What medtech’s top executives learned from their dads

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For better or worse, parents including dads play a major role in who we become. As we approach Father’s Day in the U.S., Medical Design & Outsourcing and MassDevice reached out to some of medtech’s top executives to ask what they learned from their dads.

Here’s what they said:

“My father built a business in the defense technology sector with some long-term colleagues as co-founders. Around the dinner table and over coffee for years, we’ve discussed the need for leadership excellence, technology excellence and empathy in bringing science-based business to the market. What a wonderful stroke of luck to have him in my life.”  – Gary S. Guthart, CEO of Intuitive

Medtronic CEO Geoff Martha’s father, during his young days. [Image courtesy of Medtronic]

“My Dad has always been a strong s…
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Dabir Surfaces forges deal with Vizient

Dabir Surfaces (Harwood Heights, Ill.) recently announced that it has landed a contract with group purchasing firm Vizient.

Dabir also announced a deal with Premier this month. 

The contract with Vizient, effective April 1, 2021, involves both OR products and patient care products. Dabir will provide powered overlay surfaces for patients at risk of developing pressure injuries in perioperative care and inpatient care, among other settings.

The contract provides the purchasing company’s members access to negotiated pricing and terms for the Dabir Surfaces’ products.


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Westfall Technik opens new medical molding plant in Chicago

Westfall Technik announced that it opened a new facility near Chicago to boost its clean-room capabilities.

Las Vegas-based Westfall said in a news release that it completely refitted a brownfield structure and opened it as a purpose-built, 40,000-square-foot facility with three Class 8-certified clean rooms and one white space certified for meeting Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

The facility features clean rooms that can accommodate up to 23 injection molding machines and Westfall expects them to gain ISO 13485 certification by September of this year. The GMP-compliant space currently has the room to take up to 15 molding machines, with press sizes ranging from 35 tons to 400 tons in clamping force.

Additionally, the new site in suburban Chicago (Antioch, Ill.) features a fully functional tool room with dedicated, climate-controlled mold storage space. On top of all the capabilities at the new site, Westfall said it has tripled its clean room space…

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JMI Equity invests $120M in Greenlight Guru

Greenlight Guru announced that it has received a roughly $120 million investment from JMI Equity to support further development and sales growth for its medical device quality management software.

The news comes half a year after Indianapolis-based Greenlight Guru launched its AI-powered Halo for Change Management, which provides recommendations of items impacted by a change order and real-time visibility to discover, assess and manage the impact of a change.

“We listened to the needs of the medical device industry and chose JMI Equity as a strategic partner because they are experts at achieving growth by putting the customer first,” Greenlight Guru CEO David DeRam said in a news release posted yesterday.

“We’ve been extremely deliberate when taking on investment because we wanted to ensure we found the right partner for us and our customers. This partnership will allow us to accelerate the value we provide to our customers as we remain committed to help…

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3 things medical device companies should know about the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

With nearly a decade of proceedings behind it, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has established a record. Medtech companies can learn from it.

Timothy P. McAnulty and Daniel F. Klodowski, Finnegan

One of the key aspects of a strong patent is the owner’s ability to enforce it. And when a patent is asserted against an accused infringer in court, two core issues always arise: whether the patent is infringed, and whether it is valid.  Because there can be no infringement if the patent is not valid, attacking a patent as invalid (or “unpatentable”) is one of the primary defenses for every alleged infringer.

Patent validity can be challenged in several forums, including in court as part of an infringement litigation. It’s also possible to challenge validity through various “post-grant” procedures at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The PTAB was created in 2012 and has become a popular forum, receiving over 10…

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MedTech Innovator selects 50 startups for showcase and accelerator program

MedTech Innovator today revealed the 50 startups it selected to partake in its flagship showcase and accelerator program.

The four-month program offers the startups visibility and access to leading manufacturers, providers, investors and other industry stakeholders, with up to $500,000 available in cash and in-kind prizes during the final competition at The MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed.

According to a news release, the program will begin virtually on June 15 with the annual MedTech Innovator Summit, at which the selected companies will collaborate with MedTech Innovator’s partners during exclusive virtual networking events and interactive workshops. A subset of 25 companies will participate in the accelerator program, where they will be matched with senior industry leaders to receive in-depth, customized mentorship and support.

