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Developing a Diverse Toolbox for Regenerating Bones – A Q&A with Heike Walles

June 19, 2014 3:16 pm | by youris.com | News | Comments

Bone grafts are among the most sought after tissue transplants in clinical practice. And this demand is expected to rise due to an ageing population. Now, the EU-funded project Vascubone, due to be completed in December 2014, aims at providing...

Medtronic Announces Preliminary Outcomes for World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

June 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced preliminary results from the first human implants of the world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). Results from the first four patients to receive the Micra TPS were reported at...

Medtech Innovator 2014 Winner Announced

June 19, 2014 10:38 am | by RCT Ventures | News | Comments

267 companies submitted their plans. A panel of investor judges reviewed the entries to select the MedTech Innovator Top 10 Semi-Finalists. The investor judges included Christopher P. Martin, President, RCT Ventures; Ned Scheetz, Founder...

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Spinal Devices Developer Secures $64 Million Financing

June 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Benvenue Medical | News | Comments

Benvenue Medical, a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, announced it completed a $64 million round of financing. The spine company intends to use the proceeds to build its US commercial presence, scale up manufacturing...

Bioengineer Receives $2.9 Million Grant to Improve Brain Implants

June 18, 2014 4:33 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Less than two years ago, a brain-computer interface designed at the University of Pittsburgh allowed Jan Scheuermann to control a robotic arm solely with her thoughts. Using the arm to bring a chocolate bar to her mouth and taking a bite...

St. Jude’s Leadless Pacemaker Receives Prestigious Innovation Award

June 18, 2014 4:03 pm | by St. Jude Medical Inc. | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the Nanostim leadless pacemaker was awarded the 2014 Innovation Award at Cardiostim 2014, the 19th World Congress in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiac Techniques...

Professor Develops Verification Tool for Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems

June 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Kim Gudeman, CSL | News | Comments

Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems...

Collaboration Aims to Accelerate Biomedical Research Innovations into the Marketplace

June 18, 2014 11:35 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

A collaboration between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health will give NIH-funded researchers training to help them evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential, with the aim of accelerating...

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MedTech Prices Lag Behind CPI, Other Medical Goods

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Medical technology prices continue their trend of consistently low growth, increasing at approximately one-third the rate of prices in the overall economy and one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services over a 23-year...

Life-Saving, Smart Regulation on Behalf of Patients with Aortic Stenosis

June 17, 2014 9:50 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

At FDA’s medical devices center, we have a vision — it’s what we strive for each day in our review and assessment of new medical technology. And patients are at the very core of that vision: “Patients in the U.S. have access to high-quality...

Regenerating Our Kidneys

June 17, 2014 9:38 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists have for years been astonished to observe patients with kidney disease experiencing renal regeneration. The kidney, unlike its neighbor the liver, was universally understood to be a static organ once it had fully...

Engineer to Grow Replacement Tissue for Torn Rotator Cuffs

June 17, 2014 9:15 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A Case Western Reserve University engineer has won a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to grow replacement rotator cuffs and other large tendon groups to help heal injured soldiers and athletes, accident victims and an...

Research Set to Improve Quality of Life for Denture Patients

June 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Manchester University | News | Comments

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) is managing a trial into the quality of life of people wearing dental implants. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Programme...

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Edwards Lifesciences Launching SAPIEN XT Valve in the U.S.

June 16, 2014 6:29 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, has announced that it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Edwards SAPIEN XT...   

Sensor in Eye Could Track Pressure Changes, Monitor for Glaucoma

June 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Your eye could someday house its own high-tech information center, tracking important changes and letting you know when it’s time to see an eye doctor. University of Washington engineers have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed...

PowerVision Secures $30 Million in Funding for Implantable Lens

June 16, 2014 2:27 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PowerVision, Inc., a medical device company developing the world's first fluid-based accommodating intraocular lens, today announced that the company has completed a $30 million Series D financing round. New investors Aisling Capital and...

How to Market Your Device

June 16, 2014 9:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Medical devices marketed in the United States are subject to the regulatory controls in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the regulations in Title 21- Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) Parts 1-58, 800-1299... 

Medtronic to Buy Covidien

June 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower...

Spectrum Health Among First to Implant Neurostimulator for Epilepsy

June 13, 2014 11:45 am | by Spectrum Health | News | Comments

Spectrum Health is the first health system in Michigan and among the first in the nation to successfully implant a recently FDA-approved device that uses electric stimulation of the brain to treat adult epilepsy patients whose seizures have...

Lab Awarded $5.6 Million to Develop Next-Generation Neural Devices

June 13, 2014 11:38 am | by DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently received $5.6 million from the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an implantable neural interface with the ability to record and stimulate...

Medtronic Heart Valve Approved for Broader Use

June 13, 2014 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. said Thursday that the FDA approved its artificial heart valve, CoreValve, for use in more patients who face serious risks from open-heart surgery, the standard treatment. Medtronic's implant is a less invasive approach to...

ulrich medical Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

June 12, 2014 5:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc., has announced the U.S. market release of the uCentum Comprehensive Posterior System for open and minimally invasive (MIS) surgical approaches which is intended to provide immobilization and stabilization of spinal...

Implanted Infection Prevention

June 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Hospital germs can be fatal, since they are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, alternative methods of defense against bacteria are in demand. Fortunately, a German-French research team has been able to develop bone implants that keep the germs at bay. The figures are alarming ...

Stem Cells Are a Soft Touch for Nano-Engineered Biomaterials

June 10, 2014 4:11 pm | by Neha Okhandiar, Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have shown that stem cell behaviour can be modified by manipulating the nanoscale properties of the material they are grown on - improving the potential of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering as a result. Stem cells ...

First Patient Receives HeartAssist5 VAD Following CE Mark Approval

June 9, 2014 5:23 pm | by ReliantHeart | News | Comments

Privately-held ReliantHeart, a leading innovator in mechanical circulatory support therapies, announced the first advanced stage heart failure patient received its next generation HeartAssist5 Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) since the company...

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