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FDA Forum Fosters Candid Discussion Between Industry and Agency

By Daniel R. Matlis

On June 26, the FDA hosted an Executive Forum on the “Case for Quality Initiative.” The forum brought together Industry Executives, FDA Officials and Industry Advisors in a series of roundtable discussions and presentations.

After the event, I had the opportunity to converse with two FDA Officials to gain their perspectives on the forum.

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Executives Offer Prospects for Med-Tech Business Model

By Daniel R. Matlis

I recently had the privilege to moderate a panel entitled: “Outlook for the Medical Device Industry 2014 and Beyond: Advice from Proactive Leaders” at Camstar’s 2014 Global Conference. The panel included Vice Presidents of Operations from Advanced Bionics, ConforMIS and Terumo Cardiovascular Group.

In this, the initial in our series of articles, we share insights and perspective from these executives addressing Business issues impacting future of the Med Tech industry. Continue reading


Should You Soar to the Cloud?

By Daniel R. Matlis

The Cloud… everyone is talking about it, technology companies are embracing it, while Life-Science companies are wrestling with “how to validate it”.

This trend was evident during my discussions with QAD’s executive management team at company’s Explore conference.

QAD is making a significant investment in migrating customers to its Cloud based ERP offerings. “One very interesting and exciting thing is that our Cloud revenue has increased about 35 to 40% a year over the last few years” said Karl Lopker, CEO at QAD. “ Our Cloud revenue is now about 10% of the company’s revenue and is increasing at such a rate that it will be a major portion of our revenue in the future, he added”

The push to the Cloud was also evident in the many sessions dealing with this topic. Continue reading

From left to right:  Dan Matlis, Jim Robinson, Matt Scott, Mark Lincoln

Med-Tech Industry Outlook: Prognosis from Proactive Leaders

By Daniel R. Matlis

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend Camstar’s 2014 Global Conference. The theme of the event was “The Global Ready Enterprise.” The Conference provided attendees with the unique opportunity to share and learn strategies and techniques to evolve into true Enterprise Manufacturing companies leveraging MES across the world. The conference brought together leading medical device manufacturers, service providers and Camstar experts to exchange ideas, hear real-world experiences, and get a glimpse of the future in the Med-Tech world.

I had the privilege to moderate a panel entitled: “Outlook for the Medical Device Industry 2014 and Beyond: Advice from Proactive Leaders”. The panel included the Vice Presidents of Operations of three Med-Tech companies who use Camstar’s MES software to automate process enforcement, prevent quality issues, improve patient safety and reduce operational costs. Continue reading


Hovering Through the Human Heart

By Daniel R. Matlis

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend Dassault Systèmes’ analyst conference at the company’s headquarters in Vélizy, France, just outside Paris. There, I was briefed by company executives on Dassault’s Life Sciences strategy.

My most memorable experience at the conference was that of hovering through the human heart.  While Dassault scientists have not yet devised a way to miniaturize matter by shrinking individual atoms, like in Fantastic Voyage, they have achieved the next best thing. Continue reading