A cardiologist and electrophysiologist familiar with Boston Scientific's novel products bets one has a very bright future ahead. 

Arundhati Parmar

Boston Scientific had a great 2014, and many Wall Street analysts have high hopes for the company this year given the slate of new and novel products that the Massachusetts device maker is introducing.

Two of those novel products are the S-ICD or the percutaneous ICD that has no leads in the heart, often considered the weakest link in an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, and the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage closure device.

One physician, however, believes that while the latter has huge potential for growth because it...

April 16th, 2015
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Essure Permanent Birth Control

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Critics Say:

It is estimated that 85% of surgeries using Infuse were performed off-label. Unfortunately, the off-label use of Infuse causes an over-promotion of bone growth which leads to significant nerve damage, even paralysis.”

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Manufacturer Says:

... we strongly believe that the safety profile reported to the FDA and summarized in the product label support the safe use of rhBMP-2 for the identified indications. ”

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April 15th, 2015
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These medical devices have recently drawn the ire of patient safety advocates, but manufacturers don't agree that the products should be recalled or banned.

Marie Thibault

 

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April 15th, 2015
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IBM is entering healthcare by leveraging its Big Data capabilities and cloud platform, and partnering with Apple, J&J and Medtronic. Why is the partnership notable?

Arundhati Parmar

By now, you already know the basic announcement from International Business Machines.

The technology giant is formally entering the healthcare market by launching the Watson Health Cloud, a secure and open platform for physicians, researchers, insurers and companies engaged in creating health and wellness solutions. It is also leveraging its Big Data analytics capabilities and partnering with medtech heavyweights like Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, as well as Apple in...

April 15th, 2015
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A cartoon usurps Aesop's tortoise and the hare tale to humorously capture the difference between traditional medtech firms and their upstart wearable devices brethren. 

Arundhati Parmar

A healthcare futurist a few years ago declared that Silicon Valley has set its sights on the medtech industry.

They see it as slow and ripe for disruption. He wasn't wrong given how nontraditional companies like Apple, Google and Samsung are innovating in healthcare.

Perhaps the best description of the divide between the latest hot new healthcare trend - wearables - and medtech if we are to separate the sides into two distinct, battling camps comes from this cartoon...

April 14th, 2015
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In J&J's quarterly earnings call, CEO Dominic Caruso expounds on the conglomerate's approach to acquisitions. 

Arundhati Parmar

Just over a month ago, Financial Times reported that Johnson & Johnson was nearing a deal for Pharmacyclics, a cancer-drug maker. That was before AbbVie apparently swooped in and beat the New Jersey conglomerate by pocketing the company for $21 billion. 

The last mega deal Johnson & Johnson did was back in 2012 when it bought orthopedics company Synthes for $19.7 billion.

In its first-quarter conference call with analysts Monday, Johnson & Johnson's CEO - Dominic Caruso - was asked if the company had an appetite for large acquisitions...

April 14th, 2015
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Silicon Valley

As the center of the tech universe, Silicon Valley is a draw for big dreamers with STEM degrees—biomedical engineers among them. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area is home to the fourth-highest concentration of biomedical engineering jobs and offers the second-highest annual mean wage in the country.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 820

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.84

Annual Mean Wage: $117,620 (28% higher than the national mean)

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April 14th, 2015
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San Francisco

San Francisco is famous for its fog and counterculture roots, but Silicon Valley’s urban neighbor is also world-renowned as a center for technology innovation. Biomedical engineers who live here may find opportunities with the many startups that take root in the Bay Area.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 610

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.57

Annual Mean Wage: $104,890 (14% higher than the national mean)

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April 14th, 2015
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Minneapolis-St. Paul

Some of the biggest names in the medical device industry have a presence in the Twin Cities area, making it a great place to be a biomedical engineer. Those who can brave the long, cold winters are rewarded with an annual mean wage well above the national average for the occupation.

Biomedical Engineer Employment: 810

Employment per 1000 Jobs: 0.44

Annual Mean Wage: $112,960 (23% higher than the national mean)

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April 14th, 2015
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