Medtronic’s New Pericardial Aortic Valve Going on Trial

Pericardial Aortic Valve

Medtronic has announced that it’s begun testing a new surgical aortic heart valve in a global prospective clinical trial. The investigational device was implanted in the first patient at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Ohio. The bovine pericardial valve features a low profile and leaflets mounted on the interior of the device. It’s designed to either…

St. Jude receives FDA approval for next-generation ablation catheter

next-generation ablation catheter

St. Jude Medical ($STJ) snagged FDA approval for its next-generation ablation catheter for atrial fibrillation, bolstering the company’s presence in a growing electrophysiology market and strengthening its footprint in the cardiac rhythm management sector. The St. Paul, MN-based device giant got a regulatory green light for its TactiCath Quartz irrigated ablation catheter, a thin, flexible…

And the Winners for the Pediatric Medical Device Competition Are…

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two pediatric medical device innovators, Velano Vascular and REBIScan, were selected from eight finalists to each receive a $50,000 award in a competition held by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System as part of its second annual symposium focused on pediatric surgical…

Wright Medical Group, Inc. and Tornier N.V. Merging

MEMPHIS, Tenn. & AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI) and Tornier N.V. (NASDAQ: TRNX) announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Wright and Tornier will combine in an all stock transaction with a combined equity value of approximately $3.3 billion. “Today’s positive news on the approvability of Augment…

Charge Your Phone With Your Own Blood??

blood

A graduate student in Jerusalem has created a stomach-turning device that eliminates the need to tote around a conventional cellphone charger. With Naomi Kizhner’s technology, you need just an arm with a vein. Kizhner has designed a jewelry line that hooks up to the wearer’s veins and converts his or her blood flow into a…