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June 17th, 2019 by Digital Marketing for Med Devices
Life science organizations successfully increase sales when all departments collaborate to enhance results. Sharing information between departments can focus on fulfilling the needs of customers and strengthening commercial performance. At the 9th Digital Marketing for Medical Devices, taking place on August 5–7 in Minneapolis, attendees will learn to work together and share information for the latest devices and compare efforts to grasp the interest of physicians and other key stakeholders. Kick off the first day with our Marketing and Sales Collaboration Day and hear from industry professionals on the featured sessions below: Streamline...
Researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University have developed a new microfluidic lab-on-a-chip device that aims to more accurately model the complex biological properties of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Their work, recently published in Nature Communications, demonstrates the device is able to mimic the highly selective drug and antibody uptake previously only seen within in vivo systems. This development can help advance drug discovery to treat brain diseases and potentially help improve understanding of conditions resulting from BBB dysfunction. Prior in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier have been...

June 14th, 2019 by Siavash Parkhideh
Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new AI tool, dubbed HeadXNet that detects brain aneurysms from computed tomographic angiography (CTA) scans. Their work, recently published in JAMA Network Open, demonstrates that their AI tool helped radiologists identify 6 more scans with aneurysm for every 100 scans already diagnosed with aneurysm. This is an exciting development for the millions of Americans who experience intracranial aneurysms, and can help improve detection and clinical outcomes. Currently, about three percent of the American population will suffer from intracranial aneurysms at some point in...
CorMatrix, a company out of Roswell, Georgia, has won FDA clearance for the Cor PATCH epicardial patch. The device is indicated for use at the locations of aneurysms, in adults who have suffered a heart attack that led to the ventricular walls becoming thinner, or anywhere else where structural support or repair of the heart would be helpful. The patch is made using the new generation of the CorMatrix ECM extracellular matrix, which, unlike other competing devices derived from animal tissues, does not have any nuclear remnants, bits of cell wall,...
Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have developed a microfluidic chip that can rapidly assess blood samples from sickle cell disease patients to help monitor the disease. The technique is much faster and more convenient than traditional optical microscopy assessments. Sickle cell disease affects approximately 100,000 individuals in the U.S. and millions of people throughout the world. Red blood cells in those affected become misshapen (forming a “sickle” shape) and sticky, and can block blood flow and break down. This can lead to a variety of serious symptoms, such as organ...
Lasers are known to do remarkable things in medicine, but their use in targeting diseased tissue is not as widespread as everyone expected it to be decades ago. One issue is that lasers are pretty indiscriminate and traditionally have beams that are still too large for extremely fine work. Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have developed a laser so small that it can fit inside a cell and shine from within. Being able to produce coherent, high power light from the interior of cells leads to...
MX3 Diagnostics, a startup with offices in Austin, Minneapolis, and Melbourne, Australia, has unveiled its first product, a saliva-based hydration testing system. The MX3 Hydration Testing System can be used by athletes, travelers, and maybe even clinicians to test patients, and is promoted by the manufacturer to be of "lab-quality". The testing device can upload readings to its cloud platform, which can be utilized to track one's hydration levels over time. It relies on single-use disposable test strips that require a tiny amount of saliva to function properly. They are...
Soft tissue wounds and incisions are generally closed using sutures and staples, but those leave marks behind and can be very unpleasant for patients. In some cases, such as cosmetic surgery, specialty adhesives are used to fuse tissues together. However, these can be toxic and they tend to solidify into a harder form than native tissue. Researchers from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have created a soft biocompatible glue, and an accompanying glue gun, that can close wounds and incisions quickly and easily, and which does not cause toxic side effects....
Infusion pumps have been known to be a vector for a variety of medical mistakes, primarily adverse drug events. This has become such an issue that a few years ago the FDA began its Infusion Pump Improvement Initiative. One of the results of this program was the establishment of new requirements, aimed at reducing errors, for the manufacture of infusion pumps. Ivenix, a company based outside of Boston, just received FDA clearance for its Ivenix Infusion System that was envisioned, designed, and manufactured with the new requirements in mind. The product...
Philips has recently launched EmoGraphy, a stress management technology to measure someone’s stress levels and then predict them an hour into the future. The company worked out the sensing and algorithm calculation methods, and are now licensing their technology to firms that want to expand it into their devices. We met with Navin Natoewal, the Head of Integrated Technology Solutions at Philips, to learn more about EmoGraphy, its applications, the potential benefits, and how the technology will find its way into real products. Ben Ouyang, Medgadget: Tell us about Philips...
Researchers in Denmark have developed a new algorithm that predicts an individual patient’s risk of mortality in the ICU. Their work, recently published in the journal Digital Health, demonstrates that the algorithm outperforms current non-computational methods of estimating mortality. Algorithms of this nature can help direct resources where they are needed most to best improve patient outcomes, and help catch problems early. In the ICU, doctors and nurses already use various metrics in order to estimate an individual’s chance of survival, so as to determine the best treatment course and...

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