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Ted Rowan

Ted has been an active participant in medical research, healthcare, and medical device fields for over 20 years. That exposure has afforded him a rich context and understanding perspective to the pain points that customers in the Medical Device and Life Science markets regularly experience. Prior to starting with Boyd Technologies in 2016, Ted worked at a contract manufacturer for 7 years that specializes in cleanroom converting and device assembly. The frame of reference gained from Program Management and Business Development in that experience provides heightened awareness to paths of least resistance and potential pitfalls that medical device and life science opportunities can hold. For his Master’s thesis in Industrial Design, Ted conceived of a low cost prosthetic arm. In his free time Ted enjoys the out-of-doors with his family, sculpture, home improvement, and building projects.

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The Evolution of US Medical Device Regulation

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Medical devices are regulated according to the same legislation as food and pharmaceuticals, under the general organization of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers of high-risk devices such as heart valves and intraocular lens transplants have to demonstrate their safety and effectiveness before the devices can enter the market. One drawback is that many companies who develop these devices find the regulatory process to be very conservative, risk-averse, slow and expensive. Other organizations concerned with medical practice such as the National Academy of Medicine argue that the current pre-marketing procedures of the FDA are not comprehensive enough. Many devices are cleared for marketing because they are proven to be "substantially similar" to devices already on the market. 

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New Technologies Combined with Flexible Materials Create a New E-Skin for Prosthetics

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More than two million Americans are currently living with a lost limb. The use of artificial limbs has been around for millennia, dating back to ancient Egyptians. However, it wasn't until 1912 that lighter, aluminum prosthesis were available. The 21st century will no doubt be remembered as a significant step forward in prosthetic functionality as well. Through the combination of flexible materials that mimic human skin and sensory-enabled technologies, researchers are helping amputees become more functional and improve their overall quality of life.

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Non-Absorbable Sutures, explained

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Suturing is one of the most critical factors in a healthy recovery for surgery patients. Proper suturing is crucial for healing, infection prevention and in minimizing scarring.

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The Rise of Single-use Bioreactors: Why make the Switch?

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The single-use bioreactor market generated $202.5 million last year and researchers estimate it will see another 18.4 percent increase in 2019, reaching $470.9 million. Sixty-six percent of pharmaceutical companies are now preferring this disposable product. What are the advantages of single-use bioreactor bags?

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Flexible Printed Circuit Boards in Medical Device and Life Sciences Today

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Flexible circuitry has been around for 115 years and its versatility across industries is unparalleled. Its uses and applications seem almost limitless. In fact, the demands of healthcare alone are driving innovations in this field at a rapid pace.

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