Maquet Cardiovascular opens N.J. facility

Maquet Cardiovascular (Wayne, New Jersey), a provider of cardiovascular technologies, celebrated and formally opened its new U.S. headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey.

"Maquet Cardiovascular has deep ties to the state of New Jersey, and it is with great honor and pride that we dedicate our new facility today," said Christian Keller, president/CEO, Maquet Cardiovascular. "From our new U.S. headquarters and through the dedication of our employees around the globe, we plan to exceed in our commitment to deliver technology and products that improve the clinical and economic outcomes for high acuity cardiac patients."

NMT gains ISO 13485 certification

Noninvasive Medical Technologies (NMT; Las Vegas), a company engaged in pioneering highly advanced remote patient monitoring solutions, said that it has been awarded ISO 13485 certification of its quality management systems for the design and manufacture of safe and effective medical devices.

Ann McCaughan, NMT's COO and CTO, said, "We take tremendous pride in the fact that NMT is pioneering highly advanced medical assessment and monitoring devices that are designed and manufactured in accordance with the strictest quality control practices. To demonstrate and confirm this, we underwent an intensive audit designed to ensure that our internal quality control mechanisms and processes, spanning and impacting all areas of our organization, conform to ISO certification standards. Every procedure and protocol ranging from systems for ensuring business process effectiveness to how we document and maintain all records was vigorously scrutinized to guarantee compliance."

Aastrom receives delisting notice

Aastrom Biosciences (Ann Arbor, Michigan), a developer of autologous cell products for the treatment of chronic cardiovascular diseases, said it received a staff determination letter from the Nasdaq Stock Market on Oct. 2, indicating that the company has not regained compliance with the $1 minimum closing bid price requirement for continued listing set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). As a result, the company's common stock would be subject to delisting from the Nasdaq Capital Market on Oct. 13, unless Aastrom requests a hearing before a Nasdaq hearings panel. The company said it intends to request an oral hearing before the panel within the timeframe provided by Nasdaq, during which Aastrom intends to request continued listing on based upon its plan for regaining compliance with the minimum bid price requirement.

PathXchange.org establishes CEB

PathXchange.org (Sunnyvale, California), a global online pathology community, reported the establishment of case editorial boards (CEB) for over 20 pathology subspecialties to promote online participation and to ensure quality content in the portal. The PathXchange CEB will be responsible for reviewing individual case submissions, selecting a "Case of the Week" to spotlight on the Web site and promoting the portal in their respective communities.

Comprised of experts from respected institutions across the country, the CEB will engage the PathXchange community by hosting case conferences and webinars to educate users on a variety of topics. Users will be able to directly connect with members of the CEB for queries and consultations, assistance on challenging cases, and remote second opinions from around the world.

"Miracle on Ice" to present in December

The Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis) will present The Miracle on Ice: Therapeutic Hypothermia for Cardiac Arrest Patient on December 3 and 4. This conference is intended for physicians to learn how innovative rescue and cooling programs are saving lives and preserving brain function in cardiac arrest victims.

"The Minneapolis Heart Institute's Cool It' therapeutic hypothermia program has become the national model for emergency cardiac resuscitation," said Kevin Graham, MD, cardiologist and president of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

"With our partners around the state, we were the first in the world to offer therapeutic hypothermia systematically to patients throughout a region who are then transferred post arrest to a quaternary referral center.

The Miracle on Ice conference will be held from 7 am to 5 pm at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport, 2020 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Laser Spine opens two new facilities

Laser Spine Institute (LSI; Tampa, Florida) reported the opening of their newest medical consultation facilities in Beverly Hills, California, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in October which aim to meet the growing demand for LSI's spinal procedures and provide greater convenience for local patients.

LSI claims that within 30 minutes, simply by bringing their most recent MRI or CT Scan, area patients can now make a local consultation appointment and quickly ascertain if they are candidates for LSI procedures. With this exciting expansion, the expert surgeons at LSI are continuing to revolutionize the landscape of spine surgery and provide easier access to their cutting-edge procedures, which drastically reduce the time it takes for patients to get back to doing the activities they love via a surgical incision measuring less than one inch and specialized post-surgery therapies.