Researchers describe the potential of a novel parametric design approach for developing new stent designs faster.

Sanjay Pushparajan, Jaryl Ng Chen Koon, and Dr. Nicolas Foin

Recent advancements in stent development, from drug eluting stents to bioresorbable stents, utilize new materials with distinct properties. With these new materials comes the need for new stent geometries for prototyping and production.

Before a physical stent prototype is created, stent designs are typically drawn and modelled on CAD software like SolidWorks or Rhinoceros3D by a CAD specialist or mechanical engineer. These 3-D models are then exported to and tested virtually with a finite element analysis (FEA) solver like Abaqus. The 3-D models are analysed for...

September 26th, 2016
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Universality inspires commitment from customers, but can also bring rocky relationships. Here's why medical device makers should care about universal design.

Nigel Syrotuck

I’ve always wanted to open an article with a headline along the lines of "The Paradigm Shift is Happening Right Now." In reality, two news stories in the last month prove that paradigm shifts are the last thing people want. They show that universality makes consumers comfortable in their product relationships and resistant to change, even if that change come from a place of greed.

The first news story was the now-infamous EpiPen price hike, where Mylan increased the price of a set of two from around $100 (a few years ago) to closer to $600 for no apparent reason. For most people who use EpiPens,...

September 23rd, 2016
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FDA gave the medtech industry draft guidance on additive manufacturing earlier this year, but how can manufacturers translate the agency's thoughts into their process validation and quality assurance practices? 

Marie Thibault

A few months ago, FDA issued draft guidance on additive manufacturing for medical devices. This document offered industry a better idea of the agency's thinking on the use of 3-D printing and additive manufacturing for devices, but didn't give manufacturers an exact map for navigating these relatively new waters.

As a group of legal experts ...

September 23rd, 2016
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A medtech entrepreneur explains why more medical device startups need to be run lean and the lessons he learned building a lean device company. 

Dr. Shantanu Gaur 

Tech startups have built a whole culture—practically a religion—around running lean and producing high-quality products with minimal capital expenditures. Medtech startups, on the other hand, tend to take on large amounts of investment early on, often before they know their market or what products will best serve that market. 

Of course, information technology and medicine are two different realms, with specific requirements and limitations. However, there's a lot that medical device companies in particular can learn from tech startups when it comes to running...

September 23rd, 2016
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Here's an innovative recipe for shaking up the medical device product development process.

Andrew Hyncik

When it comes to new product development, medtech companies are facing ever stronger headwinds. From higher regulatory hurdles to pricing pressure, or from talent shortages to the need for greater clinical validation, the prospect of shortening development cycles looks bleak.

That is one way of looking at things. Another way is to see an industry ripe for change or even disruption. After all, innovation doesn't apply just to how medical products work, it can also be applicable to how they get developed. 

Companies that are successful in changing how their products get developed stand a greater chance of reaping the rewards...

September 22nd, 2016
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Most medtech professionals say they are happy with their careers. But a minority of employees say they are disenchanted with medical devices and diagnostics. What's behind their dissatisfaction and what industries are they targeting for their next job?

Marie Thibault

The medtech industry has a lot of devotees. In response to MD+DI's 2016 Medtech Salary Survey, many medtech professionals told us that they love the industry for its job security, innovation, and its meaningful impact on patients.

But, as with any industry, not every person surveyed was head over heels for their job in medical devices and diagnostics. In our survey, we asked whether...

September 21st, 2016
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As device manufacturers try to improve cybersecurity, they need to consider how users might perceive and react to security measures.

T. Grant Leffingwell

Digital medical devices continue to grow in complexity and as such, cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important. Medical device manufacturers are developing sophisticated ways to ensure the digital integrity of their devices as well as the confidentiality of the information they contain or transmit.

With this increased focus on cybersecurity, it is imperative for manufacturers to consider how such security measures impact usability. This is especially important because poor usability in a medical device can result in harm.

It can be challenging to determine how to balance...

September 19th, 2016
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If financing weren't an issue, regulatory hurdles were absent, and reimbursement were guaranteed, what dream medical device would you design?

MD+DI is launching our fourth Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge, a contest of bold ideas and limitless possibilities.

The idea is simple: If financing weren't an issue, regulatory hurdles were absent, and reimbursement were guaranteed, what dream medical device would you design?

To enter, fill out the form below. Along with written answers to the questions, please submit a good-quality rendering or image of the device you are dreaming up.

MD+DI's editors will narrow the field to a maximum of 10 finalists, and our panel of esteemed judges will select the...

September 19th, 2016
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To survive past launch, mobile health products must show strong evidence across clinical outcomes, usability/workflow, security, scalability, and economic value.

Anand K. Iyer, PhD, MBA

 

Mobile health continues to attract startups and developers. The space is still new and exciting, and the needs it can help address are vast. So, how do you ensure that your company’s mobile health application rises above the fray?

If your organization is developing a wellness ...

September 16th, 2016
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The team works with materials from companies like DuPont, Van den Brand said. "[DuPont] develop[s] materials that inherently have better washability than normal printing materials." 

The next step in the manufacturing process requires printing of circuitry patterns, Van den Brand said. This photo shows the base circuit patterns for an electronic circuit. 

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September 16th, 2016
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