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Voters Likely To Pick And Choose Among Device Industry Favorites In Close Races

Among the very tight Republican and Democrat contests anticipated in this November’s US midterm elections are more than a few device industry-favored candidates, according to a review of the incumbents’ voting records and recent polling data.

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Market Intel: Digital Tech At The Heart Of Cardiology Innovation

Digital health technologies from smartphone applications, wearables, digital weight scales and telehealth are rapidly changing the landscape of cardiac care, offering new tools for engaging cardiology patients and enhancing cardiologists' workflows. There is a lot of hype, but also some real promise. Here's a look at what's happening and some expert insights on the benefits and challenges these new innovations represent, as well as market projections. Digital health was a major topic of discussion by cardiologists and entrepreneurs during this year's Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in San Diego. This is the second in a series of articles on the future of cardiovascular technology, spotlighting discussion and presentations from TCT.

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European Commission Sheds Light On MDR/IVDR Progress In Vital Update

A new "rolling plan" provides deadlines for implementing actions, and other efforts, that are necessary to get the new EU Medical Device and IVD Regulations off the ground.

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Q&A: Ireland's Success In Attracting Medtech Companies

Medtech Insight talked to Rachel Shelly, the Head of Medical Technologies for IDA Ireland, about the Irish government's continuing efforts to attract medtech companies, the implications of Brexit, and the growing emphasis on data-analytics within the medtech industry in Ireland.

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QUOTED. Oct. 19, 2018. David Skibinski.

SnapMD CEO David Skibinski is very bullish about the central role telehealth will play in cardiology and health care more generally. See what he has to say here.

 

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Getting The Words Right: Device Documentation And Translation in Asia

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Although the medical device sector has seen increasing harmonization of regulations both globally and regionally, market-entry requirements in Asia still retain a significant degree of localization, particularly as they relate to product labeling and documentation.

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  • The role and limitations of localizing software
  • Opportunities to translate for growth

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Proposed 510(k) Changes Elicit Some Industry Skepticism

Two 510(k) pilots from US FDA indicate the agency's desire for faster, easier clearances. But some observers aren’t sure if they’ll lead to real improvements.

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Alzheimer's Is A Repeat Target For FDA Breakthrough Device Path

NeuroDiagnostics LLC said its investigational Alzheimer's disease test had been designated by US FDA as a Breakthrough Device. This is at least the third company to achieve that recognition for technology targeting Alzheimer's this year.

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Hong Kong Medtech Regulators Face Need For System Update

Speed and efficiency are apparently on the minds of Hong Kong's regulators, who have proposed to shorten approval times for medical device registrations, and are considering granting earlier approvals, subject to certain criteria. Stakeholders are showing guarded optimism in early responses.

 

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Device-Makers Need Open Up More On Cybersecurity In Pre-Market, Draft Guidance Says

A new update to the pre-market cybersecurity guidance issued four years ago reflects how US FDA's thinking on the issue has evolved, as more cases of device vulnerabilities have surfaced. Among the key updates are recommendations for sponsors to submit a cybersecurity "bill of materials" in product labeling to better coordinate with end-users and to use a two-tiered risk management approach.

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US FDA Shelves Proposal To Mandate Home-Use Device E-Labeling

A controversial 2016 proposed rule that would have required manufacturers of many class II and class III home-use devices to electronically submit device labeling information to US FDA will not be finalized, the agency affirmed in the Oct. 17 HHS Unified Agenda document. The agency also signaled plans to imminently finalize a broad device classification rule, and other updates.

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Warning Letter Roundup & Recap – Oct. 17, 2018

No device-related warning letters were released by US FDA the week of Oct. 17.

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Australia Requires Patient Cards With All New Implants From Dec. 1

Requirements relating to patient cards and information leaflets for all implantable medical devices are based on the new EU medtech rules, but Australia has chosen to implement these earlier to address consumer information gaps.
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CMS Will Assess Add-On Pay Candidates In December

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will hold a town hall in early December to discuss FY 2020 applications for new add-on payments for technologies under the hospital inpatient prospective payment system.

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FDA Hasn't Publicly Released A Device-Related Close-Out Letter For 5 Months, Defeating Purpose Of Program

Medical device manufacturers under the dark cloud of a US FDA warning letter work hard to close them out, and, importantly, receive a close-out letter from the agency that is posted online for everyone to see. Yet FDA hasn't publicly released such a missive to device companies since May – the longest gap since the close-out program began in 2010. FDA says it's aware of the problem.

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Device Week, Sept. 21, 2018 – Medtech’s Next Top Maturity Model, Part 4

Medtech Insight’s Shawn M. Schmitt talks about Part 4 of “Medtech’s Next Top Maturity Model,” his feature series on the appraisal of device-makers’ manufacturing capability and maturity. This episode focuses on appraisers affiliated with Pittsburgh's CMMI Institute and describes the hurdles they must clear to be part of a US FDA pilot program that uses an industry-tailored version of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) framework.

