You may have noticed that there have been some changes afoot at Medical Design Briefs. I’m very pleased to have been come aboard as the new Editor effective with the August 2012 issue. It’s an exciting time for the magazine, having just completed its first full year as a monthly, and experiencing rapid growth.

altA little about me: I am an award-winning editor with more than 20 years of editorial research, writing, and magazine publishing experience in the fields of drug discovery, biomedical research, laboratory management, science, engineering, and business.

My goal is to continue the high standards previously set while striving to raise the magazine’s standards, reputation, and visibility even further to best serve readers. To do this, I have begun to expand the editorial content in some issues with more technical and overview articles included. The editorial focus will be sharper than ever and we have added several new editorial categories based on trends and reader requests. Last month, we added our first Annual Product Buyer’s Guide with nearly 500 listings.

When you go to the Web site, www.medicaldesignbriefs.com, you will see that research news items are posted frequently. We’ve added twice monthly industry news updates as well on leadership changes, expansions, moves, mergers, acquisitions, collaborations, and more. Are you aware that there’s a medical design-specific INSIDER E-News - letter? You can sign up for that on the home page as well. And we’ll be posting a Question of the Month in E-Newsletters with some of your responses posted in subsequent newsletters, and/or online.

The New Products section will now feature a Product of the Month chosen from the products listed that month. Considerations will include product features, technical merit, and practical value for our design engineering readers. Monthly finalists will receive a plaque. In December, we’ll ask you, our readers, to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant introduction to the medical design engineering community in 2013. The product receiving the most votes will be named Medical Design Briefs’ Readers’ Choice Product of the Year and will be announced early next year.

Expect more free webinars available with a medical design focus and spend some time hearing from and interacting with top experts and practitioners covering a range of topics including industry best practices, emerging trends, and regulatory issues, as well as the newest technical advances that you can implement in your designs.

Got just a few minutes? On the Web site, check out a Tech Talk, a 10-minute narrated presentation from industry experts on a range of topics; download a topical white paper; or tune in to Tech Briefs TV, where you can view a variety of short video clips of the newest research projects and products in action.

Cheers,

Beth G. Sisk

Editor