Covidien today announced the CE mark granted for its Stellarex drug-coated balloon for peripheral artery disease. In addition to physically displacing the lesion with angiopolasty, Stellarex delivers the drug paclitaxel like many of its European competitors.
Roche has launched the Laboratory-in-a-tube technology it acquired when it bought iQuum in April for $275 million up front and up to $175 million in milestone payments. Roche is making the system available in the U.S. and Europe.
Micro-cap obesity device company GI Dynamics is restructuring by cutting 10% of its workforce, including its CFO, as well as reviewing its strategic options. The Australian company expects to communicate its next move "over the next several months," GI Dynamics' president and CEO, Michael Dale, said in a statement.
Edwards Lifesciences led a $50 million financing for catheter-based heart failure treatment startup CardioKinetix. The cash is expected to enable the completion of an ongoing U.S. pivotal trial for the company's Parachute Ventricular Partitioning Device with a PMA submission to the FDA to follow, as well as to finance international marketing efforts.
iRhythm has received a CE mark in Europe for its continuous heart monitoring Zio Service. The technology enables up to 14 days of continuous heart monitoring via a wireless patch; it includes analytical software, as well as report to the physician. In addition, iRhythm has partnered with cardiology distributor CardioLogic to market Zio in the U.K. for the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias.
Reva Medical has raised $25 million in debt from Goldman Sachs and Senrigan Capital. The financing had been months in the making and is expected to enable the development-stage company to get its latest bioresorbable stent on the market in Europe.
Medtronic kicked off the commercialization of its Resolute Onyx drug-eluting stent in Europe today. The device will also be launched in selected countries around the world that recognize the CE mark, but not the U.S., where FDA approval is required.
Medrobotics, a surgical products company focused on medical robotics, raised $20 million in equity financing.
Already cleared by the FDA last year, the Tyrx Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope has won a CE mark for use with cardiac devices, and Medtronic has launched it in Europe.
Medtronic said that its recent CE mark for its CoreValve Evolut R System for transcatheter aortic valve implantation paves the way for the option to recapture or reposition artificial valves during heart surgery. The new feature is an advance in the relatively new arena of less-invasive heart surgery for patients who cannot withstand the rigors of open heart procedures.