Medical devices

In East Asia, wisdom for Smithtown med-tech innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Global ambitions and some sizzling Asian economies have a Smithtown med-tech innovator poised for a very happy New Year. Fresh off a December trek from Singapore north into Hong Kong and China, partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the second-generation brains behind Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development – are planning several Far East forays in the coming months, including partnerships with some of China’s most advanced manufacturers. Describing East Asia as…

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For med-tech innovators, everywhere is MIDI ground

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve been to bigger shows, but for partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the road warriors of Long Island medical-product innovation – this was as good as it gets. Forget, for a moment, whatever you know about New York-Boston enmities. The Northeast archrivals may disagree on everything from sports teams to clam chowders, but when it comes to medical innovation, they’re kindred spirits – especially with Long Island emerging as a serious…


For amputees, a chance to get back in the swim

By GREGORY ZELLER // A retired U.S. Marine from Pennsylvania who lost part of his leg in the war on terror is diving back into his favorite athletic activities, thanks to next-level science created on Long Island. Dan Lasko of Bethlehem, Pa., survived an explosion in Afghanistan in 2004 – his vehicle hit an IED – but his grievous injuries required the amputation of his left leg below the knee. It was, obviously, a life-changing event…


3D-printed spinal implants debut at NSUH

Surgical patients have received the first batch of 3D-printed titanium spinal implants at North Shore University Hospital. The implants were part of spinal decompression and fusion surgeries performed at the Manhasset hospital, including a procedure performed on Kim Pierre, a 54-year-old nurse from the Elmont section of Queens who suffers from spondylosis, a disease that destabilizes the spine and compresses the spinal nerves. Pierre, who reported 13 years of debilitating back pain before her procedure…


At MIDI, taking the cutting edge on the road

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a year after giving itself a massive home-field advantage, MIDI Medical Product Development is putting in some roadwork. Last week, it was Medical Device & Manufacturing West, a California showcase that annually attracts more than 20,000 medtech engineers and executives – a virtual mothership to the Smithtown-based medical maker. In May, it will be BIOMEDevice, an MD&M event in Boston promoted as “New England’s largest medtech event,” then MD&M East…


IPS has designs on $155 billion medical market

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Hauppauge maker Intelligent Product Solutions is making its way into a projected $155 billion industry. Just two months after cutting the ribbon on a satellite office in the heart of Minnesota’s busy digital-medicine R&D ecosystem, IPS has launched a new consulting practice focused exclusively on medical product design. Led by Vice President Tim O’Brien, a 25-year medical-product veteran hired in 2016 to head up the Minnesota office, the Minneapolis-based Medical Product…


Northwell adds corneal crosslinking, Ned approves

By GREGORY ZELLER // The FDA has seen the light. So has Northwell Health. Now Ned Daily can, too. Daily, a Long Island-based photographer/videographer, was slowly losing his vision to keratoconus, a common eye disease that damages the cornea. And he was on the table when doctors at Northwell Health’s Ocular Surface Center recently performed a cutting-edge corneal crosslinking treatment – making Northwell the first New York health system to offer the procedure, which the…