Voices of 2012: A look at some of our best interviews of the year

"We play a critical role in managing and moving market share. I think the device sector has not necessarily acknowledged the role of the GPOs, but I think increasingly, as products mature in particular, GPOs play a vital role in helping to drive market share up on behalf of a supplier." — Novation CEO Jody Hatcher

Read the full interview with Novation CEO Jody Hatcher

"I never get up in the morning and look at stock price and say that it’s a measure of success. There was a long time when the stock was at $3 and that was never a measure of failure, either. When I get up in the morning, the number 1 thing I care about is whether we are creating products that, in the hands of surgeons, are creating better value for patients. At Intuitive, we try to look at that with cold, hard facts." — Novation CEO Jody Hatcher

Read the full interview with Gary Guthart

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"I look at cost reduction as an ongoing exercise. So guess what? In the next 5 years, there’ll be another 25% target, so this is not going to go away." — Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak

Read the full interview with Omar Ishrak

"Doctors used to play a very meaningful role in the advancement of medicine and, while it might sound heretical for me to say this, they’ve been marginalized. If you don’t believe me, then go to your doctor and ask them what they think.." — Strathspey Crown Chairman Robert Grant

Read the full interview with Robert Grant

"If you want to start going after the consumer you must hire the people with that background and bring them in. If they don’t have a medical device background, teach them medical device. But encourage them to bring that approach, technique, discipline. You have no shot at the consumer if you don’t have those skills in the company and you are likely to waste both time and money." — Align Technology CEO Tom Prescott

Read the full interview with Tom Prescott

"My experience has been that, basically, innovation can trump a lot of economic headwinds." — Allergan CEO David Pyott

Read the full interview with David Pyott

"There are a lot of great people at Stryker. I think my exit was an unfortunate and unfair experience. To me it was unfair, unfortunate and personally challenging." — sBioMed CEO and former Stryker CEO Stephen MacMillan

Read the full interview with Stephen MacMillan

"I think democracy requires people to get involved, I believe we have to stay engaged in our democracy. Otherwise it doesn’t survive and other people run off with it." — Masimo CEO Joe Kiani

Read the full interview with Joe Kiani

"Innovation starts with a creative spark—but that spark turns into a great invention only if the right conditions are in place. Steady financing and a smart, highly skilled team are critical. The government also plays a critical role in speeding – or slowing – the pace of innovation. Three changes in government policy are essential: a more efficient regulatory system at the FDA, repeal of the medical device tax, and an increased national commitment to research and education." — Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren

Read Sen.-elect Warren’s op-ed


RSS From Medical Design & Outsourcing

  • MTD Micro Molding releases micro materials menu
    MTD Micro Molding, a long-time leader in micro-injection molding, has released an updated “Materials Menu” of materials that can be successfully micromolded to help guide engineers at medical device companies. Material selection is a crucial step in product manufacturability. The correct material drives tolerance, dimension, strength, usabality, speed-to-market, design, critical features, and cost. Through MTD’s […]
  • MedTech Chat: Elastic technology for drug delivery
    Dr. Zhen Gu and Dr. Yong Zhu from North Carolina State University are both co-senior authors of a research paper describing their recent work. Dr. Gu, Dr. Zhu and other researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a drug delivery technology that consists of an […]
  • B. Braun’s OEM Division offers large bore normally closed low-pressure check valves
    Infusion therapy and pain management device manufacturer B. Braun said today it is offering normally closed large-bore low-pressure check valves through its valve-focused contract manufacturing OEM division. The valves, offered by Bethlehem, Pa.-based B. Braun, are designed for the intermittent injection of fluids during medical treatment and open automatically when pressure is applied. The newly […]
  • Continuous 225W with natural convection for medical type BF power supply
    Powerbox, a European power supply company, introduces new Medline 225 series ac and dc single output open frame converters for medical type BF applications. The new OFM225 with its 3 x 5 in. footprint and 1.5 in. height is designed for a continuous output power of 225W with natural convection and 40°C ambient temperature, increasing to […]
  • Using data science to achieve ultra-low dose CT image reconstruction
    Prof. Jeff Fessler and Prof. Yong Long, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University (UM-SJTU) Joint Institute are collaborating on a project to develop a dramatically improved approach to low-dose X-ray CT image formation by extracting and using information from a big-data corpus of regular dose X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT) images. The research is […]
  • New vented dust caps from Qosina prevent damage and contamination on a new level
    Qosina is pleased to announce the addition of eleven new soft TPE vented dust caps (#11300, #11301, #11320, #11330, #11331, #11340, #11341, #11350, #11360, #11361 and #11380) in stock and ready for immediate delivery. These components are available in a variety of colors including blue, green, red, white and yellow; sizes range from 0.187 in. […]
  • Nader Najafi: A dream that saves lives
    Miniature wireless sensing and computing devices have the potential to improve people’s health, even save lives. Twenty years ago, working on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as a student at Michigan, Dr. Nader Najafi had a dream to be part of this future reality. He turned that dream to action when he left a promising career at […]
  • PBC Linear’s guide for approved bearing inspection method
    Understanding the method to properly inspect the Frelon liner in PBC Linear’s Simplicity plain bearings is essential to taking full advantage of the product. The Frelon liner supplies numerous attributes that make it preferable in many unique applications; however, being a teflon-based material requires a different method of inspection: Approved Inspection Method: Pin Gauges (AKA: Go or […]
  • 3W to 10W DIP-24 DC-DC converters have medical certification
    TDK announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda PXC-M series of DC-DC converters. Operating over a 4:1 input range, the 3W, 6W and 10W products are enclosed in the industry standard 1.25 x 0.8 x 0.4 in. DIP-24 package. Applications include a wide variety of medical applications and battery powered equipment. With a 5,000 Vac input […]
  • How do you mend a broken heart? By converting fat cells into stem cells that can help that vital organ repair itself
    Editor’s Note: This article is written by Jeannie Kever and discusses the recent research from the University of Houston. There has been little time to savor the successes of the moment as Dr. Robert Schwartz and members of his lab push relentlessly toward their goal. Their goal is to begin clinical trials that will showcase how common fat cells, treated […]
  • MNX Global Logistics opens new Life Sciences Logistics Center in Amsterdam
    MNX Global Logistics announces the opening of its dedicated supply chain and logistics facility in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, located just outside of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This facility with validated temperature-controlled supply chain capabilities will serve as the operations and warehousing hub for its life sciences and medical device customers throughout Europe. “The demand for our services […]

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