As he prepared to swallow his robot for the first time, Torrey Smith’s doctors warned that the battery was his greatest threat. If the capsule came apart and the battery burned the tissue lining his stomach, it would only be the beginning of a very bad experience. “I was just hoping that we would get […]
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CroíValve raises more than $9M in Series A round
CroíValve this week announced that it raised €8 million ($9 million) in a Series A fundraising round to support a feasibility clinical study of its tricuspid valve system. The Dublin-baed company designed its Duo coaptation valve system to treat tricuspid regurgitation (TR), which is a severe heart condition that occurs when the tricuspid valve fails […]
The future of laser micro manufacturing in medical device markets
Introduction Laser Micro Manufacturing Technologies and its Impact on Medical Device Manufacturing Laser micro manufacturing is a compilation of technologies developed to address an ever increasing demand for micro-scale manufacturing in the Medical Device and Advanced Diagnostics Markets. These technologies include laser ablation, laser cutting, laser drilling, and laser welding. Each technology addresses a common […]
MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 28, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in […]
Medtronic wins expanded FDA nod for HeartWare HVAD as destination therapy
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won expanded FDA approval for its HeartWare HVAD system, now cleared as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure who are not candidates for heart transplants. The HeartWare HVAD system is a left ventricular assist device designed to aid the heart and increase the amount of blood pumped through the […]
Could this new assay reduce the need for animal tests?
American Preclinical Services has developed a novel assay that its creators think could replace the thromboresistance animal tests for medical devices – which use dogs, sheep and pigs. Mark E. Smith, American Preclinical Services Blood-contacting medical devices and the materials from which they are constructed must meet stringent safety criteria prior to regulatory approval for […]
Investors put $227m into Minnesota medtech this year
Investors pumped a record $227.4 million into medical device and digital health companies in Minnesota so far this year, according to a report from industry group Medical Alley. Some 64 companies raised capital in the North Star State during the 1st half of 2016, according to the report, eclipsing the $213 million drummed up in 2009. […]
Abiomed surges to another all-time high on 2014 results
First six months of life are best for stimulating child heart growth
In these sample sections of mouse heart, the color blue signifies scar tissue. Damage from scarring was minimized by early administration of the drug neuregulin.
By Erin Horan
Could cyber crooks really hack your pacemaker?
Kaiser Health News — Jay Radcliffe breaks into medical devices for a living, testing for vulnerabilities as a security researcher.
He’s also a diabetic, and gives himself insulin injections instead of relying on an automated insulin pump, which he says could be hacked.
Medical device sales: The rocket that crashed into the moon
From 1989 to 1997 I had a front row seat on the rocketship called U.S. Surgical Corp.
My ticket for the ride was punched in 1982, when I started as a sales rep at U.S. Surgical. I was fortunate enough to work through the ranks to senior director of sales and later became a VP of sales, responsible for half of the U.S. Over my more than 15 years with the firm, we went from just over $100 million in annual sales to $1.4 billion by 1997, the year before Tyco Healthcare acquired us for $3.3 billion.