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Assessing A Device-Maker's Manufacturing Capability Is Serious Business For These 2 Longtime CMMI Appraisers. Here’s Their Story

From training classes to onsite observations, two lead appraisers affiliated with Pittsburgh's CMMI Institute describe the high hurdles they jumped to be part of a flourishing US FDA pilot program that aims to elevate product, manufacturing and process quality at device firms. The pilot uses an industry-tailored version of the tried-and-true Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) framework that's been around for decades. Beth Layman, an appraiser who has assessed more than a hundred companies in a variety of industries, says appraisers can't just be book-smart – rather, they must also possess a select set of personal skills, including flexibility and open-mindedness. Her fellow appraiser Thayne Hill, who "was there in the early days" of the Capability Maturity Model, says device-makers are often leery of appraisers because of past negative interactions with regulators, which can make his job challenging.

The fourth of a multi-part Medtech Insight feature series on the appraisal of manufacturing capability and maturity, and what it means for the medical device industry.

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Device Week, Oct. 18, 2018 – Digital Health Market Intelligence; New Blood Therapies Harvested From The Ocean

In this edition of Device Week, Medtech Insight's Marion Webb gives an overview of her new Market Intelligence article on innovative digital technologies applied to cardiology and Catherine Longworth reports on a Hermarina – a company in Brittany helping to build France's "blue economy" based on marine resources – which has developed several products, including a blood-replacement therapy, from a certain type of sandworm.

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Philips Goes Fishing For Start-Ups With Healthtech AI Ambitions

Royal Philips has launched a global artificial intelligence collaboration program with start-up companies that will allow innovators in the area to work with the group's global innovation hubs. The company is looking to build and scale promising ideas and consider them for further collaboration.

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Apple And Zimmer Biomet To Study Patient Experience With Joint Replacement Surgery

The study will evaluate Zimmer Biomet's mymobility app on the Apple Watch and iPhone to guide patients undergoing knee or hip surgery through both pre- and post-op care.

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Sequana Medical Pumped About NASH's Market Potential

Following a fresh injection of funding, Sequana Medical is gearing up to grow its European business and begin a pivotal US study for alfapump, its implantable, automated pump for the continual removal of ascites. The Belgian company is positioning itself as a key player in the growing liver disease treatment market.

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Execs On The Move: Promotions At BD, Abbott, LuxCath and Varian Medical

Recent moves up the ladder: new COOs at Beckton Dickinson and Abbott, a chief technology officer at LuxCath, and a chief growth officer at Varian Medical. In addition, the chairman of BTG announced his decision to depart at the end of the year.

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Robert Ford Steps Up At Abbott Labs

The company's device business chief is expanding his portfolio as Abbott's new president and chief operating officer, leading to some speculation that he is being positioned to be the next CEO.

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Medtech Money Flow: M&A And VC Deals, Oct. 8 - 14, 2018

This edition of Medtech Money Flow rounds up the M&A and venture financing deals, as recorded in our M&A and VC Deal Trackers, between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14. 
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Results Recap: Neovasc's Tiara TMVR Succeeds In 12 Patients

Results Recap is Medtech Insight's exclusive summary of clinical trial results that have been announced or published in the past week, based on information collected by Meddevicetracker. This week's edition covers the week of Oct. 12 - Oct. 18, including trial announcements from PositiveID, Smart Meter, Access Vascular, and Neovasc.

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Global Device Approvals, Weekly Snapshot: Diabetes Tech In Canada

A snapshot of global medical device approvals captured during the past week in Medtech Insight's Approvals Tracker. Among the four added this week, Tandem Diabetes and Medtronic both gained integrated insulin pump system approvals in Canada.

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Starts & Stops: Abbott And Edwards Update TAVR Trials; Enrollment Complete In Medtronic Resolute Onyx High-Risk Trial

Starts & Stops compiles all the clinical trial announcements, initiations, completions and suspensions tracked by Meddevicetracker. This edition covers trial announcements made Oct. 8 through Oct. 14, including trial announcements from Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic, Edwards Lifesciences, Carag AG, DJO Global, RTI Surgical, and Terumo.

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Temple Hopes To Be Center Of New Medtech Boom In Texas

Temple, Texas, is not the first place that comes to mind as a medtech industry hotspot, but the small city wants to be the anchor of a "medtech triangle" in central Texas. It currently boasts the 5,000-square foot Temple Health and Bioscience District facility with space, equipment, guidance and networking opportunities for medtech start-ups. The hope is it will grow and attract investment and more high-paying jobs.

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Exec Chat: Billy Cohn Talks About His J&J Play In Texas

The surgeon and serial device inventor has been getting Johnson & Johnson's Center for Device Innovation off the ground this year on the vast Texas Medical Center complex, and he says it's like nothing he has ever experienced.

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Q3 US Device Approvals Snapshot: Apps Up, Original PMAs Down

Mobile apps made major headway into the world of US FDA regulation in the third quarter, with de novo go-aheads for two Apple Watch heart-rhythm apps and the first FDA approval of a smartphone app to support contraception. Meanwhile, original PMA-approval volumes continue to lag in 2018. Here's an infographic to spotlight US device approval trends during the third quarter, July through September.

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Global Device Approvals, Weekly Snapshot: Seeing And Hearing

A snapshot of global medical device approvals captured during the past week in Medtech Insight's Approvals Tracker. A smart contact lens, self-fitting hearing aid and laser eye surgery device are among the new additions to the tracker.

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