• De Novo Becoming Faster and Easier Pathway to Market

    25 October, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    There are many pathways to bring a medical device to market. The 510(k) and premarket approval (PMA) are the most common, while the de novo pathway is less popular. Advances in technology and changes in regulatory standards are making the de novo a more attractive option.

    Full story
  • Med Device Company Takes Flight With Life-Changing Innovation

    3 October, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Startup ventures are the embodiment of innovation – often hitting the ground running with little more than an idea and a vision. Part one of this three-part series introduces startup medical device company, BraveHeart Wearable Life Sensors, and how it is uniquely inspired by aviation.

    Full story
  • Top 5 Nutraceutical Trends in 2018 - Exploring Different Delivery Methods

    4 October, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The nutraceutical world is constantly evolving to meet consumer needs and the search for alternative delivery forms is a prime example of this. To combat pill fatigue, supplements now come in liquids, powders, lotions and sprays, but companies embracing innovation need to be aware of the challenges they face.

    Full story
  • Airplane Preflight Check Exemplifies Quality in Med Device Design

    10 October, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Before any aircraft leaves the ground, it undergoes a preflight check. Part 2 of this series on BraveHeart features Steve McCalmont performing an aircraft preflight check to illustrate how this critical part of flying equates to the importance of incorporating quality in the design of a medical device.

    Full story
  • How Approaching MDR/IVDR Deadlines Are Impacting Med Device Industry

    26 September, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The countdown to the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulations (IVDR) deadlines is underway. However, transition issues are creating a logistical logjam for both the medical device industry and the European Commission (EC), which is impacting the med device industry. MedTech Europe still wants the EC to stop the clock.

    Full story
  • Getting Paid: A Shifting Medical Device Reimbursement Landscape in Australia

    9 October, 2018 by Sarah Griffin, Principal Consultant, Brandwood Biomedical (Australia)

    Australia is increasingly an attractive market for medical device manufacturers. But medtech companies need to know the complexities of the country’s blended public and private hospital systems to avoid confusion and fully profit from its device reimbursement opportunities.

    Full story
  • New Digital Pathways Boost Success Rate of Med Device Introductions

    25 September, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Launching a med device always has a sense of urgency. However, failing to gain market approval or facing a recall can be costly. You avoid these scenarios with new digital pathways that facilitate faster and more efficient regulatory information management (RIM) and product life cycle development.

    Full story
  • FMEA Without Tears: A Prescription to Reduce Pain and Confusion

    11 October, 2018 by Rai Chowdhary, CEO and Founder, The KPI System

    Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is a particularly effective tool in risk management. But its use is often accompanied by fear or pain because practitioners struggle to apply it. Learn how to effectively use FMEA without trepidation to improve your company’s risk management operations.

    Full story
  • 10 Key Steps for Implementing a QMS

    27 September, 2018 by Tifany Desprez, Communication & Marketing Manager with MasterControl Partner Apsalys

    Your company needs to an integrated, automated quality management system (QMS) to help you get your products to market faster and more efficiently. Where do you start? Consider these 10 steps to help you audit your current system and processes, get stakeholders onboard, and implement a QMS that will signifcantly improve your company's quality processes.

    Full story
  • The Globalization of Clinical Data in Medtech

    18 September, 2018 by Danielle Giroud, Founder and CEO, MD-Clinicals (Switzerland)

    Regulatory agencies are increasingly demanding prospective clinical data as part of the clinical evidence for medical device market access. That is increasing the costs borne by manufacturers. The silver lining: the acceptance of foreign data by those agencies, including China, is also on the rise.

    Full story
  • How to Approach Design Control From Both FDA and ISO Viewpoints

    13 September, 2018 by Mike Rigert, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Design control plays a key role in producing a successful medical device or IVD tool in initial development and through its lifecycle. Learn some tips on how to approach a design control strategy from either FDA or ISO perspectives.

    Full story
  • Leveraging the Value of Quality in Your Business Through ISO

    11 September, 2018 by Christine Park, Founder and Owner, Christine Park and Associates

    Rather than viewing ISO as a burden, think of it as a standard upon which you can build a foundation for the sustainability and growth of your business. Learn how to use ISO as a catalyst to align a quality management system (QMS) with the strategic direction of your company.

    Full story
  • Top 5 Nutraceutical Trends in 2018 – Functional Foods

    30 August, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The dietary supplement and functional foods markets overlap to a certain extent. Rather than trying to resist this, nutraceutical companies can get the best of both worlds by expanding their offerings to include functional snacks and beverages.

    Full story
  • Ugly Babies, Silent Enemies and Other Short Stories from a Continuous Improvement Conference

    6 September, 2018 by Chet Marchwinski, Communications Director, Lean Enterprise Institute

    Continuous improvement professionals, managers, and executives from the U.S. and Canada presented at the recent Canadian Lean Conference in June 2018, which drew about 1,000 business leaders to Winnipeg. Presenters shared lessons and results from lean transformation efforts as well as some personal journeys. Here’s a digest of some of the stories I heard.

    Full story
  • Avoiding the Top 5 Violations of 21 CFR Part 111

    23 August, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    All dietary supplement companies must comply with the CGMPs outlined in 21 CFR Part 111. However, doing this and recording it is easier said than done. The top 5 violations recorded by the FDA show which areas need the most improvement and how automated systems can help

    Full story