Access is everything when it comes to achieving success in emerging market economies. Here are the challenges and ways to overcome hurdles in emerging markets, and why it may be time for medical device companies to employ a Chief Access Officer.

Robert Hall

It’s been three years since the emerging markets overtook the EU5 economies (Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Spain) in healthcare spending. In pharma alone, the emerging markets boast a total market size of $281 billion compared with the EU5’s $196 billion in 2014. As developed economies continue to squeeze healthcare funding, governments in many emerging markets are making healthcare a priority. They are investing in infrastructure, funding...

March 30th, 2017
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Medical technology continues to lead other fields in terms of commercialization, as medical technology innovators remained at the top of the European Patent Office's patent protection rankings last year. 

Thomas Prock

The recent publication of the European Patent Office’s Annual Report shows that medical technology continues to lead other fields in terms of commercialization, as medical technology innovators remained at the top of the patent protection rankings last year. In 2016, more European patent applications were filed for medical technology than for any other type of technology, including digital communication, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Medical technology has led the pack since 2007, when it first overtook computer technology as the field with most...

March 28th, 2017
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The impending fourth wave of digital technology—connected wearable devices—will have profound effects on the art and science of medicine. A surgeon and innovator considers the near future to forecast what may soon be available to patients and clinicians.

Alec Bari, MD

Evena Medical's clinical AR glasses platform enables bedside nurses to see "through" a patient's skin, making it easier to see and access hard-to-locate veins.

As startups lead the way and major players make moves to enter the market, connected healthcare is poised to advance from imagination to reality. Augmented reality (AR), wearables, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to have a major impact on healthcare delivery in the next few...

March 28th, 2017
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Not paying down technical debt in a timely fashion can bankrupt your product.

Andrew Dallas

Often during the research phase of medical technology or device development, software is more of an evolved entity than a well-designed one. Later, during commercial development, time and budget may lead to re-use of that software as well as taking shortcuts in the implementation rather than coding “the right way.” The accumulation of these compromises is known as technical debt. Technical debt has a tangible financial cost to the product throughout its life cycle. If the technical debt isn’t “paid off” judiciously, it can bankrupt a product.

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March 27th, 2017
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Find out which medtech companies advanced to the next round of our startup tournament. It's time for you to weigh in again!

Marie Thibault

Our Medtech Startup Showdown is underway and readers have voted for their favorites companies from Round 1 of the tournament. Now, it's time for Round 2!

This week, these eight remaining companies will face off against each other: Applied Nanoscience Inc., Linear Health Sciences, PAVmed Inc., Acutus Medical, Admetsys, NeoLight, MedicusTek USA Corporation, and UVision 360.

Round 2 voting will be open until end of day on Sunday, April 2. Round 3 will...

March 27th, 2017
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Applied Nanoscience Inc.

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Linear Health Sciences

 

 

Describe your device and how it will benefit healthcare.

 

 

 

 

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March 27th, 2017
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PAVmed Inc.

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Acutus Medical

 

 

Describe your device and how it will benefit healthcare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 27th, 2017
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Admetsys

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NeoLight

 

 

 

Describe your device and how it will benefit healthcare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 27th, 2017
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MedicusTek USA Corp.

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UVision 360

 

 

 

Describe your device and how it will benefit healthcare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 27th, 2017
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A look at the current patent landscape in the field of robotic-assisted surgery, a rapidly growing area of medical technology.

David Cohen, PhD

The field of robotic-assisted surgery is growing as companies like TransEnterix and Zimmer Biomet develop offerings.

Patents directed toward robotic devices and systems that assist in surgical procedures began to appear about 30 years ago, filed by companies like Computer Motion, IBM, Ichikoh Industries, and others. A current overview of the robotic surgical space shows there are about 100 companies, universities, and research institutes that own more than 1000 issued U.S....

March 26th, 2017
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