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Medical Product Manufacturing News, September/October 2015

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M E D I C A L P R O D U C T M A N U F A C T U R I N G N E W S Q M E D . C O M / M P M N 4 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 Visit MPMN Online at for such features as: ■ The Best Medical Device Firms to Work For f rms-work ■ The Worst-Performing Medical Device Firms of 2015 performing-medical-device-f rms-2015 ■ 5 Most Overpaid Medtech CEOs medtech-ceos ■ Google Steps Up Its Fight Against Diabetes ght- against-diabetes ■ 10 Most Innovative Med Device Companies innovative-med-device-companies Medtech Pulse, a blog written by the editors of MPMN, addresses emerging technologies, industry reports, supplier news, and research developments in the medical device industry, enabling you to stay abreast of developments as they happen. Go to At Qmed/MPMN Online, you'll also f nd: ■ Qmed supplier brochures ■ Qmed supplier datasheets ■ White papers Plus, a partnership between Qmed and Clarimed offers users exclusive access to download adverse- event reports by product code, device category, or manufacturer through DeviceMatters at Connect with us on LinkedIn and on Twitter at and! 6 Need to Know Find out how Philips made app-based ultrasound a reality. 8 Minnesota Medtech Week UBM Canon is partnering with LifeScience Alley to broaden the scope of the annual MD&M Minneapolis event. 14 Special Feature: Cardiology The sensing technology at the heart of the CardioMEMS HF system was inspired by a MEMS sensor designed to monitor jet engine pressure. 16 Special Feature: Extrusion Discover the ways in which medical extrusion is proving to be a dynamic f eld. 18 Special Feature: Testing Better animal testing alternatives are coming to the U.S. 20 Regional Focus Midwest 22 Spotlight Molding 26 Engineering Insight: 5 Sci-Fi Technologies for Medtech We round up f ve examples of technologies coming to healthcare that previously belonged to the realm of science f ction. 4 Editor's Column 25 Classif eds 25 Advertisers Index 22 18 IN THIS ISSUE Slowly but surely, the so-called Maker Movement is beginning to have an inf uence on the medical device sector, bringing a dramatically different approach to product development to the industry. It is turning people with no experience developing medical devices into healthcare technology tinkerers. Consider the case of the Robohand, a prosthetic hand developed by the Australian woodworker Richard van As, who lost four f ngers in an accident in 2011. Working together with the U.S.-based special-effects designer Ivan Owen, the two created the low-cost Robohand using a MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3-D printer. While traditional upper-body prosthetics can range in price from $3000 to $30,000, a mid-range desktop 3-D printer can be had for less than $3000. The Robohand itself costs approximately $150 to construct when factoring in all mechanical costs. But the Robohand is not an isolated example. Its creators uploaded the design for the device into, enabling anyone in the world with Internet access to see the plans for the device, enabling them to modify the design or to use it as a starting point for a new design. "There are now hundreds of different prosthetics available on Thingiverse for free to download for anyone," says Johan-Till Broer, public relations manager at Makerbot. "And parents with children needing prosthetic hands can now print out a series of custom devices for their children as they grow." "And it's not just prosthetics—it is really across the board," Broer says. "Surgeons are printing out models of organs. Then you have really innovative experimental use cases as well. At the Feinstein Institute in New York, they used the Replicator 2x—an experimental 3-D printer with two heads, to print out scaffolding for a trachea repair. One head printed a PLA scaffolding while the other was a modif ed print head to print living cells." 3-D printing is a promising technology for industries that aren't well served by traditional market dynamics, says Sef Attias, the CTO of Tikkun Olam Makers. Normal market forces are not geared to serve most people with disabilities, for instance. "When companies do create products for these people, they are often expensive and thus not accessible to a lot of people. We see projects that make senses as an Open Source project but not a traditional product because no business model exists for them yet," Attias says. Examples of such DIY medical-related projects are beginning to appear in the software world as well. One of the most prominent is the Nightscout continuous glucose monitor in the cloud. The open source technology provides real-time access to data from the Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor via computers, mobile devices, and the Pebble smartwatch, enabling trusted friends and family to access that data remotely. Remaking Medtech 14 EDITOR'S COLUMN ON THE WEB VOLUME 31 NUMBER 5 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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