Fibrosis: How to prevent it in medical device implants

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have discovered a way to prevent fibrosis from forming around medical device implants. The body’s immune system usually attacks implanted medical devices that are used for drug delivery, sensing or tissue regeneration. Defense cells in the body try to isolate the foreign material from devices

MedLumics secures 34.4M Euros in Series B funding

MedLumics, a cardiac device company specializing in optically guided minimally invasive instruments, announced that it has raised 34.4M Euros in financing that will be used to help advance the product and clinical development of the company’s AblaView catheter, intended for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) and other arrhythmias. This financing is the largest in

Medtech stores we missed this week: March 10, 2017

The FDA and Health Canada cleared a couple medical devices while other companies touted their device studies. Here are medtech stories we missed this week but were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears Medela’s neonatal enteral feeding device Medela has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market its ENFit Low Dose Tip eternal syringes,

Paper pump powers microfluidic devices for less than a dime

North Carolina researchers have developed a pump that powers microfluidic devices using paper. The inexpensive paper pump – developed by researchers at  North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – uses capillary actions to power portable microfluidic devices, which control fluids of 1 ml or less volume. “One longstanding

GCMI and BD to support medtech startups in Southeast U.S.

The Global Center for Medical Innovation has partnered with Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BD) to support the launch of the GCMI Medtech Accelerator. “Too many medtech startups fail unnecessarily due to a lack of bridge, or seed funding, required to advance far enough in the commercialization process to attract investment by a larger device company,”

DoD taps BD’s Pyxis for $100m medication dispensing contract

Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) said today that it won a $100 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for its Pyxis ES system. According to the contract, Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD will provide its medication dispensing technology to 115 military inpatient health facilities and military inpatient pharmacies. Get the full story at our sister

3M releases stopper cap that can help reduce bloodstream infections

3M has released its new Curos stopper disinfecting cap for open female luers that will help ensure clinicians that all intraluminal vascular access points are protected through passive disinfection. The Curos stopper cap is one of the only brands that have a cap for intraluminal IV access points, providing time-saving, consistent and reliable disinfection, according to

Medtech stories we missed: Feb. 24, 2017

Several companies made distribution deals this week, while others received approval for their products. Here are some medtech stories we missed this week but were still worth mentioning. 1. Israel OKs E-Qure’s BST device for chronic wounds E-Qure Corp. announced this week that it received marketing approval for its Bio-electrical Signal Therapy Device (BST Device) from the

Philips has a value argument for new image guided therapy platform

Royal Philips has announced the launch of its next generation image-guided therapy platform, deemed Azurion. Philips designed the platform to allow clinicians to easily perform a variety of routine and complex procedures. Meant for use in interventional labs, Azurion is but another example of medical device products with a strong value-based sales pitch around controlling costs

Hill-Rom enhances surgical solutions portfolio with launch of mobile surgical table

In response to hospitals’ need to equip operating rooms with quality medical devices at a reasonable cost, Hill-Rom designed and developed the new TruSystem 3000 Mobile Operating Table. The introduction of this surgical table enhances the Hill-Rom Surgical Solutions product portfolio by providing a cost-effective, reliable and flexible operating table. The TruSystem 3000 Mobile Operating

Biomedical engineering is aligning with hospital IT: what it means for medtech

Traditionally in hospitals biomedical engineering departments are the ones responsible for installing and maintaining regulated medical devices. But this role has been changing over the last decade. With the rise of connected health, these teams are realizing that they need a tighter connection with the information technology departments. “Biomedical or clinical engineering departments have been

Medtech stories we missed: Feb. 17, 2017

Several companies released diabetes study results this week, while companies like BioTime closed on their public offerings and Pixium implanted its first bionic eye. Here are medtech stories we missed this week, but were still worth mentioning. 1. Insulet touts glucose control study Insulet Corp. announced the results from its first feasibility study of its Omnipod Horizon hybrid

Turns out unneeded ICD shocks have costs

A Stanford University School of Medicine–led team of researchers has discovered that implantable cardioverter defibrillators that administer shocks unnecessarily could actually do more harm than good. Those who have had a ventricular arrhythmia, heart attack, survived sudden cardiac arrest and have a congenital heart disease typically have an ICD implanted, according to the American Heart

How Steute Meditech designs its customizable foot switches

Steute Meditech has a variety of customizable, medical-grade foot switch designs for the medical device OEM market, and they have no tooling or engineering development costs. Steute engineers design the foot switches through what the company says is a unique custom design program. Foot switches are designed with a mix and match of a variety

Mexico proposes changes to medical device regulations in 2018

By Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group Mexican regulators are in the early stages of revising various elements of the country’s sanitary registration process for medical devices, including classification, biocompatibility and technovigilance. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s blog. The opinions expressed in this blog post are the author’s only and do not necessarily