Researchers at the University of Louisville say they are closing in on being able to conduct human clinical trials of implanting prevascularized patches for the heart that are created through 3-D bioprinting technology they developed.
MiMedx Group announced a second partnership with a major medical device firm to sell its regenerative biomaterials product. This time, it is with orthopedic player Zimmer. Last year, MiMedx disclosed a similar deal with Medtronic.
St. Jude Medical has halted implantation of its Portico transcatheter aortic valve replacement due to concerns about reduced valve leaflet mobility arising from the company's U.S. clinical trials. The CE-marked device is intended for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high risk or contraindicated for surgical aortic valve replacement.
Abbott Laboratories will invest $60 million in an intraocular lens manufacturing plant in Malaysia. The plant is expected to employ about 500 people and to be operational next year, producing 1 million sets of IOLs a year.
Titan Spine yesterday announced that it is becoming the first spine implant manufacturer to offer a warranty on its products. The 5-year warranty of its Endoskeleton line of spinal interbody fusion devices is the orthopedics industry's second product guarantee, joining Biomet's lifetime warranty of its Oxford Partial Knee.
A study by American Medical Systems, a unit of Endo Health Solutions, showed that the company's fecal incontinence implant product reduced by half the number of weekly bowel leakage incidents in nearly 70% of the female participants.
Johnson & Johnson squared off with aggrieved metal-on-metal hip customer Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli in a case that the plaintiffs says could lead to a $5 billion-plus payout. Herlihy-Paoli's claims that the hips leaked metal into her bloodstream, leading to an infection that required the artificial hip to be removed.
As 3-D printed implants gain ground as a viable surgical option, Chinese physicians have harnessed the new technology to successfully implant the first 3-D printed vertebrae in a young patient.
New research hints at a step beyond 3D printing in making customized implants. Researchers are working on a new material that changes shape when heated and could be used to surgically fill gaps in bone.
NeuroPace's implantable neurostimulator will receive new technology add-on payments from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in recognition of its clinical benefits compared to older therapies for the treatment of uncontrolled epilepsy in adults.