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Which Came First, the Successful Chicken, or the Motivated Egg?

08/10/2018

...thoughts from Nigel Job after a fascinating discussion with Jeff Haden, author of “The Motivation Myth”.

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Why are most people rubbish at interviewing?

02/10/2018

Ok, it is a provocative title. A brazen use of shock tactics to get your attention in an attempt to get you to read my article, perhaps, but is the premise of the title true? Well, I am not in the business of annoying people, but the truth is most people really are not very good at interviewing. No, actually, “not very good” is not sufficient. Most really are rubbish. There, said it. 90% of people that conduct interviews have not got a clue.

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International Sales and Distribution Manager - Europe - Apply NOW

01/10/2018

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Global Vice President, Regulatory Affairs - Apply NOW

01/10/2018

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Service Engineer - Europe - Apply NOW

01/10/2018

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How to spot a sadist interviewer

29/09/2018

Recently I wrote an article called “There is no such thing as a stupid question”

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Do you really know what “Great” looks like when it comes to hiring?

31/08/2018

If you ask most leaders the following question; “when you are recruiting, do you want people of high talent or will anyone that is an approximate match do?” they will all, almost without exception, insist that they are only interested in the highly talented types. It will perhaps not surprise the reader that this is simply not supported by evidence. They can’t all be looking at the top 10% can they? It is rather like the statistic that says that a majority of people think they are above average drivers!

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“There is no such thing as a stupid question”

23/08/2018

Many years ago in the early 90s I was fortunate enough to join a company that changed my life. That company was Medtronic; a company that I had never heard of before attending an interview there. The interview itself took place as a result of a chance meeting, but I will save that story for another day. Medtronic at that time was under the dynamic leadership of Bill George and was undergoing a major phase of growth and business innovation. It was a great organisation to be part of with some amazing people to learn from.

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The Chameleon Trait – a High Performance Indicator for the Best Salespeople

15/08/2018

Is the market that you are selling into changing? The most likely answer to this is yes. We are currently in a period of exponential change for many sectors.

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Top Tip to ensure your Talent Acquisition team is focused on High Performance Talent

11/07/2018

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for any HR leader that is developing a Talent Acquisition team is ironically, where should you source your talent team from?

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My Top 5 LinkedIn Groups That You Should Definitely Join!

21/06/2018

Written by Nigel Job

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Why I believe in the power of healthcare people

05/06/2018

In the last 5 years or so I have spent so much time at hospitals at one point I was tempted to ask Addenbrookes if they would issue me with a reserved car parking space!

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Hiring Success and Hiring Failure Part 2 – The additional shocking economic difference between getting it right and wrong

17/05/2018

Some of you may have seen my first article on this subject; it seems to have resonated with a number of people.

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Hiring success and hiring failure: The shocking economic difference between getting it right or wrong when hiring salespeople

08/05/2018

There has not yet (to my knowledge) been a definitive economic study looking at the economic impact of poor hiring decisions. It is a clear truth that most people would realise that a poor recruitment decision can be very costly. Many organisations, though, are too accepting of their poor hiring record and little is done to fix it. Often the wrong metrics are looked at, such as how they can reduce recruitment costs, which in turn inevitably results in poorer processes. Fact: The best way to reduce recruitment costs is to make better decisions resulting in less recruiting frequency!  

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The Challenger Sale – A breakthrough in understanding High Performance Talent, or just another business school inspired fad?

01/05/2018

Book review: The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson

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Radical Top Tip - You Do Not Need a CV /Resume to Interview Top Talent

03/04/2018

Are you genuine about sourcing Top Performing Talent into your organisation?Maybe you don’t have a problem attracting the very best, or are you just kidding yourself?

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“We’ll keep that candidate on file” – GDPR says NO!

23/03/2018

I’m definitely far from an expert in GDPR, I’ve been on a one day training course, watched some webinars, read lots of articles and slowly but surely getting my head around it – are you?

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Why Contingency Recruitment Is Poor Value and Rarely Finds You High Performance Talent in the Medical Device Sector

21/03/2018

In a parallel universe far away, Acme Medical Products is a distributor of medical devices. It has been in business for 30 years and recently the founder of the business has taken retirement and allowed his youngest son, Rick, a qualified accountant, to take over the running of the family empire. One of the company’s core product ranges is electrophysiology catheters.

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Fat Shaming or Fact?

13/03/2018

Recently Cancer Research UK released this campaign, identifying the biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking.

