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Join the conversation! Medical Design Briefs' Editor Sherrie Trigg provides her take on today’s innovative technology developments and the topics most important to you.

Blog: Design
Staying relevant in the medical device industry requires operating “with real-time information, comprehensive capabilities, and a global physical infrastructure to deliver speed, scope, and scale to keep pace in this rapidly changing market.”
From the Editor: Wearables

With increasing investments in R&D to develop self-healing, comfortable monitoring systems, a recent report indicates that electronic skin is gaining...

From the Editor: Medical

Manufacturers are focused on improving their design processes far more than on improving their design tools, according to a recent study.

Blog: Medical

“Opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction has become one of the most profound public health crises facing the U.S. today,” says Jeffrey Shuren, FDA, CDRH....

Blog: Design

Medical device companies have challenged thousands of patents using the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) administrative adjudication system. Introduced in 2012,...

From the Editor: FDA/Regulatory

The test phase of FDA’s Software Precertification (Pre-Cert) Program has hit its halfway point. The agency has released an update on its progress and the...

From the Editor: FDA/Regulatory

In the spirit of promoting public transparency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health is taking a number of...

From the Editor: Medical

Political uncertainty will be the biggest factor that could upend healthcare transactions according to a recent Merrill InsightTM poll of global mergers and...

From the Editor: Design

A new house bill is set to end the medical device tax once and for all. H.R. 2207 was introduced in April — it’s goal to permanently repeal the...

From the Editor: Medical

Spurring Innovation of Brain-Computer Interface Devices FDA is continuing to encourage innovation in novel areas — the latest being novel brain implants, often...

From the Editor: FDA/Regulatory

When digital devices and technologies became the rule rather than the exception, FDA had to rethink its regulatory framework and evaluation process...

From the Editor: FDA/Regulatory

Making changes to a regulatory process is usually difficult, slow, and often painful — after all, it involves lots of bureaucracy and many “cooks in the kitchen.” But...

From the Editor: Internet of Things

The IoMT has ushered in a new era for connected medical technology. But battery life is often mentioned as one of the impediments to the...

From the Editor: Medical

With a 2020 deadline looming for the European Union’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR), medical device makers “lack understanding of the new rules...

From the Editor: Medical

In September, FDA granted de novo classification to two apps offered in the new Apple Watch Series 4, which the tech giant says have been “redesigned and...

From the Editor: FDA/Regulatory

Earlier this year, FDA sent a challenge to the medical device industry: develop devices and diagnostics to help combat, prevent, and treat the opioid...

From the Editor: Medical

New research has confirmed what device companies have been saying since the medical device excise tax was imposed on medical devices as part of the Affordable Care...

From the Editor: AR/AI

The medical device industry’s active M&A market and uncrowded investment space make it attractive for investors looking to...

From the Editor: Medical

I am truly excited about this month’s inaugural MedInnovation conference. It’s goal is to present a roadmap for getting innovative — and by that, I mean game...

From the Editor: AR/AI

A virtual reality system for training surgeons is gaining traction with major medical device companies looking to mitigate misuse and liability...

From the Editor: Medical

A new interactive conference will address key strategies for the commercialization of emerging medical technologies, and its unique...

From the Editor: Motion Control

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to cast their ballot to choose from our 12 Products of the Month the technology they felt was the most significant new introduction to the design...

From the Editor: FDA/Regulatory

FDA is monitoring the emerging field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, an area FDA once considered a “futuristic technology on the distant...

From the Editor: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The integration of robotics into medical devices has seen explosive growth in recent years with new applications in areas such as prosthetics and...

From the Editor: Medical

FDA has qualified the first tool under its new Medical Device Development Tool (MDDT) program. According to AAMI, after some 20 years of use, manufacturers of devices...

From the Editor: Medical

In this world of increasingly smart technology, the one place that interconnectivity is critical is in healthcare. Patients and their care givers should be confident that the...

From the Editor: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The Future of Medical Manufacturing implementing automation. It is embracing 3D printing, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), and even augmented reality...

From the Editor: Medical

As 2016 came to a close, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392–26, and the Senate passed it by a vote of...

From the Editor: Medical

In late August, short-selling investment firm Muddy Waters issued an alarming report claiming that St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers, ICDs, and CRTs “should be...

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