Edwards Lifesciences has ‘key events’ around TAVR this week

Edwards Lifesciences is planning some important TAVR reveals during the PCR London Valves 2017 course that is underway. The Irvine, Calif.–based cardio devices company said yesterday that it plans to introduce the new Sapien 3 Ultra valve during the event, which runs until tomorrow. Edwards officials expect the Sapien 3 Ultra to receive CE Mark

How Abbott is making good on investor promises

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) has won FDA approval of MR-compatible ICDs – an indication that it could be making good executing on key priorities it inherited when it acquired St. Jude Medical for $25 billion early this year. The news today “lends incremental credibility to our thesis that ABT can and will have a positive impact on STJ

This pen can diagnose cancer in tissue in seconds

Scientists and engineers in Texas have created a pen-like device that can accurately recognize cancer in tissues during surgery. A team at the University of Texas at Austin has invented a tool used during surgeries that can give results in about 10 seconds, which is 150 times faster than current technology, according to the researchers.

The startup pivot: How to rethink your medical device company

In the medtech market, startups have to be flexible; the startup pivot is crucial. “Companies have to morph as they go,” said Maria Palasis, CEO of bioresorbable drug delivery system company 480 Biomedical. Palasis explained that startups, and even mature companies should expect to shift their technology in one way or another through the course of

How to design a successful embolic protection devices clinical trial

Embolic protection devices could reduce risks of interventional cardiac procedures such as TAVR, but their efficacy is hard to prove. David Novotny, Novella Clinical The embolic protection device (EPD) market is expected to grow into a billion-dollar industry if the device becomes the standard safety protocol for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and other interventional

Medtech stories we missed this week: Sept. 15, 2017

From Acera Surgical and Telos Medical’s partnership to Xtant Medical’s 510(k) clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. Acera Surgical partners with Telos Medical for Restrata wound matrix trial Telos Partners announced in a Sept. 14 press release that Acera Surgical has chosen Telos to

Medtronic, Mazor Robotics close $40 million round

Mazor Robotics (NSDQ:MZOR) said today that closed the third, $40 million tranche of a deal with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), which is due to take on exclusive global distribution rights for the Mazor X robot-assisted surgery device. It’s the third investment in the Israeli surgical robotics concern for Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic, taking its total investment to $72 million, 10.6% stake in…

How Boston Scientific is boosting medical device value

Boston Scientific over the summer unveiled a new value-add for its implantable cardio devices: an online Trugevity calculator that lets physicians predict battery life. The idea is to help health providers quickly grasp the benefits of Boston Sci’s longer lasting EnduraLife battery technology, which the company touts has nine clinical studies and eight years of real-world

Abiomed buys Danvers, Mass. HQ for $17m

Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) said this week it inked a deal to purchase its existing corporate headquarters in Danvers, Mass. for $16.5 million. The company said that it opted to buy the facilities, which includes 12 acres of land and all associated buildings, structures and other improvements, through an option in its existing lease with the original owners. Abiomed […]

Apple to launch heart arrhythmia trial with Apple Watch 3

Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) said this week it will partner with telemedicine company American Well and Stanford University to test the performance of its Series 3 Apple Watch to detect heart arrhythmias, according to a Fortune report. The tech giant announced the Apple Heart Study at its iPhone unveiling event earlier this week, saying that the company would […]

LivaNova heater-cooler implicated in 12 pediatric heart surgery infections

A dozen children who underwent cardiac procedures at Children’s Hospital New Orleans earlier this year have been infected with myobacterium previously linked to LivaNova’s (NSDQ:LIVN) 3T Heater-Cooler systems, according to a STAT News report. A total of 55 children had heart surgery between May and July at the facilities, with 7 of the 12 patients […]

Here’s how GE wants to make anesthesia machines smarter

GE officials think their Mini Field Agent – a plug-and-play connectivity device used in many industries – could enable smarter use of anesthesia machines and other medical devices. The Boston-based conglomerate (NYSE: GE) is in the process of rolling out an implementation of the Field Agent to health providers as part of GE Healthcare’s Carestation

MIT researchers find way to automate measuring brain cell signals

Engineers at the Mass. Institute of Technology are working to automate the process of recording electrical signals from a brain neuron, which could help researchers more precisely study individual brain cells that affect learning and functioning and cause cognitive diseases. “Knowing how neurons communicate is fundamental to basic and clinical neuroscience,” Ed Boyden, senior author…

Medtech stories we missed this week: September 8, 2017

From BrainScope’s pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device to EOS Imaging releasing new surgery planning software, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. BrainScope to develop pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device BrainScope announced in a Sept. 7 press release that it will immediately start creating

Is this the key to rapidly manufacturing heart valves?

Nanofiber fabrication may be the key to rapidly manufacturing heart valves with regenerative and growth potential, according to new research from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. A research team led by Kevin Kit Parker created a valve-shaped nanofiber network that replicates the mechanical and chemical properties of the native valve extracellular matrix (ECM).