DeviceTalks News

Experts explore the state of M&A in medtech

At DeviceTalks West 2018, a panel of experts gathered to discuss the state of M&A in medtech and the forces driving startups to seek an exit. Read more >>

Prioritizing Innovation – How major players in medtech stay ahead of the curve

In the medtech industry, if you don’t innovate, you can’t compete. Read more >>

What should the Mann Foundation do next?

Dr. Robert Greenberg, the Mann Foundation’s new executive chairman, has ideas about where to take one of medtech’s top research and development outfits. He explained more at DeviceTalks West in December. Read more >>

Diabetes tech execs talk patient-centric design, device development & trust

John Timberlake has been commercializing diabetes drugs and devices for 25 years. Over the course of his career, one theme has always stood out: if you want people to use your product, it has to be made with the end-user in mind. Read more >>

Here’s how Intuitive Surgical is innovating to stay competitive

Intuitive Surgical isn’t resting on its laurels when it comes to the surgical robotics field that it dominates. The Sunnyvale, Calif.­–based company is seeking to stay competitive through technologies including computer-controlled navigated robotic catheters, contrast agents to improve imaging during procedures, and intelligent surgical interfaces. Read more >>

How Reggie Groves reinvented Medtronic’s atrial fibrillation biz

Reva Medical CEO Reggie Groves got her start in the medical device industry at medtech titan Medtronic. In her upcoming keynote interview at DeviceTalks West, Groves will discuss how that experience has shaped her as a leader and an innovator. Here’s a preview. Read more >>

Alfred Mann Foundation chairman looks outward to extend founder’s legacy

When medtech pioneer Alfred Mann died in February 2016, he left behind a rich legacy of pure innovation and patient impact spanning the breadth of healthcare, from cardiology to hearing impairment, blindness and diabetes that will improve the lives of patients for decades to come. Read more >>

How a teenage Gary Guthart, Intuitive Surgical’s CEO, got his start at NASA

Today Gary Guthart is best known as the CEO of Intuitive Surgical, the world’s leading medical robotics company. But robot-assisted surgery wasn’t Guthart’s first love, he told ahead of his keynote appearance at this year’s DeviceTalks West event. Read more >>

Here’s the view from the top at Hologic

Steve MacMillan took over as CEO of Hologic in 2013, drawing on his experience at medtech titans like Stryker and Johnson & Johnson. Read more >>

DeviceTalks Boston: 5 medtech startups you need to know

Steve MacMillan took over as CEO of Hologic in 2013, drawing on his experience at medtech titans like Stryker and Johnson & Johnson. Read more >>

DeviceTalks: Hologic CEO MacMillan on leading a turnaround and the importance of women’s health in medtech

Stephen MacMillan joined a struggling Hologic as CEO in December 2013, and within one day, he had already made his first major move in restructuring the company’s executive leadership team. Read more >>

7 medtech ideas out of Europe

Mobile and digital health ideas — and overall medtech innovation ideas — abound in Europe, with DeviceTalks Boston attendees getting just a sampling this morning from seven CRAASH Barcelona participants. Read more >>

When product development goes sideways (and how to fix it)

We would all like for product development projects to go smoothly and predictably, but you know what they say about “the best-laid plans.” Robert Burns aside, when needed technologies do not integrate as easily as planned, hardware or software bugs crop up at the last minute (or worse, cause failures in the field), or project teams struggle to complete work on schedule, forward progress is stalled. Fixed costs stay the same but time to launch date deadlines are compressed. This is only one example of when things go sideways. Read more >>

How strong patent portfolios attract strategic investments and deals

The medical device industry has demonstrated strong and sustainable growth in recent years. Given the aging population, increasing incidence of chronic and lifestyle diseases, emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data, and significant investments in R&D and M&A, the medtech sector appears to be in prime health. According to KPMG, the medical device industry’s global annual sales are forecast to rise more than 5% a year to reach nearly $800 billion by 2030. As the industry evolves, medtech companies are making strategic moves to stay ahead in their respective markets. Read more >>

Lessons learned: How Jeff Karp stays at the forefront of innovation

Serial entrepreneur Jeff Karp has a philosophy for his laboratory: find important problems and get solutions to people quickly. Read more >>

The future of Abbott’s electrophysiology business

At DeviceTalks Minnesota 2018, medtech veteran Michael Pederson provided an inside look at the Abbott-St. Jude Medical merger and what’s ahead for Abbott’s cardiovascular technologies. Read more >>

How Intuitive Surgical’s robotic systems are changing surgery

Robots are making their way into operating rooms around the world, acting as extensions of the surgeon. Intuitive Surgical, a mainstay in the robotic-assisted surgery field, has positioned its technologies as helping surgeons boost their performance and offer minimally-invasive options to patients. Read more >>

How Bigfoot Biomedical’s CEO wants to boost diabetes management

Jeffrey Brewer faced the biggest challenge of his life when his 7-year-old son Sean received a diabetes diagnosis in 2002: Diabetes became the new focus for Brewer’s energy. Read more >>

Speakers you need to see at DeviceTalks Minnesota

A Google executive whose own heart problems spurred her to seek medtech innovation, a leader at Abbott who wants to drive healthcare value, the head of an upstart company seeking to transform diabetes care — those are but some of the speakers you will encounter at DeviceTalks Minnesota this June. Read more >>

All heart: A Google executive’s real-world experience with medtech

After hearing the story of her 10 cardiac surgeries and seven pacemakers, you could be forgiven for thinking that Heidi Dohse has a weak heart. But the Google executive, endurance cyclist and, now, inspirational speaker she may have a stronger heart than most people on the planet. Read more >>

7 ways you can doom your medical device startup

Randy Nelson has worked with medical device startups for more than a dozen years through his Evergreen Medical Technologies (St. Paul, Minn.), as well as the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Read more >>

For this Abbott executive, solving problems isn’t enough: ‘We need to add value’

As payers and providers across healthcare shift their focus to value-based care, leaders in the medical device industry are racing to keep up. Michael Pederson, SVP of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure at Abbott, told why simply solving problems with new technology isn’t enough anymore, learn here. Read more >>

Stroke treatment: There’s a simple way to improve it in the U.S.

Technology is already available to greatly improve outcomes for people suffering from strokes, but the present healthcare system is standing in the way of people getting it, according to Stacey Pugh, VP and general manager of the neurovascular unit at Medtronic. Read more >>

DeviceTalks West: Here are the speakers you’ll see

Hundreds of medical device industry insiders are expected to descend on Orange County, Calif., this month for DeviceTalks West – a premier boutique networking and learning event. Read more >>

DeviceTalks: 3M’s Cindy Kent on leadership, growth and inclusion in medtech

Cindy Kent is no stranger to medtech – she’s spent 20 years in healthcare, moving up the ranks and finding her way to president & GM for 3M’s infection prevention division. She spoke with Publisher Brian Johnson at the DeviceTalks event in Minnesota this week about her skills as a leader, how she ended up as an ordained minister and the importance of inclusion and mentorship in the workplace. Read more >>