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ETH Zurich researchers demonstrate promising method to fabricate cellulose-sheaths for implants

ETH Zurich researchers demonstrate promising method to fabricate cellulose-sheaths for implants

Artificial implants such as pacemakers often cause complications because the body identifies them as foreign objects. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now demonstrated a simple method to fabricate cellulose-sheaths for implants, whose micro-structured surface makes them especially biocompatible. [More]
Valorem Surgical reports FDA approval and first utilization of MaxiMIS Spinal Fixation System

Valorem Surgical reports FDA approval and first utilization of MaxiMIS Spinal Fixation System

Valorem Surgical, an early stage medical device company with a platform on surgically treating spinal pathologies through a minimally invasive (MIS) approach, today announced that the Company has received FDA clearance and its first case utilizing its minimally invasive MaxiMIS Spinal Fixation System, performed by board-certified, neurosurgeon, Dr. Jae Lim in Reston, VA. [More]

Tribology and testing of orthopaedic implants white paper published by Lucideon

Lucideon, the international materials development and testing company, has published a new white paper, ‘Tribology and Testing of Orthopaedic Implants’. [More]

Research report on BRICS hearing aids, implants and diagnostics market

The BRICS Hearing Aids, Hearing Implants and Hearing Diagnostic market has witnessed a substantial growth of 4.8 per cent in last few years and it is likely to register higher growth than expected. [More]
Better dental treatment needed for healthy mouth

Better dental treatment needed for healthy mouth

Receiving treatment from a warm, friendly, and compassionate medical specialist is important in any field of medicine. In the field of dentistry, however, it's absolutely essential. A huge percentage of the population experiences fear or anxiety when it comes to the dentist. [More]
Comprehensive analysis of the global composites in orthopedic market

Comprehensive analysis of the global composites in orthopedic market

Composites in global orthopedic industry are expected to grow at an average rate of 8.1%. The US has highest consumption in terms of value and volume. Hip, knee and spine surgeries are the common orthopedic procedures in the developed world while in emerging economies they have a lower penetration. [More]
Sugar-based molecular microcapsule eliminates toxicity of anticancer agent

Sugar-based molecular microcapsule eliminates toxicity of anticancer agent

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a sugar-based molecular microcapsule that eliminates the toxicity of an anticancer agent developed a decade ago at Johns Hopkins, called 3-bromopyruvate, or 3BrPA, in studies of mice with implants of human pancreatic cancer tissue. The encapsulated drug packed a potent anticancer punch, stopping the progression of tumors in the mice, but without the usual toxic effects. [More]
Champions reports decrease in revenue for second quarter of 2015

Champions reports decrease in revenue for second quarter of 2015

Champions Oncology, Inc., engaged in the development of advanced technology solutions and services to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended October 31, 2014. [More]
WSU researchers working on better bone-like materials used in hip and knee replacements

WSU researchers working on better bone-like materials used in hip and knee replacements

Washington State University researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. [More]
SI-BONE wins Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for SI Joint Patient Community website

SI-BONE wins Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for SI Joint Patient Community website

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device indicated for fusion for certain disorders of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, won the Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for its SI Joint Patient Community website and an Honorable Mention for the SI Buddy Patient Networking Program. [More]

Tecomet completes acquisition of Symmetry Medical's OEM Solutions business

Tecomet Inc., a Genstar Capital portfolio company and precision contract manufacturer supporting the medical device and aerospace industries, announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Symmetry Medical's OEM Solutions business. This acquisition creates the largest orthopedic contract manufacturer in the world with 18 facilities located in five countries on three continents. [More]
Researchers figure out how to reverse characteristics of polyurea materials

Researchers figure out how to reverse characteristics of polyurea materials

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material--polyurea--providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, and packaging. [More]
Breakthrough research could lead to prosthetic retinas for people suffering from retinal damage

Breakthrough research could lead to prosthetic retinas for people suffering from retinal damage

Scientists have developed a new light-sensitive film that could one day form the basis of a prosthetic retina to help people suffering from retinal damage or degeneration. Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers collaborated with colleagues from Tel Aviv University and Newcastle University in the research, which was published in the journal Nano Letters. [More]

BME announces launch of Speed Arc Nitinol Fixation System

BioMedical Enterprises announced the launch of the Speed Arc Nitinol Fixation System, the world's first superelastic shape memory fixation device that conforms to the sloping surface of the metaphyseal anatomy. This addition to the current patented BME Speed Fixation System is available in three different sizes to ensure a proper fit in varying patient anatomies. [More]
BTG agrees to acquire PneumRx for $475 million

BTG agrees to acquire PneumRx for $475 million

PneumRx, Inc., a leader in the field of interventional pulmonology, today announced that it has signed an agreement to be acquired by BTG Plc in a deal worth up to $475 million, based on an initial consideration of $230 million and up to $245 million in performance-related milestone payments. [More]
Interventional radiology procedure can preserve fertility, save lives of women with placenta accreta

Interventional radiology procedure can preserve fertility, save lives of women with placenta accreta

Researchers reported today on a procedure that can preserve fertility and potentially save the lives of women with a serious pregnancy complication called placenta accreta. Results of the new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America showed that placement of balloons in the main artery of the mother's pelvis prior to a Caesarean section protects against hemorrhage and is safe for both mother and baby. [More]
St. Mary's Medical Center adds Mazor Renaissance robot-assisted system to Spine Center

St. Mary's Medical Center adds Mazor Renaissance robot-assisted system to Spine Center

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has added the Mazor Robotics Renaissance computer-generated guidance system to its multidisciplinary Spine Center. St. Mary's is the only hospital in the Bay Area to exclusively offer this state-of-the-art technology for spine surgery. [More]

Benvenue Medical's Luna 360 System receives FDA clearance for spinal fusion treatment of DDD

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, today announced that the company's Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for spinal fusion treatment of symptomatic degenerative disc disease (DDD). [More]
Research findings have major implications for public dental health resources, costs for patients

Research findings have major implications for public dental health resources, costs for patients

The latest research from the University of Adelaide challenges current thinking on whether many people with tooth loss really need dentures. [More]
Prostate cancer patients with life expectancies of less than 10 years receive aggressive treatment

Prostate cancer patients with life expectancies of less than 10 years receive aggressive treatment

National guidelines recommend that men with low- and intermediate -risk prostate cancer and life expectancies of less than 10 years should not be treated with radiation or surgery, since they are unlikely to live long enough to benefit from treatment. Yet it is unknown whether such men are unnecessarily receiving these aggressive local treatments, putting them at risk for potentially debilitating side effects. [More]