The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
Armonica Technologies, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based firm developing long-read DNA sequencing technology, has appointed Victor Esch as president and CEO. Esch has more than twenty years of executive and technical experience in the medical device industry, including as CEO of DNA Electronics and CEO of nanoMR, which DNA Electronics acquired in 2015. Esch was a founder of Powervision, which was acquired by Alcon in 2019. He also previously served as chief technology officer for EndoVasix.
Abbott announced Miles White will be stepping down as CEO on March 31, 2020 after 21 years in the position, and will be replaced by Robert Ford. Ford has been the president and COO of Abbott since October 2018, and was appointed to the board. Before that, Ford was the executive VP of medical devices at the company, and has been at Abbott since 1996. Miles will remain executive chairman of BD's board.
GE is not alone in upping its bet on software-driven innovation. Today, a Tesla car has more lines of code than macOS or the Windows Vista operating system. However, the fact is that many companies that have made their fortunes outside of high tech—in medical devices, retail, and other analog industries—have been slow to catch on to this game-changing shift in what drives sustainable innovation, the shift from creating physical goods and experiences to smart software development.