• Philips Nets $7.1M in Zoll Infringement Case

    A federal jury awarded Philips $10.4 million in damages from Zoll Medical Corp. in a patent infringement case but also ordered Philips to pay $3.3 million for its own infringement.Staff Report The expression "you win some, you lose some," seems like an apt description of a jury verdict in a long-running lawsuit between Philips Electronics and Zoll Medical.Both companies were found guilty of patent infringement in the case that involved three defibrillator-related Philips patents and...
  • Feel That Breeze? It Was a Collective Sigh of Relief for MDUFA

    The bill, which has been largely viewed as a positive for the industry, now moves to the White House to be signed into law.Amanda Pedersen AdvaMed is one step away from being able to check off its second highest priority as an advocate for the medical device industry. The Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) by a vote of 94-1. The bill now moves to the White House to be signed into law.Nadim Yared, chairman of AdvaMed, told reporters earlier this...
  • Boston Scientific Blames Death on Freak Accident

    The company is developing an S-ICD software update after a super rare device-related death.Amanda PedersenBoston Scientific's Emblem S-ICDs are among the devices that will receive a software upgrade to prevent future incidents. Boston Scientific is developing an S-ICD software update after a super rare malfunction caused a device-related patient death.According to a recent “Dear Doctor” letter, a patient with one of the company’s S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-...
  • Automating Paperboard Packaging for Medical Supplies

    A paperboard tray former was used to package sterile medical supplies.Daphne AllenEagle Packaging Machinery recently helped a sterile medical supplies kit manufacturer automate its paperboard packaging.The PopLok Inserter from Eagle Packaging MachineryThe customer had been hand packing its sterile medical supplies into paperboard trays and needed a more-automated process. The application, however, demanded careful machine handling. “Their box is beautiful,” Anthony Del Viscio, vice president of...
  • Could a New Catheter-Delivered Implant Satisfy Unmet Patient Needs?

    A new implant size aims to meet the needs of a wider patient population.Daphne AllenMillipede’s 50-millimeter IRIS annuloplasty ringInterest in minimally invasive medical procedures continue to grow, and now a wider population of patients suffering from mitral disease may have a new option. Millipede Inc. has expanded its catheter-based mitral implant series to include a 50-millimeter IRIS annuloplasty ring with a transfemoral, transseptal delivery catheter. This device has been implanted...
  • Invitae is Going After Prenatal Screening in a Big Way

    Invitae Corp. wants a piece of the prenatal screening pie, and the company just struck two deals to make that happen. Invitae Corp. wants to be a comprehensive provider of genetic information through every stage of life — and the San Francisco, CA-based company just landed two deals aimed at gene testing at the earliest stages of life. The company agreed to acquire Good Start Genetics and CombiMatrix, two companies that specialize in screening prospective parents and newborns.Invitae said...
  • Medtronic Scores Another TAVR Victory

    The company launched its CoreValve Evolut Pro device in Europe for patients in the intermediate, high, and extreme risk category for open surgery.Amanda Pedersen Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) technology has evolved by leaps and bounds since the first generation of the devices were brought to market. TAVR players are not only working on new and improved versions of the technology but are also pursuing expanded indications to make the procedure available to as many patients...
  • Is There a Method to Stryker’s Mako Madness?

    An orthopedic surgeon wanting a Mako Total Knee robot today would likely have to wait about five months before being able to start performing total knee surgeries with the robot. But, there is a method behind Stryker’s Mako madness.  Amanda Pedersen Stryker certainly can't be accused of rushing its rollout of the robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty application for use with its Mako system. FDA approved the company's Triathlon Total Knee System for the use with the Mako...
  • How Shark Skin Inspired an Antibacterial Surface Technology

    Sharklet Technologies has been acquired by a Chinese medical device firm, as it prepares to bring its surface technology into clinical trials.Kristopher Sturgis When it comes to truly unique surface technologies, you needn't look any further than the innovative design introduced by Sharklet Technologies Inc., known simply as the Sharklet. Created by Anthony Brennan, chief technology officer and chairman, the technology features a pattern inspired by shark skin and was designed to fend off...
  • Change Is Afoot at NuVasive

    Wall Street analysts were shocked by news of the impending departures of two high-profile executives amid a restructuring effort. NuVasive surprised Wall Street analysts Thursday with word that two C-suite executives will leave the company as it embarks on a corporate reorganization.Hours before its second-quarter earnings call, the San Diego-based maker of spine surgery products announced that president and chief operating officer Jason Hannon, a 12-year veteran of the company, is leaving...
  • In Pursuit of a Noninvasive Diagnostic for Bladder Cancer

    German company numares AG is developing a noninvasive test to diagnose bladder cancer, and executives believe the technology can be used to generate other diagnostic tests. Nancy CrottiA German company has developed a system that uses patients’ metabolites to diagnose and monitor certain cancers and indicate the probability of kidney transplant rejection.The Regensburg company, numares AG, developed magnetic group signaling technology, integrated test-specific software and reagents to...
  • Zimmer Is Kitchen-Sinking Its Guidance. Will It Work?

