Author Archives: Amanda Pedersen

Will innovation pay the price for med-tech biggering?

The urge to go on biggering and biggering and biggering has taken over the med-tech world. Barely a year after Zimmer and Biomet completed a $14 billion merger to become the second largest orthopedic device maker, the company now plans…

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Boston Scientific flies the W flag

It took 10 years but Boston Scientific (BSX) may have finally overcome its ill-advised 2006 Guidant acquisition. The company’s shares hit a decade high Wednesday, at one point spiking nearly 12 percent to $22.05 after knocking its first quarter sales…

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Much ado about obesity

Five years ago during Cleveland Clinic’s 2010 Medical Innovation Summit, a panel audience was asked, by a show of hands, if they considered obesity a disease. Only about half the audience raised their hand. The other half raised their hand…

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IPO flurry sparks optimism for med-tech

IPOs in the United States may be lagging overall, but in med-tech we have seen a flurry of IPO activity, sparking some long overdue optimism regarding the health of the industry. Most recently, Natera, a California-based company, began trading (NASDAQ:…

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Blowing smoke up your backside wasn’t always a figure of speech!

If someone is blowing smoke up your butt today, it probably means they are feeding your ego with insincere compliments. But a few hundred years ago people literally blew smoke up other peoples’ keisters for a variety of medicinal purposes….

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Is the idea of memory transfer too sci-fi for sci-fi?

It’s truly a futuristic world we live in with technology that not so long ago was only seen in science fiction. Last year, as part of a three-part series Medical Device Daily published, I explored 3-D printing and the potential…

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We wish you a … tax repeal!

Right about this time last week, somewhere between the third slice of pumpkin pie and a turkey-induced coma, my mind drifted over some of the stories Medical Device Daily has covered in 2014 and all the things the med-tech industry…

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We’ve come a long way baby!

I have had may share of personal experiences with medical technology. Some were painful, some humiliating, and some downright scary. But looking at a humorous list from ViralNova (www.viralnova.com) of 15 vintage medical devices, I’m reminded of how far medical…

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Pronunciations for $200!

The medical device industry is no stranger to whistleblower lawsuits. In fact, these cases are so commonplace that most of the time they don’t even make the front page. I wouldn’t go so far as to say the industry is…

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Corporate greed vs. the American Dream

In 2004 my hometown lost its largest employer to corporate greed. I was a young reporter for the local newspaper, The Register-Mail, when Maytag closed its doors in 2004, forcing roughly 1,600 workers in Galesburg, Illinois and surrounding towns out…

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