Medline acquires Centurion Medical Products

Medline recently completed its previously announced acquisition of Centurion Medical Products – boosting offerings around the Medline Erase BSI line access and dressing change bundles. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Medline’s Erase BSI is meant to standardize best practices around central lines post-insertion, reducing cases of bloodstream infections. On top of its minor procedure trays, Centurion makes vascular insertion

How BioSig is using plug and play as a medtech startup strategy

Startups, as a rule, should have a plan for their technology to grow. But it is rare that a medical technology startup aims to be plug and play, fitting into many therapeutic areas from cardio to Alzheimer’s to diabetes. BioSig’s Pure EP, an electrophysiology signal recording and processing system, could potentially provide valuable insight during

Everything you need to know about medical device creation

Medtech development is hard. Medical device creation can require manufacturing know-how in areas as wide-ranging as electrical components, high-performance polymers, molding and machining – and that doesn’t even include the required expertise in design, regulatory requirements and achieving reimbursement. The good news is that the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through

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Freudenberg Medical launches new hemostasis valves

Freudenberg Medical has launched several new hemostasis valves for interventional and diagnostic catheters. HyperSeal and CertuSeal hemostasis valves have been added to the FlexSeal valve line that the company released last year. Freudenberg Medical also added its new HyperSeal Introducer Sheath with Hydrophilic Coating to the FlexSeal Introducer Sheath for large bore procedures. The catheters

Avinger slashes jobs, Q3 sales down 61%

Avinger (Nasdaq:AVGR) – maker of the Lumivascular image-guided, catheter-based system to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) – continued to experience declining sales as it retrenched during the third quarter, according to its newest earnings report. The Redwood, Calif.–based company has been cutting jobs and other costs – and focusing on existing accounts and winning FDA clearance

Enhancing catheter steerability and deflection

It’s all in the tip when it comes to making catheters with state-of-the-art steerability and deflection. Andy Black and Tanner Hargens, Medical Murray Steerable catheters Catheters often need to navigate tortuous anatomy with precise control of the catheter tip. Steerable catheters are often utilized for access into side branches from parent vessels to introduce guidewires

DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

Medical device suppliers are light years away from the days when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs – as a visit to the upcoming DeviceTalks West will quickly confirm. From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts in

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Virtual tubing model analysis can accelerate complex catheter shaft design

Michael Holt, Integer Virtual tubing model analysis optimizes catheter design to help engineers reach final design freeze faster and shorten time to market. As medical procedures become more complex, engineers are challenged to develop smaller, thinner-walled catheters to keep pace with high-performance clinical demands. Conventional catheter prototyping relies on a manual, time-consuming trial-and-error process involving

United Soft Plastics signs distribution deal with Foster Corp.

Foster Corp. has been appointed the North American distributor of United Soft Plastics’ Ubisoft styrenic block copolymers, effective as of Nov. 1. Under the deal, Foster Corp. will give sales, technical and order fulfillment support to customers out of their Nevada and Connecticut facilities. Styrenic block copolymers are thermoplastic elastomers designed for healthcare markets. They

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

Incorporating steerability into your catheter: Here’s what you need to know

Here are seven key design and development considerations you need to keep in mind for catheters with steerability. Anthony Appling, Freudenberg Medical As medical technology continues to advance, physicians who specialize in minimally invasive procedures also have advancing expectations. They want better performance and improved functionality in the catheters and delivery systems they use. One

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 Abiomed became a major medical device company

Abiomed has quickly climbed MDO’s Big 100 list, landing this year at 90th, and it has done so without major acquisitions. Fueling the global medtech company’s growth is a device with unique indications and a patient-centered business strategy. More than 60,000 patients have been treated using Abiomed’s Impella heart pumps – and every time the

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