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Boston Scientific To Cut Up To 1,500 Jobs

October 24, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corp. says it plans to shed as many as 1,500 jobs worldwide, or about 6 percent of its work force, in an effort to cut costs. The company also says its CFO is leaving. Boston Scientific is promoting its corporate controller to replace him.

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

October 23, 2013 9:44 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Blogs | Comments

Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."

Boston Scientific, Guidant To Pay $30M Settlement

October 18, 2013 7:47 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department says Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiaries will pay $30 million to settle allegations that Guidant knowingly sold defective heart devices that health care facilities implanted in Medicare patients from 2002 to 2005.

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UN Sees Mercury Use Phase-Out Within 3 Decades

October 17, 2013 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Achim Steiner, the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, says the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which was formally adopted as international law last week, sends "a very clear signal" that the use of mercury in industrial processes, cosmetics and medical equipment is essentially over.

U.S. Research Team Wins $1M Prize In Israel

October 16, 2013 8:27 am | News | Comments

An Israeli nonprofit group has awarded a $1 million prize to a U.S.-based research team that is developing technology that allows paralyzed people to move things with their thoughts.Israel Brain Technologies presented the award on Tuesday to BrainGate.

The Vital Signs Of American Manufacturing

October 15, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Short term improvements in jobs or sales are like a sick person getting some medicine from the doctor and feeling better the next day. A very thorough examination of all of the vital signs might show that the patient actually has a debilitating disease that will eventually render the patient bedridden over time.

Flexible Part Production Protects Against Market Uncertainty

October 15, 2013 12:56 pm | by Del Williams | News | Comments

Whether launching a new product, improving a product, entering a new market, meeting customer demands, or responding to market or technology changes, manufacturers need the ability to swiftly adapt their products to satisfy new requirements or conditions.

Study Ties Chemical To Possible Miscarriage Risk

October 14, 2013 9:47 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to "the biological plausibility" that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

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St. Jude Gets EU Approval For Wireless Pacemaker

October 14, 2013 12:02 am | News | Comments

The first-of-a-kind device was developed by California-based startup, Nanostim, with funding from St. Jude. The Minnesota-based device giant also said it would acquire of the smaller company for $123 million, under a previously negotiated option agreement between the two companies.

'Bionic Man' Walks, Breathes With Artificial Parts

October 11, 2013 12:22 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts that range from a working kidney and circulation system to cochlear and retina implants.

Swiss University Launches Human Brain Project

October 7, 2013 1:51 pm | News | Comments

The Human Brain Project, co-funded by the European Union, plans to use supercomputers to model the brain and then simulate drugs and treatments for diseases that cost hundreds of billions of euros annually in Europe alone.      

Innovation Dares To Be Different

October 7, 2013 11:07 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Unfortunately, because innovative ideas are ones no one else has, we can’t know for certain how successful those ideas will be. Likewise, because they are new and different, the development expense of innovative ideas is often high. The bottom line is that the risk of new and different ideas is great.

Need Different Types of Tissue? Just Print Them

October 4, 2013 12:02 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

What sounds like a dream of the future has already been the subject of research for a few years: simply printing out tissue and organs. Now scientists have further refined the technology and are able to produce various tissue types.     

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Why Everyone Should Understand Process Improvement

October 3, 2013 2:02 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Making best use of resources is good, but figuring out how isn’t necessarily a Lean Event. Five-S is a good practice, but declaring an emergency just to clean up appearances for a visitor completely misses the intent. Quotas of activity do not necessarily beget improved performance.

Doctors: Mo. Execution Plan Jeopardizing Hospitals

October 1, 2013 8:12 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists statement followed an Associated Press report last week citing possible European export controls if propofol is used in a U.S. execution. Missouri is the only U.S. state where prison officials plan to use the powerful anesthetic for a lethal injection, citing a shortage in the drugs usually used for executions.

Senate Rejects House Conditions On Spending Bill

September 30, 2013 2:42 pm | News | Comments

On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating. The Senate also stripped a provision that would have eliminated the tax on medical devices.

The NEXThaler: A New Type Of Inhaler

September 27, 2013 1:46 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

More than 235 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, according to the World Health Organization. So, when Italian pharmaceutical company, ChiesiFarmaceutici, developed a new medicine in the form of a powder, they turned to product development firm Cambridge Consultants for a revolutionary inhaler design.

Integra Says It Fixed NJ Manufacturing Problems

September 27, 2013 11:28 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Integra LifeSciences said Thursday that it has resolved a mold problem at a collagen manufacturing facility in Plainsboro, N.J.In December 2011, the Food and Drug Administration sent Integra a warning letter about mold in the facility, saying it could affect the company's products.

UL Study Reveals Critical Gaps Between Manufacturer And Consumers

September 26, 2013 9:42 am | by UL | News | Comments

This year's study, based on respondents in the United States, China, India, Germany and Brazil, highlighted some of the characteristics of a more complex global marketplace. It found that while fundamentals such as quality, safety and innovation remain the most important factors driving behavior for manufacturers and consumers, a number of priorities such as transparency, health impact and outsourcing/country of origin are on the rise.

Suit Accuses NM Doc Of Implanting Unneeded Devices

September 25, 2013 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Tommy and Barbara Sowards are suing for damages after they say the doctor implanted an unneeded pacemaker when Tommy Sowards went to MountainView Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces in January 2007. They're suing cardiologist Dr. Demosthenes Klonis, the hospital and pacemaker manufacturer Biotronik, Inc.

Stryker Buying Mako Surgical For About $1.41B

September 25, 2013 8:40 am | News | Comments

Stryker is buying Mako Surgical for about $1.41 billion, giving the medical device maker access to all of its robotic assisted surgery technology. Stryker will pay $30 per Mako share, an 86 percent premium to its $16.17 closing price Tuesday. The companies put the deal's value at about $1.65 billion.

Design Can (and Will) Transform Lives

September 24, 2013 8:23 am | by Louise Rainone, Vice President of Marketing, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

IDSA is my favorite conference to attend because it’s not just people talking about good design; it’s filled with conversations about how design can transform lives. It’s a very powerful message, especially in today’s society of design-centric businesses.

FDA Requires Tracking Codes On Medical Implants

September 20, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration published new rules Friday that require certain medical devices sold in the U.S. to carry a unique code, identifying its make, manufacturer and lot number. The codes will be stored in a publicly accessible database to help regulators, doctors and companies monitor safety issues with devices.

Out Of The Morass

September 18, 2013 4:19 pm | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

We are constantly bombarded by the “fact” that we are overspending on social programs, which jeopardizes the wonderful future that our great grandchildren so richly deserve. Let’s get this straight, no one deserves anything. Every generation must earn its place.

II-VI Buys Oclaro's Semiconductor Laser Business

September 12, 2013 10:08 am | News | Comments

Laser and optics manufacturer II-VI Inc. has acquired the semiconductor laser business of Oclaro Inc. for $92 million. Oclaro's shares jumped 30 percent to $1.38 before the opening bell Thursday. II-VI is acquiring semiconductor laser technology used in laser system products for material processing, medical, consumer and fiber optic communications.

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