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From Slowdown to Shutdown—US Leadership in Biomedical Research Takes a Blow

October 9, 2013 10:49 am | by American Society for Cell Biology | News | Comments

ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD, told reporters that shutting down the driving engines of American bioscientific research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), will have effects well beyond...

New Technique Enables Accurate, Hands-Free Measure of Heart and Respiration Rates

October 9, 2013 10:34 am | by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

A simple video camera paired with complex algorithms appears to provide an accurate means to remotely monitor heart and respiration rates day or night, researchers report. The inexpensive method for monitoring the vital signs without touching...

California startup lands $20M to support bioresorbable scaffold

October 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Mountain View, Calif.-based Amaranth Medical announced a $20 million Series B funding round in support of development of the company's flagship Fortitude bioresorbable scaffold, a device-based treatment for coronary artery disease...  


BSD Reports Successful Promotion of the MicroThermX® Microwave Ablation System at CIRSE by Terumo Europe (NV)

October 9, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BSD Medical Corporation, today reported the successful promotion of the MicroThermX® Microwave Ablation System (MicroThermX) at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) conference in Barcelona, Spain...

Global Peripheral Vascular Devices - Asia-Pacific is the Fastest Growing Region with a CAGR of 11.6% Driving a Market Value of US$1.4 Billion by 2015

October 8, 2013 6:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Global peripheral vascular devices sector forecasts to reach at US$5.5 billion by 2015 at a CAGR of 9.7% during the analysis period 2009-2015. The North American segment accounts for nearly 40% of the global value while Europe claims more...

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Expanded Indication for Medtronic's CRT Devices

October 8, 2013 6:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Circulatory Systems Devices Advisory Panel today voted that biventricular (BiV) pacing with Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) devices is beneficial for treating patients who have atrioventricular (AV) block...

Independent Study Examines Battery Life in CRT-D Devices

October 8, 2013 5:45 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

An independent and first-of-its-kind study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, published online this week in EP EuroPace, shows there are significant differences in battery longevity between contemporary cardiac resynchronization...

New Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Stent Study Data Shows Excellent SFA Patency Results at Four Years

October 8, 2013 3:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Four-year data from the Zilver PTX Randomized Controlled Trial of Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents for Femoropopliteal Disease from Cook Medical presented today at the 2013 Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) meeting demonstrates 75 percent...


New Ultrafast Lasers Expand the State of the Art for Stent Manufacturing

October 8, 2013 12:47 pm | by Rajesh Patel, Spectra Physics, and Victor Matylitsky, High Q Laser | Articles | Comments

As medical device sizes shrink, their designs increasingly push the limits of feature complexity and material properties. Advances in fabrication technologies must keep pace with the demands of cost-effectively manufacturing these increasingly micro-scale, sophisticated devices.

The FDA’s UDI Rule is Final! What Now?

October 8, 2013 12:02 pm | by Ken Koldan, Business Development Manager, FLEXcon | Blogs | Comments

The FDA published the final rule for the unique device identification system (UDI) during the UDI Conference in Baltimore, MD and released it on September 24, 2013. This much anticipated rule will provide a consistent way to identify medical devices and ensure that proper safety regulations are being followed.

New Method of Measuring Blood Pressure

October 8, 2013 10:45 am | by STBL Medical Research AG | News | Comments

Worldwide more than one billion people are affected increasing the risk of heart attack, cerebral haemorrhage or a stroke. Unfortunately, most affected people don’t measure their blood pressure regularly as the measurement method is too complicated...

Terumo Interventional Systems Launches the Detachable AZUR CX Peripheral Coil System

October 8, 2013 10:07 am | by Terumo Interventional Systems | News | Comments

Terumo Interventional Systems has announced the nationwide availability of the AZUR® CX Peripheral Coil System, the first and only peripheral embolization coil designed to provide cross‐sectional coverage incorporating the benefits of...   

FDA Shutdown Could Cause Major Delays to Heart Failure Device Approvals

October 7, 2013 10:33 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The recent government shutdown will significantly impact upon FDA services and operations, especially in the heart failure (HF) and arrhythmia markets, due to the agency’s limited proactive abilities for device approvals, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.


