DTW Podcast: Earnhardt shares how Abbott shifted gears to counter pandemic; Grail still looks to upend oncology

Abbott’s medical devices EVP Lisa Earnhardt discusses the life science giant’s pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this week’s DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, Abbott’s medical devices EVP Lisa Earnhardt explains how the life sciences giant pivoted during the pandemic. Earnhardt shares what programs were given greater priority when the lockdown’s impact became clear and why the company performed so well in one of its key businesses.

We also explore this week’s news that the FTC will oppose Illumina’s acquisition of Grail through interviews with Dr. Christopher Keir, vice president of medical affairs at Grail, and Vijay Kumar, senior managing director at Evercore ISI.

And, of course, Chris Newmarker, executive editor of MassDevice, delivers this week’s Newmarker’s Newsmakers, including news from Illumina, Grail, Corindus, Zimmer Biomet, BD, Medtronic and Abbott.


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Medtechs can’t set digital strategies aside – DTW Podcast

Digital connectivity no longer belongs in the final slides of a medtech company’s pitch deck.

In the latest DeviceTalks Weekly podcast, three leaders pushing for connected medical devices explain the need to incorporate data collection and monitoring functionality in new devices:

Scott Huennekens, who advanced the “digital surgery” strategy when he helped launch Verb Surgical, says new medtech tools must be connected to provide maximum benefit. In a separate interview on the podcast, Mark Toland, the former CEO of Corindus Vascular Robotics, says medtech companies moving into the surgical robotics space are advancing the model by building digital infrastructures around the surgical system. “Now they’re thinking about the data integration work, they’re thinking about how that translates into artificial intelligence over time,” he said. Also in this podcast, Kal Patel, the CEO and co-founder of BrightInsight, shares the insight he’s bringing to medtech from his pas…
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