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On International Women's Day - more women in healthcare creates innovation

08/03/2018

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Is Your Sales and Marketing Infrastructure Future Proofed for the Brave New World of Healthcare?

07/03/2018

Viewed from the perspective of some medical sales people, the direction of travel of healthcare sales is not quite a dystopian nightmare, but it is not far off!

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UK NHS Procurement Might be Killing Home Grown Innovation

27/02/2018

One of the advantages of my line of work is that I get the opportunity to speak with a lot of industry leaders, and one of the questions I often ask is “what do you see as your greatest challenges in the next year?” As you can imagine, the answers vary significantly, particularly geographically, as I work with healthcare companies all over the world.

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Do You Adapt Enough to Survive?

22/02/2018

It may be a surprise to some that in Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species” he does not refer to the “survival of the fittest”. Darwin later adopted the phrase from elsewhere, but classified fittest as meaning "better adapted for immediate, local environment". It does not mean fittest in the sense of the fastest, biggest or strongest. Essentially, I believe, it means that those species that are able to best able to make the most of conditions that currently prevail have enhanced chances of survival and prosperity.

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What job searching is going to look like in 2018 for the Medical and Technology Sectors

25/01/2018

New year, new job? In 2016 Indeed did some research and found that over 30% of UK workers were thinking about a new job for 2017. So, with the New Year being the prime time to find a new job, how will you go out about that in 2018? Here are our top 5 ways to search for jobs this year.

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10 Tips to be Happier and Healthier at Work

09/01/2018

It’s the beginning of January and I am full of hope, lots of ideas and plans for the year ahead at work. I’ve started a fitness DVD, drinking plenty of water and have lots to look forward. That’s rights, it’s a new year and I’m feeling great…until today.

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To All Business People, Great and Small – Happy Christmas -It is a Wonderful Life!

19/12/2017

This weekend just gone I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the 1946 critically acclaimed Christmas fantasy comedy-drama, staring Donna Reed and James Stewart. It has featured on a number of “greatest movie of all time” lists. Despite the comic aspects of the movie, and a few clichés regarding the rich bad guy (Henry F Potter), some of the dramatic aspects are exceptionally moving. For an era when much movie acting was of a pretty poor standard, James Stewart’s acting was highly convincing and consistently believable throughout.

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The Worst Interview Skills Ever?

14/12/2017

Last night I watched the latest episode of the UK version of “The Apprentice”. For those not familiar with this reality TV show, the star of the show is UK businessman Alan Sugar, the UK equivalent (if it is possible) of “The Donald”, and, as with the US version of the programme, they put a group of (sometimes highly overconfident) hopefuls through a series of tests, supposedly to test their business skills to see if Alan Sugar will invest in their business idea.

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Business Ethics and Values – Who Cares?

13/12/2017

Who cares about business ethics and values? Actually I do! My guess is that you do too, otherwise maybe you wouldn’t be reading this article! 

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Male, Pale or Stale?

13/12/2017

Diversity is not some abstract politically inspired principle; it is a potential powerhouse of creativity, a reservoir of new thinking and a reflection of the diversity of creation.

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The reasons why you should continue your job search this festive period!

12/12/2017

The festive period is here again; the perfect time to lounge around in front of a fire, glass of mulled wine in hand. It is the perfect time to slow down your job search. Or is it?

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Don’t Use The Phrase “Disruptive Technology”– It Will Kill Your Product Launch

11/12/2017

Don’t Use The Phrase “Disruptive Technology”– It Will Kill Your Product Launch (Unless You Are Elon Musk!) I test drove a Tesla yesterday – I loved it! I am not really in the market for one, having recently acquired a BMW hybrid, but Tesla were kind enough to let me have the test drive anyway. I came away, not regretting the BMW, but thinking how can I get a Tesla in future? The technology was really something special, the finish excellent and the acceleration mind-boggling! The thing that is really amazing for me though, is the audaciousness of the concept; to completely revolutionise how large executive cars are powered.

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What does a cute picture of a puppy tell us about personal branding & segmentation?

06/12/2017

This is a picture of a puppy. She is 8 weeks old, and as you can see pretty cute! So why have I put this picture on on our website? Well before anyone shouts “this isn’t Facebook”, there is a serious business message!

