Google, J&J partner to advance surgical robotics

Johnson & Johnson and Google have partnered to create new robotic-assisted surgical platforms. The deal is the latest example of Google working with a major life sciences company to make a significant technological advance.

Premier CEO says hospitals must integrate supply chain IT to track spending on medical devices

The CEO of a publicly traded healthcare improvement alliance of 3,400 U.S. hospitals said providers need to integrate their supply chain information technology to improve upon today's fragmented and inefficient procurement process.

Zimmer appeals to younger patients at orthopedic surgeon meeting

Orthopedics specialist Zimmer is trying to expand the market for its artificial joints by appealing to younger patients. Its strategies to do so are on display at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting in Las Vegas.

Olympus releases updated endoscope cleaning instructions amid pushback

Olympus revealed updated cleaning instructions for duodenoscopes linked to a recent superbug outbreak at UCLA, weeks after the FDA warned that the devices' complex design may contribute to the spread of deadly bacteria and called for label modifications.

Medtronic slides into hearing devices with magnetic implant startup acquisition

Hearing devices have not been among Medtronic's competencies--until now. The medical device giant has bought magnetic hearing implant startup Sophono for an undisclosed amount. Sophono's implant is the smallest and most effective at higher frequencies, according to the startup and Medtronic.

Stryker gets FDA clearance to use Mako robot for hip replacement

Stryker announced FDA clearance to use the Mako robotic surgery system for total hip replacement, as well as the launch of a new bone matrix, and spine-stabilizing cervical plate at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

3-D printer Materialise partners with R&D house Kapstone to support medical device innovation

Kapstone Medical has partnered with high-profile 3-D printer Materialise to launch a service specifically for medical device entrepreneurs.

Gelesis gets $22M to advance stomach-filling hydrogel capsules to treat obesity

Gelesis has raised $22 million to support an ongoing 6-month trial of its first-generation weight loss capsule, Gelesis100. The company recently started the study to assess its impact on body weight and glycemic control. This data could be sufficient to gain a CE mark, the company expects.

TVA study demonstrates promising hemodialysis access device for kidney failure patients

Startup TVA Medical boasted about a recent study which found that its clinical-stage device to give chronic kidney disease patients vascular access to a hemodialysis machine was successful 97% of the time.

J&J's DePuy inks deal with Radlink to market imaging tech with hip replacement devices

Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Synthes unit struck a deal with medical imaging outfit Radlink to pair the company's real-time imaging technology with its hip replacement products, increasing its orthopedics clout as it looks to chart growth in the field.

Medtronic, Novartis back implantable beta cell diabetes device in $44M Series A, partnership

Semma Therapeutics aims to provide beta cells--the pancreatic cells that produce insulin--to patients with Type 1 diabetes. If the startup can get beyond early research, an implantable device that creates insulin via these stem cell-derived beta cells could replace daily insulin injections and transform patient care.

Zimmer: New outpatient program for Persona Knee patients is succeeding

At the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons meeting in Las Vegas, Zimmer touted its new training program enabling patients with its new Persona Knee System to be treated in an outpatient setting.

Edwards CEO testifies before Congress, talks up device industry

Edwards Lifesciences CEO Michael Mussallem testified before Congress on March 24 at a hearing entitled "Continuing America's Leadership: Advancing Research and Development for Patients." His comments focused on improving the FDA's medical device regulatory process, strengthening R&D infrastructure and continued encouragement of innovation.

Congressman of district hardest hit by duodenoscope safety scare seeks explanation from Olympus

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is calling for a federal investigation into the duodenoscope safety scare that has claimed lives and spread the dangerous pathogen CRE to patients across the nation. And he just sent a letter to Olympus asking the company why it did not seek FDA clearance for a 2010 redesign of its duodenoscope, if it plans to redesign the device in the future, and when the company first learned of the risk posed by the device.

Becton Dickinson plans respiratory asset sale in wake of CareFusion merger

Becton Dickinson is reviewing its assets now that the $12.4 billion CareFusion deal closed last week. The $30 billion medical products and diagnostics company is expected to sell the respiratory device business that was formerly part of CareFusion, Bloomberg reports.

Novartis rides med tech wave with new digital projects

As Big Pharma casts an eye toward med tech to diversify its offerings and capitalize on a growing market, Novartis is jumping on the bandwagon with new digital and patient monitoring devices.

Pennsylvania surgical tools manufacturing plant scheduled for closure, 250 layoffs planned

Ophthalmic and surgical sutures for holding tissue together after medical procedures will no longer be made in Exeter Township, PA, thanks to the upcoming closure of the Surgical Specialties' manufacturing plant in the Philadelphia suburb. It will come at a cost of 254 jobs.

J&J, Philips partner to develop hand-held blood test for neuropsychiatric disorders

Royal Philips and Janssen Pharmaceutical have partnered in a multiyear deal to create a hand-held, blood-based diagnostic for brain disorders. The test will be based on a product that Philips is already developing, the Minicare system. The financial details of the partnership were undisclosed.

JAMA study not supportive of use of stents in patients at risk of stroke

A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that among patients with intracranial arterial stenosis (narrowing of an artery inside the brain), the use of a stent resulted in an increased risk of stroke in comparison to medications.

Diagnostics company on verge of $47M settlement with feds over charges of kickbacks to docs

Health Diagnostic Laboratory has reportedly reached a $47 million settlement with the Department of Justice. HDL will deny wrongdoing and enter into a corporate integrity agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services.