Lab-made organs could do more than just serve as ready options for patients in need: with the right blend of biology and materials science, they might even be able endow people with superhuman abilities. That’s what researchers at Princeton University see as the future of tissue engineering, and they believe 3-D printing is the way there.
Abbott’s investigational Absorb™ Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold was recently named one of R&D Magazine’s 2013 top 100 technologies as part of its 51st annual R&D 100 Awards. Absorb joins a number of innovative technologies being honored by the awards, which recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
Former President George W. Bush’s recent heart stent operation will further increase the popularity of what is often an unnecessary and wasteful procedure, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. The ex-US President received a stent to prop open a clogged coronary artery on Tuesday morning, following a regularly scheduled visit to his doctor.
Hospital rooms beep and flash with many devices that are increasingly getting infected with malware. But for several reasons, these gadgets are often incompatible with commercial security software. Now, new technology developed by academic researchers could catch most malware on the devices just by noting subtle changes in their power consumption.
The battle over Medtronic's Infuse bone-growth protein continues to be a roller-coaster, with judges in 2 states issuing seemingly conflicting rulings about the validity of patient injury lawsuits against the Minnesota medical device giant and its troubled Infuse bone-growth protein.
The recall last March of Johnson & Johnson unit Cordis Corp.'s Optease vena cava filter is Class I, according to the FDA, meaning the device could cause serious injury or death. Cordis notified healthcare providers March 29 about 33,000 Optease devices, on concerns that they could be implanted backwards, according to the FDA.
LDR, a privately held medical device company offering exclusive spinal implant technologies for both non-fusion and fusion applications, today announced that it has received a letter of approval from the U.S. FDA allowing the commercial sale and distribution of the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc, for one-level indications in the United States.
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Over 50% of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Heart Hospitals" Are Certified to Implant the SynCardia Total Artificial HeartAugust 8, 2013 8:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments
SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that over half of the top 50 centers honored in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" list for cardiology and heart surgery for 2013-2014, offer the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.
Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, has announced CE mark approval for Nucleus 6, its next generation cochlear implant sound processor. Nucleus 6 delivers industry first innovations designed to provide superior outcomes in a way that makes hearing a lot easier for the recipient -- in the smallest sound processor on the market.
The Optease Retrievable Vena Cava Filter is used for the prevention of recurrent pulmonary embolism in patients under specific situations. The device is implanted into the inferior vena cava and is designed to be retrieved when the patient no longer requires a filter.
Tengion said it raised $74.3 million from 22 unnamed investors as it puts a pair of clinical programs through their paces. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based medical device company is developing the Neo-Kidney Augment and Neo-Urinary Conduit, human organs that are grown using a bioabsorbable scaffold and patients' own cells.
The field of Tissue Engineering, an interdisciplinary field focused on building or regenerating functional three-dimensional tissues, has deployed several fabrication strategies aimed at bringing cells and structure together to generate tissue.
New Johns Hopkins research suggests that people who undergo minimally invasive placement of stents to open clogged leg arteries are significantly less likely than those who have conventional bypass surgery to need a second treatment for the condition within two years.
VeriTeQ Partners with Establishment Labs, S.A. d/b/a Motiva, to Manufacture and Market World’s First Breast Implants with VeriTeQ’s Microchip – “Q Inside”August 7, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments
Digital Angel Corporation, a provider of implantable medical device identification and radiation dose measurement technologies following its recent share exchange with VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation, announced that Establishment Labs, S.A. (“EL”), d/b/a Motiva, is now ready to market the world’s first traceable breast implant with Q Inside
Neurosurgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are among the first in the United States to successfully implant an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator to help patients suffering from chronic back or limb pain. Neurosurgeons Dr. Ali Rezai and Dr. Milind Deogaonkar performed the surgery Aug. 5...
ConforMIS, Inc., a privately held medical device company pioneering patient-specific orthopedic implants, announced today it has expanded its Series E financing to $167.7 million with participation from top-tier Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government Investment Funds and Private Equity Funds in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Thubrikar’s Next-Generation TAVI system surpasses ISO requirement for durability and achieves other milestonesAugust 1, 2013 6:27 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments
Thubrikar Aortic Valve, a privately held medical device company developing a next-generation transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system, announced today that its Optimum TAV has surpassed 200 million cycles in an ongoing durability test - which simulates over 5 years in humans and meets the requirement set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - in a third party GLP study.
ConforMIS closed a Series E round worth $167.7 million, raised from a consortium of 88 unnamed investors, according to regulatory filings. The Bedford, Mass.-based medical device company makes personalized knee implants based on scans detailing patients' physiology, creating customized instruments and implants that are shipped in a sterile package surgeons can open on the operating table.
Liver cells are very sensitive hence are difficult to cultivate outside the body. However, scientists from the Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences have shown that with an appropriately designed microreactor such cultivation is possible.
Broken bones and joint replacements may someday heal faster, thanks to an unusual coating for medical implants under development at The Ohio State University. Researchers have found that bone cells grow and reproduce faster on a textured surface than they do on a smooth one—and they grow best when they can cling to a microscopic shag carpet made of tiny metal oxide wires.
Researchers have generated functional hepatocytes from human stem cells, transplanted them into mice with acute liver injury, and shown the ability of these stem-cell derived human liver cells to function normally and increase survival of the treated animals.
Silk has walked straight off the runway and into the lab. According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, silk implants placed in the brain of laboratory animals and designed to release a specific chemical, adenosine, may help stop the progression of epilepsy.
DJO Global, Inc., a leading provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, announced that the first TaperFill™ Total Hip Replacement (THR) was implanted. TaperFill was developed to accommodate a minimally invasive procedure.
A prominent hacker who discovered a way to have automatic teller machines spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco, authorities and his employer said.