Medical Device Strategy Institute Debates Past and Future of Japan’s Medtech Industry

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The Medical Device Strategy Institute (MDSI), Japan’s premier think tank focused on the medical device industry, held its first forum on 7 October. Experts from industry, government and academia gathered to discuss the past quarter century of Japan’s medtech industry and sketched their visions of its future.

Japan’s PMDA to Test Faster Approval System

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) has launched a pilot programme to expedite the review process for medical devices: the agency will now accept application forms while applicants are still performing clinical tests. The move is part of Japan’s five-year action plan, set forth last year, to shorten lengthy ...

Japan Eases Approval Process for Select Medical Devices

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

It is going to get a little easier for device manufacturers to introduce certain products into the Japanese marketplace. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has modified the classification of some medical devices, paving the way for acceleration of an approval process that is typically long and arduous.

Japanese Start Up Seeks Funding for Hyperthermia Cancer Treatment Technology

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

A new form of hyperthermia treatment to combat cancer has been developed by an Ehime University spin off located in Ehime, Japan. The technology has been tested on animals, and Ehime’s AdMeTech Co. is now looking for investors to prepare the equipment for human use. Compared with existing systems, the new ...

Japanese Device Manufacturers Warm to Rapid Heat Cycle Moulding Technology

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Rapid Heat Cycle Moulding (RHCM), which is used to fabricate home appliances and housings for electronic products, is finding new applications in the medtech industry, according to Ono Sangyo Co. (OSK), which holds an international patent on the technology.

Japanese Medtech Association Launches Think Tank, Cautions Against Burdensome Regulations

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Japan's first think tank focused on the medical device industry has been established. The Medical Device Strategy Institute (MDSI) will initiate research and generate dialogue on policy issues of interest. Among its projects is a paper on market trends spanning a quarter century. It is a noteworthy development because Japan’s ...