Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Medical Device News Magazine

Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Bashir® Endovascular Catheter First-In-Human Trial for Acute Pulmonary Embolism Confirms Early Safety and Feasibility and Impressive Reduction of Clot Burden

Thrombolex Reports Data Showed a Significant Reduction in Right Ventricular to Left Ventricular (RV/LV) Diameter Ratio and Clot Burden. Data Presented at the American Venous Forum Annual Meeting

Ventec Life Systems

Ventec Life Systems and GM Partner to Mass Produce Critical Care Ventilators in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 27, 2020, Ventec Life Systems announced that General Motors will build VOCSN critical care ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, Indiana manufacturing facility with FDA-cleared ventilators scheduled to ship as soon as next month.

pDVA Experts Panel Video Discussion: LimbFlow, SA Transforming CLI

Vascular Specialists Dialogue: Dr. Roberto Ferraresi, Dr. Steve Henao and Dr. David Deaton

Dlyte as a Disruptive Solution for Surface Finishing in Healthcare Applications

Author: Jaume Miras, Chief Strategy Officer GPAINNOVA Barcelona, Spain Addresses Implant Limitations and More

Valve Durability in TAVR is a Critical Factor for the Future

Author: Bart Meuris, M.D., Ph.D. University Leuven Hospital, Belgium Renders His Views

First Patients Treated with the LOBO Vascular Occluder

LOBO Vascular Occluder is designed to provide interventional physicians with a single-device, one-and-done solution for the occlusion of various arterial targets without the need for multiple embolic devices

ASSOCIATION NEWS

Critical Care Surgery Team Develops Surgery Blueprint for Essential Operations During COVID-19

A systemwide tiered approach to triage the most pressing operations aims to keep hospital resources focused on treating COVID-19 patients

EXECUTIVES

Jay M. Moyes Appointed New CFO of Sera Prognostics

Jay Moyes joins Sera Prognostics as it transitions from rigorous scientific and groundbreaking clinical stage company into a rapidly growing commercial organization.

HOSPITALS IN THE NEWS

Datos COVID-19 Solution Employed at Rochester Regional Health

The partnership is enabling Rochester Regional Health to more efficiently and safely monitor patients and healthcare workers exposed to or suffering from coronavirus, outside of the hospital setting.

US FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION UPDATES

Update: FDA Continues to Accelerate Development of Novel Therapies for COVID-19

As part of the Trump Administration's all-hands-on-deck approach across public, academic and private sectors to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stood up a new program to expedite the development of potentially safe and effective life-saving treatments. The program, known as the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), is using every tool at the agency's disposal to bring new therapies to sick patients as quickly as possible, while at the same time supporting research to further evaluate whether these medical countermeasures are safe and effective for treating patients infected with this novel virus.

BREAKING MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY NEWS

Tablo® Hemodialysis System Receives FDA Clearance for Home Dialysis

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the Tablo Hemodialysis System for patient use in the home. The new home clearance expands Tablo's existing labeled indication for use in acute and chronic care facilities, which for the first time enables healthcare providers the same dialysis machine from the ICU to the home.

Signatera™ Technology for Personalized Monitoring in Gastrointestinal Cancer Shows Benefits According to a New Study

A new, peer-reviewed case study published in JCO Precision Oncology1 demonstrates the unique ability of Signatera technology to detect esophageal cancer recurrence almost one year before current standards of care, using a simple blood draw to monitor for traces of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). This report builds upon a fast-growing body of scientific evidence behind the Signatera test across multiple cancer types.

AMRA Medical and Fulcrum Therapeutics Develop MRI Method for Multi-site Neuromuscular Clinical Trials

In collaboration, AMRA Medical and Fulcrum Therapeutics created a standardized whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol to evaluate skeletal muscle composition in patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) – a slowly progressing muscular dystrophy. An abstract describing this work was accepted and made publicly available by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sectra Digital Pathology Module Receives FDA Clearance

The clearance applies for Sectra Digital Pathology Module, the key component of Sectra's pathology solution, when used together with Leica Biosystems' scanner AT2 DX. This enables US healthcare providers to use Sectra's digital pathology solution for primary diagnostics. The solution makes it possible to move towards fully integrated diagnostics, which is especially important in complex cancer cases.

