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04Oct/18
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EU MDR – New Rules Require Greater Traceability, Data Transparency

Webinar Now Available On-Demand

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

Compliance with Medical Device Regulation 2017/745/EU also commonly referred to as EU MDR, is presenting a significant challenge for the medical device industry.  Medical device companies are set to experience an enormous impact on all phases of the CE mark process including Design, Manufacturer Obligations, Evidence Collection, Conformity Assessment, Registration and Post Market Surveillance and Vigilance.

The schedule is aggressive – the rules will apply to some previously unregulated products and there will be no grandfathering of previously approved medical devices.  Controls on notified bodies that can approve the marketing of medical devices and the reporting on clinical trials will also be tightened.  Once devices are available for use on the market, manufacturers will be obligated to collect performance data to support tighter post-market surveillance requirements.  In addition, a new system will apply to in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

Concerns are quickly mounting throughout the industry.  We interviewed executives to determine what steps they were taking to prepare for the looming May 2020 deadline.  We heard:

  • “Older products will present a real challenge for us. 20 and 30 years ago, there weren’t many requirements for human factors, clinical trials and risk data”
  • “Our challenge is showing management what the cost is per product from a compliance standpoint”
  • “Imagine tracking down paper records for products from the 60s and 70s!”
  • “We will probably have to do a complete revamp of technical files to do resubmission”
  • “Our organization is behind on the IT curve. It will likely take three to four years to implement a robust global product data management system like that to support EU MDR”
  • “We are trying to get our business units to think about the systems as a platform….to execute against business processes which can be shared across organizations”

In a recent webinar sponsored by Sparta Systems, we discussed why Digital Transformation is a necessary journey for EU MDR compliance and beyond. The recording is now available on-demand.

It is important to note that MedTech Europe has issued a position paper asking the EU for a “stop the clock mechanism, that freezes the remaining transition time for both EU MDR and IVDR until full readiness of the system has been achieved.”  However, Med-Tech companies must begin to take a long view on EU MDR now and begin their digital transformation journey to support EU MDR and beyond.

Is your organization ready to achieve sustainable, positive disruption? Contact us today.

22Sep/18
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Whether Identical or Fraternal, Digital Twins Offer Deep Product, Process and Performance Insights

Siemens Industry Analyst Conference 2018 Event Brief

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

The mercury was climbing outside of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf as Siemens executives took the stage to kick off Siemens’ 11th Annual Industry Analyst conference August 27-30, 2018.  “The boundaries between systems are disappearing,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO at Siemens PLM Software.   Over the past eleven years, the company has invested $11B in mergers and acquisitions.  As a result, Siemens has optimized its integrated solutions portfolio for next generation product development, manufacturing and service.

siemens imageIn contrast to prior conferences, where the focus was on pulling the “Digital Thread” throughout the enterprise, the theme for this year’s event was ‘Innovation Without Boundaries.’  In support of the theme, multiple customers took the stage to demonstrate how their organizations were innovating without boundaries.      

Less than 2 hours into the conference, I was struck by the possibilities of Medical Device companies accessing and sharing product, process or performance data and having the ability to feedback information to the master digital twin in one platform.  The real power of a master digital twin lead me to think about the concept of ‘digital fraternal twins’ for not only closed-loop product lifecycle management but also change and configuration management in Med-Tech.    

Register to learn why I think the power of digital fraternal twins holds significant value for Life-Sciences companies. 

I also review how companies like Hackrod, Tronrud, Visteon, KUKA and W.L.Gore and others are leveraging the Siemens portfolio.  

13Sep/18
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Survey: Modeling and Simulation in Life-Sciences

Tina Morrison, PhD, Deputy Director, Division of Applied Mechanics and Chair of FDA’s Modeling and Simulation Working Group recently presented initiatives underway at the agency to advance the use of Modeling and Simulation.
FDA routinely advises industry on using modeling and simulation to, for example:
  • Predict clinical outcomes
  • Inform clinical trial designs
  • Support evidence of effectiveness
  • Identify the most relevant patients to study
  • Predict product safety
Axendia would appreciate your input on a survey that focuses on the current use and perceived value of Modeling and Simulation in Life-Sciences.

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and all individual responses will be kept strictly confidential.  You are also welcome to register to receive a copy of the survey outcome.
06Sep/18
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The Value of Analytics in Value-Based Healthcare

Perspectives from Key Stakeholders in the Healthcare Ecosystem

By: Daniel R. Matlis, President

The primary drivers for Healthcare today are improving the quality of patient outcomes, enhancing patient-centered care and adopting initiatives that control costs while maximizing patient benefit.

Healthcare ecosystem stakeholders, including physicians, clinicians and supply chain professionals utilize data to make value-based procurement decisions for medical devices to ensure and improve patient access to high quality devices.  The integrity of these decisions depends upon the accuracy and completeness of unbiased analysis of underlying data to support patient care decisions.

To gain insights from key stakeholders on the use of analytics to support the transition to value based healthcare, Axendia interviewed a group of thought-leaders representing the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Case for Quality Product Quality Outcomes Analytics (PQOA) working group.

Each stakeholder offered their unique perspective on the value proposition for the PQOA Dashboard.

These thought-leaders are (in alphabetical order):

Stephanie Christopher – Program Director at Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC).

Garth Conrad VP Quality at BD Peripheral Intervention.

Michael Ruhlen – MD, MHCM, FAAP, VP Division of Medical Education, Atrium Health

Michael Schiller – CMRP, Senior Director at the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)

Nathan Soderborg PhD, Principal Scientist, Statistical and Data Sciences, Exponent.

Francisco (Cisco) Vicenty Program Manager for Case for Quality, Office of Compliance, CDRH, FDA (OPEQ Pilot: Immediate Office, Strategic Initiatives Staff)

Register to Receive this Report.

22Aug/18
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Do You Want Less FDA Inspections? Here is FDA’s RX

Quality Metrics Program Update: We Asked and FDA Answered

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

The Quality Metrics program is a key step in the Agency’s objective to encourage industry to implement state-of-the-art, innovative quality management systems that drive industry to focus on improving product quality, rather than simply ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements.  

FDA recently published two announcements on the Quality Metrics program in the Federal Register: 

  • CDER intends to further develop a Quality Metrics Program through formal meeting requests and a pilot study to gain feedback from those establishments for which meeting requests do not apply 
  • CDER and CBER are initiating a 2018 Quality Metrics Site Visit Program to assist the Agency in understanding existing programsii 

These announcements prompted a number of industry executive to reach out to Axendia to understand FDA’s current thinking on Quality Metrics. 

For a first-hand account, we reached out to FDA with a few questions – we asked and they answered. [1]

AXENDIA: What drove the delays in the program?

FDA: There were many comments submitted to the docket after the revised draft 2016 guidance was published.  The comments generally indicated that additional feedback and a pilot would be useful.  Further, we took time to listen to additional comments and feedback from industry and industry trade organizations provided at conferences and presentations.  We determined that our next steps should be a Feedback Program and Site Visit Program which would allow individual companies an opportunity to discuss their approaches from different sub-sectors of the industry.  Continue reading