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Funding: Medtech VC jumps in Q2, but not for early-stage companies

August 27, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Total venture capital dollars invested in medical device companies jumped more than 20% during the 2nd quarter, but early-stage companies are still out in the cold.

Funding: Medtech VC jumps in Q2, but not for early-stage companies

Life science venture capital funding saw a major boost in the 2nd quarter as public markets smiled on biotech companies, but medical device makers saw a significant boost of their own – as long as they weren't early-stage firms.

Are device makers falling behind in the digital revolution?

August 25, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds lots of room for improvement in medical device makers' approach to the digital age, including in their use of social media, big data and mobile apps.

Are device makers falling behind in the digital revolutions?

The healthcare space is getting a major influx of digital innovation, but much of it's coming from outside the traditional parameters of the industry.

Medtronic's Ishrak completes the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' for ALS research (video)

August 18, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak douses himself with ice-water to raise awareness and money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The so-called Ice Bucket Challenge has reached the medtech sphere in a big way, with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) CEO Omar Ishrak getting in on the viral video phenomenon with a short video showing him pouring a bucket of ice water over his head for charity.

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Report: Medtech jobs grew steadily in 2013

August 6, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

The medical device industry posted modest job gains last year, and the industry is getting "purer" as more companies spin out their pharmaceutical divisions.

Report: Medtech jobs grew in 2013

Last year may not have been a blockbuster one for medical device makers, but the industry posted steady gains in jobs, according to a new report from EP Vantage.

The analysis of nearly 100 small and large medtech companies found that jobs increased, on average, across the board. A closer look at the top 15 device makers found that jobs increased 6% overall and only 3 of the titans reduced their total headcount during the year, 2 of them by spinning out their pharma divisions.

Medtech trends: The most talked about device makers in July 2014

August 5, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani looks at the internet chatter surrounding the medical device industry with some of most searched-for companies of the last month.


Click to enlarge. looked at some of the most talked-about medical device companies, based on trends in U.S. Google searches for the last 30 days.

More mega-merger talk from medtech giants | On Call

August 4, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Leadership at Johnson & Johnson and Teleflex weigh in on the multi-billion-dollar mergers that are shifting the landscape of the medical device industry. On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — More medical device giants offered their 2¢ on high-dollar mega-mergers, joining other companies in saying that they aren't planning any billion-dollar buys just yet.

Report: Medtech M&A exits don't hinge on FDA approval

July 31, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Medical device startups face significant headwinds in finding funding and getting to an exit, but at least prospective buyers are a little more willing to gamble on companies that haven't yet made it through the FDA.

Report: Medtech M&A no longer hinges on FDA approval

The funding environment for medical device startups isn't a pretty scene, but there is a ray of sunshine through the gloom: lack of FDA approval is no longer a deal-breaker for a big exit.

In 2013 a few medtech companies managed "big exit M&A" deals (those worth $50 million or more) without having reached the FDA's brass ring, according to a new report from Silicon Valley Bank.

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