Minnesota Congressman looks to Web for medical device tax repeal

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Minnesota Congressman looks to Web for medical device tax repeal

March 21, 2011 2:21 pm by | 1 Comments

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, one of the top boosters for the medical device industry in Congress, doesn’t see a major repeal of health reform taking place. Still, the Minnesota Republican…


Med tech groups in Minnesota and Israel team up to boost business partnerships

Med tech groups in Minnesota and Israel team up to boost business partnerships

October 1, 2012 1:06 pm by | 0 Comments

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota and LifeScience Alley announced late last week that it is teaming up with an Israeli consulting company to promote business partnerships in medical technology between…


Former Medtronic CEO to chair initiative to advance regulatory science

Former Medtronic CEO to chair initiative to advance regulatory science

February 29, 2012 4:38 pm by | 0 Comments

LifeScience Alley, which represents the medical device industry in Minnesota, announced Wednesday that former Medtronic CEO Bill Hawkins will be the inaugural chairman of a new public-private partnership to advance…



Copy Dorothy’s style to help people find you at med tech conferences

Copy Dorothy’s style to help people find you at med tech conferences

February 22, 2012 4:50 pm by | 0 Comments

Not very many people have my skin color in Minnesota, especially in the med tech circles which I flow in and out of as part of my job. So, whenever…


How to stay current and connected in the medical device industry

How to stay current and connected in the medical device industry

January 22, 2012 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Sharing best practices. Bridging knowledge. Identifying resources. Providing access to expertise. Is all of this possible within the medical device space? Answer: it can be! In this interview with Frank…


LifeScience Alley responds to criticism of studies hailed by industry

LifeScience Alley responds to criticism of studies hailed by industry

July 25, 2011 7:09 pm by | 0 Comments

Last week, three editors at influential medical journals largely dismissed two studies that the medical device industry has been parading around as evidence of failures at the U.S. Food and…


LifeScience Alley takes proactive step with new VP of government affairs

LifeScience Alley takes proactive step with new VP of government affairs

July 8, 2011 6:16 pm by | 0 Comments

LifeScience Alley, a Minnesota-based medical device industry lobbying group,  wants to be  more proactive about how it addresses regulatory challenges for its membership. The ongoing debate over the 510(k) review…


LifeScience Alley takes its healthcare social media strategy to Facebook

LifeScience Alley takes its healthcare social media strategy to Facebook

July 8, 2011 12:54 pm by | 0 Comments

Facebook recently confirmed that it has 750 million users. One new user who has taken on the daunting task of creating a B2B Facebook page is LifeScience Alley, the Minnesota…



LifeScience Alley names two new board directors

LifeScience Alley names two new board directors

June 15, 2011 1:15 pm by | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s LifeScience Alley, a medical device and life sciences industry trade group and lobbying organization, named two new officers to its board of directors Wednesday. They are Joe Galatowitsch, founder and…


Wound care, diabetes care in sore need of new payment models

Wound care, diabetes care in sore need of new payment models

March 16, 2011 3:52 pm by | 1 Comments

The present fee-for-service payment model that dominates healthcare doesn’t begin to meet what needs to be done to properly treat people with open wounds and diabetes. That was the primary complaint heard at an experts panel that the life sciences trade group LifeScience Alley held in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday.


Attention lawmakers: This state-funded project has created no companies

Attention lawmakers: This state-funded project has created no companies

March 2, 2011 9:24 am by | 1 Comments

LifeScience Alley, a Minnesota trade association representing medical technology companies, has circulated an inaccurate document about licensing and commercialization at the Minnesota Partnership for Bioscience and Medical Genomics.


FDA’s Minneapolis office sent one device-related warning letter in 2010

FDA’s Minneapolis office sent one device-related warning letter in 2010

January 26, 2011 2:23 pm by | 1 Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Minneapolis District Office generated just a single device-related warning letter in 2010 after more than 140 inspections in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.


FDA 510(k) reaction: The trade group (Minnesota)

FDA 510(k) reaction: The trade group (Minnesota)

January 19, 2011 6:21 pm by | 0 Comments

Cautiously optimistic was the word from one trade group after the FDA released details Wednesday on current and future plans for changes to the 510(k) medical device approval process.

“They’re moving in a positive direction,” Dale Wahlstrom, CEO of LifeScience Alley, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit trade association, said in a phone interview. “I was surprised to see 25 things they’re doing right now to make it better, with really tight timelines. That to me says they want to show success quickly, and that’s good as long as they implement with an appropriate amount of detail that doesn’t catch us by surprise.”

The detail, of course, is the catch.

“The area of concern is the significant number of items that they delayed decision on as they move into dialog with IOM.”


For success in medical technologies, understanding the market is crucial

For success in medical technologies, understanding the market is crucial

December 7, 2010 2:00 pm by | 0 Comments (Sponsored)

Many medical technologies never realize their full potential because the factors that limit broad adoption are not fully understood and addressed. This is why many technologies realize no more than 15-20% of their true potential, despite massive investments and nearly heroic efforts of the sales, marketing and leadership teams.


A deep understanding of the market is key to the success of medical technologies

A deep understanding of the market is key to the success of medical technologies

December 2, 2010 8:15 am by | 0 Comments (Sponsored)

One of the biggest issues today in medical technology is not regulatory, or reimbursement, or the burden of clinical evidence; it is the lack of a sufficiently clear understanding of the market and market dynamics.


Will BioBusiness Alliance get some love from Minnesota GOP?

Will BioBusiness Alliance get some love from Minnesota GOP?

November 26, 2010 1:32 pm by | 2 Comments

Dale Wahlstrom is an optimistic guy. But budget-cutting Republicans poised to control the House and Senate, and possibly the governor’s office next year may test the optimism of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota CEO.