They said it at DeviceTalks Boston 2023

Medical device industry leaders from Boston Scientific, Abbott, ZimVie, Medtronic, Stryker and more met at DeviceTalks Boston to share lessons learned and their perspectives on industry trends, device design and medtech innovation.

BD Chair, CEO and President Tom Polen (right) at DeviceTalks Boston with DeviceTalks Editorial Director Tom Salemi [Photo by Jeff Pinette for Medical Design & Outsourcing]

Bidding farewell to DeviceTalks Boston 2023, we look back at an exceptional two-day medical device conference teeming with insights from over 100 top industry leaders.

These experts unfolded many complexities of the medtech industry in more than 35 sessions, walking attendees from the medical device product development continuum through the latest medical innovations and strategies to tackle regulatory challenges, prototyping, manufacturing, product launches and more.

Between the high-profile keynote int…

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Surgical robotics trends and how to accelerate adoption

Moon Surgical Chief Strategy Officer Jeffery Alvarez. [Photo courtesy of Moon Surgical]

Some of the biggest names in the development of surgical robotics systems and virtual reality training technology discussed robotic surgery trends at DeviceTalks Boston.

Moon Surgical Chief Strategy Officer Jeffery Alvarez, Stryker Digital, Robotics, and Enabling Technologies President Robert Cohen, Osso VR CEO Justin Barad and FundamentalVR CEO and co-founder Richard Vincent see rapid changes ahead for surgical robotics and opportunities to win over surgeons, health systems and patients.

We’ve curated excerpts from the conversation, lightly edited for clarity and space.

Trends in surgical robotics

Alvarez: “There’s a transition from building robots that are hyper-specialized in one thing and do one thing really well, to platforms that are looking at how to solve bigger parts of the problem: H…

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These 14 medical device inventions are the best, Time magazine says

Clockwise from top left, Osso VR, Phonak’s Audéo Fit, Molli Surgical’s breast cancer localization system, and Esper Bionics’ Esper Hand were among 14 medical device innovations to make it into Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2022. [Images courtesy of the companies]

Fourteen medical devices ranging from patient monitoring to surgical robotics recently made it into Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2022.

For over 20 years, Time magazine has highlighted the 100 most impactful devices and ideas around the world. The list is compiled through nominations from the publication’s editors and global correspondents, with special attention to categories such as medical innovations, green energy and electric vehicles.

Time graded each nominee on a number of key factors that include originality, efficacy, ambition and impact.

There were 14 medical devices honored in this year’s list,…

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Osso VR raises $66M Series C to expand surgical education access

Osso VR announced that it raised $66 million in a Series C financing round as it looks to broaden access to surgical education for healthcare professionals.

Oak HC/FT led the Series C round, while Signalfire, GSR Ventures, Tiger Global Management and Kaiser Permanente Ventures also participated.

San Francisco-based Osso VR said in a news release that the funds will accelerate its surgical education access initiative and to invest in bringing talent to the company to provide high-fidelity surgical training experiences to more specialty areas.

The company develops on-demand, immersive modules for surgical teams to train independently or collaboratively in a virtual environment before stepping into a real operating room. Medical device companies also use the technology to introduce products digitally and avoid certain challenges associated with traditional educational pathways, such as conflicting schedules, remote staff and costly travel.

Osso VR cu…

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Osso VR raises $27M for its immersive surgical training

Osso VR today said it secured $27 million in Series B funding for its surgical training technology.

The funding round was led by GSR Ventures, with participation from Signalfire, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, OCA Ventures, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and Anorak Ventures.

San Francisco-based Osso VR designed its surgical training technology to provide on-demand, educational experiences that are repeatable and measurable to help surgeons with surgical techniques and technologies.

“Osso VR is positioned to transform how surgeons are trained on new devices and surgical procedures,” said Sunny Kumar, a partner at GSR Ventures. “The Osso platform’s level of immersion provides an experience that mirrors the operating room in a manner more efficient, more accessible, and more effective than any surgical training platform that’s come before.”

Osso VR’s platform has visual fidelity and is available in multiple lan…

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