Could this system make more kidneys, livers usable for transplant?

An Italian startup has teamed with critical-care immunotherapy company CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO) on an integrated ex-vivo system to perfuse, cleanse, recondition and preserve harvested kidneys and livers — including those that are usually discarded. Aferetica srl (Mirandola, Italy) designed its PerLife system is to improve organ function and viability while reducing the risk of primary graft failure

New robot takes on repetitive hair-restoration tasks

Restoration Robotics (Nasdaq: HAIR) has launched a robotic intelligent system that offers precise, minimally invasive, repeatable hair harvesting and implantation uses in one platform. The Artas iX robotic hair restoration system has a 3-camera stereoscopic vision system with 44-micron resolution and a 7-axis robot. It has a compact, motorized, battery-powered, portable and adjustable procedure chair for increased patient comfort and

Raumedic touts tubing set that stimulates bodily functions for liver transplants

Raumedic is touting a complex tubing set that is featured in the Metra device from OrganOx. The tubing set simulates vital bodily functions for liver transplants. With the system, the disposable tube set helps keep donor livers perfused outside of the body for up to 24 hours. Once the liver is connected to the transplant

Paragonix Technologies aims to boost survival of donated lungs

Many lungs being transported for transplant arrive in such bad shape that they cannot be used. Paragonix Technologies aims to change that with SherpaLung, a specialized cooler that keeps lungs properly inflated and at the right temperature to survive an airplane trip. Paragonix Technologies just landed support from the Lung Transplant Foundation to continue developing and commercializing

17 black innovators who made medtech better

From cardiology to endoscopy to blood transfusion, African Americans have played an important role as innovators in the history of medicine and medtech. To help mark African American History Month, here’s a look at some of their greatest achievements. Here are 17 black innovators who have made discoveries and invented devices to make medtech better.

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Cell stacking technology creates living human organs

Research engineers at Brown University have figured out a way to build tiny versions of human organs one micro-level at a time, and Igus technology helped enable the innovation. Using cells that are shaped as microscopic honeycomb-like patterns, Jeffrey Morgan, a professor at the university, created a method that consists of precisely stacking molded cells and

How a common hospital tool predicts poor outcomes after liver transplants

A frequently used tool in the hospital can be an indicator of which liver transplant recipients will do poorly after surgery, according to new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Led by Vinay Sundaram, a team of researchers found that the nursing assessment called the Braden Scale could be put to use in liver transplant patients

Lab-engineered tissue is creating new digestive tract treatments

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have reported success with lab-engineered tissue replacements to treat digestive system diseases. The research team demonstrated the effectiveness of growing anal sphincters in a lab to treat an animal model for fecal incontinence. The success comes after the researchers reported success in implanting human-engineered intestines in rodents. “Results from both

Hydrogel tech boosts success of transplanted insulin-producing cells

A hydrogel material embedded with a protein to improve blood vessel growth may boost the success rate of transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into patients with Type I diabetes, according to a preclinical study published in the journal Science Advances.  In the newly-published work, supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,

Engineered tissue could eliminate radiation for bone marrow transplants

University of California San Diego engineers have created artificial bone tissue that could eliminate the need for radiation before bone marrow transplants. Shyni Varghese, a bioengineering professor at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, led a team to develop a bone-like implant to eliminate the pre-treatment radiation that kills stem cells in a patient’s bone

eGenesis raises $38m for CRISPR-powered xenotransplantation

A Cambridge, MA.-based firm got a $38 million boost towards it goal of harvesting animal organs to give to humans in dire need of a transplant. eGenesis, a spin-out from Harvard University, hopes to improve the supply of organs for patients that are stuck on the transplant waiting list. While the seemingly science-fiction field of xenotransplantation

Here’s how you heat up cold hearts—for transplantation

A University of Minnesota–led research team has successfully warmed large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels that were previously preserved at low temperatures. The discovery of this rewarming process is pivotal for organs and tissues that are left in storage for transplantation for extended periods. “This is the first time that anyone has been able

Egypt arrests 45 in organ smuggling ring

Egypt has uncovered a network accused of illicit international trafficking in human organs, arresting 45 people and recovering millions of dollars in a dawn raid on Tuesday, the health ministry said. Among those held were doctors, nurses, middlemen and organ-buyers, involved in what the ministry described as the largest organ-trafficking network exposed in Egypt to

Tissue-engineered human liver made from stem & progenitor cells

Researchers at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles generated mouse and human tissue-engineered livers from organoid units composed of stem and progenitor cells, according to a study published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine last month. The tissue-engineered liver demonstrated normal attributes such as hepatocytes and blood cells and even restored some

Medicaid expansion increased Medicaid enrollment among liver transplant recipients

Researchers have found that Medicaid expansion increased Medicaid enrollment among people who received liver transplants funded by commercial insurance. The findings are published in Liver Transplantation. Because liver transplant recipients in the U.S. have low rates of paid employment, many are eligible for Medicaid public health insurance after their surgery. In a new study, Dmitry Tumin,