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The top 10 FierceMedicalDevices news stories in 2014

In med tech, here are the top 10 news stories of the year so far, based on web traffic.

New paradigms in diagnostics: graphene and a single drop of blood

Philadelphia's Graphene Frontiers is developing a hand-held, point-of-care diagnostic device that can detect heart attack biomarkers from a drop of blood within minutes, thanks to the use of the company's namesake material.

Propel(x): Bringing due diligence to deep-tech startup crowdfunding

When the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act became law, no one was quite sure what, if anything, it would do in practice to encourage the financing of innovative companies. One firm is plowing ahead into this uncharted territory, aiming to push beyond the often consumer-oriented efforts of major crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

J&J Innovation's Ken Drazan on the future of med tech

Ken Drazan, the head of Johnson & Johnson's California Innovation Center, sat down with FierceMedicalDevices to muse on the company's interest in med tech.

Q&A: CMO says Covidien wants to engage parallel review process

FierceMedicalDevices caught up with Covidien Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Tarnoff at the annual AdvaMed conference in Chicago at the beginning of October. Tarnoff also performs minimally invasive and bariatric surgery part-time at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Med tech attorneys say FDA ramping up monitoring of device promotion

Device advice was in abundance at today's Food and Drug Law Institute panel discussion on the industry's compliance with promotion and advertising regs, featuring prominent industry lawyers from Medtronic, Covidien, Abbott and law firms.

Four lessons about the orthopedics industry from the CEO of group purchasing organization Amerinet

Few sectors have been impacted by healthcare reform more than the orthopedics industry. And the looming merger of Zimmer and Biomet threatens to bring even more change and further consolidation. To get another perspective, FierceMedicalDevices spoke with Todd Ebert, the CEO of group purchasing organization Amerinet.

You're so fierce: A call for nominations of the top women in med tech

FierceMedicalDevices is putting together a list of the "Top 10 Women in Med Tech" for the very first time this year to honor top innovators, dealmakers and other standouts in the sector. And we have opened our online form for nominating women for this year's feature. Submit your nominations here.

Device share of healthcare venture capital funding hits decade low

While medical device venture activity may have picked up this year, the comparison point in 2013 was abysmally low. In addition, Series A device investment was still shrinking. That's according to a new report from Silicon Valley Bank. These trends are pushing the sector to be more reliant on angel investors, which are becoming more accessible with the advent of crowdfunding, and corporate VCs, who are stealthy but increasingly active.

Antibiotics, lab safety and disease outbreaks top CDC Director Tom Frieden's to-do list

I caught up with Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last week, prior to his address at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC. Other media outlets joined in later. Here are some takeaways from his speech on antibiotic resistance, as well as our conversation.