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Nexeon Medsytems is a medical device company focused on providing innovative neurostimulation products for patients suffering from debilitating neurological diseases, including Parkinson's and essential tremor. It was founded in 2005 with the goal of changing how innovative ideas in the medical device industry move from concept to reality, with a focus on creating solutions for clinicians in their pursuit of improving patient outcomes. Medgadget had the opportunity to ask Will Rosellini, CEO of Nexeon, some questions about Nexeon, and their plans for the future. Conn Hastings, Medgadget: Can you tell us...
XableCath, a Salt Lake City company, won FDA clearance for its XableCath blunt tip support catheter for crossing calcified lesions in the peripheral vasculature both above and below the knee. It results in a tunnel through the lesion, helping to facilitate the placement of stents or other therapies. “In two clinical investigator-led studies, XableCath was demonstrated to be a safe, effective, and easy-to-use device, enabling therapeutic options for patients with PAD,” in a published statement said Johannes Dahm, M.D., Director of Interventional Cardiology & Angiology, Heart & Vascular Center Neu-Bethlehem,...
With every heartbeat blood is carried through the arteries to provide organs with life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients. In patients suffering from diseases such as atherosclerosis, arterial blood flow can be severely restricted, limiting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. To re-establish blood flow, surgeons may place a stent to mechanically re-expand and hold the damaged artery open. One of the potential complications with stents is that they are typically made of a non-degradable metal, which can lead to an immune response and impair vessel healing. In a recent Nature Materials...
Welcome to Medgadget's overview of this year's Exponential Medicine (ExMed) conference by Singularity University (SU), which took place, for its fifth year in a row, in San Diego, CA at the Hotel Del Coronado last month. This year ExMed brought together innovators from nearly 40 countries to discuss the technologies and trends reinventing the future of health and medicine. For those of your who were not able to tune into the live stream, this conference report, broken up into two segments, will provide an overview of the conference talks and topics,...
Children born with congenital heart valve defects number in the thousands each year, yet there are simply no artificial cardiac valves available that were designed specifically for babies. Multiple heart surgeries have to be performed as the child outgrows successive implants. In addition, since the devices were never intended for children, they often have to be modified in the OR and sometimes they fail, leading to additional surgeries. Draper Lab has now developed a tiny heart valve that expands and grows along with the child's cardiac anatomy. The valve can expand...
Medgadget recently reported that Gecko Biomedical, a biomedical start-up based in Paris, France received CE mark approval for their SETALUM Surgical sealant. The bioinspired polymer sealant is cured on-demand using light and can supplement conventional sutures during vascular surgery. The material is biodegradable, bioresorbable, and biocompatible, can be delivered minimally invasively and is conceived for use in wet and challenging environments, such as vascular tissues. Now, Gecko intends to expand its family of polymer therapeutics, using the same type of polymer materials to create a barrier between different tissues, act...
Prescient Surgical, based in San Carlos, California, just won FDA marketing clearance for its CleanCision Wound Retraction and Protection System. The device, which combines a retractor with infection control mechanisms, aims to prevent surgical site infections, a common, dangerous, and costly problem. The CleanCision System protects surgical wounds by covering them and the surrounding tissues with a waterproof material, while providing irrigation and suction along the edge of the wound. The device is placed into the wound and pulled apart in an intuitive fashion, opening up like a flower. The clinical...
In developing nations that lack proper medical systems, kids' vaccinations are often forgotten about and therefore missed, leading to the development of bigger problems down the road. In more developed nations, parents receive regular reminders via a variety of means and compliance remains quite high outside the community of skeptics. To help improve vaccination rates even in poorly served areas, an easy-to-read indicator is being placed around the ankles of some newborn babies in Pakistan and Nigeria. The Vaccine Indicator Reminder (VIR), made by Timestrip, a company based in Cambridge,...
Common radiological tumor detection technique these days is done using contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can only detect tumors of a certain size or larger. This is a major limitation, as it leaves patients with smaller tumors that grow and spread undetected, preventing early treatment of many cancers. Researchers at Rutgers University have just reported in journal Nature Biomedical Engineering on a new, nanoparticle technique of spotting and imaging of very small tumors simultaneously throughout different organs of the body. The team developed rare-earth-doped albumin-encapsulated nanoparticles that emit short-wave...

December 19th, 2017 by Editors
Earlier this year we reviewed one of the most innovative computer mice we've ever encountered, the Penclic R2, that was designed to prevent the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome. Your typical boring old mouse puts your forearm into a pronated position, but the Penclic is used like a pen and avoids the most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. We had a lot of positive to say about the device, but a few drawbacks made it awkward to use, making us wonder if we'd really use it long-term. Recently, we...
In order to place electrodes deep into the brain without disrupting too much tissue, they must be stiff and as narrow as possible. There are a number of recently developed materials that are incredibly narrow and electrically conductive, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, but they're quite pliable when made at scales of a few millimiters. Because of how soft they are, before pushing them into the brain, they have to be coated with another material to make them stiffer. Stiffening agents increase the size of the electrodes and then have...

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