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Clot Removal Device Dramatically Improves Outcomes for Stroke Patients

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A new device to remove obstructing blood clots can significantly improve outcomes for people who suffer a certain type of stroke, according to a study led by a UCLA investigator. In patients with acute ischemic stroke - in which a blood...

Medtronic's 'Brain Pacemaker' to Advance Brain Research

April 15, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Essential tremor, a nervous system disorder that causes a rhythmic shaking in the hands, affects...

MedTech Memoirs: The Pacemaker

April 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The pacemaker’s journey begins in 1932 with American physiologist Albert Hyman. Hyman dubbed his...

Dr. Watson Takes on Diabetes, but Medtronic Is Still Chief-of-Staff

April 14, 2015 3:15 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Today, I’m specifically looking at the announcement made by Medtronic that has the company...

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World's Smallest Pacemaker Receives CE Mark

April 14, 2015 10:54 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced it has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark of the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), the world's smallest pacemaker. At less than one-tenth the size of traditional pacemakers, the Micra device provides...

Medical Device Maker Settles Lawsuit for $4.4 Million

April 6, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government accusing the company of selling medical devices made in China and Malaysia to the U.S. military. Federal law requires that devices sold to the military...

How a Medtronic Acquisition Could Change Healthcare

April 2, 2015 3:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Medtronic has made yet another strategic acquisition, further expanding its impressive portfolio of healthcare solutions. However, unlike previous purchases, this one didn’t bring a technological innovation into the company’s fold. Instead...

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Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Sophono

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sophono, Inc., a privately held developer and manufacturer of innovative magnetic hearing implants in Boulder, Colorado. This acquisition enables Medtronic's Ear Nose...

Next-Generation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements Will Drive Rapid Market Growth

March 28, 2015 10:00 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The global market value for transcatheter heart valves will expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7%, from almost $881 million in 2013 to around $3.02 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm...

Google Developing Surgical Robots

March 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google-brand robots may one day be the most high-tech item in the operating room. Johnson & Johnson announced a partnership with Google on March 26 in which Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon will work alongside Google developing an advanced...

6 Considerations When Implementing Agile in Medical Device Development

March 23, 2015 10:18 am | by Heidi Giesbrecht, MEng, Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

The benefits of Agile include improved quality, more opportunities for midcourse corrections, improved customer or business satisfaction, better alignment between business and IT and improved time to market,” according to a Forrester Research...

Self-Expanding TAVR Widens Advantage over Surgery at Two Years

March 22, 2015 8:27 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

Two-year data show a continued survival advantage for self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) over standard surgery in high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, according to research presented at the American College of...

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Becton Dickinson Completes Acquisition Of CareFusion

March 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by Becton Dickinson | News | Comments

Becton, Dickinson and Company ("BD") today announced that it completed its acquisition of CareFusion Corporation ("CareFusion") pursuant to the terms of its previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated October 5, 2014 (the "Merger...

FDA Approves Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

March 17, 2015 9:04 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device. The WATCHMAN Device offers a new stroke risk reduction option for high-risk patients with...

Health Data Analytics App Wins HealthSuite Digital Hackathon

March 11, 2015 9:15 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips  today announced the winners of its first-ever HealthSuite Hackathon.  The winning team, 'Team 6 Analytics,' beat out 20 other teams, including a total of 108 participants designing new prototype applications for the Philips...

First Hospital Use of FDA-Approved Drug-Coated Balloon for PAD Treatment

March 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Valley Health System | News | Comments

The Valley Hospital today announced it was the first hospital in New Jersey to use a recently approved device to offer a minimally-invasive approach to the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg, a serious and common...

Cardinal Health Offers to Buy J&J Unit for $1.94 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion. Johnson & Johnson's Cordis business, which is based in Fremont, California, had 2014 revenue of about $780 million...

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Boston Scientific to Buy Endo Division for $1.6 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Monday it will pay $1.6 billion to buy the men's health and prostate health business of Endo International. Boston Scientific said it is gaining treatments for enlarged prostate, urinary incontinence...

Medtronic Acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced that it has acquired Advanced Uro-Solutions, a privately-held developer of neurostimulation products for the treatment of bladder control issues based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Terms of the acquisition...

Johnson and Johnson Hip Suit Limps On

February 26, 2015 3:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

After paying $2.5 billion in 2013 to settle lawsuits resulting from faulty hip implants, medical giant Johnson & Johnson will pay up to $420 million more to resolve lawsuits that were excluded from the 2013 settlement, according to...

FDA Approves Closure System to Permanently Treat Varicose Veins

February 23, 2015 9:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the VenaSeal closure system (VenaSeal system) to permanently treat varicose veins of the legs by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent. There are two...

Transitional Pass-Through Payment Approved for Outpatient Use of Medtronic Drug-Coated Balloon

February 22, 2015 12:00 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a transitional pass-through payment for the company's IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB) under the Medicare hospital outpatient...

CE Mark and European Launch of the Semicompliant Coronary Balloon Catheter

February 22, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced the launch of the Euphora Semicompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter in countries that recognize the CE (Conformité Européene) mark. The first patient case with the Euphora Semicompliant Balloon Catheter was recently...

Medtronic Receives Expanded Indications of the VERTEX Reconstruction System

February 21, 2015 9:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for expanded indications of the VERTEX Reconstruction System. The new clearance for the VERTEX family of products allows for lateral mass...

Boston Scientific will Pay Johnson & Johnson $600M

February 19, 2015 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boston Scientific will pay $600 million to settle with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the medical device maker's $27 billion acquisition of Guidant Corp. in 2006. Boston Scientific said Tuesday that Johnson & Johnson...

Advancements in Artificial Pancreas Technology

February 18, 2015 9:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc is advancing the development and commercialization of artificial pancreas technology with new research demonstrating progress toward future innovations and new systems coming to market. The first clinical study results on...

No End in Sight for Megamerger in Healthcare Technology

February 12, 2015 9:42 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The megamerger trend in the healthcare technology industry shows no signs of slowing, as companies seek to diversify in additional therapeutic areas and expand their business dealings with hospitals as the market becomes increasingly...

Miniaturized Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients

February 11, 2015 11:01 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced the results of a new “real-world” study of patients who have had a cryptogenic stroke (stroke of unknown cause), in which the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) detected atrial...

Country’s Smallest Pediatric Mechanical Heart Valve

February 11, 2015 10:46 am | by St. Jude Medical | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc.,  a global medical device company, today announced the launch of the HALO U.S. IDE Trial. The trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the St. Jude Medical Masters HPTM Series 15mm heart...

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