Industry News

NASS Sees Medtronic Launch of Infinity™ OCT Spinal System

11/10/2018

Medtronic plc has chosen this week’s North American Spine Society(NASS) congress at which to announce the U.S. launch of the Infinity™ Occipitocervical-Upper Thoracic (OCT) System designed to simplify posterior cervical spine surgery.

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Clearance and Launch for Mentor’s CPX4 Smooth Breast Tissue Expander

11/10/2018

Johnson & Johnson Company, Mentor Worldwide LLC, has gained U.S. FDA clearance and subsequently introduced a tissue expander with a smooth surface to its line of CPX4 Breast Tissue Expanders in the United States.

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New robot could help hospitals save time and money by making neurosurgery more accessible.

11/10/2018

A new surgical robot could help hospitals save time and money by making frameless neurosurgery more accessible.

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Baxter secures FDA clearance for Altapore Bioactive Bone Graft

28/09/2018

Baxter International has obtained the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the use of the new Altapore Bioactive Bone Graft as an autograft extender in posterolateral spinal fusion.

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Stryker agrees to buy Invuity for $190m

13/09/2018

Stryker has agreed to acquire medical technology company Invuity in a cash deal valued at approximately $190m.

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Diabetes company named as one of UK's top 100 tech firms

12/09/2018

GlucoRx was ranked 70th in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table for its fast growth over the last three years, which saw it record a sales growth of 66%. The company is one of seven in the south east of England which has seen its sales grow by an average of 136% a year and collectively total £120 million.

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BTG buys vascular devices firm Novate Medical

11/09/2018

UK-based healthcare company BTG has acquired Irish medical devices maker Novate Medical to bolster its position in the vascular market.

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'Invisible scalpel' treats chronic pain without incision

30/07/2018

An ‘invisible scalpel’ has been developed to help physicians deliver treatments directly at the point of injury, without ever needing to cut into the patient.

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Ethicon Looks to Innovation in Quest to Reduce Thoracic Surgery Complications

30/07/2018

Ethicon points to its innovations during a symposium at this year’s 26th European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, linking its advances with improved patient outcomes and lowered hospital costs.

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University trains AI to analyse cancer images

30/07/2018

A team from the University of Jyväskylä state that they have taken the first step towards developing a digital service centre based on artificial intelligence where doctors and pathologists analyse tumour tissue samples visually with the help of software.

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First AI system for the operating room launches

20/07/2018

The first real-time, artificial intelligence-based (AI) system has been developed for use in the operating room by healthtech company, Digital Surgery.

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Medtronic receives FDA approval for less invasive heart failure device

20/07/2018

Medtronic has received FDA approval for a device designed for a less invasive approach for patients with advanced heart failure. The company’s HVAD System is a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) which helps the heart pump and increase the amount of blood that flows through the body. The system is the smallest commercially available LVAD and the only such device approved in the US for implant via thoracotomy, a small lateral, surgical incision between the patient's ribs on the left side of the chest.

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U.S. May Soon Have First Meniscus Implant

20/07/2018

Orthopedic implant specialist, Active Implants, LLC, tells us the final patient was treated in the two clinical trials evaluating the NUsurface® Meniscus Implant.

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Boston Scientific wins third Mass. pelvic mesh trial

25/06/2018

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) last week won the third Massachusetts trial of a product liability lawsuit brought over two of its pelvic mesh products.

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Philips acquires Remote Diagnostic Technologies

25/06/2018

Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said on 15 June it acquired U.K.-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies for an undisclosed amount.

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HPV vaccine cuts cancer-causing infection

20/06/2018

There has been a significant fall in the number of cases of HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, following the introduction of a vaccine for young women, a new study says.

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FDA Clearance Expands Scalp Cooler Indication

20/06/2018

The Paxman Scalp Cooling System has now been cleared by the US FDA for use during treatment of patients with solid tumours.

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French medtech company develops AI to help treat atrial fibrillation

20/06/2018

A French medtech company has developed AI software to help cardiologists treat atrial fibrillation (AF) and cardiac surgeons perform heart surgery.

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Super Sensitive, AI Powered Drill for Safe Access Into Middle Ear

08/06/2018

At Brunel University London in the UK, researchers have developed a remarkable surgical drill for drilling into the cochlea. The device is intended to help with placement of cochlear implants, devices that stimulate the cochlear nerve and return to people with profound hearing loss the ability to hear again.

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NHS Trust uses 3D printing for two-year old's life-saving kidney operation

04/06/2018

A London NHS Trust has used 3D printing to help surgeons successfully transplant a father’s kidney into his two-year old son.