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The danger of having R&D with no HE

10/10/2017

Some of you may have noticed my post from the MedTech Conference I attended in San Jose last week, where I reported a comment made by a CEO of a major device company; "if you do not have a health economics specialist on board from day one of the development of a new product you are lost"

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FREE Employer Branding Webinar

09/10/2017

On Wednesday 18th October at 5pm (BST) Nigel Job, CEO at Remtec will be hosting a free webinar with a leading international HR expert Loek Vandebroek, Managing Partner of Next Step Talent Group on Employer Branding. 

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Why lack of Interview feedback is bad news

29/08/2017

Giving candidate feedback is important for both the candidate and the client. In fact not giving good, constructive candidate feedback really is bad news for your business. Having been established in the recruiting industry for over 19 years, Remtec has first hand experience on the negative effects lack of relevant interview feedback or giving no feedback at all has on your company.

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Stop Losing Regulatory Professionals to Your Competition

10/08/2017

As a prospective employer looking to recruit highly skilled regulatory professionals, acknowledging a basic fact that these people are rare and therefore in high demand is key. The scarcity of these individuals leads for a tighter candidate pool and greater competition for you to be able to secure them for your company. I recently conducted a survey of regulatory professionals to find out their experiences when job hunting and some of the frustrations and challenges they faced during their searches. I would highly recommend addressing each of the 5 key points below and immediately you will be in a stronger position to attract top talent and put your offer and company ahead of the competition:

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“Companies don’t get rid of their good people, right?”

31/07/2017

This was a question posed to me recently by a senior executive from a top US healthcare company when I recommended someone who was “between jobs”. His question, of course, was really a statement of his opinion rather than a question, but my answer was “actually they do, sometimes!”

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5 Ways to avoid new staff disappointment

20/07/2017

Caroline Fisher is the new VP Market Access for Vader Pharma. She started the role last Monday week, and unfortunately she is getting serious “buyer’s remorse”.

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Is poor attention to your recruitment practice damaging your brand?

12/07/2017

 5 Reasons Why Good Recruitment Practice Is Simply Good Business:

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Building a Team as Great as Led Zeppelin

07/07/2017

Every true rock fan knows that the greatest rock band of all time is Led Zeppelin. Of course, there are also the mighty Beatles , the only band to out- perform Zeppelin in terms of sales, but in terms of musical variety and virtuosity, the Beatles come close, but no band has, before or since, equalled the musical brilliance of Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham.

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My recruitment disaster! Why is it going wrong and how to avoid it…

29/06/2017

Why are my vacancies still vacant? The recruiter claims she’s an expert, so why does she need more of my valuable time? The next time you find yourself grumbling about the performance of your recruiter, think about how much you contributed to the poor recruitment process or shortlist that didn’t hit the mark. You have not succeeded in either choosing the right recruiter, or if you have, have you invested sufficient time in motivating him/her to make yours their overriding priority. Remember: 80% of people would take one job over another based on personal relationships formed during the interview process. (Source: Mattersight)

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Why Interim Managers are an essential part of your talent strategy

22/06/2017

Whether it is to cover a project for which there is a defined end point, a method of injecting expertise not in your existing workforce, or simply to cover an absence for a mission critical role, professional interim managers should be an essential part of any talent strategy within a fast moving life science or medical device company.

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Author Nigel Job explains 'Why Medical Device Company Launches FAIL in Europe'

17/03/2017

After many years in this Industry, and having worked with many leaders within the Medical Device and Life Science sector, Nigel has put the finishing touches to an eBook which is being made available to you with our compliments.

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A Day in the Life of the CEO of Remtec Search and Selection

31/01/2017

To kick off our brand new “A Day in the Life” series we thought we’d bring you a day in the life of someone who plays a key role in our business – our CEO Nigel Job! I interviewed him on a cold and frosty January morning; but his office was warm and welcoming. The consultants were on the phone or in meetings and the office was busy – but Nigel took the time to answer these questions for us:

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Blame the Recruiter!

01/02/2016

Why are my vacancies still vacant?The recruiter claims she is an expert, so why does she need more of my valuable time?Why doesn’t she just send me more CV’s/resumes?

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Journeys of Health-Tech Innovation: Product to Market - Evening Seminar

20/11/2015

As an event partner to HTI Labs we are pleased to share with you an upcoming free event taking place in London discussing the 'Journeys of Health-Tech Innovation: Product to Market'.

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Is your next career move to lead a small company?

