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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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Breakdown of a Lateral Flow Test Strip

In Brief

Lateral flow test strips are simple, easy to use devices that can detect the presence or absence of a target analyte (chemical or substance) in a specimen provided by a patient. These tests are typically used at point of care (medical office), at home, or in the laboratory. They are valued for being low-cost, simple, rapid and portable.

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How Recent Innovations to Detectors and Sensors Have Made Continuous Bioprocessing Viable

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It has been known for some time that continuous bioprocessing would be a useful strategy in biopharmaceutical production, but it was not quite possible on an industrial scale. Recently, advances to detectors and sensors responsible for measuring real-time critical process parameters and essential attributes of quality have made this idea feasible. Currently, there is a dramatic rise in continuous bioprocessing which would have been impossible without such improvements, either at-line or in-line.

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Advances in Medical Fiber-Optic Technology May Improve Quality of Care

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Advances in medical fiber optics have proven useful in several areas of medical practice including urology, ophthalmology, and cardiology, to name just a few specialties. Fiber optic instrumentation is ideal for space-restricted applications, such as surgical scopes and catheters, as the fiber is flexible, miniature and lightweight. Additionally, the development of disposable fiber-optic catheters or scopes for invasive surgery has yielded several advantages over older surgical methods. The most significant impact from the increased utilization of fiber-optic technology in surgery includes reduced hospital length of stay, decreased morbidity related to invasive surgeries and less time spent recovering from operations.

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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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