Medtech stories we missed this week: April 20, 2018

From CHF Solutions’ new Italian distribution deal to Masimo’s CE Mark approval, here are five medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. CHF Solutions signs Italian distribution deal CHF Solutions announced in an April 17 press release that it has signed a new distribution agreement with TRX Italy to distribute

Medtech companies raised more than $839 million in Q1

Venture capital firms invested more than $839 million in medical devices and equipment companies during the first quarter of 2018, an increase of more than $338 million from the last quarter of 2017, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CB Insights. There was a total of 48 deals during Q1 this year,

ACell launches Gentrix Incisional for surgical site reinforcement

ACell recently announced that it has launched its Gentrix Incisional implantable device that is designed to reinforce soft tissue in surgical site incisions. Gentrix Incisional uses ACell’s MatriStem UBM technology to reinforce soft tissues. It is an extracellular matrix that helps remodel site-appropriate functional tissue where scarring normally occurs. Gentrix Incisional creates a scaffold for

This visor-like device could be a defibrillator for stroke

A portable, visor-like device has shown potential for detecting emergent large-vessel occlusion with 92% accuracy in patients who may have had a stroke. The researchers suggest that the diagnostic device could be readily accessible to emergency personnel and in public spaces in the same way a defibrillator is available for treating heart attacks. Researchers and

Masimo launches UniView data integration system

Masimo (Irvine, Calif.) recently announced that it has launched its UniView system to help promote data sharing and team coordination between multiple clinicians. The UniView system is an integrated display of real-time data and alarms that others its information from a number of Masimo and third-party devices. It helps clinicians in operating rooms, intensive care

Medtech stories we missed this week: April 6, 2018

From CHF Solutions’s distribution deal to Guided Therapeutics’s licensing agreement, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but throught were still worth mentioning. 1. CHF inks Spanish distribution deal CHF Solutions announced in an April 5 press release that it has signed a distribution agreement with Dimedix Surgical. The distribution agreement will allow

Why partnerships between medtech companies and doctors are so important

As new devices and technologies are being developed in the medtech industry, doctors and physicians have to learn about the devices on platforms that are different from what they know. One way to help make the healthcare provider’s transition into using new devices easier is to forge a partnership between the industry and the physician,

These students redesigned scalpel packaging to prevent injuries

A group of Georgia Tech biomedical engineering students has created a new scalpel blade packaging that is designed to protect healthcare workers from injuries when handling scalpel blades. The invention is now a finalist in Georgia Tech’s annual innovation competition, Inventure Prize. The four students were tasked with redesigning a medical device and redesigned the

This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

Gauthier Biomedical receives FDA clearance for electronic torque indicating driver

Gauthier Biomedical (Grafton, Wisc.) announced that it has recently received FDA 510(k) clearance to market its electronic indicating device Intellitorq. The Intellitorq device is a manual driver that can indicate a torque value using LED lights and haptic feedback. “This breakthrough in handheld medical devices represents Gauthier’s long-standing commitment to providing repeatability, reliability and accuracy to

10 women medtech leaders you should know

There is a women’s leadership gap in the U.S., and women in medtech have been working to alleviate that problem. According to a report from the Centers for American Progress, women hold 52% of professional jobs in the U.S., but only 14.6% are CEOs, 8.1% are top earners and 4.6% are Fortune 500 CEOs. More specifically,

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Medtech stories we missed this week: March 23, 2018

From Medizone’s evaluation deal to Advantis Medical Imaging getting CE Mark approval, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Medizone inks AsepticSure evaluation deal with commercial cleaning products maker Innovasource Medizone announced in a March 22 press release that it has signed a product evaluation agreement with Innovasource.

How to redesign medical carts to reflect changing healthcare settings

The way to redesign medical carts for better practicality and maneuverability for changing healthcare settings is making lighter power sources, according to a white paper from Accutronics. “Designs [now focus on innovative solutions to create smaller and lighter carts that are easy to maneuver,” Marty Carlos from the medical device consulting firm Paragon Group said.

Drug delivering contact lenses win MIT’s top healthcare innovation prize

Contact lenses that deliver medications directly to the eye over a period of days or weeks were the recent grand prize winner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize. The MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize competition had 8 finalists who pitched their healthcare innovations to judges from Optum and other local venture

This 3D-printed device analyzes tissue cells from rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers in New York have created a 3D-printed, portable and low-cost microfluidic controller that analyzes tissue cells and can recognize fibroblast subtypes in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Single-cell analysis is a way for researchers to study how cells influence disease and their response to treatment, but there is a lack of cost-effective and user-friendly devices to