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Apple: Medtronic has developed 175 iPhone and iPad apps for employees to use

July 23, 2014 12:36 pm by | 0 Comments

Updated: When I tuned into Apple’s quarterly earning conference call yesterday, my goal was to get more information on its IBM collaboration, particularly what it could do with Watson’s big…


#ShowMeYourPump is diabetes education at its best

#ShowMeYourPump is diabetes education at its best

July 22, 2014 4:53 am by | 2 Comments

I have a friend whose son is very allergic to peanuts, so much so that he can’t eat any food processed on the same machines as peanuts. To make sure…


Illumina, Chinese biotech co-develop NGS technology for non-invasive prenatal testing

Illumina, Chinese biotech co-develop NGS technology for non-invasive prenatal testing

July 21, 2014 3:20 pm by | 0 Comments

Chinese biotech group Berry Genomics Co Ltd said Monday it would use US Illumina Inc’s (NASDAQ:ILMN) next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform to gain clearance from China’s FDA (CFDA) for clinical applications,…



ViaCyte asks FDA for go-ahead with human trials of cell replacement therapy for diabetes

ViaCyte asks FDA for go-ahead with human trials of cell replacement therapy for diabetes

July 21, 2014 1:41 pm by | 0 Comments

ViaCyte, a privately held regenerative medicine company developing a cell replacement therapy for the treatment of diabetes, has filed an Investigational New Drug application with the United States Food and…


Laparoscopic tools puncture the gut like a juice box straw. MIT’s Begg has a better way.

Laparoscopic tools puncture the gut like a juice box straw. MIT’s Begg has a better way.

July 21, 2014 11:35 am by | 0 Comments

One of the most precarious moments in laparoscopic surgery happens right at the beginning: Surgeons puncture the skin with a primitive-sounding tool called a trocar, so that they can feed a…


MedXT image-sharing technology could resolve interoperability issues in teleradiology

MedXT image-sharing technology could resolve interoperability issues in teleradiology

July 21, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

A technology entrepreneur fed up with the time-consuming workflows behind teleradiology developed a cloud-based platform that could potentially make other parts of healthcare more efficient. Cody Ebberson is the CEO…


Standing hospital bed has patients on their feet, both in and out of bed

Standing hospital bed has patients on their feet, both in and out of bed

July 19, 2014 1:00 pm by | 4 Comments

myfoxcarolinas.com When you think “bed-rest,” you most likely imagine lying in bed all day watching Netflix marathons. Universal Hospital Services, however, has a different vision. UHS is currently piloting the Total…


FDA clears Bausch + Lomb’s device for laser-assisted lens fragmentation in cataract surgery

FDA clears Bausch + Lomb’s device for laser-assisted lens fragmentation in cataract surgery

July 18, 2014 1:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Specialist pharmaceutical company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX)(TSX:VRX) reported on Thursday the receipt of 510(k) clearance in the US for the VICTUS Femtosecond Laser Platform for laser-assisted lens fragmentation during cataract…



An FDA “curriculum” helps guide medical device startups through regulatory maze

An FDA “curriculum” helps guide medical device startups through regulatory maze

July 18, 2014 12:01 pm by | 1 Comments

It’s  tough for medical device companies to get that stamp of FDA approval, but the labyrinthine regulatory pathway certainly doesn’t help things. Regulators want to change that: “…we learned that the delivery of…


DreamIt Health Philadelphia’s second class adds more life sciences startups

DreamIt Health Philadelphia’s second class adds more life sciences startups

July 18, 2014 8:38 am by | 0 Comments

DreamIt Ventures is kicking off its second health IT accelerator class in Philadelphia with a stronger life sciences theme than last year. More hospitals reviewed candidates this year and the…


How do biomedical engineers work with hackers?

How do biomedical engineers work with hackers?

July 18, 2014 6:15 am by | 0 Comments

That was my question when I spoke with DreamIt Health newbie BioBots, specifically co-founder Ricardo Solorzano. He has spent three years working on technology to develop low-cost 3D bioprinters that…


Covidien’s new surgical device would make tumor ablation more precise

Covidien’s new surgical device would make tumor ablation more precise

July 17, 2014 1:03 pm by | 0 Comments

Healthcare company Covidien (NYSE:COV) reported on Wednesday the market availability of an advanced ablation system technology that offers physicians predictable results regardless of the target location or tissue type, overcoming…


Minnesota’s LifeScience Alley reports major growth in investment for early 2014

Minnesota’s LifeScience Alley reports major growth in investment for early 2014

July 17, 2014 5:32 am by | 0 Comments

Investment in Minnesota life science companies saw a significant increase in the second quarter of 2014, according to a report from the state’s largest med-tech association. The Minnesota Life Science…


AliveCor founder takes on new challenge: Child asthma

AliveCor founder takes on new challenge: Child asthma

July 16, 2014 6:22 pm by | 0 Comments

An estimated 6.8 million children have asthma, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. Owlpal sees the room in the market for a digital health app for parents that automonitors children with asthma.


Gene therapy creates a ‘biological pacemaker’ that could someday replace implanted ones

Gene therapy creates a ‘biological pacemaker’ that could someday replace implanted ones

July 16, 2014 5:03 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Researchers have succeeded in turning ordinary cardiac muscle cells into specialized ones that deliver a steady heartbeat using a gene therapy procedure they predict could become an…


New business models & a metaphorical punch in the mouth: 10 gems from Converge day 1

New business models & a metaphorical punch in the mouth: 10 gems from Converge day 1

July 15, 2014 6:11 pm by | 0 Comments

A health system CEO imagined what education and care will look like in his system in 10 years. Investors explained how new models of early-stage funding are paving opportunities for…