The program ends with The MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed, which will be held between Sep. 27 and Sep. 30…

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How Abbott engineered a catheter-delivered device for premature babies

Abbott’s Amplatzer Piccolo device [Image courtesy Abbott]

Abbott’s experience designing its Piccolo device provides essential lessons for medical device creators who want to spark a pediatric medical device renaissance.

The Amplatzer Piccolo occluder from Abbott is one of the first medical devices that health providers can implant in premature babies weighing as little as 2 lb to treat patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in a minimally invasive way.

PDA is an opening between two blood vessels leading from the heart. It is one of the most common congenital heart defects in premature babies and accounts for up to 10% of all congenital heart diseases.

Approved by FDA in early 2019, Piccolo is a self-expanding, wire mesh, catheter-deployed device inserted through a small incision in the leg and guided through vessels to the heart, according to Abbott. The Abbott Park, Ill.–based medtech giant designe…

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Former FDA commissioner Hahn to join VC behind Moderna

Flagship Pioneering announced that former FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn will lead its Preemptive Medicine & Health Security initiative.

A “bioinnovation platform company,” Flagship Pioneering has originated and fostered more than 100 scientific ventures totaling more than $90 billion in aggregate value, according to the company.

Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Discovery & Development.

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Fluid Metering launches new series of variable dispense pumps

Fluid Metering announced earlier this year that it is introducing the (patent pending) FVD series of variable dispense pumps.

Syosset, N.Y.-based Fluid Metering’s variable dispense pump with a compact, low-profile design addresses the requirements of microfluidics while doubling the lifecycle of current technology available on the market, according to a news release.

The platform combines priming or washing with a precise dispensing pump. The patented CeramPump uses a single, dimensionally stable and chemically inert ceramic “valveless” piston liner to offer precise fluid control. The series of pumps automatically adjusts to a small dispense volume, too, with a range from liters to milliliters to microleters, offering accommodations to the desired dispense or flows for any application.

“We are excited about the market-changing capabilities that the launch of the variable dispense pump will bring to the life sciences market,” Fluid…

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Smart clothes powered by AI could monitor health

The fingertips of a wireless voltage detection glove illuminates when the wearer’s hand approaches a live cable. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca McElhoe)

Engineers at Purdue University are touting a method for turning cloth items into battery-free, wearable and wireless “smart clothes.”

The engineers at the West Lafayette, Ind.-based university developed a new spray/sewing method designed to transform any conventional cloth item into these smart clothes that can also be cleaned in the washing machine like normal clothing.

“By spray-coating smart clothes with highly hydrophobic molecules, we are able to render them repellent to water, oil and mud,” Purdue School of Industrial Engineering/Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering assistant professor Ramses Martinez said in a news release. “These smart clothes are almost impossible to stain and can be used underwater and was…

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Zeus Industrial Products integrates CathX Medical

Zeus Industrial Products has agreed to integrate catheter-based contract manufacturer CathX Medical into its organization.

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed in yesterday’s announcement.

San Jose, Calif.–based CathX provides catheter design engineering services, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, and full or sub-assemblies. CathX’s leadership will continue to manage the San Jose facility, services, and team members under the global leadership of Zeus CEO Steve Peterson.

Get the full story on our sister site Medical Tubing + Extrusion. 

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DePuy Synthes launches next-gen variable angle clavicle plate system

[Image from DePuy Synthes)

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) unit DePuy Synthes announced that it launched the 2.7 mm variable angle locking compression plate (VA LCP) clavicle plate system.

West Chester, Pa.-based DePuy Synthes designed the VA LCP clavicle plate system for the treatment of lateral, shaft and medial fractures for small, medium and large clavicles.

According to a news release, the new system offers plate shapes that reflect the correlation between patient stature and clavicle size to match the bow and contour of the clavicle while accommodating a wide range of anatomic variability of the clavicle with thinner plates, a more accurate plate-to-bone fit and reduced prominence.

DePuy Synthes looked at more than 600 clavicle CT scans from a broad-based patient population while analyzing 15 different parameters on the bone to identify the correlation between patient height and clavicle sh…

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