Editor's Corner

  • Chinese government urges hospitals to buy local devices

    Unfortunately for foreign devicemakers, import substitution appears to be one of the means by which China intends to achieve its goal of creating 10 med tech breadwinners worth 5 billion yuan ($820 million) apiece by 2020.

Johnson & Johnson weighs $250M settlement to resolve more hip implant claims

Long plagued by suits over its metal-on-metal hip implants, Johnson & Johnson is weighing a $250 million settlement to resolve more claims that were not covered under an earlier accord.

Zimmer Biomet will be created amid executive shake-up

The long-anticipated acquisition of Biomet by Zimmer Holdings is almost slated to close. The resulting entity will be known as Zimmer Biomet; it has already unveiled a planned new organizational structure and an executive team that draws heavily on the soon-to-be-incorporated Biomet. The deal to create this musculoskeletal giant is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015.

Stratasys, Worrell partner for faster, cheaper 3-D printed medical devices

Making medical device prototypes using 3-D injection molding, rather than traditional aluminum molds, could reduce the costs and time associated with the product creation and iteration process. That's what major 3-D printer Stratasys is betting on with its new partnership with Worrell.

AliveCor heart monitor, app added to GreatCall's health-focused smartphone

GreatCall, maker of mobile health and safety apps, is adding the AliveCor Heart Monitor for detecting atrial fibrillation to its offerings. Alivecor's electrocardiogram can now be mounted to back of the GreatCall3 smartphone and used with the AliveECG app.

Wearable subsidiary formed by Allied Minds based on Columbia University tech

Tech development company Allied Minds entered a licensing agreement with Columbia University to form Seamless Devices.