Medtech stories we missed this week: May 25, 2018

From Mauna Kea receiving FDA clearance to Medacta getting clearance for its pedicle screw placement guide, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Mauna Kea wins FDA nod for neurosurgery indication Mauna Kea announced in a May 24 press releasethat it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 11, 2018

From ReShape submitting an approval application to Health Canada to Conavi receiving FDA clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. ReShape submits for Health Canada approval of ReShape balloon ReShape announced in a May 10 press releasethat it has submitted an application to the Medical Devices Bureau of

Alcon launches project to reduce cataract blindness

Alcon, a division of Novartis, launched its Alcon Cares Project 100 to take steps in reducing cataract blindness globally. The company also plans to donate 100 reprocessed Infiniti units to eligible clinics in Asia, Central and South America and Africa over the next three years. Alcon aims to reduce cataract blindness by providing equipment to

The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2018

There’s a complaint sometimes that innovation is too incremental in the medical device industry. But don’t tell that to the people running the 10 companies included in Medical Design & Outsourcing and MassDevice’s list of the hottest medtech startups of 2018. Our editors came up with a list of 20 interesting young companies. We then

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3D printing can reduce heart valve leaks: Here’s how

Doctors can use 3D printing and computer modeling to predict paravavular leak (PVL) in patients who are undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), according to new research from the University of Minnesota. One of the common risks associated with TAVR is valves not fitting which can cause PVL. A recent study conducted by cardiovascular fellow

This augmented reality system projects medical images on the body

Augmented reality is helping doctors visualize what’s inside the body without having to pick up a scalpel, thanks to a new system from the University of Alberta. The system ProjectDR projects medical images like CT scans and MRI data directly onto a patient’s body in a way that moves with the body. “We wanted to

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

Cadence snapped up by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co.

Officials at high-precision components and finished devices maker Cadence are selling the Staunton, Va.–based company to private equity outfit Kohlberg & Co. Financial terms of the definitive agreement, announced yesterday, were not disclosed. Cadence makes components and devices for advanced surgical and specialty industrial applications. Cadence CEO Alan Connor will continue to lead the company, and

Turns out graphene can fight bacteria on implants

Graphene flakes that are arranged like spikes can kill bacteria and stop infections during implant surgery procedures, according to new research from Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. Bacteria moves around the body in fluids like blood looking for an area to stick to. Once they find a place, the bacteria starts to grow

How augmented reality and virtual reality devices are boosting medicine

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices have immense disruptive potential, with the capacity to change how the healthcare industry delivers patient care and provider training. These technologies are helping to take medicine outside clinical spaces and will present a wide range of opportunities for innovators as professionals continue to adapt. Tim Jennings,  Custom

20 medical device startups you need to know

There’s a lot of excitement these days around digital health. But there are actually many medical device startups out there in other spaces that continue to push the overall boundaries of medtech. From neuromodulation to drug delivery, surgical robotics and more, here’s a roundup of 20 medical device startups catching the eye of Medical Design

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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

LifeNet Health launches vascular allograft

LifeNet Health (Virginia Beach, Va.) recently announced that it has launched its AngioGraft Aortoiliac Artery, an aortoiliac allograft that gives surgeons pressurized sizing with flaccid measurements. Both measurements allow surgeons to use the graft that best matches their patient’s anatomy. The AngioGraft Aortoiliac Artery is the first allograft to have three configurations that are tailored

This fluorescent dye could create clearer biological imaging

Massachusetts researchers have repurposed a commercially-available dye that has been around since the 1950s to make short-wave infrared easily available for clearer imaging. Fluorescence imaging is often used to visualize biological tissues or blood vessels during reconstructive surgery to see if vessels are connected properly. Currently, researchers use a dye that runs at the near-infrared

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