19/11/2015

Over 17 years in medical device recruitment, Remtec have developed the ability to advise both candidates and companies on their next career move or senior hire.I recently attended two conferences; the Fierce Biotech Summit at the Royal Society of Medicine and the Hume Brophy Healthcare Investor Conference at Simmons and Simmons.

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PSLs (or PPLs) for recruitment services – how to make the most of them

15/10/2015

I prefer the term Preferred Partner List to Preferred Supplier List, but whatever it is called, it may surprise you to hear that I think that if you have a medium to high recruitment requirement and you haven’t got one you should! The benefits to such relationships should easily outweigh the time investment required.

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Could lack of a Talent Management Strategy be a threat to your organisation?

06/10/2015

Could lack of a Talent Management Strategy be a threat to your organisation?

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Top Tips for the 1st Stage Interview

06/10/2015

So you’ve been invited for an interview – First of all congratulations! When an employer invites you to an interview they are declaring an interest in incorporating you into their team. This article will provide you with the best tips and advice in order to help you prepare for the interview and ensure you will be a perfect match for the job and company. 

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Top Tips for the 2nd Stage Interview

03/10/2015

The second interview is another fantastic opportunity to showcase your set of skills. This interview is mainly used to confirm the initial assessment of the first meeting. Remember, the employer is genuinely interested in hiring you. So take a deep breath and get ready to embrace that second interview! Keep these top tips in mind.

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Top Tips for Competency Based Interview Preparation

01/10/2015

Congratulations! You managed to secure that dream job and you’re excited to start. However, there are still things that will need considering before you arrive on your first day. Starting a new job can be an intimidating experience for graduates, managers and CEO’s alike. You must keep in mind that you have been given the job as the employer saw you as the best fit for the company and team. However, if you are still a little nervous, read our top tips to make a smooth transition into the role.

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Top Tips for Making a Great First Impression on Your First Day

01/10/2015

Well done! You managed to secure that dream job and you’re excited to start, nevertheless, there are still things that will need considering before you arrive on your first day. Starting a new job can be an intimidating experience for graduates, managers and CEO’s alike. You must keep in mind that you have been given the job as the employer saw you as the best fit for the company and team. However, if you are still a little nervous by the whole prospect read our top tips to make a smooth transition into the role.

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Talent Gap analysis – Saving you time and money

15/05/2015

What is Talent Gap analysis?

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Top Tips for Writing that Perfect CV

01/05/2015

The job market today is more competitive than ever – more candidates are applying for positions, so it is vital that you make the best impression to really stand out from the crowd. Employers who look at your CV will need to make a quick decision on whether to shortlist your CV for interview. This article is a guide to ensuring you present yourself in the best possible light on paper.

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Partnership between Talentmark and Remtec

30/06/2014

Remtec Search and Selection and Talentmark are pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership bringing together the skills and expertise of both organisations to deliver the next generation of specialist and executive recruitment services to the global medical technology market.

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Is it high time that medical device companies worried more about “Time-To-Fill”?

15/04/2014

How much do unfilled vacancies actually cost a business?

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Hiring Stronger People Starts By Redefining Stronger

09/01/2014

As recruiters we see many job descriptions on a daily basis with a list of qualifications a candidate needs in order to fulfill a job role.

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Medical Device Start-Ups and the funding challenge

02/12/2013

Medical Device start - ups and the funding landscape. 

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All the World’s a Stage by Nigel Job

24/09/2013

What this means in the Digital Age and how online reputation can affect your career...

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Redundancy: nightmare or opportunity?

06/02/2013

Have you ever dreamt of an HR manager handing you a P45, and woken up afraid to look behind you in case you saw your career? Ian Sandison of Remtec explains why redundancy is not always to be feared.

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Want a role with a Start Up ?

06/02/2013

Then you need to understand what Skills are required and the culture within.

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Industry News

NASS Sees Medtronic Launch of Infinity™ OCT Spinal System

11/10/2018

Medtronic plc has chosen this week’s North American Spine Society(NASS) congress at which to announce the U.S. launch of the Infinity™ Occipitocervical-Upper Thoracic (OCT) System designed to simplify posterior cervical spine surgery.

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Clearance and Launch for Mentor’s CPX4 Smooth Breast Tissue Expander

11/10/2018

Johnson & Johnson Company, Mentor Worldwide LLC, has gained U.S. FDA clearance and subsequently introduced a tissue expander with a smooth surface to its line of CPX4 Breast Tissue Expanders in the United States.

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New robot could help hospitals save time and money by making neurosurgery more accessible.

