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NuVasive(R) Announces the U.S. Launch of the XLIF Decade(TM) Plate

October 3, 2013 4:39 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the domestic launch of the XLIF Decade™ Plate. The XLIF Decade Plate is the Company's latest advancement in providing surgeon customers with an option for a single-approach XLIF® and fixation.

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...

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Invuity® Eigr™ Illumination Technology Showcased at International Congress for Joint Reconstruction Anterior Hip Course

October 2, 2013 3:57 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Invuity, a leading developer of advanced visualization devices to optimize minimally invasive and minimal access surgeries, today announced that the 2 nd Annual Anterior Hip Course of the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR) featured its Eigr™ Saber Waveguide with Yankauer in all cadaveric lab stations and in two live anterior hip arthroplasty surgeries.

Medical Device Startup Secures $3.3M in Financing

October 2, 2013 11:19 am | by Avenir Medical | News | Comments

Avenir Medical Inc., an innovator in developing intelligent instruments to improve joint replacement surgery, announced today that it has closed $3.3M of Series A financing. The round was led by MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, Toronto, and included a syndicate of Angel Groups in Waterloo, Toronto, and Boston.

MAKO Surgical Corp. Announces Agreement to Acquire Assets of Pipeline Biomedical Holdings

October 2, 2013 6:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

MAKO Surgical Corp. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Pipeline Biomedical Holdings, Inc. to acquire substantially all of Pipeline's business dedicated to the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of orthopedic devices and related instruments for use with both robotic devices and manual medical procedures.

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?

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510(k) Clearance for Modular Lateral Interbody Spinal Fusion Device

September 30, 2013 12:22 pm | by PR Web | News | Comments

Vertebral Technologies, Inc. (VTI) is pleased to announce the InterFuse Lateral (InterFuse L™) a modular lateral lumbar interbody fusion device has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The InterFuse L™ uses VTI’s patented modular insertion technique to provide a large lateral footprint through a significantly smaller lateral access channel.

Photos of the Day: Funding Regeneration

September 30, 2013 11:47 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Implants made of biocompatible material will help heal soldiers wounded in the battlefield and civilians as well through research at Rice University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The implants hold open a space for a more permanent repair.

DoD Grant Will Push Regenerative Medicine

September 30, 2013 11:34 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A $75 million Department of Defense grant to improve technologies to treat soldiers injured on the battlefield and advance care for the public will involve bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Air Tool Measures Thousands of Orthopedic Tapers

September 27, 2013 4:03 pm | by Mahr Federal | Mahr Federal, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A manufacturer of orthopedic implants needed to improve measurement and documentation proficiency of parts with literally hundreds of configurations. Air gaging from Mahr Federal was chosen because it could quickly and accurately measure precision tapers, along with being simpler and cheaper to engineer than any mechanical gages.

Study Shows Declining Prices for Major Implantable Devices

September 26, 2013 2:35 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today released a new study on pricing trends for implantable medical devices that shows average prices have declined significantly for major categories of implantable medical devices from 2007 through 2011.

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Stryker, Medtronic lose preemption bids in OP-1, Calstrux and Infuse lawsuit

September 25, 2013 3:13 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A California state court ruled out a series of motions seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed over bone proteins made by Stryker and Medtronic, ruling that federal law does not preempt the case from going forward. April Cabana sued the medical device companies for alleged off-label promotion of the bone growth products...

Sector Snap: Mako deal lifts medical device makers

September 25, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of medical device makers rose Wednesday after Stryker Corp. agreed to buy robotic surgery system maker Mako Surgical for $1.41 billion. Stryker will pay $30 per share for Mako, an 86 percent premium based on the stock's latest closing price.

Stryker Buying Mako Surgical for about $1.41B

September 25, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stryker will spend $1.41 billion to acquire Mako Surgical and all of its robotic assisted surgery technology. The medical device maker will pay $30 per Mako share, an 86 percent premium to its $16.17 closing price Tuesday. The companies put the deal's value at about $1.65 billion.

Researchers Successfully Test Model for Implant Device Reactions

September 24, 2013 10:13 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A team from the University of Texas at Arlington has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters and artificial joints.

Wireless Tech Broadens Healthcare Horizons

September 23, 2013 4:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

In the field of medical technology, wireless devices are seeing some of the most broad-reaching growth. This is due mostly in part to the wide range of applications that wireless medicine encompasses. Mobi Health News reports that the top ten areas wireless medicine has directly benefited include: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.

Worldwide Medtech Sales Forecast to Reach $455 Billion by 2018

September 23, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The medical device and diagnostics market is set to grow at 4.5 percent per year (CAGR) between 2012 and 2018, totalling $455 billion in 2018, according to the newly-released EvaluateMedTech World Preview 2013, Outlook to 2018: The Future of Medtech report from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd.

Integra LifeSciences Announces First Implantation of Titan Reverse Shoulder System

September 23, 2013 4:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation today announced the first implantation of its Integra Titan Reverse Shoulder System, in the United States. The system, which is used in the treatment of shoulder replacement surgery, was implanted by William Geissler, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Portable, Low-Cost, Early-Warning Test for Osteoporosis

September 19, 2013 10:05 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A handheld device for diagnosing the early signs of osteoporosis could be available for clinical use within five years. The technology is currently being refined and tested at the University of Southampton with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall: Lieff Cabraser's New Videos Answer Patient Questions

September 19, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that two new videos have been posted on YouTube addressing common concerns and questions asked by hip replacement patients who received notice of the recall of their Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant.

Body Automatically Breaks Down Plastic Implants

September 18, 2013 11:26 am | by TU Graz | News | Comments

Researchers from Graz University of Technology, together with colleagues from the Medical University of Graz, Vienna University of Technology and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, have managed to develop absorbable implants to promote bone healing which are broken down by the body.

Implant Removal After Fracture Healing

September 18, 2013 10:52 am | by University Medical Center Utrecht | News | Comments

Patients who continue to suffer inconvenience after a healed bone fracture may be better off having any plates, pins and screws removed. Scientific research headed by Dagmar Vos, who took her doctoral degree at University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht on 17 September, demonstrates that most complaints and symptoms, such as pain and restricted motion, improve after removing these so-called osteosynthesis materials.

Developing Artificial Human Tendons from Bug Biology

September 18, 2013 10:23 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers using the cutting-edge X-ray technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source were able to take an inside look at several insects, gathering results that go beyond learning about insect physiology and biology. What they found could provide a blueprint for a material used for artificial ligaments and a new insight on how human muscles function.

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