Medtech stories we missed this week: July 13, 2018

From Angiodroid receiving CE Mark approval to Masimo launching its vital signs app, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Angiodroid wins CE Mark for Angiopulse IABP Angiodroid announced in a July 11 press releasethat it has received CE Mark approval for its AngioPulse intra-aortic balloon pump

Dune Medical debuts waste-saving surgical probe

Dune Medical Devices has designed a reposable version of its MarginProbe radiofrequency spectropscopy device, which can help surgeons identify remaining cancer cells in real time during a lumpectomy. The updated MarginProbe has a  reusable cable and handle and a single-use attachable probe. It has the potential to reduce waste burden of the MarginProbe up to

Integer sells advanced surgical, ortho lines to MedPlast

Integer (NYSE:ITGR) has completed the spinoff of its advanced surgical and orthopedics products lines to MedPlast, LLC for $600 million in cash. Announced in May, the deal will double MedPlast’s top line and bolster the balance sheet for Integer, which missed expectations with its first-quarter earnings. MedPlast also announced that it will rebrand under the name

This surgical technique may improve sensation and control of prosthetic limbs

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Extreme Bionics have developed a neural interface and communication paradigm that sends movement commands from the central nervous system to a robotic prosthesis. Humans are able to naturally sense where their limbs are, how fast they’re moving and the torque, all without looking. Being able to sense

Can placental tissue implants limit back and leg pain?

Regenerative technology company StimLabs has enrolled the first patient in a clinical trial using shelf-stable placental tissue to reduce complications following herniated disc surgery. The multi-center, randomized controlled trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Revita, StimLabs’ full-thickness placental allograft, which surgeons will place following lumbar microdiscectomy procedures. Microdiscectomy is a common, minimally invasive procedure

Medtech stories we missed this week: June 22, 2018

From Accuray’s India approval to Masimo and PositiveID launching a Bluetooth-enabled thermometer, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. India approves Accuray’s Radixact X9 radiation therapy device Accuray announced in a June 21 press release that it has received an Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Type Approval in India

Johnson & Johnson launches new self-shortening Dynacord suture

Johnson & Johnson through its DePuy Synthes franchise has announced the U.S. launch of its Dynacord suture for soft tissue repair in areas such as the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The Dynacord suture, available on Healix Advance anchors, is part of the DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine portfolio. J&J launched Dynacord today at the San

Olympus launches electrosurgical knife to shorten procedure times

Olympus recently announced that it has launched its DualKnife J endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) electrosurgical knife that uses submucosal injection to support safe and reliable ESD performance. “DualKnife J allows us to further innovative ESD procedures as part of an overall value-based care initiative, providing more minimally invasive procedures to patients so they may reap

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

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

3M submits 510(k) for steam sterilization system

3M has submitted an application to receive FDA 510(k) clearance for its Attest Super Rapid System for steam sterilization. The steam sterilization system can provide biological indicator results in 24 minutes. A faster readout time for steam will help improve patient safety while increasing workflow for sterilization professionals. “The focus of our sterilization science at

Teleflex Medical launches new suture technology to reduce tissue strangulation

Teleflex Medical has created a new suture technology that may reduce tissue strangulation and a cutting effect in situations where tissue pull-through is a risk. The technology, called Force Fiber Fusion, is a two-in-one construct that goes from a round suture to a flat braid center segment and back to round suture. It is made

This procedure repairs joint damage and avoids hip replacement surgery

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is using a new procedure to help patients avoid hip replacement surgery while still repairing their hip. The procedure, called Subchondroplasty, involves injected a bone substitute material into the hip joint. The material helps fill voids or lesions in the joint. “We want to preserve the native hip whenever

InstruSafe and Senhance Surgical Robotic System partner to launch instrument trays

Summit Medical’s InstruSafe and TransEnterix’s Senhance Surgical Robotic System  have forged a partnership to launch two new surgical instrument trays for use with the robotic platform. The two new trays will include an instrument tray an an endoscopic adapter tray, both of which have been validated for the Senhance instrumentation. “We are excited to expand our product offering

Omnia Medical receives FDA 510(k) clearance for vertebral body replacement system

Omnia Medical has received FDA 510(k) clearance for a vertebral body replacement (VBR) system for use in the thoracolumbar spine to replace collapsed, damaged or unstable vertebral body. The VBR system is manufactured from PEEK-Optima HA enhanced polymer through a collaboration with Jalex Medical on product development and regulatory activities and Invibio Biomaterial Solutions who