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Heart Hospital to Implant Portico Transcatheter Aortic Valve System as Part of Clinical Trial

August 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Aug. 26, 2014, physicians at Heart Hospital of Austin became the first in Texas to implant the new Portico Re-sheathable Transcatheter Aortic Valve System—an innovative, repositionable aortic heart valve and delivery system. Heart Hospital...

Medtronic Announces First Implants in Largest-Ever, Global Trial of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

August 27, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first implants in a clinical trial that will compare patient and healthcare system outcomes - including patient mortality and hospitalizations - in heart failure patients who have cardiac resynchronization...

Philips Lifeline Introduces Response App to Connect Seniors to Help in an Emergency

August 27, 2014 11:56 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips introduces the Philips Lifeline response app, the company's latest innovation designed to empower seniors to live independently while aging well. Offering a direct connection to the company's leading U.S.-based call center, the...

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St. Jude Medical Resolves FDA Warning Letter for Plano Facility

August 27, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that issues cited in the Plano, Texas, facility’s warning letter have been addressed. “We’re...

Medtronic Acquires NGC Medical to Strengthen Its Integrated Health Solutions Portfolio

August 27, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of NGC Medical S.p.A. (NGC), a privately-held Italian company, in a transaction that values NGC at $350 million. Medtronic held a 30 percent ownership stake in the company...

ETHICON Features Three New Devices for Bariatric Surgery at IFSO 2014

August 26, 2014 1:10 pm | by Ethicon, Inc. | News | Comments

Ethicon is introducing three new endocutter and energy products designed to help address the unique challenges of bariatric procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. The announcement was made today at the 19th World...

Medtronic Acquires Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation

August 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (Sapiens SBS), a privately held developer of deep brain stimulation (DBS) technologies for approximately $200 million in an all-cash transaction. The...

Microbubbles Help Biologist See Inside the Body

August 25, 2014 2:48 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Castle is using his research skills to help speed treatment through “microbubbles,” tiny gas-filled spheres that can flow through the bloodstream, reflect sound waves and help define otherwise grainy ultrasound pictures. “Anywhere blood flows...

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Medtronic’s Viva Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy-Pacemaker Approved in U.S.

August 25, 2014 10:26 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its newest cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker, Viva CRT-P, for indicated patients with heart failure or atrioventricular (AV) block. The Viva CRT-P...

Covidien Acquires Reverse Medical Corporation

August 22, 2014 9:12 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc has announced it has acquired Reverse Medical Corporation, a privately held medical device company focused on expanding the management of vascular disease. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Covidien is focused...

FDA Approves Changes to Manufacturing Process for Covidien’s Pipeline Embolization Device

August 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved changes to the manufacturing process for the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating on the delivery wire of the company’s...

Covidien Opens Advanced Medical Technology Center in Brazil

August 21, 2014 10:36 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today officially opened its Covidien Center of Innovation Brazil (CCI Brazil), further expanding its educational and research capabilities in a key emerging market. The CCI will help educate clinicians in... 

FDA 510(k) Clearance for Philips' TAVI Precision Treatment Planning Application

August 21, 2014 10:03 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its precision planning application for Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Implantation (TAVI) treatments. Through 3D imaging, the...

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First Endoscope-Guided Pedicle Screw System for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Launched

August 19, 2014 2:44 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the availability of the new S4 Element MIS System, the only posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation system to utilize endoscope technology to gain direct visualization, providing the advantages of minimally...

Tax Savings Not Only Benefit to Medtronic-Covidien Deal

August 19, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

US-based Medtronic said it would purchase Ireland-based Covidien for $42.9 billion, combining two of the world's biggest medical device makers and helping Medtronic savings with a headquarters change.  Kalorama estimates the deal will come...

GE Healthcare Introduces the Next Generation Pocket-Sized Ultrasound

August 18, 2014 2:39 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE Healthcare introduces the Vscan with Dual Probe with the first of its kind 2-in-1 probe to give healthcare providers more uses for pocket ultrasound. This powerful pocket-sized ultrasound tool houses two transducers in a single probe, allowing...

Abbott & DOD to Develop Portable Blood Tests for Evaluating Concussions

August 18, 2014 10:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Abbott and the United States Department of Defense have announced a collaboration with the intent to develop portable blood tests to help evaluate potential concussions, also called mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). As part of a multi–phased...

Photos of the Day: Concussion Blood Test

August 18, 2014 9:59 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott's handheld, diagnostic analyzer is capable of performing a panel of commonly ordered blood tests on two or three drops of blood at the patient's side. Research suggests that certain proteins are released in the bloodstream following...

FDA Approval for Medtronic’s Attain Performa Quadripolar Lead and Viva Quad CRT-Ds

August 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Attain Performa Model 4298 quadripolar lead, and the Viva Quad XT and Viva Quad S cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators...

St. Jude Medical Completes Acquisition of NeuroTherm

August 7, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced it has completed its acquisition of privately held NeuroTherm, Inc., a manufacturer of interventional pain management therapies. “Over the last year, we have launched...

Codman Neuro Launches New Envoy Guiding Catheters

August 5, 2014 2:59 pm | by Codman Neuro | News | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of the ENVOY DA XB Distal Access Guiding Catheter and the 7F ENVOY Guiding Catheter for neurovascular procedures. The announcement was made at...

Technology Enables ALS Patients to Gain Greater Control of Their Lives

August 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Royal Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture have announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

Siemens Unveils New Chemistry and Immunoassay Systems at AACC 2014

August 4, 2014 9:26 am | by Siemens Healthcare | News | Comments

Siemens Healthcare introduces the ADVIA Chemistry XPT System1 and ADVIA Centaur XPT Immunoassay System2 at the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo, Chicago, July 27-31. The newest in the company’s portfolio of chemistry and... 

Medtronic Launches NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for Fusion ENT Navigation System

August 4, 2014 8:36 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced the launch of the NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for the Fusion ENT Navigation System, developed and manufactured by the company's Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) division of its Surgical Technologies business. NuVent...

FDA 510(k) Clearance for Philips’ Ultra Mobile VISIQ Ultrasound System

July 24, 2014 12:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its innovative ultra mobile ultrasound system, VISIQ, in the U.S. VISIQ is the first Philips ultrasound system to combine...

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