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Medical Device Technology
Sterilin extends filtration product range with new membrane types and pore sizes
Filtration equipment : 22 March, 2011
Sterilin is launching a new range of filtration products with an extended choice of membrane types and pore sizes
 
Runfold Medical acquires Zimed to drive drug infusion pump development
Pumps and dispensers : 21 March, 2011
Runfold Medical, a Hampshire-UK based developer and manufacturer of medical devices, raises £2.5 million through a private placement arranged by Nash Fitzwilliams, a specialist corporate finance firm based in London which has supported the company since completing the MBO in 2006.
 
St Jude Medical's mechanical heart valve technology treats two million patients
Cardiac devices and equipment : 18 March, 2011
St Jude Medical is celebrating the treatment of more than two million patients with its mechanical heart valve technology.
 
Schurter unveils locking system for power entry modules and connectors
Power supplies and devices : 14 March, 2011
To prevent unintentional unplugging of medical appliances Schurter develops its V-Lock locking system which is able to be used with various different connectors, power entry modules and several country-specific power cables.
 
Biotronik launches innovative ablation catheter across Europe
Catheters : 11 March, 2011
Biotronik SE is making the company’s innovative new ablation catheter, AlCath Flux eXtra Gold, available throughout Europe after receiving CE mark and successfully completing the premarket evaluation in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and several other European countries.
 
CONNECT trial shows patient benefits of remote monitoring of ICDs
Cardiac devices and equipment : 10 March, 2011
Medtronic is revealing results from a clinical trial that showed remote monitoring of implantable cardiac device patients with the company’s CareLink Network with automatic Medtronic CareAlert Notifications reduces healthcare utilisation costs compared to standard in-office follow-up.
 
Boston Scientific acquires Atritech to strengthen atrial fibrillation product focus
Cardiac devices and equipment : 08 March, 2011
Boston Scientific completes the acquisition of Atritech of Plymouth, Minnesota, USA in a deal that gives Boston Scientific an innovative product designed for atrial fibrillation patients with high stroke risk.
 
Medtronic unveils intra-cardiac electrophysiology recording catheter in Europe
Catheters : 07 March, 2011
Medtronic is launching the Achieve Mapping Catheter, an intra-cardiac electrophysiology recording catheter, in Europe.
 
Biotronik launches new implantable cardiac device programmer in Europe
Cardiac devices and equipment : 07 March, 2011
Biotronik SE is launching the company’s new Renamic implantable cardiac device programmer in Europe.
 
HFSS software proves biomedical device transmitter design meets FCC standard
Electronic components : 04 March, 2011
For specific electromagnetic applications in the healthcare industry, HFSS software from ANSYS is now able to provide proof that a biomedical device transmitter design meets Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards.
 
Creganna-Tactx Medical opens office in Global Cardiovascular Innovation Centre
Cardiac devices and equipment : 03 March, 2011
Creganna-Tactx Medical is opening of a new office at Cleveland Clinic’s, Global Cardiovascular Innovation Centre (GCIC) in Ohio, USA.
 
OrbusNeich's Sapphire II coronary dilatation catheter receives CE Mark
Catheters : 02 March, 2011
OrbusNeich’s next-generation Sapphire II coronary dilatation catheter is now commercially available, following CE Mark approval.
 
Medtronic's Mosaic bioprosthetic heart valve reports 12 years perfromance data
Cardiac devices and equipment : 02 March, 2011
Medtronic's Mosaic bioprosthetic heart valve demonstrates positive performance results at 12 years in a study that evaluated patients who had aortic valve replacement (AVR) and mitral valve replacement (MVR).
 
NORDIC ICD clinical trial begins patient enrollment
Cardiac devices and equipment : 01 March, 2011
The first implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients were enrolled at the start of the NORDIC ICD clinical trial by trial’s coordinating clinical investigator, Prof Dr Dietmar Bansch at the University Hospital of Rostock and the investigator Dr Stefan Kuster at the DRK Hospital of Molln/Ratzeburg.
 
Sorin invests in new medical technology incubator in Europe
Cardiac devices and equipment : 28 February, 2011
Sorin Group is making a minority investment in MD Start, the first venture capital and industry-backed medical technology incubator in Europe.
 
Magnetic navigation system is used in renal artery ablation procedure
Cardiac devices and equipment : 25 February, 2011
Stereotaxis is reporting the first-ever use of its Niobe Magnetic Navigation System in a renal artery ablation procedure for the treatment of chronic hypertension that was not treatable with medication.
 
Boston Scientific signs five-year deal with Greatbatch Medical
Cardiac devices and equipment : 24 February, 2011
Greatbatch Medical signs a five-year agreement with Boston Scientific’s Cardiology, Rhythm and Vascular Group which replaces the previous contract between the two companies, and expands the depth of the relationship by adding multiple new product lines to the agreement.
 
