Category Archives: Regulatory

06Mar/18
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CDRH Case for Quality Voluntary Medical Device Manufacturing and Product Quality Pilot Program

What’s In It For You?

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

On February 27th, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) provided a quarterly update on the CDRH Case for Quality Voluntary Medical Device Manufacturing and Product Quality Pilot Program.  The program aims to build a culture of quality across the entire organization while producing measurable results including:

  • Reduce defects/re-work
  • Reduce costs
  • Accelerate time to market
  • Increase customer satisfaction

The pilot was announced in the Federal Register on December 28, 2017.  During the recent webinar, Kimberly Kaplan of CMMI Institute reviewed how the pilot program leverages the CMMI framework as the standard maturity model by which medical device organizations can measure their capability to produce high quality devices and improve patient safety.  To date, 13 organizations have enrolled in the pilot program.  She pointed out early indications show industry is having a hard time shifting from an inspection or audit mindset, to an appraisal approach – which is more conversational in nature. Continue reading

14Feb/18
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What is FDA Thinking? We Asked, They Answered!

An Interview with Francisco (Cisco) Vicenty – US FDA

By: Daniel R. Matlis, President

That is a question I often hear from industry executives around the globe.

To answer this question, I sat down with FDA’s Francisco Vicenty, for over an hour, to discuss a wide range of topics and gain an understanding of FDA’s current thinking on these topics. Cisco Vicenty is the Case for Quality Program Manager at FDA’s Office of Compliance, CDRH.

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Driving a Culture of Quality in Industry

The overarching drive at FDA is enabling high levels of product excellence and innovation across industry and to provide patients with access to high quality, safe, and effective medical devices.  The agency wants to incentivize industry to adopt quality best practices; to adopt product quality excellence that drives improved patient outcomes.


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24Jan/18
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FDA Is Ushering In a New Era for 3D Printed Medical Products

3D Printing and the Precision Medicine Revolution 

By:  Daniel R. Matlis, President

“Once considered a futuristic technology on the distant horizon, 3D printing of medical devices, medications and human tissue is quickly becoming a promising reality,” stated FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. in his announcement.

“Patients have already benefitted from 3D printed medical products through access to personalized devices and innovative drugs that have led to significant health improvements,” he added.

Today, there are more than 100 3D printed devices on the market reviewed by the FDA. These include knee replacements, cranial and facial implants.  The Agency also approved the first drug produced on a 3D printer, which is used to treat seizures and has a more porous matrix than the drug manufactured in the traditional way, enabling the drug to dissolve more rapidly in the mouth to work faster.

“This is likely just the tip of the iceberg given the exponential growth of innovative research in this field. We envision that burn patients in the near future will be treated with their own new skin cells that are 3D printed directly onto their burn wounds. Further down the road, there is the potential for this same technology to eventually be used to develop replacement organs,” said Gottlieb.

Read the full article in FDAnews Device Daily Bulletin.

Related:  On January 10, 2018, the FDA held a webinar for industry to review the “Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Medical Devices” guidance document and answer questions.

11Jan/18
2017 Year end review

Award Winning Year for Axendia – Looking at the 2018 Crystal Ball

By Daniel R. Matlis

2017 has been an exceptional year for Axendia.  We were recognized by CIOReview magazine as one of the 20 Most Promising Pharma and Life Sciences Solution Providers.  We also had the opportunity to address audiences around the globe, including Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Our analysts had the privilege to provide insight and trusted advice to leaders across the Life Science and Healthcare ecosystems including executives in industry, technology & service providers as well as policy makers and regulators.
In the last year we advised our clients on critical topics such as:

11Dec/17
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Compliance vs Quality – India Edition

By Daniel R. Matlis

In October, I had the privilege to visit Mumbai, India, to provide the keynote address at a series of Life-Science Executive Industry events on Quality and Manufacturing organized by Dassault Systèmes Biovia Corp.

GroupThis visit afforded me a great opportunity to meet with executives from many of India’s largest Life-Science companies, get a taste of Indian culture and share Axendia’s insights on trends impacting the global and externalized industry.

I also gained a new perspective on the Compliance vs Quality paradox.

During my keynote I emphasized the need for Life-Science Organizations to transition their focus from mere Compliance towards a culture driving Quality improvements across the organization.

Compliance is a Baseline, it is the cost of doing business in the Life-Sciences Industry.  Collecting documented evidence of compliance with regulatory requirements is an overhead cost for Life-Science companies.

By contrast, Quality is an Investment. Improvements in quality drive enhanced and consistent product performance.  In addition streamlined processes result in operational efficiencies and reduce waste.  Investing in improving product quality lowers costs and improves outcomes

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