Current Headlines

  1. J&J, Google Joint Robotics Venture Approved By India’s Fair Trade Body
    7/30/2015

    The Competitive Commission of India (CCI) has approved a proposed joint venture between medtech multinational Johnson & Johnson and tech giant Google to develop a surgical robotics platform. Google will provide software, sensor, and imaging technology to help J&J develop new robotic surgery products, allowing the companies to compete with pioneer Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robotic surgery platform

  2. FDA Approves Non-Surgical Balloon Device To Treat Obesity
    7/30/2015

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved the first intergastric balloon device for obesity treatment available in the United States. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System is minimally invasive, reversible, and appropriate for patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 kg/m2 who do not qualify for bariatric surgery. However, while early studies look promising, experts urge caution until there is data to support the effectiveness of the device long-term.

  3. GE Healthcare Pledges $1B To Global Health Professional Training By 2020
    7/29/2015

    GE Healthcare has announced a plan to invest more than $1 billion over five years in the development of its educational offerings to reach more than two million healthcare professionals worldwide by 2020, helping them improve healthcare from within through enhanced training programs and solutions for physicians, radiologists, technologists, midwives, nurses, biomedical engineers and beyond. Solutions will be geared to meet local needs and will include new clinical, product application, technical and leadership training and education.

  4. Mayo Clinic LVAD Study Suggests Market Expansion
    7/29/2015

    A recent Mayo Clinic study shows improved survival rates in patients with end-stage restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) who received left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). The potential to treat more heart failure patients could expand the market for LVADs, which currently are used in the treatment of other types of cardiomyopathy, either as a bridge to transplant (BTT), or as a destination therapy (DT).

  5. World’s Most Portable Molecular Diagnostic System Unveiled
    7/29/2015

    Cepheid and the Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics (FIND) have unveiled a diagnostic tool called the GeneXpert Omni, capable of fast and accurate diagnoses of diseases such as HIV, Ebola and tuberculosis (TB). Weighing in at just 2.2 pounds, the system is portable and offers potentially life-saving point-of-care access to patients regardless of their location.

  6. FDA Moves Toward Reduced PMA Requirements For Medical Devices
    7/28/2015

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will use data from previous randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to help device developers design less cumbersome studies of global endometrial ablation (GEA) devices for future premarket approval (PMA) applications.

  7. FDA Clears First 3D-Printed, Load-Bearing Polymer Implant
    7/28/2015

    Oxford Performance (OPM) announced that the FDA has issued a 510(k) clearance for its latest 3D-printed biomedical device, the SpineFab vertebral body replacement (VBR) system. This device is the first spinal implant to be cleared for a load-bearing indication, and it is suitable for long-term implantation.

  8. Stryker, St. Jude, Boston Scientific’s Q2 Sales Rise
    7/27/2015

    Second-quarter earnings reports from medical device companies show Stryker Corporation increased sales across three segments, while St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific overcame sluggish sales in heart rhythm management to post modest overall earnings growth. Several other top companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, and Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), have yet to post their Q2 earnings reports.

  9. Tiny Mechanical Wrists Could Expand Needlescopic Surgery Options
    7/27/2015

    Vanderbilt scientists have added a new innovation to their existing steerable needle technology: a tiny flexible wrist.  The technology will make it possible to perform even more delicate surgical procedures, such as suturing and tissue resection, using minimally invasive micro-laparoscopic techniques.

  10. Cadence, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of Manufacturing Excellence
    7/24/2015

    Cadence, Inc. has recently announced its 30 year anniversary in business. The company was founded in 1985 under the name Specialty Blades by the engineer Martin Lightsey. Cadence, Inc. has broadened its capabilities and services over the years with a focus in the medical device and life science markets. 

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