Trial indicates higher survival rate after four years using balloon kyphoplasty
Balloons : 24 February, 2011
Medtronic unveils the results of a retrospective claims-based data analysis suggesting that a patient group of those over 65 in the USA whose spinal fractures were treated with minimally invasive surgery had a higher survival rate up to four years after treatment than a patient group that did not have surgery.
 
Independent study confirms clinical benefits of CoreValve for aortic valve disease
Cardiac devices and equipment : 21 February, 2011
Medtronic is issuing a statement on results from an independent study which confirms both early and sustained clinical benefits for patients receiving the Medtronic CoreValve System for the treatment of aortic valve disease.
 
Trial results released for Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty comparison study
Balloons : 18 February, 2011
Medtronic reveals results from the first randomized, controlled trial comparing Kyphon Balloon Kyphoplasty with non-surgical care in treating spinal fractures in cancer patients.
 
New histology needle for EUS retrieves tissue samples from hard-to-reach areas
Needles : 18 February, 2011
Cook Medical is introducing a new histology needle for endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) which gives physicians the ability to retrieve tissue samples from hard-to-reach regions within or adjacent to the GI tract with a minimally invasive procedure.
 
Two new PICC solutions benefit from advanced catheter shaft technology
Catheters : 16 February, 2011
AngioDynamics is introducing a new Morpheus SMART PICC bedside insertion kit and new 5 French Dual Lumen Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) as an extension of the company’s Morpheus SMART PICC range.
 
Boston Scientific acquires two novel technologies to treat peripheral CTOs
Endovascular medical devices : 16 February, 2011
Boston Scientific is acquiring two novel technologies to treat peripheral chronic total occlusions (CTOs) with the aim of the additional technology platforms complementing the company's world-class portfolio of devices for lower extremity peripheral artery disease.
 
US FDA approves pacing system designed for use in an MRI environment
Pacemakers : 10 February, 2011
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Medtronic’s Revo MRI SureScan pacing system, the first and only pacemaker in the US specifically designed for use in an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment and approved as MR-Conditional.
 
Biotronik launches pacing system analyzer in Europe for ICD and CRT systems
Cardiac devices and equipment : 07 February, 2011
Biotronik is launching the Reliaty pacing system analyzer in Europe after CE approval and successful pre-market evaluation.
 
Hypertronics releases new shielded circular, plastic, push-pull medical connector
Connectors : 04 February, 2011
Hypertronics is releasing the company’s new Shielded HyperGrip circular, plastic, push-pull medical connector which provides continuous shielding through the connector with an attenuation of -50db at 3 GHz.
 
US FDA grants approval of Renegade HI-FLO Fathom Pre-Loaded system
Catheters : 03 February, 2011
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Boston Scientific's Renegade HI-FLO Fathom Pre-Loaded System for selective access and delivery of diagnostic, embolic and therapeutic materials into the peripheral vasculature.
 
Coronary dilatation catheters receive regulatory clearance in Japan and US
Catheters : 02 February, 2011
Abbott receives regulatory clearance in the USA and approval in Japan for its TREK and MINI-TREK Coronary Dilatation Catheters for the treatment of coronary artery disease.
 
Corindus gains FDA's conditional IDE approval for CorPath 200 system
Cardiac devices and equipment : 31 January, 2011
Corindus Vascular Robotics is granted Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conditional Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of its CorPath 200 System in delivering and manipulating coronary guidewires and stent/balloon systems in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) procedures.
 
First stroke patients are treated in Canada with Concentric's Trevo system
Cardiac devices and equipment : 31 January, 2011
Marking a major milestone toward expanding the use of Stentriever technology for stroke patients, Concentric Medical announces that the first cases have been performed using its Trevo System in Canada.
 
Croydon University Hospital revives SCA patient with no heartbeat after 3.5 hours
Pumps and dispensers : 31 January, 2011
Croydon University Hospital in London successfully revives a 53-year-old man from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) using ZOLL Medical’s ZOLL AutoPulse Non-invasive Cardiac Support Pump for 3.5 hours.
 
St Jude Medical's Penang Island manufacturing facility receives CE Mark approval
Cardiac devices and equipment : 26 January, 2011
St Jude Medical's new manufacturing facility in Penang Island, Malaysia receives European CE Mark approval for production of pacemakers and leads. The first products have already been shipped to the company's distribution center in Veddesta, Sweden.
 
Cardiology device connectivity solution is certified for Allscripts Professional EHR
Cardiac devices and equipment : 25 January, 2011
Cardiac Science completes certification with Allscripts Professional EHR to extend the company’s HeartCentrix cardiology device connectivity solution for its resting ECG, stress, and Holter monitoring products to support Allscripts Professional EHR for small and mid-sized physician groups.
 
