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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...

Study: Most Twins Can Be Born Without a C-Section

October 3, 2013 9:52 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Expecting twins? You probably don't need to schedule a cesarean section. Most moms can safely give birth without surgery, a big study finds. It's the latest research to question the need for C-sections, which are done in one-third of all births in the United States and three-fourths of those involving twins.

New Products and Clinical Success with STAAR Surgical Visian ICLT Technology Highlights the Upcoming ESCRS Congress

October 3, 2013 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STAAR Surgical Company, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today provided a preview of the activities scheduled prior to and during the 2013 Congress of European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons


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.

Bringing Image-Guided Laser Surgery to Endoscopy

October 2, 2013 3:40 pm | by David Henderson, CTO and CEO, New Scale Technologies | New Scale Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In an effort to advance the benefits that lasers can offer to surgeons, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center partnered with a motor and motion control specialist to fabricate an endoscopic laser scalpel that incorporates a remote-controlled beam steering device right in the endoscope head. This article highlights the efforts of that collaboration.

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.

A.M. Surgical Launches Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System

October 2, 2013 10:37 am | by Carbon Design Group | News | Comments

A.M. Surgical, Inc. announced today the launch of the Stratos™ Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System. The Stratos ™ will be featured at the 68th annual American Society for Surgery of the Hand Meeting, October 3-5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Stratos™ was designed in collaboration with Carbon Design Group.

3D Printing Benefits Prior to Surgery

October 2, 2013 10:08 am | by University of Missouri | Videos | Comments

  In the two years since the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering opened a three-dimensional (3D) printing facility, students and faculty from fields as diverse as paleontology, medicine and engineering have used the printers to prepare for complicated surgeries, model extinct crocodiles and build skills for future employment.


3D Printing Lab Helps Doctors and Scientists

October 2, 2013 10:03 am | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

In the two years since the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering opened a three-dimensional (3D) printing facility, students and faculty from fields as diverse as paleontology, medicine and engineering have used the printers to prepare for complicated surgeries, model extinct crocodiles and build skills for future employment.

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.

PANO-VAC Surgical instruments, Inc. Announces Issuance of Patent

October 1, 2013 4:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PANO-VAC surgical instruments, Inc., an innovator of new generation of surgical retractors, announces the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,545,401 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent is titled "Suction tip for surgical instruments.

Study: Ocular Therapeutix touts Phase II results for sustained-release eye therapy implant

October 1, 2013 4:33 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Ocular Therapeutix, the latest endeavor of serial entrepreneur Amar Sawhney, released positive findings from a Phase II study of its absorbable intracanalicular plug, designed to provide long-term drug therapy following eye surgery. Ocular Therapeutix enrolled 60 cataract surgery patients in a placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial...

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.


The Mount Sinai Hospital to Use Surgical Theater™ Technology for Brain Surgery Cases

October 1, 2013 2:58 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Surgical Theater, LLC, creator of the Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP), has announced the sale of its cutting-edge technology to The Mount Sinai Hospital, making it the first hospital in New York to utilize the SRP for complicated brain tumor and cerebral-vascular cases.

Cost of Robotic vs. Conventional Mitral Valve Repair Surgery Similar

October 1, 2013 10:12 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

The total hospital cost of mitral valve repair surgery—from the time a patient is admitted to the hospital until release—is similar, whether performed through small port incisions using robotic equipment or via the conventional open-chest method, a Mayo Clinic study of 370 patients found.

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).

OmniGuide Surgical Introduces ELEVATE™ ENT System

September 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

OmniGuide Surgical, a leading developer of advanced energy surgical products, today announced the market introduction of the ELEVATE ENT System, a new product for ENT surgeons. The latest innovation, utilizing OmniGuide’s proven CO 2 laser technology, will be on display in booth # 2140 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) meeting in Vancouver from September 29 through October 2, 2013.

Foundry to Fast Track Nanoimprinted Products

September 30, 2013 9:36 am | by A*STAR IMRE | News | Comments

A new Nanoimprint Foundry, led by Singapore A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), will bridge the gap between laboratory-based nanotechnologies and real-world products. The pioneer initiative brings together...

Skyline Medical's STREAMWAY System Selected as Top Contender in LifeScience Alley's New Technology Showcase

September 27, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Skyline Medical, Inc., formerly BioDrain Medical, producer of the FDA-approved STREAMWAY System for automated, direct-to-drain surgical fluid disposal, has been selected as one of only 10 companies in the running for the opportunity to showcase its product to the 2013 LifeScience Alley Conference on November 20, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minn.

OmniGuide raises $15M for BeamPath surgical laser

September 26, 2013 5:25 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

OmniGuide Surgical said it raised a $15 million funding round for its BeamPath surgical layer. The Cambridge, Mass.-based medical device company said it plans to use the round to expand BeamPath's footprint in the gynecological market and launch new ear, nose & throat products.

NuVasive Announces First Patients in Japan Treated With Precept Posterior Fixation System

September 26, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, announced today that the first surgeries were performed in Japan using the Precept® posterior fixation system.

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.

Engineers Develop a Stretchable, Foldable Transparent Electronic Display

September 25, 2013 9:51 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

OLED technology is used today in screens for many smartphones and some televisions. The new ultra-stretchable OLED material developed at UCLA could lead to foldable and expandable screens for new classes of smartphones and other personal electronic devices; new minimally invasive medical tools; and many other applications.

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