Chris Loughnane, is an engineer at Farm
Chris Loughnane, is an engineer at Farm

MEDdesign: Computer Vision In Early Stage Product Development

Much of the information gathered during evaluation in the early stages of product development is necessarily qualitative. Some quantifiable questions remain: how much deviation is there in the angle at which different doctors hold a laprascopic device? How does the movement of someone wearing a brace compare to that of a healthy person? Questions such as these can be answered using computer vision.

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Tom Maeder, Senior Editor, MedTech Intelligence
Tom Maeder, Senior Editor, MedTech Intelligence

Making Translational Engineering Work: A Conversation with MIT’s Robert Langer

By Thomas Maeder
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For the past decade “translational science” and “translational medicine” have been cherished buzzwords, raising the prospect of faster, better, more seamless transfer of discoveries from bench to bedside. Too often, though, it doesn’t work. Differences in the cultures of academia and medical manufacturing, and a poor grasp of regulatory and reimbursement issues, or of what makes a bright idea into a clinically useful, commercially viable product have scuttled more than one promising innovation.

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