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Tom Maeder, Senior Editor, MedTech Intelligence

Making Translational Engineering Work: A Conversation with MIT’s Robert Langer

By Thomas Maeder
Tom Maeder, Senior Editor, MedTech Intelligence

For the past decade “translational science” and “translational medicine” have been cherished buzzwords, raising the prospect of faster, better, more seamless transfer of discoveries from bench to bedside. Too often, though, it doesn’t work. Differences in the cultures of academia and medical manufacturing, and a poor grasp of regulatory and reimbursement issues, or of what makes a bright idea into a clinically useful, commercially viable product have scuttled more than one promising innovation.

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