Marion Webb has been writing about health care issues for nearly two decades as a full-time reporter and freelancer. As the senior business reporter for the San Diego Business Journal, Marion covered new medical innovations at San Diego’s top-ranking research institutions and the medical device and life sciences industry for nearly eight years. She’s also been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles County Medical Association’s Physician Magazine and Physicians News Network focusing on new technologies, practice management, reimbursement and other trendy issues relevant to physician practices and their ability to succeed. She remains fascinated by the ever-growing numbers of innovative products coming out of the medtech sector, from potentially life-saving devices to help treat patients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to medical care to breakthrough technologies that benefit mankind. Marion earned her BA in communications from UC San Diego and continues to enjoy an active lifestyle in San Diego.
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The global market for bone densitometers and bone turnover markers will reach $373.1m by 2023, driven in large part by the rising aging population and rising prevalence of osteoporosis.
The American Society of Breast Surgeons published new guidelines, recommending that genetic testing should be made available to all patients with a history of breast cancer. The new recommendations are not in line with existing guidelines made by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Johnson & Johnson will acquire robotic startup Auris Health for $3.4bn in cash, plus milestones payments of up to $2.4bn. Auris developed the FDA-cleared Monarch platform, which is expected to rival Intuitive Surgical's robotic-assisted bronchoscope device, Ion, awaiting FDA clearance.
In this edition of Device Week, Medtech Insight’s Reed Miller talks to managing editor Marion Webb about the growing interest among investors in "femtech," technology that specifically addresses women's health issues that have been frequently overlooked in the past. And London-based reporter Catherine Longworth addresses the recent media reports that Smith & Nephew may make a bid for spine-device company Nuvasive.
Femtech, which describes digital technologies that aim to improve women's health, is expected to reach $50bn in market size by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan. Reproductive health and menstrual health trackers are two of the fastest-growing sectors in femtech. We've highlighted some of the biggest players in both segments, their innovative business models, plans and also looked at barriers such as privacy issues, accuracy of mobile applications and funding challenges.
Medtronic's Pipeline Flex device is now labeled for treating patients with small or medium wide-necked brain aneurysms following US FDA approval for an expanded indication.