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Wearable health trackers are making their way into the clinical trial space, bringing improvements in patient recruitment and novel findings on common conditions. However, the technology has a long way to go before it can be adopted into the mainstream. We find out more about the potential of wearables in clinical trials and the challenges that still need to be overcome.


We also find out how Bionic Vision Technologies plans to commercialise its ‘Bionic Eye’ implants for retinitis pigmentosa patients, and hear from Project WiDE about its new software that aims to bring down the time and cost of customising 3D printed prosthetics.

As always, we also round up the latest market insight and comment from GlobalData’s healthcare analysts.

In this issue

Insight: Markets
Artificial intelligence and neurostimulation: GlobalData’s healthcare analysts take a look at drivers of market growth.
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Insight: Regional
From Trump’s plan to scrap Obamacare to China’s public hospital reform, GlobalData comments on regional developments affecting the medical device industry.
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Insight: Products
In our round-up of product specific analysis from around the world, we take a look at growth prospects for pancreatic and biliary stents and motion-retaining spinal implants.
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Smarter Trials
Wearable health trackers are making their way into the clinical trial space, bringing improvements in patient recruitment and novel findings on common conditions. Elly Earls asks how the technology can move into the mainstream.
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The Bionic Eye
Bionic Vision Technologies has raised $18m to develop and commercialise its bionic eye and plans to trial the implant in in patients with retinitis pigmentosa. Abi Millar finds out more about the technology and its road to the market.
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Printed to Order
Project WiDE is working on increasing the availability of 3D printed prosthetics through a purely digital process. The company claims its software can process designs of a prosthetic hand in minutes, reducing the time and cost of 3D modelling. Callum Tyndall takes a look at this approach.
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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has called on the UK to align its regulation of medical devices with EU regulation to avoid losing export business after the country leaves the EU. We ask what the government and the industry can do to secure business with Europe.

We also speak to Brainomix about its new imaging software, which uses artificial intelligence to identify and interpret brain damage from CT scans, and promises faster and more accurate diagnosis in stroke victims. With trials underway in the UK and Europe, the company has now teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim in a bid to boost widespread adoption.

Already a common sight in many homes, voice assistants similar to Amazon’s Echo are also making their way into the medical space. We speak to pioneers in the field to find out more about the potential of the technology and how it could be used in clinical trials.

As always, we also get the latest comment and analysis from GlobalData.

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