The top medtech stories of early 2017


[Video courtesy of Ellen Rouche/Harvard SEAS]

Cardiology breakthroughs

Recent months have seen a bunch of major research advances related to new cardio devices and diagnostics, tissue engineering and the overall understanding of heart disease and its treatment.

Announcements included a customizable robotic heart out of Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital. The device demonstrated advantages over other heart assist devices such as VADs when it comes to aiding the beating of a failing heart. The soft robot never comes in contact with blood, which reduces the risk of blood clotting.

Prevencio meanwhile published new data that showed its Hart CAD blood test could accurately diagnose heart disease in just 2 hours. Prevencio says it is on track to conduct FDA trials in 2018.


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