COVID Care’s COVID-19 IgG and IgM Rapid Test Now uthorized Pursuant to FDA EUA Guidance

The FDA Approved Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits for Medical Professionals, First Responders, and Law Enforcement detects IgG and IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human blood. The Covid Care Rapid Test has a 91% Clinical Sensitivity rating, and a 99% Clinical Specifity rating.

Synchrocyclotron for the MEVION S250i Proton Therapy System Delivered to Huntsman Cancer Institute

The proton center at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah will be the first in the Mountain West.

Henry Schein Announces Further Efforts to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The company announced today that it will serve as the exclusive distributor in the United States of a second point-of-care rapid test kit that can detect antibodies associated with COVID-19 in as few as 15 minutes.

GEP Introduces a Free Portal & Service to Connect Health Care Providers: Beginning with Hospitals in New York, New Jersey & Connecticut with PPE Suppliers

The portal will help connect PPE suppliers and manufacturers with frontline health care providers.

Superfeet to Produce 30,000 Respirator Masks for Local Healthcare Workers and Hospitals

A week after a national announcement opening their doors to help those needing access to personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Superfeet and sister company Flowbuilt Manufacturing has started production of PPE masks with 3D-printed elements.

enlightenVue™ Reports Single-Use Micro Endoscope Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

The novel single-use micro-endoscope with multiple working channels eliminates the risk of transmitting infections between patients.

Reprocessing N95 Masks With STERRAD: Protects Healthcare Workers in the Battle Against COVID-19

The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a mass shortage of N95 masks for healthcare professionals around the world. ASP qualified a protocol for reprocessing select N95 masks so hospitals can triple the lifespan of the mask using the STERRAD® Sterilizers already in healthcare facilities today to reprocess up to 480 masks per STERRAD® Sterilizer machine daily to help healthcare professionals combat the spread of coronavirus.

FDA Approves Next-Generation ZOLL® TherOx System for Widowmaker Heart Attack Patients

The second-generation TherOx System provides SuperSaturated Oxygen (SSO2) Therapy and reduces heart muscle damage in “widowmaker” heart attack patients.

Fractyl Announces New REVITA-2 Study Clinical Data

Data presented at ENDO 2020 from the randomized, sham-controlled REVITA-2 study verifies that improvements in blood glucose control (HbA1C), insulin sensitivity, and other metabolic measures seen after one Revita treatment are also associated with improved pancreatic beta-cell function

INVU Remote Pregnancy Monitoring System Receives FDA Clearance

INVU™ is a prescription-initiated, protocol-driven remote monitoring platform that offers measurements of fetal and maternal heart rate via a wireless, self-administered INVU sensor band.

National Ventilator Registry Launched by Phunware

“We have built a data engine that is capable of managing over a billion active devices and four billion daily transactions while generating more than 5 terabytes of data each day,” said Randall Crowder, COO of Phunware.

New Non-Contact Forehead Infrared Thermometer to Aid in Coronavirus Prevention

DeltaTrak reports the new Model 15004 Non-Contact Forehead Infrared Thermometer serves as a valuable solution in the fight against the Coronavirus.

GEN2 Pure-Vu System Receives CE Mark Approval

Motus GI is assessing potential strategic partnership opportunities for the Pure-Vu System with established medical device companies and distributors with commercial operations across the EU.

Barco® Uniforms Launches COVID-19 Scrub Donation Program

Barco pledges to donate 10,000 scrubs each month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic to healthcare professionals on the front line treating patients who have been infected.

Orthofix Completes Acquisition of FITBONE Limb Lengthening System

The transaction also includes other potential applications of the technology which are in development, including the FITSPINE® system for fusionless surgery to treat early-onset scoliosis.

