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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This year's annual American Association of Neurological Surgeons conference offered neurosurgeons and allied health professionals five days of clinical trial news, seminars and live-streaming videos to learn about the latest developments in their field. Medtech Insight had an ear close to the ground, posting Tweets on some of the latest technologies, including robotic-assisted microscopes, showcased by exhibiting companies. Here is a round-up of the best of the Tweets and updates from company executives.
Zimmer Biomet announced today it entered into a partnership with the European Pathway Association, a not-for-profit group that evaluates care pathways, to study patients with fragile hip fractures, understand the care process, and improve outcomes.
Device Week, April 10, 2019 – Alcon Is Finally Free From Novartis; EOS Promotes 3D Ortho-Imaging At AAOS
In this edition of Device Week, Catherine Longworth reports on eye-care giant Alcon's $28bn spin-off from Novartis. Marion Webb reviews her interview with executives from EOS imaging SA, a developer of imaging medical devices for orthopedics.
EOS imaging launched its web-based 3D surgical planning software at the AAOS conference, the biggest annual gathering of orthopedic surgeons. Medtech Insight takes a closer look at EOS's marketing plans as well as its other services and products, including its core product: a low-dose, full-body and stereo-radiographic imaging system that scans patients in the standing position. It's used in the US by several radiologists to monitor pediatric patients.
Global sales of cochlear implants are expected to reach $1.8bn by 2023, at a CAGR of 8.6%, driven by miniaturized yet powerful systems that help the growing number of people with severe hearing loss reconnect with the world around them. This market is led by Cochlear Ltd. and two other players, Advanced Bionics/Sonova and MED-EL, which continue to innovate and expand into key markets, such as older adults. Lack of awareness and high cost remain some of the biggest challenges.
Surgical robotics giant Intuitive Surgical will soon face competition from Medtronic and Verb Surgical. With the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) annual meeting on the way in Baltimore, MD this week, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen offers an outlook on competitive robotic systems and the rising popularity by surgeons to use robotics systems in hernia, bariatric, cholecystectomy and colorectal procedures.