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Torque Fast Series of Disposable Surgical Instruments Launched

October 8, 2013 9:45 am | ECA Medical Instruments | News | Comments

ECA Medical Instruments, a designer and manufacturer of single-procedure torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments, unveiled its disposable Torque-Fast instruments for safe and accurate securing of medical device implants...   

FDA Clears Innovative Spinal Fusion Device

October 7, 2013 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Surgeons treating patients with degenerative disc disease may now use a new stand-alone intervertebral body fusion device recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. Manufactured by Binder Biomedical Inc., the device presents a complete anterior lumbar fixation system with a simple, one-step locking mechanism.

SpineGuard to Launch Two New Products from Its PediGuard Platform

October 7, 2013 8:45 am | News | Comments

SpineGuard announced today that it will launch two new products from its PediGuard platform at this week’s annual scientific meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS), to be held in New Orleans on Oct. 9-12. The new products, XS Classic PediGuard and XS Curved PediGuard...

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NuVasive to Exhibit Game-Changing New Products and Procedures at the 28th Annual North American Spine Society Annual Meeting

October 7, 2013 8:33 am | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, announced today that it will exhibit several game-changing new products and procedurally integrated solutions at the 28th Annual North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting, which will be held October 9-12, 2013, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

Trinity Orthopedics is awarded method patent for ITLIF procedure

October 4, 2013 5:21 pm | News | Comments

Trinity Orthopedics, a spine technology company, today announced the allowance of claims associated with patent 13/160,414 described as Percutaneous Transpedicular Access, Fusion, Discectomy and stabilization system and methods. This is an important step in completing the development of Trinity's Intraosseous Transpedicular Lumbar Interbody (ITLIF) procedure.

NuVasive launches XLIF Decade implant in the U.S.

October 4, 2013 12:33 pm | News | Comments

NuVasive Inc. introduced a new implant to be used with its XLIF spinal fusion procedure in the U.S., the XLIF Decade plate. The device is designed to provide surgeons with an option for a single-approach XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion), NuVasive's alternative to traditional spinal fusion procedures.

BioTime Announces Additional Products in Development Based on HyStem® Technology

October 4, 2013 9:00 am | News | Comments

BioTime today announced that it has initiated the development of two new products based on its HyStem hydrogel technology platform. The first of these new products is ReGlydeTM, a cross-linked thiol-modified hyaluronan hydrogel for the management and protection of tendon injuries following surgical repair of the digital flexor or extensor tendons of the hand.

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

October 3, 2013 4:39 pm | 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.

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Photos of the Day: Patient Monitoring via Google Glass

October 3, 2013 2:18 pm | 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 | 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...

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

October 2, 2013 3:57 pm | 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 | 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 | 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.

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

October 1, 2013 3:52 pm | 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 | 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?

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

September 30, 2013 12:22 pm | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

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

September 25, 2013 3:13 pm | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

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