Is there room for companies to take a holistic approach to the opioid epidemic that combines devices and non-opioid pharmacologic pain management? Pacira and Myoscience are going to find out.
The year 1977 was momentous not only as the year that the personal computer revolution began, but also as the first time that the world saw whole-body MRI images. Now, this magnetic field and radio wave-based technology is a staple of medical imaging, used to noninvasively diagnose a variety of conditions ranging from torn ligaments to tumors.
“OtoSet: Sonicare for the Ears” An Arizona-based medical device start-up SafKan Inc is pursuing an alternative to the current standard-of-care for excess or impacted earwax— unchallenged for nearly two centuries—with the world’s first automated ear cleaning device for clinical use, the OtoSet. In this interview, co-founder and CEO Sahil Diwan talks about his experiences in co-founding the company and what’s next for SafKan.
In the early 50s, American surgeon Charles Hufnagel, MD began saving lives with a first-of-its-kind plastic aortic assist valve. Today, thanks to this pioneering work, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is firmly established as a safe and effective procedure for treating symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis. And, the transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) space is advancing quickly.
As recently as 15 years ago, acute ischemic stroke patients had few treatment options. The arrival of the pioneering—and at the time, controversial—MERCI Retrieval System on the US market in 2004 served to transform the treatment paradigm for this devastating and costly condition by offering physicians and patients a long-awaited fast-acting, life-saving intervention.
“When One Door Closes Another Door Opens: The Story of Telluride Medical Partners.” Emerging Arizona-based medical device accelerator Telluride Medical Partners LLC (TMP) is comprised of business entrepreneurs, medical device start-up experts, and medtech engineers who are committed to bringing disruptive technologies to market. In this candid interview, Founder and CEO Eric Wells talks about his early career, his experiences in founding the company, and what’s next for TMP.
In this new installment of his series of interviews on corporate governance in medtech, DeNovo Ventures’ Managing Director Joe Mandato speaks with Jay Watkins, also a Managing Director at De Novo Ventures and at Curation Capital. Jay has served in multiple board roles and shares his insights on what makes a good board tick.
Competitors in the diabetes market are working to meet consumer demand for more digitally integrated and interconnected diabetes management solutions, and collaborations among the various participants represent the new norm in this industry. In this ICYMI, Big pharma Eli Lilly partners with medtech to shift its diabetes focus from molecules to outcomes.
“Sana’s Wearable Solution for Chronic Pain” Boulder, CO-based start-up Sana Health is taking on one of the biggest health crises in the world today: opioid use, as part of a larger mission to redefine the way pain is treated. Sana’s novel FlowState technology induces deep relaxation, promotes neuroplasticity, reduces pain, and triggers sleep in as little as 10 minutes. In this interview, Founder Richard Hanbury talks about his experiences in founding the company and what’s next for Sana Health.
As noted in previous posts here on the Community Blog, dialysis is a therapy whose time has come, and disruptive innovation is needed. In a first-of-its-kind partnership between the US Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology, the ongoing KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis prize competition is looking to spur medtech innovation that completely disrupts the way kidney failure is treated.
Driven by his passion to take care of the people who willingly put their lives on the line, Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium’s COO, William Howell, talks to the Community Blog about the goals of MTEC, and cutting-edge biomedical research that has recently received funding through this US Army organization. Although research is primarily focused on restoring function to severely injured soldiers, many of the medical technologies originally developed by or with funding support from the US military are also impacting the lives of millions of civilian patients.
“Billy Cohn, MD: Making Medtech Makers at Johnson & Johnson’s CDI @TMC” In this candid video interview onsite at the Center for Device Innovation in Houston, TX, Billy Cohn, MD, VP of Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Device Companies and Director, CDI @ TMC reflects on his extensive device patent journey and shares the keys to overcoming the never-ending challenges that plague device innovation.
As the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) describes it, vascular access is so important to a hemodialysis patient that it can be considered a ‘lifeline.’ However, this vital access site is prone to stenosis, thrombosis, and costly re-interventions. Laminate Medical Technologies hopes to support this critical lifeline with a first-of-its-kind external support device for AV fistulas, that alleviates wall tension and regulates an undesired narrowing of the vein and/or frequent blockages of the blood vessels.