Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 19, 2014

Large Medtech Companies Experience Modest Sales Gains Plus Events and Jobs

While the Biotech market was more successful and experienced an open window for IPOs in 2013, medtech hasn’t had it so good, especially, with investments in new startups. A recent article in MPO (Medical Product Outsourcing) gives some positive although not stellar news regarding the 30 largest medtech firms. The article says “So far, it seems, the world’s largest medical device manufacturers continue to weather slower economic growth relatively well. This is probably little consolation, however, for an industry that’s used to double-digit revenue growth, hefty margins and more predictable regulatory pathways. While this group—responsible for approximately $240 billion in sales—is learning ways to deftly navigate choppy financial seas, they’re also evolving as part of the process—learning to become leaner, more efficient and increasingly innovative in order to compete.”

See the full report including a chart containing those 30 companies with links to articles regarding each company at

Highlights for This Coming Week’s Events

  • BioCentury This Week, See new program Webcast Starting Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014,, Available anytime starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT; Topic: “ACOs: Innovative or Repackaged?” Speakers: Dr. Glenn Steele, President & CEO of the Geisinger Health system and Thomas Scully, a former head of CSM
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 21, 2014; Topic: “Taking a Drug Asset to Market, Focus on Proof of Concept (Phase II);” Speaker: David Larwood, CEO, Valley Fever Solutions
  • Thomson Reuters Recap, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014; Topic: “2013 Life Science Deal Trends – Year End Review free webinar”
  • CACO Workshop, Wednesday Afternoon, Jan. 22, 2013; Topic: “WinNonlin for Basic PK and PK/PD Modeling: a step-by-step guide;” Speaker: Smita Kshirsagar; jointly with BAPKPD

See details in Audrey’s Picks.

Product Management Course in New Professional Program in Life Science Business

Consider honing your skills in commercialization of life science products through the upcoming “Life Science Product Marketing: It’s All in the Plan” course. See details below. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at This is one of the most popular courses as students select their product and team members to create a preliminary product marketing plan. The plan is another great addition to your career portfolio to share with potential hiring managers.

UC Berkeley Extension, Thursday Evenings, Feb. 13-27, March 6-13 and 27

Course: “Life Science Product Marketing: It’s All in the Plan”

Applies for credit toward Professional Program in Life Sciences Business (see flyer at

Instructor: Audrey S. Erbes, Ph.D., Principal, Erbes & Associates and

Guest Speakers:

  • Deb Donovan, Director of Marketing at Avantis Medical Systems
  • Stanley Skrzypczak, M.S., M.B.A., Senior Director, Commercial Development, Genomic Health
  • Charles Versaggi, President, Versaggi Biocommunications
  • Steven Wong, Senior Consultant, Plan A

Dates and Time: Thursdays, Feb. 13-27, March 6-13 and 27; 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown University of California, Berkeley Extension, 425 Market St., 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: (Fee to be announced in December 2013—$695 in 2013) Course identifier is BUS ADM X442.5.

See more details and register at

Find all the details for these upcoming events plus those through June 2014 in Audrey’s Picks. You can also download the pdf of Jobs That Crossed My Desk through Jan. 19, 2014 along with Audrey’s Picks on my blog found at my website Select “blog” and then right click on blog title to link to the WordPress site.  This latter list includes jobs I discovered the past week as well as the previous two weeks.

You can always find my weekly blog and listings


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