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In this episode the MassDevice editorial team will break down all the action at DeviceTalks Boston. You’ll also hear from keynote speaker Eric Benjamin, executive vice president of innovation, strategy and digital products, at the company. To read MassDevice’s coverage of DeviceTalks Boston go here. Thank you to our sponsor DeepDyve. To try out DeepDyve go to
First, a quick recap of DeviceTalks Boston. Then, a MedtronicTalks Podcast Replay, in which Austin L. Chiang, MD, explains why he brought his sizable social media following to Medtronic, where he serves as chief medical officer of the Gastrointestinal business. Chiang says his decision is directly tied to his excitement about Medtronic’s growing suite of GI products including the AI-powered GI Genius and the swallowable PillCam. Chiang explains why he chose to couple the company’s broad platform with his own social media presence to reach more patients who may need treatment of gastrointestinal care. He also gives advice to other physicians who may want to amplify their own voices through social media.
DeviceTalks Boston is here! Win a free registration. In this week’s episode, we’ll give you a little taste of what you’ll see at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on May 10-11. Friend and colleague Steve Crowe, editorial director of the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, will share what attendees will see at that meeting, which is co-located with DeviceTalks Boston. Then, we’ll talk with Peter Stebbins about his Opening Keynote Interview with medtech veteran Peter Doyle, who is now dean of Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We’ll also get a final update from Paul Grand, CEO of Medtech Innovator, about the 22 mid-stage medical device companies that will be presenting at DeviceTalks Boston. A selected few will then compete at Medtech Innovator’s Pitch Contest on May 11. And to demonstrate we’re not just selling you on an event, we talk with Dave Evans, co-founder and CEO of Fictiv, a technology company that has raised nearly $200 million to fix – or disrupt – the supply chain. Finally, a contest for loyal and attentive DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast listeners. Win free registration to DeviceTalks Boston!
In this episode, Nick Spadea-Anello, Boston Scientific’s global president of electrophysiology, will explain how the $1.7 billion paid for Baylis Medical will help expand the Boston's extensive EP portfolio. We also talk about the message he likes to impart upon employees of recently acquired companies, sharing some lessons he learned when Boston Scientific acquired his then-employer, Guidant. We also welcome Brian Johnson, president of MassMedic, the top medical device association in New England, into the booth as our co-host. Johnson, of course, brings his insider perspective to Newmarker’s Newsmakers, but he also shares how everyone needs to do a better job of sharing medtech’s stories. He should know. Johnson is the co-founder of MassDevice and DeviceTalks! So we got an origin story as well. Executive editor Chris Newmarker brought a powerful newsmaker list including an interesting take on a recent collaboration between Medtronic and GE Healthcare. Other newsmakers include Alcon, Philips, Abbott, and the deal between Medtronic and Acutus medical that might be an answer to Boston’s acquisition of Bayliss. 5 - 4- 3 - More Abbott news today... 2 - 1 -
In this episode, we’ll talk to two of the more innovative companies in the peripheral vascular space – Shockwave Medical and LimFlow – about how they’re helping to treat people who previously had few or zero options. This episode is brought to you by Confluent Medical. LimFlow CEO Dan Rose walked us through his decision to build his Medtech career in Europe. He also talked about LimFlow’s unique approach to using veins as a route to deliver blood to limbs rather than return blood to the heart. Our second interview is with Doug Godshall, CEO and President of Shockwave Medical. Godshall admittedly came to medtech later in his career, but he’s taken on some of its most serious and intractable problems, first as CEO of HeartWare and now Shockwave Medical. You can learn more about Shockwave here and LimFlow here. We’ll also have Chris Newmarker delivering his Newmarker’s Newsmakers including news from Philips, Johnson & Johnson MedTech, Natus Medical, Amazon Web Services, and Dentsplay Sirona. Subscribe to this podcast on all major podcast apps. #5 #4 #3 #2 #1
In this week’s episode, we interview Joe Army, CEO of Vapotherm, and Alton Shader, CEO of Viant. First. We’ll follow Army’s heartful move into Medtech, which includes his current role as CEO of Vapotherm, maker of the high flow nasal cannula that proved to be a highly effective tool to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19. We’ll later learn that Vapotherm’s ability to supply hospitals with this life-saving technology was in doubt due to labor shortages. But Shader details how the contract manufacturer stepped in to immediately help with Vapotherm’s dilemma. The interview is a taste of the discussion Vapotherm and Viant will lead at DeviceTalks Boston on May 10. Go to to register. We also bring in former Johnson & Johnson executive Peter Stebbins to tell us about his upcoming interview with Frank Doyle III, dean of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Doyle will be our keynote interview subject on the morning of May 10 at DeviceTalks Boston. Stebbins also provides his experience and insights to this week’s Newmarker’s Newsmakers including news from Medtronic, Masimo, Boston Scientific, GE Healthcare and FitBit. #5 #4 #3 #2 #1
In this episode of StrykerTalks, Jessica Mathieson, vice president and general manager of the Acute Care, recounts her unusual path into the medical device industry, giving advice to others interested in making the transition. The conversation then delves into an unassuming – but critical – piece of medical equipment – the hospital bed where most patient-healthcare interaction takes place. Later in the interview, Mathieson will talk about Stryker’s work to provide new technologies that help healthcare workers handle their increasing stress loads; technologies that incorporate technology from the recently acquired Vocera. Also, how is Stryker sharing risk with hospitals to increase patient safety?