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Endoscopic robot gets first clinical use

04/06/2018

Munich-based surgical robotics startup Medineering has announced that an endoscopic robot developed by the group has now been put to clinical use.

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New WatchPAT™ Sleep Apnea Scoring Guidelines Unveiled at SLEEP 2018

04/06/2018

Diagnostic device company, Itamar Medical Ltd., is to unveil its WatchPAT Scoring Guidelines, a streamlined approach for reviewing and editing WatchPAT™ data that integrates automated scoring with visual oversight for sleep apnea testing.

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UK AI start-up raises £10M to speed up diagnosis of coronary disease

24/05/2018

A UK artificial intelligence (AI) start-up that has developed technology for the diagnosis of coronary disease has raised £10 million investment.

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Medical devices developed to assist doctors with disabilities

24/05/2018

Instead of using a traditional stethoscope or otoscope to examine a patient, one physician-in-training at the University of Michigan uses a new device, with a long, flexible wire and camera at its tip. A live video feed plays important diagnostic information back on her cell phone. The specially created device allows this medical student to overcome the challenges of performing standard patient examinations with limited mobility.

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Diabetes blood test 'could mean end to daily insulin jabs'

17/05/2018

Doctors in Edinburgh believe a simple blood test they have introduced could allow some Type 1 diabetes patients to come off insulin.

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Powered Stapler Yields Fewer Bleeding Complications in Lung Cancer Surgery

17/05/2018

A new study showed a near 50% reduction in bleeding complications when comparing powered vs manual stapler during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for lung cancer. It also found a nearly 10 percent reduction in total hospital costs and one day sooner discharge from the hospital associated with the powered-stapling procedures.

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Renishaw surgical robot assists with neurosurgery at Liverpool NHS Trust

17/05/2018

Neurosurgeons at the Walton Centre carried out their first two stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) procedures with the assistance of the Renishaw neuromate stereotactic robot.

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'Black box' call for medical devices to detect errors

01/05/2018

Medical devices and computers should have a black box style feature similar to aircraft to investigate whether errors have contributed to patient harm, an IT expert has said.

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Method to map craters on Mars used to assess tumours

30/04/2018

A method used to map the surface of Mars has been adapted to help scientists measure the effects of treatments on tumours.

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First Cases for Acclarent TruDi ENT Navigation System

30/04/2018

J&J’s Acclarent, Inc., a leader in developing minimally-invasive Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) technologies, has announced the U.S. commercial launch of TruDi, a real-time, three-dimensional (3D) navigation system for ENT procedures performed in the operating room and surgeon office.

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Novartis launches app to revolutionise patient experience in clinical trials

30/04/2018

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has launched an ophthalmic digital research app to help researchers track disease progression.

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Biodegradable silk fibres could help bones heal

23/04/2018

Researchers from the University of Connecticut have developed a biodegradable composite made from silk fibres that can be used to repair load-breaking broken bones safely and effectively.

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Google combines augmented reality with deep learning to spot cancer

23/04/2018

A team of Google researchers has developed a tool that combines augmented reality (AR) with a deep learning neural network that can help pathologists to spot cancerous cells on slides under a microscope.

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Revolutionary ‘Nanotech’ Solution to Global Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis

23/04/2018

A British nanotechnology company has created a potentially game-changing technology that aims to overcome the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

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Hitachi to trial world’s first urine cancer detection test

19/04/2018

Japanese engineering and IT firm Hitachi plans to carry out what it claims to be the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples.

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WATS3D Increases Detection of Pre-Cancerous Changes in the Esophagus by Over 80%

19/04/2018

A newly published study says that adjunctive use of the CDx Diagnostics WATS3D tissue sampling and analysis system increases the detection of both Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal dysplasia by over 80%.

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Portable chest drain could save NHS £8.5M every year

19/04/2018

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued medical technology guidance recommending Medela’s Thopaz+ for managing chest drains.

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Tech to transform hospitals by 2030, reports states

11/04/2018

The future of healthcare could be with us within 10 years according to a new report which states that sensors, cameras and robotic scanning devices might make up more of our interactions than with doctors and nurses.

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Interview with Tal Golesworthy, Inventor of the ExoVasc Aortic Root Support

11/04/2018

Medgadget have recently published a very interesting interview with Tal Golesworthy. Medgadget editor Tom Peach spoke with Tal Golesworthy to hear about the inspiring journey that gave birth to the ExoVasc and to learn more about Exstent, the company that was formed as a result of Tal’s invention.

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Cardiac imaging technique shortens testing time and improves accuracy

11/04/2018

A new technique for conducting cardiac MRI imaging tests can improve patient comfort, shorten testing times and could increase diagnostic accuracy and reliability.