EACTS Report - Prospective Randomized On-X Heart Valve Clinical Trial (PROACT) Provides Evidence of Reduced Complications

October 7, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

On-X Life Technologies, Inc. (On-X LTI) announced today that it is highlighting the recent interim results the PROACT (Prospective Randomized On-X Anticoagulation Clinical Trial) at the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons Meeting being held October 5-9, 2013, in Vienna, Austria.

VasoNova, Bard settle trade secret theft suit

October 4, 2013 11:15 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A C.R. Bard subsidiary settled a lawsuit filed against it by VasoNova alleging that Bard and an ex-technology chief stole trade secrets to set up a new company. VasoNova makes a system that uses Doppler ultrasound and intravascular ECG to help cardiologists place catheters in the heart.

Data-Driven Machine Learning Method Effectively Flags Risk for Post-Stroke Dangers

October 4, 2013 11:06 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

A team of experts in neurocritical care, engineering, and informatics, with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have devised a new way to detect which stroke patients may be at risk of a serious adverse event following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Putnam Plastics Reports Increased Interest in Catheter Innovation

October 4, 2013 10:17 am | by Putnam Plastics | News | Comments

Putnam Plastics Corporation, a leader in advanced extrusion for minimally invasive medical devices, reports increased interest in integrated catheter components made by medical device companies. These components leverage continuous manufacturing to combine sub-component processes, eliminate assembly steps and reduce manual labor, thus allowing device companies to reduce overall costs.

Photos of the Day: Patient Monitoring via Google Glass

October 3, 2013 2:18 pm | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions...

First Proof of Concept for Delivering Vital Patient Data via Google Glass

October 3, 2013 2:08 pm | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass™ head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions...

Lombard jumps on news of U.K. expansion, focus on Aorfix

October 2, 2013 2:51 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

U.K.-based medical device maker Lombard Medical Technologies is doubling down on its flagship Aorfix aortic stent graft technology, dumping its non-core businesses and expanding facilities to meet demand for the device. Lombard is broadening its R&D and manufacturing facilities in Dicot, Oxfordshire...

FDA Grants Prestigious Award to Pediatric Medical Device Consortium Led by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

October 1, 2013 3:52 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Products Development has awarded a grant of up to $1.5 million over five years to the Southern California Center of Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP), a consortium established by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California (USC) for the development of pediatric medical devices.

Gentlemen, We Can Rebuild Him. We [Will] Have The Technology.

October 1, 2013 3:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

One day, I envision that there will be medical technology that can exceed the capabilities of the human body’s natural physiology. Should someone with such a device be prevented from playing professional sports due to the competitive advantage it provides?

Therapeutic Coatings for Medical Device Implants

October 1, 2013 3:27 pm | by Nathan Lockwood, Ph.D., Senior Manager of R&D, SurModics Inc. | SurModics, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Drug delivery coatings are not a new technology to the medical device industry. However, as more implantable devices are tasked with achieving a greater level of healthcare, they do offer great benefit to design engineers. This article reviews drug coating technology and looks at application areas where it has made a significant impact.

FDA win in hand, Biotronik launches new Ilesto cardiac implants

October 1, 2013 3:23 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biotronik is beginning the launch of its newly approved Ilesto line of thinner, smaller cardiac implants with the remotely monitored Ilesto DX platform, the company announced today. The Ilesto line of implants is 15% smaller and requires 29% fewer components than its predecessors, Biotronik said...

EndoCross Reports Early Success with First-in-Human Study of Its ENABLER-C Catheter System

October 1, 2013 12:49 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

EndoCross, Ltd., which has developed a simple and cost-effective method for crossing the most challenging lesions in the percutaneous treatment of blocked coronary arteries, announced today that it has already enrolled one-third of the patients planned for the first-in-human study of its ENABLER-C Catheter System for Crossing Coronary Chronic Total Occlusions (“ENABLER 3C” study).

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