In this week’s edition of “In MedTech History,” we highlight recent developments in the brave new world of automated diabetes devices, including Tandem Diabetes Care’s US launch of its t:slim X2 Insulin Pump with predictive Basal-IQ Technology. Advancements such as these couldn’t be coming at a more opportune time: Diabetes is now the most costly chronic illness in the US, according to the American Diabetes Association.
The evolution in device-based diabetes management began more than 50 years ago. Today, fueled by US healthcare costs approaching $330 billion and exponential global growth in incidence and prevalence, device technologies—powered by the promise of data and analytics—are helping to simplify the lives of diabetic patients and at the same time combat the rise in the cost of care. In this edition, we take a look at DexCom’s acquisition of TypeZero Technologies.
In this edition of “In MedTech History,” we take a look at heart failure, the reason for more hospitalizations of older Americans than any other condition. Researchers from MIT, Harvard University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Center, and National University of Ireland Galway are developing a first-of-its-kind implant that they hope can deliver stem cells and other therapies directly to heart muscle damaged by myocardial infarction, and positively impact the cascade of events leading to heart failure.
Fueled by the passion of pioneering physicists, physicians and medtech innovators looking for a way to fight cancer and make an impact on patient survival and quality of life, cutting-edge oncology devices under development today include an implant designed to infuse chemotherapies directly into aggressive pancreatic tumors, and an MRI-safe robotic system for breast biopsy.
From ancient battlefields to today’s ball fields, the “silent epidemic” of traumatic brain injury (TBI) was and is a major cause of death and disability globally, but diagnosing the condition has not changed substantially over the last 50 years. BrainScope, working with the US Department of Defense, hopes to change all this by assessing patients with a multi-modal panel of capabilities including EEG-based technology and Artificial Intelligence…
In this week’s installment of our “MedTech History” series, we take a look at implantable neurostimulation/neuromodulation devices, which have their technical roots in cardiac pacing in the 1950s, but today are helping to restore function and improve quality of life for a growing list of serious neurological diseases and disorders. There have been a number of significant “firsts” in the space recently, including Cala Health’s FDA clearance for its Cala ONE neuromodulation therapy for transient relief of hand tremors in adults with essential tremor, and NeuroPace’s launch of its Next Gen RNS System, a brain-computer interface for the treatment of refractory epilepsy.
In this week’s post, we continue our look at executives working to make an impact in surgical robotics, including David McNally, CEO of Titan Medical, and Christopher Prentice, CCO at Mazor Robotics. Also, we note a few observations from last week’s annual Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS) conference in Stockholm, where key executives from all the major robotics companies assembled to discuss the current status and future of the field. [Read Part 1]
Back in 1990, the same year that Americans were paying on average $1.34 for a gallon of gas, Space Shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, and Tim Berners-Lee of Switzerland published his formal proposal for a concept called the “World Wide Web,” the surgical robotics revolution was born. [Read Part 2]