11/10/2018

A new surgical robot could help hospitals save time and money by making frameless neurosurgery more accessible.

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Baxter secures FDA clearance for Altapore Bioactive Bone Graft

28/09/2018

Baxter International has obtained the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the use of the new Altapore Bioactive Bone Graft as an autograft extender in posterolateral spinal fusion.

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Stryker agrees to buy Invuity for $190m

13/09/2018

Stryker has agreed to acquire medical technology company Invuity in a cash deal valued at approximately $190m.

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Diabetes company named as one of UK's top 100 tech firms

12/09/2018

GlucoRx was ranked 70th in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table for its fast growth over the last three years, which saw it record a sales growth of 66%. The company is one of seven in the south east of England which has seen its sales grow by an average of 136% a year and collectively total £120 million.

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BTG buys vascular devices firm Novate Medical

11/09/2018

UK-based healthcare company BTG has acquired Irish medical devices maker Novate Medical to bolster its position in the vascular market.

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'Invisible scalpel' treats chronic pain without incision

30/07/2018

An ‘invisible scalpel’ has been developed to help physicians deliver treatments directly at the point of injury, without ever needing to cut into the patient.

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Ethicon Looks to Innovation in Quest to Reduce Thoracic Surgery Complications

30/07/2018

Ethicon points to its innovations during a symposium at this year’s 26th European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, linking its advances with improved patient outcomes and lowered hospital costs.

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University trains AI to analyse cancer images

30/07/2018

A team from the University of Jyväskylä state that they have taken the first step towards developing a digital service centre based on artificial intelligence where doctors and pathologists analyse tumour tissue samples visually with the help of software.

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First AI system for the operating room launches

20/07/2018

The first real-time, artificial intelligence-based (AI) system has been developed for use in the operating room by healthtech company, Digital Surgery.

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Medtronic receives FDA approval for less invasive heart failure device

20/07/2018

Medtronic has received FDA approval for a device designed for a less invasive approach for patients with advanced heart failure. The company’s HVAD System is a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) which helps the heart pump and increase the amount of blood that flows through the body. The system is the smallest commercially available LVAD and the only such device approved in the US for implant via thoracotomy, a small lateral, surgical incision between the patient's ribs on the left side of the chest.

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U.S. May Soon Have First Meniscus Implant

20/07/2018

Orthopedic implant specialist, Active Implants, LLC, tells us the final patient was treated in the two clinical trials evaluating the NUsurface® Meniscus Implant.

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Boston Scientific wins third Mass. pelvic mesh trial

25/06/2018

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) last week won the third Massachusetts trial of a product liability lawsuit brought over two of its pelvic mesh products.

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Philips acquires Remote Diagnostic Technologies

25/06/2018

Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said on 15 June it acquired U.K.-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies for an undisclosed amount.

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HPV vaccine cuts cancer-causing infection

20/06/2018

There has been a significant fall in the number of cases of HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, following the introduction of a vaccine for young women, a new study says.

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FDA Clearance Expands Scalp Cooler Indication

20/06/2018

The Paxman Scalp Cooling System has now been cleared by the US FDA for use during treatment of patients with solid tumours.

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French medtech company develops AI to help treat atrial fibrillation

20/06/2018

A French medtech company has developed AI software to help cardiologists treat atrial fibrillation (AF) and cardiac surgeons perform heart surgery.

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Super Sensitive, AI Powered Drill for Safe Access Into Middle Ear

08/06/2018

At Brunel University London in the UK, researchers have developed a remarkable surgical drill for drilling into the cochlea. The device is intended to help with placement of cochlear implants, devices that stimulate the cochlear nerve and return to people with profound hearing loss the ability to hear again.

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NHS Trust uses 3D printing for two-year old's life-saving kidney operation

04/06/2018

A London NHS Trust has used 3D printing to help surgeons successfully transplant a father’s kidney into his two-year old son.

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Endoscopic robot gets first clinical use

04/06/2018

Munich-based surgical robotics startup Medineering has announced that an endoscopic robot developed by the group has now been put to clinical use.

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New WatchPAT™ Sleep Apnea Scoring Guidelines Unveiled at SLEEP 2018

04/06/2018

Diagnostic device company, Itamar Medical Ltd., is to unveil its WatchPAT Scoring Guidelines, a streamlined approach for reviewing and editing WatchPAT™ data that integrates automated scoring with visual oversight for sleep apnea testing.

