Medical Technology – Issue 4

13 November 2017 (Last Updated November 16th, 2017 15:19)

In this issue: The world's smallest surgical robot, designing medical devices for emerging markets, tackling drug adherence with connected technologies, and the latest comment and analysis from GlobalData's healthcare team.

Medical Technology – Issue 4

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In this issue: The world’s smallest surgical robot, designing medical devices for emerging markets, tackling drug adherence with connected technologies, and the latest comment and analysis from GlobalData’s healthcare team.

British company Cambridge Medical Robotics is setting out to launch the world’s smallest surgical robot and take on a multi-billion dollar industry dominated by an American goliath. We speak to co-founder and CEO Martin Frost about the Versius robotic system for universal minimal access surgery and the company’s plans for carving out a niche in the rapidly growing market for surgical robotics.

We also explore key considerations for medical device makers looking for new business opportunities in emerging economies, ask whether the healthcare sector is ready to embrace the potential of artificial intelligence, and find out how connected smart devices could help solve the problem of drug adherence.

As always, we also round up the latest news from the medical device industry, and get comment and analysis from GlboalData’s healthcare analysts on market dynamics, product innovation, regional developments and regulatory issues.   

In this issue

Japanese drug delivery devices market to reach $3.4bn by 2023

Japan’s drug delivery devices market, which was pegged at $2.56bn in 2016, is estimated to reach $3.4bn by 2023, according to GlobalData.

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Cardiovascular medicine: ready for the digital era?

GlobalData’s healthcare team reports on the highlights from the European Society of Cardiology’s 2017 conference in Barcelona, with a special focus on digital health and wearable devices.

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Continuous glucose monitoring: a milestone for US diabetes care

The FDA approval of Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash continuous glucose monitor marks a breakthrough for diabetes care in the US, according to GlobalData. 

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With only the US market left, can Bayer’s Essure device survive?

The withdrawal of Bayer’s Essure sterilisation device from non-US markets has caused speculation over the product’s long-term future as safety concerns and lawsuits mount. 

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The future of artificial intelligence in healthcare

Artificial intelligence is making its way into the medical sector, but will it be a hard pill to swallow for the industry? GlobalData’s healthcare team takes a look at the potential benefits and risks of using AI in healthcare. 

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Designing medical devices for emerging markets

Emerging and developing economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia represent significantly underserved markets for healthcare products and services, including medical devices. Bryan Wyatt, global head of medical technology and healthcare at Cyient, explores key considerations for international device manufacturers looking to enter these markets. 

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The road to market for the world’s smallest surgical robot

British company Cambridge Medical Robotics is setting out to launch the world’s smallest surgical robot and take on a multi-billion dollar industry dominated by an American goliath. Chris Lo speaks to co-founder and CEO Martin Frost about the Versius robotic system for universal minimal access surgery and the company’s future plans.

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Can connected technologies solve the problem of drug adherence?

Non-adherence to treatment regimens costs healthcare systems hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Elly Earls finds out how an Internet of Things-powered solution proposed by Vodafone could help.

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Securing the safety of devices connected to the Internet is a paramount for developers of connected medical devices. The integrity of a device’s software not only protects the device itself, but also the patient relying on the device. We explore the challenges in securing medical devices and find out how manufactures can meet them.

MED-EL recently launched what it calls the world’s first cochlear implant powered by wireless charging, while Cochlear has teamed with Apple to make the first “made for iPhone” cochlear implants using a sound processor that allows direct streaming from Apple devices. We take a look at the technology behind these new products.

We also review a recent breakthrough in nanokicking technology which has enabled researchers to grow three-dimensional samples of mineralised bone from human mesenchymal stem cells for the first time without typical osteoinductive media, and find out what it could mean for the potential culture of cellularised bone grafts.

As always, we also round up the latest news from the medical device industry, and get comment and analysis from GlboalData’s healthcare analysts on market dynamics, product innovation, regional developments and regulatory issues.