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Catapult and Smithwise Announce They're Combining Teams

By Daniel Henrich on Apr 4, 2019 9:26:32 AM

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WALTHAM, Mass., Apr. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/

Two medical device development firms, Catapult Product Development, Inc. and Smithwise, Inc. announced today they have agreed to a merger in order to offer expanded medical device development capabilities to their clients.

“I’ve long described us as partner organizations,” said Eric Sugalski, Founder and President of Smithwise, “we share the same values and mission, we serve the same customers, and we offer complementary strengths to device innovators.”

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ActiveProtective Announced as Extreme Tech Challenge Finalist

By Daniel Henrich on Feb 15, 2019 7:54:36 AM

Active_Protective_XTC-1R to L, ActiveProtective CTO Wamis Singhatat, CMO Drew Lakatos, and CEO R. Scott Jones pose after being announced as an XTC Finalist at CES in Vegas last month.

Like many great medtech companies, ActiveProtective started with a clinician recognizing a problem as solvable and working towards a solution. Dr. Robert Buckman wasn’t alone in realizing how devastating a fall can be for an elderly patient. But, as a trauma surgeon who saw patients facing life-threatening consequences after suffering hip fractures, he wanted to find a way to shield those most at risk.

A third of Americans over 65 fall each year and many of those falls result in broken hips. Hip fractures are often associated with a rapid downward spiral for elderly patients, who must endure invasive surgery, recovery time immobilized in bed, and, usually, a less active lifestyle moving forward.

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Regulation Meets Collaboration: MDIC Five Year Reflective

By Chris Scholl on Oct 4, 2018 1:51:00 PM

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Last month, I attended a public meeting in D.C. where FDA/CDRH directors, medical device company leaders and academic researchers came together to design new ways to improve U.S. competitiveness in our industry. Pretty lofty goal. The group is called the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) and it’s a novel creation, five years in existence, dedicated to continuous improvement for the benefit of patients, manufacturers, and our overall medical knowledge. I went with skepticism and returned a believer that things are truly improving on all these fronts.

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