In this episode, Penumbra CEO Adam Elsesser shares why he left a successful law career to become CEO of a medical device startup. After selling that company to Boston Scientific, Elsesser and his co-founders started Penumbra, which has steadily built businesses in stroke and vascular businesses. But Penumbra’s biggest business may be an immersive VR technology system that’s able to improve mental health. This episode is sponsored by TE Connectivity. Executive Editor Chris Newmarker brings his top stories of the week. This episode’s Newmarker’s Newsmakers including Ascensia, Senseonics, GE Healthcare, Olympus, DJO, Abbott. We also highlight the biggest news of the quarter coming, including an acquisition by Medtronic. Subscribe to this podcast on any major podcast player.
In this episode, we’ll assemble the news team to bring you stories big, small and in the middle. Associate Editor Sean Whooley delivers HUGE results. He interviews CEO Dev Kurdikar and CFO Jake Elguicze, leaders of the newly spun out Embecta, the one-time business of Becton Dickinson that’s now an immediate player in the diabetes space. Later on, Jim Hammerand, managing editor of Medical Design & Outsourcing magazine, interviews Torrey Smith, the CEO and Co-founder of Endiatx, a small company developing microrobots that could someday replace the work of an endoscope. In between we’ll hear the Newmarker’s Newsmakers from Chris Newmarker, executive editor of life sciences. This week’s top stories including new from Philips, Biobeat, Staar Surgical, BD, Embecta and Owens Minor. Find the articles here: To read Jim Hammerand's Medical Design and Outsourcing cover story on Endiatx go here. Subscribe on all major podcast apps.
In this episode of IntuitiveTalks, we take our first look at Intuitive’s Future Forward program, a three-piece initiative to better understand how the company fits best into an evolving healthcare landscale. Our guests are Julian Nikolchev, an experienced medical device entrepreneur and investor who now serves as SVP, Development and Strategy at the Intuitive. Nikolchev led the creation of Intuitive Ventures, a $100 million corporate venture capital program led by our second guest, Oliver Keown, MD, a physician turned investor who is leading the creation of an intriguing portfolio of digital and medical device companies that will help inform Intuitive’s future. You can see Intuitive’s full team and portfolio here.
In this episode of the DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, we speak with Yuriy Lebed, the CEO of Pharmaxi LLC, a CRO based in Kyiv, Urkaine, that works with pharmaceutical and medical device companies across the globe. In an interview from Lviv, Lebed says he was as shocked as many that Russia would invade its neighbor. The attack forced him to relocate with his family to Lviv, in the western part of the country. From there, he’s been able to lead the CRO as it keeps many clinical trials running. He calls the country’s regulators are “heroes” for vowing to process approvals while the capital city is bombed. He also says Pharmaxi is already planning for the future, which includes expanding operations into Poland and working within EU countries. You can find a way to donate to relief efforts for Ukraine here.
In this episode, we talk to two principals of Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s push to bring higher powered tech into its digital surgery strategy. In separate interviews, Johnson & Johnson Group CIO and Global VP of Medical Devices Larry Jones and Office of Digital Innovation Leader Peter Schulam (who also serves as global head of medical affairs, clinical affairs and pre-clinical research for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Cos.) explain how the company is moving toward the future. In our Newmarker’s Newsmakers segment, Jim Hammerand, managing editor of Medical Design and Outsourcing, tells us about his ongoing Cloud series. We first heard from Jones and Schulam in an MDO article. Link below. Jim also joins Chris Newmarker, executive editor of life sciences, and Tom Salemi, Editorial Director of DeviceTalks, in discussing medtech’s news of the week including news from robotic pill maker EndiaTx, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, DexCom and GE Healthcare and AliveCor. Also, listen for the code to save 25% off registration to DeviceTalks Boston and DeviceTalks Minnesota. TODAYS LINKS MDO Article - Newsmaker #5 - Newsmaker #4 - Newsmaker #3 - Newsmaker #2 - Newsmaker #1 - Donate to World Central Kitchen - Subscribe on all major podcast channels.
In this debut episode of the StrykerTalks Podcast series, Spencer Stiles, group president of orthopaedics and spine business at the medical device giant, reveals the mixture of art and science that went into successfully integrating Wright Medical into Stryker’s industry leading orthopedic business. What does Wright’s portfolio and personnel bring to the table? We’ll also talk about MAKO’s future. How will robotic surgery fit into healthcare delivery more broadly, and what does new complementary tech make possible.