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UK AI start-up raises £10M to speed up diagnosis of coronary disease

24/05/2018

A UK artificial intelligence (AI) start-up that has developed technology for the diagnosis of coronary disease has raised £10 million investment.

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Medical devices developed to assist doctors with disabilities

24/05/2018

Instead of using a traditional stethoscope or otoscope to examine a patient, one physician-in-training at the University of Michigan uses a new device, with a long, flexible wire and camera at its tip. A live video feed plays important diagnostic information back on her cell phone. The specially created device allows this medical student to overcome the challenges of performing standard patient examinations with limited mobility.

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Diabetes blood test 'could mean end to daily insulin jabs'

17/05/2018

Doctors in Edinburgh believe a simple blood test they have introduced could allow some Type 1 diabetes patients to come off insulin.

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Powered Stapler Yields Fewer Bleeding Complications in Lung Cancer Surgery

17/05/2018

A new study showed a near 50% reduction in bleeding complications when comparing powered vs manual stapler during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for lung cancer. It also found a nearly 10 percent reduction in total hospital costs and one day sooner discharge from the hospital associated with the powered-stapling procedures.

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Renishaw surgical robot assists with neurosurgery at Liverpool NHS Trust

17/05/2018

Neurosurgeons at the Walton Centre carried out their first two stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) procedures with the assistance of the Renishaw neuromate stereotactic robot.

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'Black box' call for medical devices to detect errors

01/05/2018

Medical devices and computers should have a black box style feature similar to aircraft to investigate whether errors have contributed to patient harm, an IT expert has said.

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Method to map craters on Mars used to assess tumours

30/04/2018

A method used to map the surface of Mars has been adapted to help scientists measure the effects of treatments on tumours.

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First Cases for Acclarent TruDi ENT Navigation System

30/04/2018

J&J’s Acclarent, Inc., a leader in developing minimally-invasive Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) technologies, has announced the U.S. commercial launch of TruDi, a real-time, three-dimensional (3D) navigation system for ENT procedures performed in the operating room and surgeon office.

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Novartis launches app to revolutionise patient experience in clinical trials

30/04/2018

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has launched an ophthalmic digital research app to help researchers track disease progression.

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Biodegradable silk fibres could help bones heal

23/04/2018

Researchers from the University of Connecticut have developed a biodegradable composite made from silk fibres that can be used to repair load-breaking broken bones safely and effectively.

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Google combines augmented reality with deep learning to spot cancer

23/04/2018

A team of Google researchers has developed a tool that combines augmented reality (AR) with a deep learning neural network that can help pathologists to spot cancerous cells on slides under a microscope.

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Revolutionary ‘Nanotech’ Solution to Global Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis

23/04/2018

A British nanotechnology company has created a potentially game-changing technology that aims to overcome the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

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Hitachi to trial world’s first urine cancer detection test

19/04/2018

Japanese engineering and IT firm Hitachi plans to carry out what it claims to be the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples.

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WATS3D Increases Detection of Pre-Cancerous Changes in the Esophagus by Over 80%

19/04/2018

A newly published study says that adjunctive use of the CDx Diagnostics WATS3D tissue sampling and analysis system increases the detection of both Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal dysplasia by over 80%.

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Portable chest drain could save NHS £8.5M every year

19/04/2018

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued medical technology guidance recommending Medela’s Thopaz+ for managing chest drains.

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Tech to transform hospitals by 2030, reports states

11/04/2018

The future of healthcare could be with us within 10 years according to a new report which states that sensors, cameras and robotic scanning devices might make up more of our interactions than with doctors and nurses.

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Interview with Tal Golesworthy, Inventor of the ExoVasc Aortic Root Support

11/04/2018

Medgadget have recently published a very interesting interview with Tal Golesworthy. Medgadget editor Tom Peach spoke with Tal Golesworthy to hear about the inspiring journey that gave birth to the ExoVasc and to learn more about Exstent, the company that was formed as a result of Tal’s invention.

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Cardiac imaging technique shortens testing time and improves accuracy

11/04/2018

A new technique for conducting cardiac MRI imaging tests can improve patient comfort, shorten testing times and could increase diagnostic accuracy and reliability.

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Brexit report calls to place UK as global innovation hub

03/04/2018

A new report on Brexit has been published by advocacy group, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), with questions on policy from the science and engineering sector.

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Researchers develop 3D printed stomach monitor

03/04/2018

A team of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Diego have created a 3D printed wearable stomach monitor.

