3 keys to a higher value launch for IVD

Amanda Brantner, Ximedica Launching a new IVD technology can involve many hurdles and risks, but investment dollars abound for technologies that can demonstrate significant value in the healthcare market. “Investment and fundraising in the healthcare ecosystem saw a banner first half of 2017, driven in part by advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning for

Philips unveils new image-guided therapies and diagnostic devices

Philips is showcasing some of its recently expanded image-guided therapies at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) event in Denver this year. The company is touting its advanced interventional imaging systems, diagnostic and therapeutic devices, planning and navigation software and various services. It is also showcasing its latest cardiac care solutions for ultrasound and image-guided

These 7 antique medical devices will make you shudder

It’s a good thing we live in the times of modern medicine. Historically, medical devices have been scary and unorthodox – and sometimes amounted to downright quackery. Surprisingly, a lot of these devices were thought to be useful in their era, long before the U.S. FDA started preapproving devices (which wasn’t until the 1970s). You

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Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 27, 2017

From RadiaDyne’s FDA expansion to NuVasive launching its new implants, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA expands indications for RadiaDyne’s OARtrac dose monitor RadiaDyne announced in an Oct. 24 press release that it has received additional FDA clearance for its upcoming OARtrac. The OARtrac allows

The top 10 medical disruptors of 2018

Each year the Cleveland Clinic determines what the top 10 disruptors in healthcare will be for the following year. The criteria to be considered a disruptor is that it has to be so innovative that it could change healthcare in a significant way in the next year. Approximately 150 to 200 Cleveland Clinic physicians from

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This lab-on-a-chip is bringing point-of-care diagnostics to smartphones

A new diagnostic platform that works using a smartphone is making point-of-care diagnostics easier for infectious diseases. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma developed a device that diagnoses infectious diseases at the point-of-care. The devices uses a smartphone as the detection instrument with a test kit

The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2017 were recently announced for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Galien Foundation, the host of the awards, hands out the the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement designed to improve human condition. Before candidates can qualify for

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Self-propelled catheter moves through bronchi like an earthworm

Japanese researchers have created a catheter that can navigate by itself through some of the thinnest branches of the bronchi. Pulmonary lesions are biopsied to diagnose or treat respiratory illnesses like lung cancer. Bronchoscopy is the standard method for manual biopsies. The bronchi branches into different directions and progressively gets thinner and more difficult to

How targeting a gene mutation could treat aggressive lung cancer

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a gene mutation that could help treat an aggressive form of lung cancer that is known to be “undruggable.” Gene mutations in the KEAP1 gene could help treat mutations in the KRAS gene that causes certain lung cancer types to be undruggable. KEAP1 mutations occur with

This paper-based test quickly diagnoses Zika

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a paper-based test that is able to diagnose the presence of Zika virus in 20 minutes. The MIT-developed test is a cheap, portable and easy-to-use diagnostic test that could be used in countries where Zika is prominent, but tests that measure viral RNA in the bloodstream are not.

7 breast cancer breakthroughs you need to know

As we mark another Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s worth noting the recent strides that have been made when it comes to diagnosing and treating the disease. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. Affecting one in eight women, breast cancer will be accountable for about 40,610 deaths

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This cardiac catheter uses light and ultrasound to measure plaques

Researchers at the University of California at Davis combined ultrasound with light into a catheter probe to view the tiny arteries of the heart. The device uses intravascular ultrasound and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) to retrieve structural and biochemical information about plaque in the arteries to help predict heart attacks more reliably, according to the

Mini lab-made kidneys help track polycystic kidney disease

University of Washington researchers created mini kidneys out of stem cells to help track the early stages of polycystic kidney disease. Researchers created and grew mini-kidney organoids that have a realistic micro anatomy to study polycystic kidney disease. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a disease that causes cysts to grow in the kidneys. The cysts

Exhaled breath can identify bacterial infections: Here’s how

Researchers at Radboud University have discovered a way to quickly detect bacterial infections using only exhaled breath. Humans create ethylene, also known as a plant hormone, naturally as a result of oxidative stress caused by UV radiation and other things. The researchers discovered that ethylene is created when there is inflammation in the body and

This app turns your smartphone into an ultrasound to measure heart health

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology have turned a smartphone camera into an ultrasound to non-invasively give detailed information about someone’s heart health. Ultrasound scans take 45 minutes using the machine. Using the Caltech-developed app, the procedure is cut down to a minute or two. Huntington Medical Research Institute engineers created a technique that