Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

A Chinese Perspective on Workers Taking US Medtech Executive Hostage

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The ordeal of Specialty Medical Supplies owner Chip Starnes, who was held hostage in China by employees over concerns related to unpaid wages and rumoured layoffs, received extensive media coverage in the United States. He ultimately secured his release nearly one week after being sequestered by negotiating a deal worth ...

Japanese Doctors Flustered and Angry Following Olympus Scandal

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The stunning revelations of how Olympus Corp. managed to cover up huge investment losses for more than 20 years is making Japanese doctors anxious about whether the scandal will hurt the company’s mainstay gastro-intestinal endoscope business. “It’s nothing but a humiliation to all medical workers that Olympus took tens of billions ...

Localised Search Is Not Necessarily Your Friend – Part 1

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Guest blogger Amy Munice from Global B2B Communications writes: Is today’s Internet your friend? Alas, for the typical EMDT reader, I have a mixed answer. [caption id="attachment_24855" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Google"][/caption] At about the same time as the first stirrings of the worldwide recession, the world’s search engines began to start favouring local companies. Localised ...

Moving to Asia or Beyond? Think Twice, or Thrice . . .

Monday, August 8th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_24258" align="alignleft" width="175" caption="Martin Bryant"][/caption] Guest Blogger Martin Bryant, Vice President, Uson, writes: Multinational medical device manufacturers in Europe and the United States have been talking up the possibilities of moving operations offshore. In July, the US Congress started hearings about whether, how and if the inefficiencies of regulatory bodies were ...

And Now for Something Completely Different: Why Europe’s Regulatory System for Medical Devices Works

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

As noted in the Daily Buzz yesterday on emdt.co.uk, there has been something of a feeding frenzy among the media questioning the efficacy and safety of Europe's regulatory system for medical devices. One of the more colourful comments is attributed to Nick Freemantle, Professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, writing ...

Medtech World News: Anniversary of Kobe Earthquake also Commemorates Community’s Recovery

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Sixteen years ago, the city of Kobe, Japan, was rocked by a cataclysmic earthquake. Miki Anzai, Associate Editor of Japan Medical Design & Manufacturing Technology, reflects on how medical technology has helped to heal the region. On Monday, 17 January, Kobe and neighbouring cities commemorated the 16th anniversary of the 1995 ...

Medtech World News: Monitoring Your Heart on the Go

Monday, January 10th, 2011

It seems as if 2010 was the year of medical apps for smartphones. Faster, easier, cheaper­, more convenient and personalised are the buzz words these days. But can your smartphone really accurately monitor your heart rate? And how smart is it to rely on your smartphone for such vital information?

What Indiana’s Medtech Manufacturers Could Learn from Their German Counterparts

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Formerly with Roche Diagnostics and now the head of a consultancy in Indianapolis, IN, USA, catering to life science companies, Bruce Frank was recently interviewed by the Indianapolis Business Journal. His consulting work often brings him to Germany, and the conversation turned to the impressive manufacturing base that Germany has ...

EU Ministers Seek Solution for A Patently Absurd System

Monday, December 13th, 2010

If you want to patent your idea in Europe, you can apply in each individual country or you can go to the European Patent Office (EPO). In this day and age, it would be foolish not to go a centralised body, right? Well, there is one nagging detail that may ...

Medtronic’s R&D Policies Questioned

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Last week, in our Qmed Daily Europe newsletter, we included a story on Medtronic's recent launch of a European Web portal, which, the press release explains, is intended to "help physicians and medical technology inventors to bring their innovative ideas to life." The article prompted a reader to send us an ...

Many SMEs Question the Value of Social Media, Survey Finds

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

A recent study found that 52% of Britain’s small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) use social media. However, 27% of those polled in the Forum of Private Business study expressed doubts about the value of the popular networking sites—21% described them as "not useful" and 6% went even further, labelling them "useless." An article ...

HTAs: Talking Dollars and Sense

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Conventional health technology assessment (HTA) has one serious flaw: its [inability] to capture the full cost of not treating the patient in terms of both quantitative and qualitative measures of broader social impact, writes Eucomed Chief Executive John Wilkinson in his blog this month. The cost of lost workdays and ...