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Tufts researchers team with Hemera to advance eye treatment

April 29, 2011 10:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

A Tufts University School of Medicine study of non-viral gene therapy has shown promise in potentially delaying degenerative eye disorders, leading to a partnership between the researchers and Boston startup Hemera Biosciences Inc.

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Span-America Medical boosts dividend to 11 cents

April 29, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical supplies company Span-America Medical Systems Inc. on Friday raised its quarterly cash dividend to 11 cents from 10 cents.Span-America said the dividend is payable June 3 to shareholders of record on May 18. The company last raised its dividend in November 2009.The company reported its...

Mobile compassing gets new push from STMicroelectronics? power- and space-saving geo-magnetic modules

April 29, 2011 9:38 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, is set to accelerate the deployment of high-precision...

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Prexa Pharma raises $3.2M to target ADHD, depression, Parkinson's

April 29, 2011 9:38 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Prexa Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Boston company focused on improving on treatments for central nervous system disorders, has brought in $3.25 million of a $7 million equity round, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics Makes Long Term Commitment to IOD

April 29, 2011 9:37 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

GREEN BAY, Wis., April 29, 2011 /- IOD Incorporated, a leading provider of integrated HIM solutions to hospitals, IDNs, healthcare systems and clinics, today announced that it has extended its partnership with Allina Hospitals & Clinics through 2015. IOD Incorporated has provided...

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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy's Hagerman Named Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year

April 29, 2011 9:37 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

FLINT, Mich., April 29, 2011 /- Phil Hagerman, president and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy in Flint, has been named Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year. The award was announced at Thursday night's reception at Lawrence Technological University, which co-sponsors the...

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FDA Looks to Improve Design and Cleaning Instructions for Reusable Medical Devices

April 29, 2011 9:37 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

SILVER SPRING, Md., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced steps to help reduce the risk of exposure to improperly reprocessed devices that can lead to the transmission of disease. (Logo:...

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Amerigroup 1Q profit jumps 67 percent on premiums

April 29, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Heath insurer Amerigroup Corp. said Friday that its first-quarter net income rose 67 percent on a boost in premium revenue.Net income rose to $70.5 million, or $1.37 per share, in the three months ended March 31, from $42.2 million, or 82 cents per share, in the year-ago period.Revenue rose...

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Cerner hits all-time high on strong 1Q results

April 29, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Cerner Corp. jumped Friday after the electronic medical records company posted strong first-quarter results and increased contract bookings, and raised its expectations for the full year.THE SPARK: Cerner provides electronic medical record systems and revenue management software for...

Public Workshop - Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices, June 8-9, 2011

April 29, 2011 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The FDA is announcing a public workshop to discuss factors affecting the quality of reprocessing of reusable medical devices, and FDA?s plans to address the identified issues. This workshop is part of an ongoing FDA effort to address patient exposure to..

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Information on Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices

April 29, 2011 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

Reusable medical devices are devices that health care providers can reuse to diagnose and treat multiple patients. Examples of reusable medical devices include surgical forceps, endoscopes and stethoscopes.

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Coventry Health Care 1Q profit climbs 13 percent

April 29, 2011 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Health insurer Coventry Health Care Inc. said Friday its first-quarter profit climbed 13 percent, as premiums increased along with commercial fully insured enrollment, and the company raised its 2011 earnings forecast.But analysts, on average, already expected earnings for the year to be at the...

Oncothyreon offering 10M shares at discount

April 29, 2011 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Biotechnology company Oncothyreon Inc. said Friday it is publicly offering 10 million common shares at a 19 percent discount to its latest closing price.The company said it is offering the shares at $4 apiece. The stock closed at $4.94 on Thursday and fell 40 cents, or 8.1 percent, to $4.54 by...

UBM Canon and Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) Announce Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award

April 29, 2011 7:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2011 /- UBM Canon's Medical Design Excellence Awards has announced the winner of the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) Lifetime Achievement Award .  This award honors an individual whose contributions during a long career have had a demonstrable impact on...

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Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation (De Novo) Decision Summaries (Added K101699)

April 29, 2011 7:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (FDAMA) added the "De Novo" classification option as an alternate pathway to classify certain new devices that had automatically been placed in Class III due to lack of a predicate.

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