Stephen Levy

Startup Plans Wireless Remote-Controlled Contraceptive

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 9, 2014
MicroCHIPS, a Lexington, MA–based startup backed by the Gates Foundation, is hoping to begin preclinical testing of its wireless remote-controlled contraceptive in 2015. The proposed device is projected to deliver a daily dose of 30 micrograms of levonorgestrel, an already-approved female contrace... Continue

How Gold Helps a Nanomaterial Kill Bacteria

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 7, 2014
Depositing gold nanoparticles in titanium dioxide nanotube arrays may be just what is needed to boost bacteria-killing properties in some implants, according to research out of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS).The Chinese researchers explained ... Continue

HeartWare Warning Letter Details Inadequate Responses

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 7, 2014
HeartWare International disclosed a month ago that it had received a warning letter from the FDA. Now more details are out from the FDA over the alleged lack of corrective action procedures and other issues that sparked the FDA warning. The FDA warning letter came after the agency's January inspe... Continue

Goose Bump Detector Can Gauge Emotion

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 7, 2014
A team of scientists at KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea, has developed a flexible, wearable polymer sensor that can directly measure the degree and occurrence of piloerection, commonly known as goose bumps, on the skin.They have published their work, “A Flexible Skin Piloerection Monitoring Sensor... Continue

FDA Will Regulate the Message, Not the Medium

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 3, 2014
FDA has released a new Draft Guidance, “Medical Device Data Systems, Medical Image Storage Devices, and Medical Image Communications Devices,” that reflects the agency's evolving thinking on the question of what, exactly, constitutes a medical device that the agency must regulate.In the Introduc... Continue

Cooper Companies to Buy UK Contact Lens Maker Sauflon

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 3, 2014
Pleasanton CA–based The Cooper Companies has announced that it has agreed to acquire Sauflon Pharmaceuticals Ltd. of Twickenham, UK, in a transaction valued at about $1.2 billion, thus adding to its portfolio of contact lens offerings.Sauflon says it is one of only four companies to manufacture bo... Continue

3-D Bioprinted Networks Grow to Form Capillaries in Lab

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 3, 2014
Researchers from the from the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT have successfully bio-printed artificial vascular networks that mimic the body's circulatory system. These networks are necessary for growing large complex tissues and, eventually, organs.The breakthrough has been publish... Continue

Red Blood Cells Engineered to Deliver More Than Oxygen

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 3, 2014
In research that may one day lead to a whole range of diagnostics and therapies, scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have genetically and enzymatically modified red blood cells (RBCs) to carry a range of valuable payloads -- from drugs, to vaccines, to imaging agents – th... Continue

Stryker Acquires Small Bone Innovations' STAR Ankle

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 2, 2014
Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire assets from Small Bone Innovations Inc. (Sbi), a privately held company headquartered in Morrisville, PA, in an all-cash transaction for up to $375 million.Stryker says that after taking into account the present valu... Continue

GE Developing Smaller, Denser Next-Gen Neural Implants

Posted in by Stephen Levy on July 1, 2014
Jeff Ashe is a principal scientist at the biomedical electronics lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY, who is working on smaller, more biocompatible neural implants in the hope of advancing the state of the art.A scientist works in the cleanroom at GE Global Research in upstate NY. GE innovati... Continue