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Brexit report calls to place UK as global innovation hub

03/04/2018

A new report on Brexit has been published by advocacy group, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), with questions on policy from the science and engineering sector.

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Researchers develop 3D printed stomach monitor

03/04/2018

A team of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Diego have created a 3D printed wearable stomach monitor.

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Boston Scientific Announces Acquisition of Securus Medical Group, Inc.

03/04/2018

Acquisition strengthens electrophysiology cardiac ablation portfolio with thermal monitor. 

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First Patient in Biosense Webster’s Multi-Electrode RF Balloon Catheter Study

26/03/2018

Heart arrhythmia specialist company, Biosense Webster, Inc., has enrolled and treated the first patient in Europe to its SHINE  clinical study.

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Wearable sensor could be painless solution to blood tests

26/03/2018

By measuring the chemical composition of peoples’ sweat, the researchers believe clinicians could diagnose and monitor chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and some types of cancer, without the need for invasive blood tests.

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Stryker wins Deal of the Year for buying Novadaq

22/03/2018

Stryker Corp.’s (Nasdaq: SYK) $700 million purchase of surgical imaging technology provider Novadaq, signals the medical device maker’s prowess in wielding M&A not just to grow existing businesses but also to enter new markets.

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Enrollment Complete in Thermocool Smarttouch® SF Catheter US IDE Study

19/03/2018

Heart arrhythmia specialist company, Biosense Webster, Inc., has completed patient enrollment in its U.S. IDE study of the THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® SF Catheter. The device is designed for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat that lasts beyond seven days.

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Alzheon files for $81M IPO to fund phase 3 Alzheimer’s trial

19/03/2018

Alzheon is looking to tap public investors for $81 million to take a beta amyloid Alzheimer’s drug into phase 3. The Nasdaq IPO will equip Alzheon to take its reworking of a once-failed drug into a pivotal clinical trial in a subset of Alzheimer’s patients later this year.

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Junior doctors launch app to ease pressure on NHS

19/03/2018

A group of NHS doctors have launched an app to help the way clinical staff communicate with each other and to ease the current pressures on the organisation.

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Another AAOS Launch: United Orthopedic Corporation’s UTS™ Hip Stem

08/03/2018

United Orthopedic Corporation is at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans where it has launched the UTS™ hip stem and an extension of the U-Motion II™ Acetabular System.

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ItoM Medical launched for wearables diagnostics market

08/03/2018

Design service company, Semiconductor Ideas to the Market (ItoM), is expanding into the wearable biometrics market with the launch of its new sister company, ItoM Medical.

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Novartis becomes deeper Science 37 partner, as pair aim for 10-trial launch

08/03/2018

Big Pharma Novartis is teaming up with virtual clinical trial company Science 37 to boost the Swiss major’s ability to run “site-less” studies.

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Pancreatic stem cell discovery opens door to regenerative treatments for diabetes

02/03/2018

The transplantation of insulin-producing islets has helped some patients live without the need for insulin injections, but there are not enough cells to treat the millions of people who have Type 1 diabetes. A regenerative solution could bridge this gap.

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UK trio team up on life-saving baby device

02/03/2018

Three members of Medilink East Midlands (EM) have joined together in the creation of an innovative baby health product that could save millions of lives.

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Simplify Medical Celebrates 50th U.S. Patent

02/03/2018

Simplify Medical Pty Ltd, tells us it has received a 50th U.S. patent for its innovative cervical motion preservation intellectual property (IP) portfolio.

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Endologix Completes ELEVATE IDE Clinical Study Enrollment

16/02/2018

Aortic stent Graft innovator Endologix, Inc., tells us it has completed enrollment in the Expanding Patient Applicability with Polymer Sealing Ovation Alto Stent Graft (ELEVATE) IDE clinical study.  The 75-patient study is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the Alto Abdominal Stent Graft System for the repair of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).

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SBRI awards £1M to cancer diagnosis technologies

16/02/2018

The NHS England funded initiative, which aims to bring the latest technology to the UK’s health system, announced that ten companies will share in a £1 million investment.

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Novartis, Gates Foundation pen tropical disease drug pact

16/02/2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has teamed up with big pharma Novartis and its experimental drug for certain diarrheal diseases.

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25,000 U.S. Women Have Experienced Wire-free Breast Tumor Localization with SAVI SCOUT®

05/02/2018

Wire-free breast localization specialist company, Cianna Medical, Inc. has reached something of a milestone: 25,000 breast tumor localizations have been performed with the SCOUT® Radar Localization System.