    Zimmer Biomet has thrown in all the bad stuff at once, except for the kitchen sink. Will this commonly-used business strategy work to focus attention on the company's turnaround prospects?Amanda Pedersen Zimmer Biomet seems to be employing a common business tactic known as "kitchen sinking" its guidance. In other words, by throwing all the bad news at investors at once, perhaps they'll see the company's future prospects in a brighter light."Our sales growth fell short of our expectations,...
  • Edwards Has Resumed Mitral Valve Implants

    After pausing its trials for its CardiAQ transcatheter mitral valve replacement earlier this year, Edwards Lifesciences announced implants are now being performed.Marie ThibaultImplants of the CardiAQ transcatheter mitral valve system are underway again.Early this year, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) maker Edwards Lifesciences said it was pausing its trials for it CardiAQ transcatheter mitral valve system (TMVR). Just a few weeks later, the company noted in a public filing that...
  • Is This the Key to Better Condoms and Catheters?

    MIT engineers are working on a new hydrogel that could improve a diverse range of medical devices, including condoms and catheters.Kristopher SturgisMIT engineering students created a gel-like material to coat standard plastic tubes and rubber devices to ease patient comfort.  When it comes to surgical tubing and intravenous lines, ensuring a safe and comfortable line into the body is critical for the success of many medical procedures. Engineers from MIT hope to make the whole...
  • Is Baxter Too Gun Shy With Its Money?

    There’s no doubt the company has plenty of cash to burn, so one analyst asked CEO Joe Almeida what it takes for him to pull the trigger on M&A.Baxter CEO Joe Almeida answered questions during the company's Q2 earnings call about M&A strategy. Baxter International expects to generate free cash flow of about $1.1 billion this year and roughly $2 billion by 2020. Yet, the company has seemed yet a bit gun shy on medtech acquisitions. So analysts were quick on the draw to ask CEO Joe...
  • New Imaging Products Power GE’s Healthcare Strength

    GE reported a rather dim financial quarter overall, but the company’s healthcare segment produced plenty of sparks, powered by new product launches in mammography and CT, as well as strong growth of orders for healthcare systems.  GE’s overall sales during the second quarter slipped 11.8% year-over-year to $29.56 billion, but product launches in mammography and CT powered strong sales in the conglomerate’s healthcare business. GE Healthcare sales came in at $4.70 billion for the...
  • Should You Develop a Training Device for Your Next Product?

    Training devices could be developed to help patients avoid errors during self treatment.Daphne AllenJoe Reynolds, research manager for NobleDemand for training devices could see an uptick, and for good reason. A number of recently published studies show that use of a training device can have a positive impact on reducing patient errors. “Our studies have shown gains in patient confidence as well as reductions in anxiety,” Joe Reynolds, research manager for Noble told Qmed. “These are key to...
  • Risk of Wire Breakage Prompts Penumbra Recall

    FDA said 155 devices on the U.S. market are included in a recall of Penumbra's 3D Revascularization device because the delivery wire could break or separate during use. Amanda Pedersen  Penumbra initiated a voluntary recall of its Penumbra 3D Revascularization device because of a risk that the delivery wire could break or separate during use. FDA classified a recall of the Penumbra 3D Revascularization device as a Class I recall, the agency's most serious type of recall. The...
  • Is Boston Scientific Taking a Shine to the Bladder Market?

    Boston Scientific led a $35.5 million funding round to support Amphora Medical's bladder denervation study.Kristopher SturgisAmphora Medical said its recent $35.5 million funding round will support a U.S. study of Selective Bladder Denervation System for women suffering from an overactive bladder. A company looking to bring its Selective Bladder Denervation System to the U.S. market for women with overactive bladders has raised $35.5 million in a round led by Boston Scientific. Longitude...
  • Intuitive Surgical to Approaching Competitors: Bring It

    If the company’s better-than-expected second-quarter numbers are any indication, the surgical robot king isn’t sweating too much over Medtronic, Verb, and others trying to overthrow its market position.Amanda Pedersen If the company’s better-than-expected second-quarter numbers are any indication, the surgical robotics king isn’t sweating too much over Medtronic, Verb, and others trying to overthrow its market position.“While robotics competition is coming, Intuitive Surgical is making the...