Study shows the clinical accuracy of noninvasive and continuous SpHb monitoring
Pulse oximeters : 24 January, 2011
A new study demonstrating the clinical accuracy and value of Masimo’s noninvasive and continuous haemoglobin (SpHb) monitoring technology breakthrough is presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Critical Care Congress in San Diego, USA.
 
Nonin Medical launches new wrist-worn pulse oximeter in the USA and Canada
Pulse oximeters : 21 January, 2011
Nonin Medical is launching the company’s WristOx2, Model 3150 wrist-worn pulse oximeter in the USA and Canada.
 
Boston Scientific seeks merger deal with Atritech
Cardiac devices and equipment : 21 January, 2011
Boston Scientific signs a definitive merger agreement, under which the company will acquire Atritech, a privately held company based in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA.
 
US FDA gives conditional approval for modified CoreValve US Pivotal Clinical Trial
Cardiac devices and equipment : 20 January, 2011
Medtronic receives conditional approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to modify its CoreValve US Pivotal Clinical Trial.
 
Smiths Medical to set up wholly-owned subsidiary in Mumbai, India
Drug delivery equipment : 18 January, 2011
Smiths Medical plans to establish a wholly-owned subsidiary in Mumbai, India, to help grow its business in India.
 
Endosense partners Siemens to develop force-sensing ablation catheter solution
Catheters : 17 January, 2011
Siemens Healthcare agrees with Swiss medical technology company, Endosense, to commence a joint development project intended to integrate the contact-force data provided by Endosense’s TactiCath force-sensing ablation catheter with Siemens’ electrophysiology solutions.
 
Medtronic finalises acquisition of Ardian
Catheters : 14 January, 2011
Medtronic completes the acquisition of privately-held Ardian, a developer of catheter-based therapies to treat hypertension and related conditions.
 
TriReme Medical agrees Japanese distribution deal with Century Medical
Catheters : 11 January, 2011
TriReme Medical signs an exclusive distribution and sales agreement for TriReme's complete line of advanced peripheral and coronary balloon dilatation catheters with Century Medical, (CMI), a leading independent device distributor for the Japanese market.
 
Saints Medical Center collaborates with Zoll to test new resuscitation solutions
Cardiac devices and equipment : 10 January, 2011
Saints Medical Center, a non-profit healthcare facility in the Greater Lowell area, is entering into a multi-faceted agreement with Zoll Medical of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, a leader in hospital and EMS resuscitation solutions.
 
Bluetooth fingertip pulse oximeter receives Microsoft HealthVault certification
Pulse oximeters : 10 January, 2011
Nonin Medical’s Onyx II Model 9560 Continua-Certified, Bluetooth wireless fingertip pulse oximeter receives Microsoft HealthVault certification.
 
Pulse oximetry technology integrates with portable patient monitoring solution
Pulse oximeters : 07 January, 2011
Covidien introduces the new Infinity MCable with Nellcor OxiMax technology as an integrated component of the Drager Infinity Acute Care System in Europe.
 
Mayo Clinic treats AF with minimally invasive freezing balloon technology
Balloons : 07 January, 2011
Mayo Clinic is the first in the USA to use the first minimally invasive freezing balloon technology for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) approved in December by the US Food and Drug Administration.
 
Boston Scientific acquires Sadra Medical to focus on structural heart therapy
Cardiac devices and equipment : 05 January, 2011
Boston Scientific completes its acquisition of Sadra Medical of Los Gatos, California.
 
UCMC helps clinicians to use Stereotaxis Remote Magnetic Navigation device
Cardiac devices and equipment : 31 December, 2010
Starting in 2011, Stereotaxis plans to utilise the Remote Magnetic Navigation System in the electrophysiology (EP) lab at the University of Chicago Medical Center to train clinicians planning to install Stereotaxis at their own centres.
 
Study shows benefits of therapeutic filtration devices for colorectal cancer treament
Filtration equipment : 21 December, 2010
Aethlon Medical, the pioneer in developing therapeutic filtration devices to address infectious disease and cancer, is demonstrating the ability to capture immunosuppressive exosomes derived from individuals with lymphoma and colorectal cancer.
 
Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system receives US FDA approval
Balloons : 21 December, 2010
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Medtronic’s Arctic Front Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system, the first and only Cryoballoon in the United States indicated for the treatment of drug refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF).
 
Smiths Medical launches new syringe infusion pump in Canada
Pumps and dispensers : 16 December, 2010
Smiths Medical receives a license from Health Canada and is launching its Medfusion 4000 syringe infusion pump with the PharmGuard software suite in Canada.
 
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