Patients as Partners in Medical Device Development

Posted by Gaurav Sharma and Heather Strohl | Battelle on November 7, 2017

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Imagine you are paralyzed, and are given the opportunity to regain control of a few key hand gestures. Which ones would you choose first? A tight fist? A handshake?

How about a credit card swipe?

That was the surprising answer Ian Burkhart gave when researchers from Battelle’s NeuroLife team asked him what he would like to work on next. Ian, who was paralyzed in a diving accident in 2011, is the first person to test the NeuroLife technology. Using a chip implanted in Ian’s brain, a sophisticated computer algorithm that interprets brain signals, and a specialized sleeve that sends those signals to Ian’s muscles, NeuroLife has given Ian the ability to consciously control his hand, wrist and fingers.


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A little less conversation (a little more action) in outcomes-based contracts?

Posted by Mary Cummins | Deloitte Consulting LLP on October 27, 2017

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I’m recently back from AdvaMed’s annual conference (The MedTech Conference) where, as always, I was struck by the deep commitment to bring innovation to patients. But innovation is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to medtech offerings, there are many stakeholders who decide if an innovation is going to deliver differentiated results, and what value is merited in return. We highlighted this in our work with AdvaMed and the industry on Effective Value Assessment. And innovation isn’t limited to devices or technology, or even services – innovation can also include novel contracting and business models.

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A Look at the Future of MedTech Regulation: Recap of Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s Plenary Remarks

Posted by Lauren Belisle on October 11, 2017

As a physician, medical policy expert, and public health advocate, Dr. Scott Gottlieb brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to his new role as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). During his plenary remarks at The MedTech Conference, Dr. Gottlieb discussed some of the FDA’s recent achievements, its current priorities and potential opportunities for further regulatory innovation.

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Congratulations to Day Zero Diagnostics - MedTech Innovator 2017 Winner

Posted by Caroline Coulter on October 4, 2017



Selected by an onsite vote of almost 1,500 conference attendees, Boston-based company Day Zero Diagnostics was chosen as the winner of the 2017 MedTech Innovator Global Competition. Through combining genome sequencing and machine learning to battle antimicrobial resistant infections, Day Zero Diagnostics is allowing physicians to shift from broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy to a targeted antibiotic in hours instead of days.

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World of Change Coming for Device Manufacturers: Developments in FDA and International Inspections

Posted by Nathan A. Brown and Howard R. Sklamberg | Akin Gump on September 29, 2017

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Learn more about “World of Change Coming For Device Manufacturers: Developments In FDA And International Inspections,” an article by Akin Gump health care and life sciences partners Nathan Brown and Howard Sklamberg.

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Congratulations to Shift Labs, winner of the Global Health Innovator Award!

Posted by Lauren Belisle on September 29, 2017

Every day, innovative medical technologies make a positive difference in the lives of patients worldwide, but serious barriers often keep the world’s most economically challenged populations from ever seeing those technologies or their benefits. That is why The MedTech Conference added a new Innovations in Global Health Program, aimed at identifying ways to accelerate innovation and support the deployment of affordable and appropriate medical technologies in the developing world. As part of that program, TEAMFund and MedTech Innovator teamed up to present the Global Health Innovator Award to an innovative startup addressing global health needs: Shift Labs.


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The MedTech Conference Day 3 Recap - Fostering Collaboration & Scaling Medical Technology Worldwide

Posted by EIU Healthcare on September 28, 2017

As we’ve seen throughout the course of this year’s The MedTech Conference, ongoing innovation across the industry is both widespread and abundant. With all of the advancements in medical technology and even more groundbreaking developments underway, there is no question that collaboration among entities across the industry can be more impactful in helping facilitate better patient outcomes.

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The MedTech Conference Day 3 - Photo Highlights

Posted by Carly Dell on September 28, 2017

We hope your final day at the conference was great! Check out some photo highlights from day three, including many shots from our plenary sessions, exhibit hall floor and more.

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Social Media Recap: The MedTech Conference Day 3

Posted by Lauren Belisle on September 27, 2017

We hope you enjoyed the last day of The MedTech Conference, and your time in San Jose. Below are some social media highlights from Day 3:

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Can new investors help medtech refill the new product pipeline?

Posted by Pedro Arboleda | Deloitte Consulting LLP on September 27, 2017

This week, several of my colleagues and I are at AdvaMed’s annual MedTech Conference where we are discussing a wide range of topics, including value-based contracting, cybersecurity, and digital health. Earlier today, I led a panel focused on the decline of early-stage investment in medtech, and its impact on startup activity. During the session, we dove into how dwindling investments in those early phases could put future innovation at risk. We also discussed potential strategies for attracting new medtech investors.  

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