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From the editor


Could and should I


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Find the latest features, market analysis and supplier information at www.nsmedicaldevices.com


Medical Device Developments Vol. 1 2021


Editorial Editor Tim Gunn


tim.gunn@progressivemediainternational.com Sub-editors Phoebe Galbraith, Barney Horner, Lizzie Waymouth Production manager Dave Stanford Group art director Henrik Williams Designer Martin Faulkner Head of content Jake Sharp


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am very sorry to say that, despite my best efforts, this magazine is not a wearable. You could staple it into or on to an outfit, and as far as outfits made of magazines go, I think it would look good – but we have been unable to introduce any new, wearable-specific, functionalities to Medical Device Developments.


My dashed hope was to track readers’ heart rates as they learned about implants coated in synthetic spider silk and paramedics tearing open sterile packaging with their teeth, or monitor how their eyes lit up when they considered the return of in-person events. But it wasn’t all for my benefit. No, I also wanted the magazine to notify people when they missed a particularly apt phrase, or a contact that might understand exactly what they in particular needed to recertify their products in line with MDR. I wanted to lay it on your brain like a soft electrode and help you make breakfast as well as microfluidics, and perhaps also find out how your approaches to those two tasks correlated.


Then I started working on the content. It turns out that even the ability to do something safely and effectively does not constitute a reason to actually do it. The synergy between AI and microfluidics could change diagnostics forever, but, as discussed in our cover story on page 70, today’s most advanced commercial prosthetics can make some users feel more disabled. It’s about addressing the need. And, as Luca Ravagnan, the CEO of neurotechnology company WISE, puts it memorably on page 78, you need a good reason to drill a hole in someone’s head. It works both ways, too. Transparency is often treated as a panacea for issues around the use of AI, but too much of it completely defeats the point of the technology. If every AI was forced to explain each of its calculations or decisions in minute detail, clinicians might have to be replaced with journalists. It doesn’t bear thinking about. As it is, I’m assured that print publications are still a viable format for sharing authoritative reviews of current trends and emerging technologies. It’s best if I leave the device design to the experts.


Tim Gunn, editor


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