In this week’s podcast, we’ll speak with Sally Saba, MD, Medtronic’s chief inclusion and diversity officer, about the company’s work to create a more welcoming – and better performing – workplace. Paul Grand, CEO of MedTech Innovator, returns to take part in Executive Editor’s Chris Newmarker’s Newsmaker session. We talk about hour industry’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Ryan Egeland, MD, joining Big Sky Innovator, the top-performing companies of 2021, the collapse of another SPAC deal, and an eye-opening approval. BUY A MAMMOTH TOOTH FOR A GOOD CAUSE - LEARN ABOUT DEVICETALKS BOSTON SIGN UP to try to present at DeviceTalks Boston though the MedTech Innovator Program
In this week’s episode of the DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, Vafa Jamali, CEO of the newest medical device company ZimVie, speaks with Chris Newmarker, executive editor at MassDevice, about the companys’ plans post-spinout from Zimmer Biomet. Jamali explains where the company sees opportunities to compete in the spinal space. In addition to the interview, we talk about the medical device industry’s support of Ukraine, as it’s being invaded by Russia. If you want to support Ukrainians during this attack you can find some charities here. In our Newmarker’s Newsmaker’s segment we hit about news from Siemens Healthineers, Roche, Philips, Varian, Heartflow, and Butterfly Networks. If you want to see the agenda for DeviceTalks Boston go here. If you want to register for my webinar discussing our plans for our in-person DeviceTalks Boston meeting go here.
In this episode, we’ll speak with Heather Hudnut Page, vice president and general manager of peripheral vascular at Philips about the company’s ongoing efforts to build an image-guided therapy program. Hudnut Page will walk us through the four sizable acquisitions Philips has made to build out its pipeline. We first visited Philips two years ago when we spoke with Chris Landon, Senior Vice President and Business Leader for Image-guided therapy devices. Chris Landon returns to the podcast to share his thoughts on this week’s Newsmarker’s Newsmakers. This week, Executive Editor Chris Newmarker highlighted the news from Baxter, Shockwave, Smith & Nephew, Medtronic, and Abbott. Subscribe to this podcast on any major podcast channel. You can listen to Chris Landon's interview here.
Welcome to the first ever DeviceTalks Weekly Pitchcast! This week Kwame Ulmer, executive director of Medtech Color, sits in on the Newsmaker segment and delivers details on the upcoming Medtech Color Pitch Contest. Then, you can hear from the contests finalists themselves - AllergenIQ, bTECH LLC, Candlelit Therapy, Dialysis-X, Diatech Diabetes, Free From Marketplace, SealCath, Sunny and TAB Diagnostics. You can watch the pitch competition on March 8 by registering at Chris Newmarker's Newsmakers includes Philips, Boston Scientific, Bayliss, Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Synthes and Masimo. Subscribe to this podcast on every major podcast channel.
This week we’ll focus on a few of the exciting companies in the diabetes space. Associate Editor Sean Whooley first tracks down Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer, who discusses the company’s next-generation G7 continuous glucose monitor, which is awaiting FDA approval. Then, Sean speaks with Bigfoot Biomedical CEO Jeffrey Brewer to learn more about what he calls “a transformational attempt” to simplify CGMs with an all-in-one platform with a smart insulin pen cap. Finally, Sean interviews Senseonics CMO Dr. Francine Kaufman about the company’s Eversense 180-day CGM, which just received FDA approval. Chris Newmarker brings his Newsmakers of the week including Amazon, Thermo Fisher, HeartFlow, Abbott, Cooper Company and Cook Medical. This episode was sponsored by Accumold. Subscribe to this podcast on major podcast channels.
In this episode we’ll interview Michael Friedrich, CEO of Distalmotion, creator of Dexter, a robotic system used for laparoscopic procedures. Friedrich details how Dexter is positioned to build a market in an area untapped by other surgical robotic systems. The company recently closed on a $90 million Series E led by Revival Healthcare and 415 Capital. (For a related podcast listen to our most recent episode of Intuitive Talks on your DeviceTalks Weekly Library.) Executive editor Chris Newsmaker delivers his Newsmaker’s Newsmakers – Boston Scientific, Medtronic, BD, Hologic and Senseonics. Find out how these companies are tied to the upcoming DeviceTalks Boston meeting and listen for the discount code. Subscribe to this podcast!
We drill down on diagnostics – including COVID-19 testing – with Dave Hickey, newly promoted executive vice president and president of the life sciences segment of BD and Brooke Story, who took over his post as worldwide president of integrated diagnostic solutions. How did BD handle the crushing demand for at-home tests and where is diagnostics headed in the future. Paul Grand, CEO of Medtech Innovator, sits in with Chris Newmarker and Tom Salemi on this week’s Newmarker’s Newsmakers. He also delivers some important deadlines for medical device startups. This week's Newsmakers include Medtronic, Edwards Lifesciences, Distal Motion, Respironics and ZimVie. Find out more about Medtech Innovator at Register for DeviceTalks at Use the discount code mentioned in this episode! Subscribe to this podcast on any major podcast channel.
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