ShiraTronics, Inc. Completes $3 Million Additional Series A Financing

Financing was provided by Breakout Ventures (BOV). BOV joins previous Series A lead investors USVP, Amzak Health, and Strategic HealthCare Investment Partners (S.H.I.P), with participation from Aperture Ventures, LivaNova PLC, and a leading Academic Institution.

Enrollment in Tria LifePolymer™ Early Feasibility Study Completed

Fifteen patients have been enrolled in the Tria LifePolymer early feasibility study reports FOLDAX.

Team in Toronto and Winnipeg to Begin Production of Medical Scrubs and Patient Gowns

Canada Goose will leverage its manufacturing facilities to begin production of necessary medical gear for frontline healthcare workers and patients across Canada in the fight against COVID-19.

ixlayer COVID-19 Clinical Test Platform to Power Labs and Health Systems Launched

The ixlayer COVID-19 Clinical Test can plug into any health system and lab within 48 hours - enabling labs to digitize ordering and produce real-time results delivery while also streamlining healthcare so physicians can pre-screen patients, order tests, coordinate sample collection and triage patients to the right care ... all from afar

KN95 Disposable Masks Now Available on Avenova.com

The KN95 masks are being sold at a price of $59.99 for a package containing 10 masks or $149.99 for a package containing 30 masks. KN95-rated masks are effective at filtering out at least 95% of airborne particles, including microorganisms, dust, pollen and air pollution.

University of Helsinki and IRRAS Will Collaborate to Advance Uses of IRRAflow

The initial area of focus will be in the treatment of patients suffering from intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH).

SonoScape Shares its Experience of Fighting Against COVID-19 to the Global Community

SonoScape headquartered in Shenzhen China, started to help with the coronavirus epidemic as early as in January.

Telehealth Virtual Visits Software is Launched by Seattle Based MedBridge

MedBridge reports the software will help clients virtually manage patient care throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

NxGen MDx Announces Immediate Launch of COVID-19 Test

The rise in U.S. cases of COVID-19, a highly contagious and sometimes fatal respiratory illness, has concerned health officials and spurred calls from lawmakers for action to expand testing capacity to slow its spread.

Lipiodol® Ultra Fluid for Hysterosalpingography in Women Undergoing Infertility Workup

Guerbet has received indication approval in Hungary and the Netherlands where Lipiodol® Ultra Fluid is now indicated for hysterosalpingography (HSG) in women undergoing infertility workup. Hungary and the Netherlands are the second and third European countries to grant approval for this indication after Ireland.

Senseonics Exploring Strategic Options to Enhance Stakeholder Value

Board of Directors has decided to explore potential strategic alternatives to enhance stakeholder value. The Company is engaging Moelis & Company, LLC as its financial advisor and Cooley, LLP as its legal advisor.

RedHawk Appoints Florida Based Dolphin Medical as Exclusive SANDD™ Distributor for Five Gulf Coast States

Under the Agreement, Dolphin has committed, among other things, to purchase annually from RedHawk for resale in the Territories, 6,000 SANDD mini™, SANDD HP™ or SANDD FR™ needle incineration devices, 2,000 SANDD Pro™ needle incineration devices and certain other medical supplies. The Agreement provides that RedHawk will sell the SANDD™ devices to Dolphin at list price less a customary distributor discount. Certain volume discounts are also available to Dolphin.

Wearable Medical Tech Ushers in a New Era for Patients

Wearable medical devices are designed to measure various metrics on the human body without doctor intervention. The most commonly measured data include vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, blood glucose levels as well as physical activities through the use of electrocardiogram (ECG), ballistocardiogram (BCG) and other devices

Aseptico Announces Availability of Products Suitable for Medical and Civic use for Coronavirus Pandemic

Several of its field dentistry and other products are suitable and available for sale to medical health professionals and other public entities fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.