Varian Medical Systems presents its newest linear accelerator, the VitalBeam, and discusses its potential as a “cost competitive option.”

Marie Thibault

The VitalBeam linear accelerator is the newest addition to Varian Medical Systems' product portfolio.

Varian Medical Systems, the largest player in the linear accelerator (linac) market, has added another system to its lineup. During the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) annual meeting, held recently in Barcelona, the company presented its VitalBeam linac. The system, which is awaiting CE Mark and FDA 510(k) clearance, is expected to be targeted at centers in the emerging markets.

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April 30th, 2015
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Patient-led initiatives are engineering improvements to medical devices and companies looking to catch up will need to apply significant rigor to risk management, hazards identification, and user testing processes.

Mike Dunkley and Samantha Katz

There are two sides to medical device hacking.

On one hand, there is justifiable concern that nefarious objectives could motivate hacking wireless medical devices, which may include gaining unauthorized access to private patient data, or in an extreme example, the potential to assassinate a sitting Vice President (in the case of Dick Cheney’s implantable defibrillator).

On the other hand, the rise of the maker-culture coupled with...

April 29th, 2015
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On the first quarter earnings call, Boston Scientific’s CEO discussed the company’s strategy of signing distribution agreements to drive market leadership.

Marie Thibault

Boston Scientific’s Vercise DBS System is part of the company’s collaboration agreement with Brainlab AG.

While much of the medical device industry has traditionally focused on mergers and acquisitions to gain stronger market positions, Boston Scientific has also been employing distribution agreements and sales collaborations to extend its market reach.

The company has partnerships with C.R. Bard, Frankenman, and most recently, Brainlab AG. Under...

April 28th, 2015
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The newest class of startups from NYC-based Blueprint Health debuted at the accelerator's Demo Day on April 24. These young companies are focused on improving patient care, speeding personalized therapies, and increasing revenue for physicians and hospitals.  

Marie Thibault

 

The latest healthcare startups are fixated on giving physicians and hospitals the tools to offer better patient care in a faster, more convenient way. Oh, and they're making sure these stakeholders can bring in more revenue or save money at the same time. 

Hundreds of healthcare-savvy folks crowded into the City Winery in NYC's SoHo neighborhood on April 24, eager to hear from the new graduates of Blueprint Health's...

April 27th, 2015
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Tech experts have done a teardown of the Apple Watch to reveal an unactivated pulse oximeter. What could this mean?

Arundhati Parmar

Last year, Apple met with FDA and hired several medtech talent including biomedical engineers from Vital Connect, Masimo Corp, Sano Intelligence and O2 MedTech.

Those were reported well before the launch of the Apple Watch late last year. Given that context some were disappointed that the Apple Watch, it's heart rate monitor functions aside, would provide...

April 27th, 2015
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Do recent comments from C.R. Bard's CEO mean a transaction could be on the way soon?

Marie Thibault

 

For the past year, as other large medical device companies undertook major acquisitions and mergers, C.R. Bard had no new transactions to announce. But now, the company's chief executive officer may have publicly hinted that a deal announcement could be coming.

"There is [a] lot of things going on right now, and I wouldn't be surprised if you start hearing more from us soon about those kind of things, but again you got to have two sides to agree and we're very active right now. So we'll let you know as things occur," C.R. Bard chairman and CEO Timothy Ring told analysts during an April 23 earnings call, according to a...

April 24th, 2015
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Daniel Starks is remarkably disciplined in his communications with analysts and prefers to keep many things close to his vest even if its means declining to answer questions repeatedly.   

Arundhati Parmar

St. Jude Medical's CEO Daniel Starks would make for a fascinating interview.

His view of the medtech industry and where it is going and how to succeed in a paradigm-shifting marketplace is decidedly different from say that of Medtronic's CEO, Omar Ishrak. And I have been longing for a deep dive with Starks, similar to the one I had with Ishrak back in 2011.

But so far...

April 23rd, 2015
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Marie Thibault

 

Here at MD+DI, we love medical devices and advances in healthcare technology. Innovative medical devices have helped us live longer, more enjoyable lives.

But unfortunately, a few devices have attracted the ire of some patients and activists for what they allege is causing more harm than good. We've gathered five devices and device categories that have been the subject of negative headlines recently.

Do you agree with the patients or the companies? Do you think these devices are safe? Tell us in the comments below.

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April 22nd, 2015
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Medical device companies need a superior product and patent protection for their medical devices and related methods of use, but also need to consider a few key factors about U.S. and international patents.

Gabriela I. Coman

Medical devices, from bandages to replacement heart valves and surgical robots, as well as methods of using such medical devices and related surgeries have become part of our everyday life and are essential elements of modern medical care. Medical devices are also part of a highly competitive and litigious environment, especially when competitors enter the market.

To be successful in today’s marketplace, a medical device company needs a superior product and patent protection for its medical device and related methods of use, both in the United States and abroad.

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April 22nd, 2015
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Be sure to take advantage of these opportunities at the MD&M East conference and exposition in New York City June 9–11, 2015.

Jamie Hartford

New York City will again play host to the best and brightest minds in medtech when the industry gathers at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center June 9–11, 2015, for the MD&M East conference and exposition. This three-day interactive event will feature live demonstrations, education programs, and other opportunities you won’t want to miss. Here are a few things we recommend checking out.

Keynotes from Industry Leaders

Anchoring this year’s...

April 21st, 2015
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