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Boston Scientific Announces Acquisition of Securus Medical Group, Inc.

03/04/2018

Acquisition strengthens electrophysiology cardiac ablation portfolio with thermal monitor. 

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First Patient in Biosense Webster’s Multi-Electrode RF Balloon Catheter Study

26/03/2018

Heart arrhythmia specialist company, Biosense Webster, Inc., has enrolled and treated the first patient in Europe to its SHINE  clinical study.

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Wearable sensor could be painless solution to blood tests

26/03/2018

By measuring the chemical composition of peoples’ sweat, the researchers believe clinicians could diagnose and monitor chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and some types of cancer, without the need for invasive blood tests.

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Stryker wins Deal of the Year for buying Novadaq

22/03/2018

Stryker Corp.’s (Nasdaq: SYK) $700 million purchase of surgical imaging technology provider Novadaq, signals the medical device maker’s prowess in wielding M&A not just to grow existing businesses but also to enter new markets.

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Enrollment Complete in Thermocool Smarttouch® SF Catheter US IDE Study

19/03/2018

Heart arrhythmia specialist company, Biosense Webster, Inc., has completed patient enrollment in its U.S. IDE study of the THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® SF Catheter. The device is designed for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat that lasts beyond seven days.

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Alzheon files for $81M IPO to fund phase 3 Alzheimer’s trial

19/03/2018

Alzheon is looking to tap public investors for $81 million to take a beta amyloid Alzheimer’s drug into phase 3. The Nasdaq IPO will equip Alzheon to take its reworking of a once-failed drug into a pivotal clinical trial in a subset of Alzheimer’s patients later this year.

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Junior doctors launch app to ease pressure on NHS

19/03/2018

A group of NHS doctors have launched an app to help the way clinical staff communicate with each other and to ease the current pressures on the organisation.

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Another AAOS Launch: United Orthopedic Corporation’s UTS™ Hip Stem

08/03/2018

United Orthopedic Corporation is at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans where it has launched the UTS™ hip stem and an extension of the U-Motion II™ Acetabular System.

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ItoM Medical launched for wearables diagnostics market

08/03/2018

Design service company, Semiconductor Ideas to the Market (ItoM), is expanding into the wearable biometrics market with the launch of its new sister company, ItoM Medical.

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Novartis becomes deeper Science 37 partner, as pair aim for 10-trial launch

08/03/2018

Big Pharma Novartis is teaming up with virtual clinical trial company Science 37 to boost the Swiss major’s ability to run “site-less” studies.

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Pancreatic stem cell discovery opens door to regenerative treatments for diabetes

02/03/2018

The transplantation of insulin-producing islets has helped some patients live without the need for insulin injections, but there are not enough cells to treat the millions of people who have Type 1 diabetes. A regenerative solution could bridge this gap.

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UK trio team up on life-saving baby device

02/03/2018

Three members of Medilink East Midlands (EM) have joined together in the creation of an innovative baby health product that could save millions of lives.

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Simplify Medical Celebrates 50th U.S. Patent

02/03/2018

Simplify Medical Pty Ltd, tells us it has received a 50th U.S. patent for its innovative cervical motion preservation intellectual property (IP) portfolio.

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Endologix Completes ELEVATE IDE Clinical Study Enrollment

16/02/2018

Aortic stent Graft innovator Endologix, Inc., tells us it has completed enrollment in the Expanding Patient Applicability with Polymer Sealing Ovation Alto Stent Graft (ELEVATE) IDE clinical study.  The 75-patient study is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the Alto Abdominal Stent Graft System for the repair of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).

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SBRI awards £1M to cancer diagnosis technologies

16/02/2018

The NHS England funded initiative, which aims to bring the latest technology to the UK’s health system, announced that ten companies will share in a £1 million investment.

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Novartis, Gates Foundation pen tropical disease drug pact

16/02/2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has teamed up with big pharma Novartis and its experimental drug for certain diarrheal diseases.

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25,000 U.S. Women Have Experienced Wire-free Breast Tumor Localization with SAVI SCOUT®

05/02/2018

Wire-free breast localization specialist company, Cianna Medical, Inc. has reached something of a milestone: 25,000 breast tumor localizations have been performed with the SCOUT® Radar Localization System.

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Could this insect-inspired robot offer a new way for drug delivery?

05/02/2018

A miniature robot inspired by insects and jellyfish has been developed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems that can traverse complex environments to potentially deliver drugs to targeted regions or find use in minimally-invasive surgical procedures.

