Varun Saxena

Articles by Varun Saxena

IBM to open its first Watson Health European Center of Excellence in Italy

IBM's Watson Health Unit announced it will open its first Watson Health European Center of Excellence in Milan, Italy.

Boston Sci suspends EU sales of next-gen Watchman, but CMO says current-gen device is safe and effective

Boston Scientific has suspended European sales of the CE-marked, Watchman FLX to prevent stroke due to a high embolization rate.

Boston Scientific accused of using counterfeit material in its vaginal mesh

As if the hundreds of millions of dollars in paid out in damages to injured patients aren't enough, Boston Scientific'sntroubled vaginal mesh devices have been hit by allegations that they contain a counterfeit material.

Medtronic's Cryoballoon ablation catheter for afib shows noninferiority to J&J competitor

Medtronic's Arctic Front Cryoballoon ablation catheter for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is comparable to Biosense Webster's competing Thermocool, the results of a postmarket, head-to-head comparative trial found.

Edwards up 13% on Sapien TAVR data in intermediate-risk heart patients

Edwards Lifesciences is on track to be the first to meet the demand for TAVR implantation in an additional patient cohort following the success of the devices in high-risk patients with aortic stenosis who are too frail for open-heart surgery.

St. Jude touts favorable outcomes study of CardioMEMS heart failure monitor

St. Jude Medical touted an independent study from a New York healthcare system during the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, which showed patients who were implanted with the company's CardioMEMS patient monitoring cardiology implant experienced a plethora of benefits.

Medtronic commences enrollment in trial of its CoreValve TAVR on low-risk patients

Medtronic announced that the first patients were enrolled in the clinical trial of use of its CoreValve Evolut R System on low-risk patients. Approval for use on low-risk patients would mean that TAVRs can be used on most patients with troubled aortic valves.

Robotic surgery updates: Hansen reveals $15.3M accounting error; Titan prices equity offering

Robotic Surgery aspirants Titan Medical and Hansen Medical are moving in opposite directions, as the battle to become the chief competitor to market leader Intuitive Surgical heats up.

Gauss Surgical raises $12.6M to accelerate commercialization of its iPad-based blood loss monitor

Silicon Valley's Gauss Surgical, the maker of an FDA-cleared iPad app for quantifying blood loss during surgery, announced the completion of a $12.6 million Series B round, raising its total fundraising haul to $24.6 million. The round was led by Seattle's Providence Ventures. Chicago VC Jump Capital also participated.

MGH to study Philips' digital pathology tools to get diagnostic clearance

Royal Philips announced Massachusetts General Hospital will study the reproducibility of its digital pathology whole slide imaging IntelliSite Solution to get to clearance to use the device for primary diagnostic use.