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Could this insect-inspired robot offer a new way for drug delivery?

05/02/2018

A miniature robot inspired by insects and jellyfish has been developed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems that can traverse complex environments to potentially deliver drugs to targeted regions or find use in minimally-invasive surgical procedures.

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AstraZeneca stops monotherapy study at centerpiece of $500M buyout

05/02/2018

AstraZeneca has stopped (PDF) monotherapy development of a PD-1 drug it acquired in a $500 million (€400 million) biotech buyout. The candidate, MEDI0680, was the centerpiece of AstraZeneca’s takeover of Amplimmune.

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Biogen’s MS drug Tecfidera could make cancer-killing viruses more potent: study

29/01/2018

Cancer-killing viruses, also called “oncolytic” viruses, made their entry into oncology practices in 2015 with the approval of Amgen’s melanoma drug Imlygic, which was derived from herpes. Many other companies are studying a range of viruses as potential cancer remedies—but finding limited success so far.

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How AI could be used to prevent diabetes

29/01/2018

The Mealplanner Europe, a Finnish medtech company creating software that plans and organises nutrition for users, and MediSapiens, a developer and provider of genomic, biomedical and health data solutions, have partnered to develop an application for helping users in the prevention of onset of type 2 diabetes. The development is funded by an EU grant from the Permides (Personalised Medicine Innovation through Digital Enterprise Solutions) project.

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Neural Analytics Raises $15M for Lucid Brain Monitor Development

29/01/2018

Brain health specialist Neural Analytics, Inc., has raised $15 million to develop its Lucid System to assess and monitor additional brain health conditions.

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First Patient Enrolled in U.S. LAA Stroke Study

22/01/2018

Heart Arrhythmia specialist, J&J company, Biosense Webster, Inc. has enrolled the first patient in a study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a pioneering Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) closure treatment.

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Glucose monitors now compatible with iPhone via Lightning port

22/01/2018

Digital healthtech group DarioHealth has announced the first sales of its Lightning-enabled version of its Dario blood glucose monitoring system in the UK.

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Pandion Therapeutics launches with $58M series A

22/01/2018

Pandion Therapeutics, which is developing targeted immune modulator drugs, emerged from stealth mode with a $58 million series A.

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Fresh insights into a giant protein could improve heart health

15/01/2018

Titin is the largest protein circulating throughout the human body, and it plays a key role in helping muscles function properly—especially in the heart. Now an international team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism that regulates this protein. The insights could help improve the understanding of the many disease processes that damage the heart.

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EU sets aside €4 million for ‘wild card’ healthtech ideas

15/01/2018

As part of its new ‘Wild Card’ initiative, EIT Health has announced €4 million in funding for entrepreneurs, data/IT experts and researchers with ideas to transform European healthcare.

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Adapsyn signs $162M microbe-mining deal with Pfizer

15/01/2018

Finding drugs amongst the metabolic soup of living organisms is a tough task, but Canadian biotech Adapsyn Bioscience has developed a system that could sift out promising candidates more quickly—catching the eye of a pharma partner.

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Arvinas in $830M-plus Pfizer biobucks deal

08/01/2018

Yale spinout and 2015 Fierce 15 company Arvinas, a biotech working on small-molecule protein degradation therapies, has penned a deal potentially worth $830 million, and more besides, with Big Pharma Pfizer.

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UK NICE Updates Endobronchial Valve Treatment to Standard Care

08/01/2018

Pulmonx® Corp. tells us that the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guidance for endobronchial valves used to treat severe emphysema, an advanced form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and now considers current evidence sufficient to support routine use.

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Roche to buy Ignyta for $1.7 billion

08/01/2018

Roche has announced plans to buy US group Ignyta for $27 a share in an all-cash deal totaling around $1.7 billion, securing itself access to the latter’s experimental cancer medicines.

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Breathe easy: minimally-invasive device could be life-changing for lung patients

02/01/2018

An operation which could benefit patients of all ages has been carried out in Scotland for the first time, at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

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AbbVie’s JAK1 upadacitinib hits arthritis, but death registered in test

02/01/2018

AbbVie has scored another key trial win with its blockbuster-in-waiting JAK1 inhibitor upadacitinib (ABT-494), but a death and pulmonary embolism take some of the shine off the data.

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US Launch of First FDA-Cleared HD Duodenoscope with Disposable Distal Cap

02/01/2018

Endoscopic imaging specialist PENTAX Medical has announced the U.S. launch of its new C.A.P. HD Duodenoscope (ED34-i10T), the first FDA-cleared duodenoscope with a disposable distal cap.

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