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Might Consumer and MedTech Collaborations Win the Day?

April 23, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

While the traditional medical device OEMs are still focused on improving technologies and making healthcare devices more effective and efficient, they seem to be mired in a world of incremental innovation. Meanwhile, grabbing headlines and...

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...

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...

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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 joining forces with IBM and Watson to enhance the treatment of diabetes. The expected result is personalized diabetes management solutions that...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

Flex Embolization Device Receives FDA Approval

February 5, 2015 3:38 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Pipeline Flex embolization device.  Available through a limited U.S. launch...

The CARDIS Project: Detecting Early-Stage Cardiovascular Disease

February 2, 2015 3:55 pm | by Imec | News | Comments

Imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and their project partners today announced the launch of the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardio vascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics...

CoreValve System Benefits Patients with Prior Coronary Bypass Surgery

February 1, 2015 10:00 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc revealed new one-year clinical data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the self-expanding CoreValve System offers advantages in survival and safety compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR)...

Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Covidien

January 26, 2015 5:31 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, announced today that it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Covidien plc. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Medtronic...

FDA Approves Implantable Neurostimulator to Treat Serious Stomach Disorder

January 23, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, under a humanitarian device exemption* (HDE), for the Medtronic Enterra II System. The system is used to treat chronic, intractable...

Designing a Smarter Trial, Earlier

January 21, 2015 1:58 pm | by Vicki Anastasi, VP and Global Head of Medical Device and Diagnostics Research, ICON | Blogs | Comments

Increased regulatory and reimbursement burden has made development timelines longer than ever. As regulators and payers demand more evidence to demonstrate safety, efficacy, and value, manufacturers must design smarter trials that collect...

Insulin Pump Moves One Step Closer to an Artificial Pancreas

January 21, 2015 9:42 am | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the start of the global launch of the MiniMed 640G System, the next breakthrough toward an artificial pancreas.  With the introduction of Medtronic's exclusive SmartGuard technology, MiniMed 640G is designed to...

Top Five Healthcare Trends of 2014

January 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information has identified its “Top Five Trends in Healthcare in 2014.” The healthcare market research firm publishes 40-50 detailed studies in healthcare markets every year. The firm said several events in 2014 will have business planners...

Device Market Reaches $361 Billion in 2014

December 23, 2014 10:12 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The global market for medical devices was estimated to reach 361 billion dollars by year’s end. While that’s a lot of revenue, the report says it reflects slower growth than many in the industry would have liked to see. With 3% average growth, the healthcare...

Medtronic-Covidien Transaction Gains Key Clearances

December 1, 2014 9:17 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. and Covidien plc have announced the receipt of U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clearance of Medtronic's proposed acquisition of Covidien. "This regulatory clearance represents an important milestone in bringing our companies...

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