Features of Top Medical Device Companies

Diabetes: Integrity Applications looks beyond optical for blood glucose

May 28, 2014 by Brad Perriello

Integrity Applications looks beyond optical sensors with its GlucoTrack Model DF-F, which uses ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technology to measure physiological changes associated with blood glucose levels.

Diabetes: Integrity Applications looks beyond optical for blood glucose

A 23-year career in the Israeli Navy might not seem like the ideal background for a medical device company chief, but for Integrity Applications chairman & CEO Avner Gal it turned out to be the perfect pedigree.

Backboard to boardroom: Jonathan Bender's journey from NBA star to medtech entrepreneur

May 26, 2014 by Brian Johnson

Former NBA player Jonathan Bender tries his hand at entrepreneurship, aiming to bring the physical therapy device he invented to the U.S. market.

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Joint pain cut years from Jonathan Bender's professional basketball career, but it also gave him a future.

The former NBA player, who made the jump from high school directly to the pros in 1999, spent 7 injury-plagued seasons with the Indiana Pacers before bowing out in 2006 (Bender returned in 2010 for a half season with the New York Knicks).

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Engineering disruption: R&D firm Battelle pulls inspiration from surprising sources

May 23, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Battelle engineering manager Melissa Masters tells MassDevice.com how insights ranging from national security to aeronautics can inform the creation of disruptive new medical devices.

Turning diversification into disruption: Battelle pulls inspiration from surprising sources

Medical device executives and Ted Talk-ers love comparing the medtech industry to consumer electronics or aeronautics when making grand points about the market, but at Battelle cross-industry correlations speak to the core of the company’s engineering philosophy.

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Ora aims to be your one-stop ophthalmology shop

May 21, 2014 by Brad Perriello

The special sauce in contract research organization Ora Inc.'s recipe for ophthalmology trials is the eye care practice its founder started 30 years ago.

Ora aims to be your one-stop ophthalmology shop

There's a special sauce in the recipe Ora Inc. uses to run clinical trials for ophthalmology devices and drugs that can reduce the time needed for a study from 6 months to 2 days: The eye care practice started by Ora founder Dr. Mark Abelson.

An ophthalmologist and optometric scientist and fellow at the Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary, Abelson founded Andover Eye in 1978, his son Stuart Abelson – now Andover, Mass.-based Ora's CEO – told MassDevice.com.

Animals in labs: PETA's long history with the medtech industry

May 19, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Animal rights advocacy group PETA holds a tiny stake in several medtech companies, taking frequent advantage of its shareholder rights to push changes in the way device makers experiment on animals.

PETA targets Medtronic, Boston Scientific for animal experiments

Animal rights activists have long raised concerns about some of the largest medical device companies, taking up minuscule stock holdings to gain access to shareholder meetings at a raft of medtech makers.

Silicon Valley in-depth: Tapping medtech's Big Data with AliveCor CEO Euan Thomson

May 16, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

AliveCor's interim-ish CEO Euan Thomson talks about the data-driven future, why he jumped ship at Accuray and how to navigate the intersection between the tempered medical device world and the wanton nimbleness of Silicon Valley.

In depth in Silicon Valley: Mobile health and medtech's digital future with AliveCor CEO Euan Thomson

When Euan Thomson left Accuray (NSDQ:ARAY) in 2012 after more than 10 years, it wasn't so much for greener pastures as it was for swifter currents.

Medtronic exec: Google looms large as next great rival

May 7, 2014 by Brian Johnson

Medtronic executive Dr. Stephen Oesterle thinks Google will be a force to be reckoned with in the medical technology space in coming years.

Medtronic exec: Google looms large as next great rival

As Medtronic's  (NYSE:MDT) resident technology scout and visionary, Dr. Stephen Oesterle's job is to challenge the status quo at the world's largest pure-play medical device company.

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Seeing the world through bionic eyes

April 30, 2014 by Brian Johnson

Roger Pontz, 1 of the first recipients of Second Sight Medical's Argus II 'bionic eye,' tells MassDevice.com about how it's changed his life.

Seeing the world through bionic eyes

A version of this story was originally posted on BetaBoston.com

In his hometown of Reed City, Mich., Roger Pontz is a dishwasher in a bowling alley bar. But in medical circles, he's pioneering a new frontier.

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Big data and personalized medicine: Q&A with Definiens CEO Thomas Heydler

March 25, 2014 by Chris Walker

Definiens CEO Thomas Heydler discusses his ambition to position his company at the forefront of the coming revolution in personalized and predictive medicines.

MassDevice.com Q&A – Definiens CEO Thomas Hedlyer on personalized medicine

Definiens CEO Thomas Heydler is leading the charge to put his company at the forefront of personalized medicine, starting with a big data approach in order help treat patients.

The imaging software company, started by Nobel Physics prize winner Gerd Binnig, seeks to identify and analyze biomedical images in order to help doctors treat patients as early and efficiently as possible.

The making of an icon | Dr. Tom Fogarty's obsession with innovation

March 21, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Medtech icon Dr. Tom Fogarty tells MassDevice.com about his unconventional path from upstart tinkerer in the suburbs of Cincinnati to healthcare celebrity in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Part 1 of a 3-part series.

The making of an icon | Dr. Tom Fogarty's obsession with innovation

It's been 50 years since Dr. Tom Fogarty invented the catheter-based treatment for blood clots that's now the standard of care. At 80, it would be a cinch for Fogarty to retire to his California vineyard and bask in the reflected glory of his accomplishments.

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