections. Some plastics can crack, change color, become sticky, or even fail in these hospital environments,...

February 14th, 2017

The chief scientist at IBM Commerce Research offers insight into the elements that keep people using their wearables—and the practices that lead to abandonment.

Marie Thibault

Ah, wearables—they grab our attention with their good intentions and slick looks. But all too often, they end up in the wearables graveyard, a drawer with all the other gadgets that failed to become a permanent fixture in our daily lives.

Of course, this isn't the fate of all wearables, but it is a notable challenge. As medical wearables gain steam in the medtech industry, how can designers and developers increase the chance of long-term adoption?

An industry expert, Chandra Narayanaswami, chief scientist and senior manager at IBM Commerce Research, shared lessons learned from IBM...

February 10th, 2017

Follow these tips if you’re trying to land your first job in medtech or transitioning from another industry.

Jamie Hartford


It’s not hard to see why medtech is a great industry in which to stake out a career. Medical device and diagnostics companies pay well—median salary tops $118,000—and job security and job satisfaction among workers is relatively high, according to MD+DI’s 2016 Medtech Salary Survey. But getting your foot in the door at a medtech company isn’t always easy.

At the MD&M West expo in Anaheim, CA, on February 9, three...

February 10th, 2017

New hydrophilic coatings offer convenience, durability, and economic benefits.

Sean Stucke and David Babcock

Glass simulated use models used to evaluate coating integrity for neurovascular catheters, sheaths, and guidewires (left), and peripheral PTA catheters (right).

Hydrophilic coatings are unmatched in their ability to impart a high degree of lubricity to medical devices, and have made a significant contribution to vascular access and patient care....

February 8th, 2017

As the medical device industry advances, plastics used for medical devices must be chemical resistant, able to withstand daily wear and tear, and be optimized for patient safety.

Ellen Turner

Eastman's Tritan material can be used in medical housings.

Today’s material suppliers are challenged to create materials that meet the demands of an evolving medical field. In an increasingly advanced industry, plastics used for medical devices must be able to resist heat, cleaners, and disinfectants, as well as the wear and tear they will experience on a daily basis. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) should consider halogen-free plastics, and opaque offerings should be tough, flame retardant, and available in many...

February 7th, 2017

Edwards Lifesciences, part of the lead pack of companies racing toward a transcatheter mitral valve replacement, announced it has paused its trials for its CardiAQ transcatheter mitral program.

Marie Thibault

The CardiAQ-Edwards transcatheter mitral valve system is undergoing additional design validation testing.

Edward Lifesciences has announced it is pumping the brakes on trials for its CardiAQ-Edwards transcatheter mitral valve system. The pause is the result of a decision to study a valve feature—not identified in more detail—through additional design validation testing, according to management commentary on the company's latest earnings call.

The move to take on more testing resulted from...

February 2nd, 2017

Theft of intellectual property is a real threat in the medical device industry, and cybersecurity is only the first step to protecting precious IP.

Bart Reitter

When we speak with our medical device customers around the world, one of the issues foremost in their minds is the potential for intellectual property (IP) theft. In an industry so heavily dependent on innovation, device companies go to great lengths to safeguard their competitive advantages as each passing year brings new rivals, novel solutions, and greater potential for theft. Whether entering a new market, incorporating connected products to their existing solutions or expanding their distribution network, IP concerns are ever present.

It’s a valid concern, as the economic damage of IP theft is estimated at over $300 billion per year. This...

January 30th, 2017