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AstraZeneca stops monotherapy study at centerpiece of $500M buyout

05/02/2018

AstraZeneca has stopped (PDF) monotherapy development of a PD-1 drug it acquired in a $500 million (€400 million) biotech buyout. The candidate, MEDI0680, was the centerpiece of AstraZeneca’s takeover of Amplimmune.

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Biogen’s MS drug Tecfidera could make cancer-killing viruses more potent: study

29/01/2018

Cancer-killing viruses, also called “oncolytic” viruses, made their entry into oncology practices in 2015 with the approval of Amgen’s melanoma drug Imlygic, which was derived from herpes. Many other companies are studying a range of viruses as potential cancer remedies—but finding limited success so far.

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How AI could be used to prevent diabetes

29/01/2018

The Mealplanner Europe, a Finnish medtech company creating software that plans and organises nutrition for users, and MediSapiens, a developer and provider of genomic, biomedical and health data solutions, have partnered to develop an application for helping users in the prevention of onset of type 2 diabetes. The development is funded by an EU grant from the Permides (Personalised Medicine Innovation through Digital Enterprise Solutions) project.

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Neural Analytics Raises $15M for Lucid Brain Monitor Development

29/01/2018

Brain health specialist Neural Analytics, Inc., has raised $15 million to develop its Lucid System to assess and monitor additional brain health conditions.

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First Patient Enrolled in U.S. LAA Stroke Study

22/01/2018

Heart Arrhythmia specialist, J&J company, Biosense Webster, Inc. has enrolled the first patient in a study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a pioneering Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) closure treatment.

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Glucose monitors now compatible with iPhone via Lightning port

22/01/2018

Digital healthtech group DarioHealth has announced the first sales of its Lightning-enabled version of its Dario blood glucose monitoring system in the UK.

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Pandion Therapeutics launches with $58M series A

22/01/2018

Pandion Therapeutics, which is developing targeted immune modulator drugs, emerged from stealth mode with a $58 million series A.

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Fresh insights into a giant protein could improve heart health

15/01/2018

Titin is the largest protein circulating throughout the human body, and it plays a key role in helping muscles function properly—especially in the heart. Now an international team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism that regulates this protein. The insights could help improve the understanding of the many disease processes that damage the heart.

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EU sets aside €4 million for ‘wild card’ healthtech ideas

15/01/2018

As part of its new ‘Wild Card’ initiative, EIT Health has announced €4 million in funding for entrepreneurs, data/IT experts and researchers with ideas to transform European healthcare.

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Adapsyn signs $162M microbe-mining deal with Pfizer

15/01/2018

Finding drugs amongst the metabolic soup of living organisms is a tough task, but Canadian biotech Adapsyn Bioscience has developed a system that could sift out promising candidates more quickly—catching the eye of a pharma partner.

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Arvinas in $830M-plus Pfizer biobucks deal

08/01/2018

Yale spinout and 2015 Fierce 15 company Arvinas, a biotech working on small-molecule protein degradation therapies, has penned a deal potentially worth $830 million, and more besides, with Big Pharma Pfizer.

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UK NICE Updates Endobronchial Valve Treatment to Standard Care

08/01/2018

Pulmonx® Corp. tells us that the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guidance for endobronchial valves used to treat severe emphysema, an advanced form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and now considers current evidence sufficient to support routine use.

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Roche to buy Ignyta for $1.7 billion

08/01/2018

Roche has announced plans to buy US group Ignyta for $27 a share in an all-cash deal totaling around $1.7 billion, securing itself access to the latter’s experimental cancer medicines.

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Breathe easy: minimally-invasive device could be life-changing for lung patients

02/01/2018

An operation which could benefit patients of all ages has been carried out in Scotland for the first time, at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

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AbbVie’s JAK1 upadacitinib hits arthritis, but death registered in test

02/01/2018

AbbVie has scored another key trial win with its blockbuster-in-waiting JAK1 inhibitor upadacitinib (ABT-494), but a death and pulmonary embolism take some of the shine off the data.

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US Launch of First FDA-Cleared HD Duodenoscope with Disposable Distal Cap

02/01/2018

Endoscopic imaging specialist PENTAX Medical has announced the U.S. launch of its new C.A.P. HD Duodenoscope (ED34-i10T), the first FDA-cleared duodenoscope with a disposable distal cap.

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