From the Editor

-1
90
30
From the Editor: Medical
Building on Success

From its first issue to today, the mission of Medical Design Briefs has been to provide our design engineering readers with information on the latest technology advances in medical devices, instruments, and systems from sources worldwide. With readers at the front end of the product development process, MDB has helped spark...

From the Editor: Design
Good News/Sad News

For much of our recent Editorial & Sales Meeting, we discussed trends that we are seeing in the marketplace, in the news, and in discussion with contributors to evaluate coverage for this year and to help sharpen our editorial focus for next year. Manufacturing will continue to see greater coverage as we increase the...

From the Editor: AR/AI
Peeking in on Surgery

Virtual reality (VR) is back in the news again with the recent releases of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, which both offer a realistic VR experience powered by a gaming computer. By wearing a somewhat bulky headset, users are able to immerse themselves into a world that allows them to interact with virtual objects with...

From the Editor: Manufacturing & Prototyping

By the time you read this, Robert M. Califf, MD, a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research, and medical economics, will have been installed as the U.S. Food and Drug...

Feature Image
From the Editor: Medical

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select one product from our 12 Products of the Month that they thought was the most significant new introduction to the...

Feature Image
From the Editor: Regulations/Standards
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

According to the late, great David Bowie, “the stars look very different today”. After two years of collecting the 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax, the tax has now been suspended for all of 2016 and 2017 when President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The tax was expected to raise almost $30 billion...

From the Editor: Manufacturing & Prototyping
What Should the Next Generation Study?

For students entering college and for those already enrolled, contradictory messages abound in what type of future they will face upon graduation. Politicians talk about college costs and the crippling debt and lack of jobs that some students face versus the need for college at all. American businesses...

From the Editor: Regulations/Standards
Crowdfunding and the Danger of Unapproved Devices

Crowdfunding is being used every day to raise money for various causes and to aid in the launch of new products. Spurred on by themes such as “Be the change you want to see in the world,” donors feel virtuous for helping to fund a child’s medical bills or helping a non-profit to provide...

From the Editor: Regulations/Standards
There’s an App for That?

Recently, an online discussion board broached the subject of FDA approval for a diagnostic app that might be able to predict when a patient’s condition would relapse. The question postulated whether there was a way to circumvent FDA approval by launching the app in another country and making it available online. And,...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — As Components Shrink, Business Grows

The demand for electronics is growing exponentially. Advances in sensors, integrated circuits, and wireless communications have allowed the design of low-cost, miniature, lightweight, and intelligent devices that can sense, process, and communicate health information through wireless...

From the Editor: Medical
Keeping Up with the FDA

In mid-July, the House of Representatives passed HR 6, also known as the 21st Century Cures Act, which expedites research and development on debilitating diseases and makes it easier to get important treatments to the patients who need them. Among other things, it makes research collaborations easier, reforms and...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — 3D Bioprinting & Socks

A few months ago, I lost my cousin to liver cancer. She was several years older than me — a creative, warm, wise, and welcoming woman who had recently become a grandmother for the second time. In fact, her granddaughter was born the very day she began chemotherapy. I visited her in the hospital just...

From the Editor: Design
Six Words that Can Kill Innovation

While the late great comedian George Carlin had his infamous “Seven Words”, only six words are needed to kill innovation in any industry: “We’ve always done it this way.” How much more might be accomplished if those six words could be replaced with “what if”? What if we tried it this way? What if...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — An Apple a Day Keeps the Researcher Close

You’ve heard the latest Apple Watch claims and seen the advance sales numbers. No stranger to grand pronouncements about their products, this very “personal” one, the company says, can run its own apps, connect with iPhones, and be both a fashion and status statement.

From the Editor: Electronics & Computers

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant new...

Feature Image
From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Changes Afoot at FDA

Recently, FDA commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, announced that she was stepping down at the end of March. One of the longest-serving FDA commissioners, Hamburg started in the position in May of 2009. Her job has been demanding and intense, dealing with everything from the rollout of the Affordable...

From the Editor: Government
From the Editor — Will 2015 Be the Year of the Brain?

In April 2013, President Obama announced a highly ambitious multi-year BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, focused on expanding and revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. The BRAIN Initiative has five participating federal...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Shopping Can Be Hazardous

High prices are not the only things that can cause a shock at the mall. Most stores now have electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates, designed to deter shoplifting. Of course, you may not have noticed them, as they are often covered with signs indicating sales. But for someone with an implanted...

From the Editor: Medical

As of this writing, the midterm election was just held and, as you know, Republicans took control of the Senate while keeping control of the House of Representatives. The United States...

Feature Image
From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — FDA and Industry Finding Common Ground

At the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) conference held in Chicago in October, several FDA officials participated in panel discussions and Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, FDA Commissioner, was a plenary luncheon speaker for an in-depth discussion of how FDA policies are...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Medical Tricorder Coming Closer

One of the largest design contests dollar-wise to improve healthcare in the US is focused on creating a medical diagnostic device inspired by Star Trek®. The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 million multi-year global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Turn On, Set Up, Sync In

In the late 1960s, Timothy Leary advised people to “Turn on, tune in, drop out” by using psychedelic drugs. Fifty years later, the message might be “Turn on, sync in, stay connected 24/7”.

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Remember When?

Remember when you were a child and broke your arm and had to wear a heavy, hot plaster cast in the Summer? Your arm felt heavy and itchy, your muscles atrophied, you had to wear a plastic bag over your cast to shower, and, after a couple of weeks, the cotton padding inside stunk. The only good thing about it,...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Interesting Times, Indeed

There’s an old saying “May you live in interesting times.” While it is meant to sound like a blessing, some say that is actually an ancient curse. Ancient or not, the saying was included by the late Robert F. Kennedy in a 1966 speech to students in Cape Town, South Africa. I was reminded of his...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — But Will We Wear Them?

Speaking at a plenary panel session on Innovations Shaping the Future of Patient Care at Medical World Americas in Houston in April, Dr. Stephen N. Oesterle, Senior Vice President for Medicine and Technology at Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, predicted that implantable and wearable sensor technology will be...

From the Editor: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Transcending Disabilities to Walk and to Dance

Move over Iron Man! There’s a new engineering superhero who’s part bionic, able to change his height, and scale vertical rock and ice walls with a simple change of leg prosthetics that he designed himself. Not only that, but he designs bionic limbs for others, too.

From the Editor: Medical

It was set to be the “next big thing”. Designed to aid patients suffering from resistive hypertension who failed to respond to conventional medical therapy, the stakes were huge for catheter-based...

Feature Image
From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Thinking Warm Thoughts About Trade Shows

While most of the country is in the grip of the polar vortex, I’m thinking warm thoughts about places with palm trees—places like Anaheim, California, where I’ll be this month for MD&M West. February kicks off the first round of medical technology trade shows.

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — The Future Is Here

About a month ago, I had a chance to watch the award-winning documentary “The Incredible Bionic Man,” built entirely of prosthetic parts and implantable synthetic organs by leading scientists and roboticists, and hosted by the Smithsonian Channel. I was transported a future that was barely envisioned by...

Ask the Expert

Ralph Bright on the Power of Power Cords
Feature Image

Understanding power system components and how to connect them correctly is critical to meeting regulatory requirements and designing successful electrical products for worldwide markets. Interpower’s Ralph Bright defines these requirements and explains how to know which cord to select for your application.

Inside Story

Inside Story: Selecting the Best Pump for Your Medical Device
Feature Image

MDB spoke to Rodd Turnquist, National Sales Manager US, OEM Division, WMFTS, to find out more about selecting the best pumps for medical devices and accelerating time to market.

Videos