ElectroCore launches gammaCore Sapphire migraine treatment device

ElectroCore announced that it has launched its gammaCore Sapphire non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator in the U.S. The device is the first non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator device to be cleared by the FDA for acute treatment of pain from migraines and episodic cluster headaches. The gammaCore Sapphire device is portable and easy-to-use and can be self-administered

Online assessment tool predicts heart attack and stroke risk

Cardiologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed an online tool that can accurately predict who is at the highest risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. The new tool, called the Astronaut Cardiovascular Health and Risk Modification (Astro-CHARM) calculator, predicts who between the ages of

Medtech stories we missed this week: July 27, 2018

From the FDA clearing LifeSignal’s wireless ECG to Zavation receiving FDA clearance for its expandable corpectomy cage, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears LifeSignal’s wireless ECG LifeSignals announced in a July 26 press releasethat it has received FDA clearance for its wireless LP1100 Life Signal

Novo Nordisk exec: In the digital age, it’s not enough to have a better molecule

Much of Dr. Todd Hobbs’ life has centered around diabetes – he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes roughly 30 years ago and now he is the father of a child with diabetes. At his Kentucky-based primary care practice, he took on diabetic patients and helped manage their care. And when he made the jump

8 crowdfunded health devices you need to know

Companies including 3M and Aura Medical are turning to the popular websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo to get their ideas crowdfunded by people who want them to come to life. The idea behind a crowdfunding website is that if you back the project and donate a certain amount of money, you’ll get something in return, oftentimes

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Digital Surgery touts artificial intelligence for the operating room

Officials at Digital Surgery (London) boast that they have successfully demonstrated a real-time, dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed for the operating room. The patented AI platform includes surgical procedure roadmaps that are meant to aid the surgical team in an OR. The goal is to reduce risk and make surgery safer. “This is a huge milestone for

ResMed, Google’s Verily ink sleep-apnea-focused joint venture deal

ResMed (NYSE:RMD) and Google (NSDQ:GOOG) life sciences company Verily said today they inked a new joint venture deal aiming to develop software solutions to improve diagnosis, treatment and care for sleep apnea and other breathing related sleep disorders. The new US-based joint venture will use sleep apnea knowledge from San Diego-based ResMed and Verily’s data analytics technologies in its […]

Venture investing in medtech and digital health: Here’s advice from the trenches

Medtech entrepreneurs agree that it’s still tough to find funding at the Series A level. Here’s their advice about how to find it. Bill Evans Competition for medtech venture investing is fierce, at the same time that traditional investors pull back from the space. To get to the bottom of what’s going on, I reached

8 Alzheimer’s disease breakthroughs you need to know

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that can cause problems with memory, thinking and behavior, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the most common form of dementia that gets worse over time. Nearly 6 million Americans presently live with Alzheimer’s — and there’s no cure for it. The disease is caused by protein buildups

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Medtech venture investing trends: Here’s what you need to know

Ask any early-stage medtech or digital health entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you how tough it is. There’s tremendous competition for venture investing, coupled with a pullback by previously traditional investors in this space. Bill Evans While venture investment in medtech and digital health has recovered since the financial crisis of a decade ago — setting

Medical devices: When should you make them smarter?

The drive toward value in healthcare has increased demand for smarter medical devices able to provide information for real-time feedback, as well as after-the-fact analysis. So when does it make sense to actually make a medical device smarter? And how do you go about it? Tom KraMer, CEO of Kablooe Design outside Minneapolis, has a

Flexcon sees opportunities in the wearables market: Here’s how

Wearable medical device makers need adhesives that keep a wearable stuck to the user without damaging their skin. Officials at Flexcon (Spencer, Mass.) see opportunity. “Flexcon as a company has been focused on the graphics and labels business for 60 years. Now we see a core capability that we have in coating adhesives on films that

Medtech stories we missed this week: June 15, 2018

From Cytosorbents opening a new U.S. manufacturing facility to DyAnsys received FDA clearance for a wearable to treat opioid withdrawals, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Cytosorbents opens new U.S. manufacturing facility CytoSorbents announced in a June 12 press release that it has opened a new

Adhesives and medical devices: How to make sure things don’t go wrong

Too often the adhesive selection for a medical device is left to the end of a project. It doesn’t help that there are so many adhesives as to make the choice overwhelming. With so many potential negative outcomes, here are tips on making the right choice. Tony Kaufman and Del R. Lawson, Critical and Chronic Care

Apple update improves Watch’s ability to track movement disorders, report says

Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) is upping its diagnostic game with the Apple Watch yet again, adding the ability to more accurately detect tremors for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, according to a CNBC report. The company is updating the bio-sensor laden smartwatch to make it easier for researchers to differentiate between random movement and the shakes and dyskinesia experienced […]