Biochip mimics how the body produces platelets so they could be made in a lab

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Biochip mimics how the body produces platelets so they could be made in a lab

April 21, 2014 5:52 am by | 0 Comments

When you hear about blood shortages, that doesn’t just mean there’s a shortage of donated red blood cells. It could also mean platelets, a blood component that Sven Karlsson described…


FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

April 22, 2014 5:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Washington routinely comes in for criticism that it doesn’t do enough to support the U.S. medical device industry. But a new FDA proposal would establish for medical devices the equivalent…


Designers crowdfund a walker revamped ‘for people, not patients’

Designers crowdfund a walker revamped ‘for people, not patients’

April 22, 2014 12:23 pm by | 0 Comments

A person who needs to use a walker to get around shouldn’t have to be hunched over such a clunky, medical-looking device every day. That’s what inspired Jennifer Harris and…



Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

April 21, 2014 12:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Akhil Saklecha has seen many a startup stumble over the process of getting physician adoption of new technology. If a company fails to get physicians on board early in…


A no-surgery solution for eardrum repair? Tulane team’s gel patch could be applied in-office

A no-surgery solution for eardrum repair? Tulane team’s gel patch could be applied in-office

April 18, 2014 5:32 am by | 0 Comments

A New Orleans startup focused on healing holes in the eardrum without surgery has found early validation and funding from two business plan competition wins within the last week. Tympanogen…


Report: Biotech attracts $1B in venture capital funding, medical device deal size trends higher

Report: Biotech attracts $1B in venture capital funding, medical device deal size trends higher

April 18, 2014 5:30 am by | 1 Comments

On the surface, the first quarter venture capital funding report by National Venture Capital Association and PriceWaterhouseCoopers looks like another downward trend for venture capital deal flow in the life…


Opko acquires early stage digital inhaler device co. to pair it with respiratory drugs

Opko acquires early stage digital inhaler device co. to pair it with respiratory drugs

April 17, 2014 3:00 pm by | 0 Comments

As pharmaceutical companies look for ways to add value to their drugs to solve problems like adherence, many see digital health as an important part of that strategy. Respiratory drug…


How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?

How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?

April 15, 2014 6:27 am by | 0 Comments

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Tokyo University’s RIKEN and Japanese medical research firm NEXT 21 K.K. have developed a 3D printer that uses ink from the…



Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

April 14, 2014 6:33 am by | 5 Comments

Anger vibrates from every element of a new social media campaign aimed directly at Johnson & Johnson. Johnson and Johnson Hurts Women is the web site address. The logo features…


Need a spare body part? Staples offers 3D printing service in Los Angeles and NYC

Need a spare body part? Staples offers 3D printing service in Los Angeles and NYC

April 12, 2014 2:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Could an office supply store bring 3D printing to middle America? Staples surely thinks it can, and this week jump-started a trial program offering 3D printing services in New York…


And the Wearables Championship for healthcare technology goes to: ZOLL Medical

And the Wearables Championship for healthcare technology goes to: ZOLL Medical

April 12, 2014 5:45 am by | 0 Comments

Life Vest by ZOLL Medical has walked away with the Wearables Championship for healthcare technology over Reemo by Playtabase. The matchup of 16 healthcare-focused wearable technologies and at least once…


Chip company unveils wearable processor with an always-on battery to power Internet of Things

Chip company unveils wearable processor with an always-on battery to power Internet of Things

April 9, 2014 4:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Above: Ineda architecture Image Credit: Ineda Ineda Systems is announcing today it is developing a wearable processor with an always-on battery that can last a whole month. The company also…


Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

April 3, 2014 3:03 pm by | 0 Comments

In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing…


Convergence & unconventionality: One venture firm’s philosophy on early-stage innovation

Convergence & unconventionality: One venture firm’s philosophy on early-stage innovation

April 3, 2014 5:54 am by | 1 Comments

Daphne Zohar, the founder of PureTech Ventures, isn’t afraid to take big technical risks when it comes to funding new innovations. Nor is she necessarily put off by technologies that…


Mobile EKG startup walks away from Google for Entrepreneurs demo day with $100K

Mobile EKG startup walks away from Google for Entrepreneurs demo day with $100K

April 2, 2014 8:05 pm by | 0 Comments

InvisionHeart is working on a hardware/software product to make EKG readings shareable between care teams in real-time on a mobile device. It was one of nine startups that participated in Google for Entrepreneurs first demo day Wednesday.


This medical imaging software uses motion sensing to reduce touch and lower HAI risk

This medical imaging software uses motion sensing to reduce touch and lower HAI risk

April 1, 2014 1:06 pm by | 0 Comments

A neurosurgeon and team of computer engineers and developers have produced an innovative medical imaging software platform that combines a DICOM viewer for radiology scans with motion sensing as a…