Biotech vs Medtech: Divergence in Intellectual Property Strategy

The landscape of innovation and investment in the healthcare sector has changed dramatically with the digital revolution and the rise of medtech – the physical devices used in healthcare – ranging from drug delivery devices to diagnostic kits and software for the interpretation of health and wellbeing data. Investors in...

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Internet of Medical Things – exciting innovation with potential security risk

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) – the network of devices interconnected with each other via the Internet and other networks – is constantly expanding. These connected devices include medical devices with connectivity capability which form the so-called “Internet of Medical Things”, or IoMT. Examples include everyday wearable activity trackers, hospital...

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Could the new EU Medical Devices Regulation put the UK MedTech industry in peril?

There has been much debate in recent years about the difficulty in attracting both private and public funds into the UK biotech industry.  At certain points, it seemed like a disproportionate percentage of the funding that was invested into UK biotech came from the US.  It is likely that there...

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What makes a digital health business a medtech business?

These days, with digital transformation and disruption on everyone’s lips, there is no shortage of companies across a wide range of sectors trying to claim to be a technology business as a badge of honour. It has never been more challenging to determine whether a company is genuinely a technology...

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New EU Medical Device Regulations Arrive

Following four years of negotiations, the new EU Regulation on Medical Devices (MDR) (Regulation (EU) 2017/745) and Regulation on In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDR) (Regulation (EU) 2017/746) came into effect on 26 May 2017.[a] These regulations apply to a broad range of products – from syringes and bandages to hip replacements and...

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