• ATS Medical (Minneapolis) reported FDA clearance and the first implant of the ATS Simulus Semi-Rigid Annuloplasty Band. The Simulus Semi-Rigid Annuloplasty Band was developed through the company's collaboration with Genesee BioMedical and represents the latest addition to the expanding portfolio of valve repair products. Annuloplasty rings and bands are used in those cases where repair of a patient's heart valve is preferable to replacement of the valve. This new repair product has clinical applications that expand the existing therapeutic options for surgeons and their patients. The Simulus Semi-Rigid Band is specifically designed to respect the natural motion of the mitral annulus during the cardiac cycle allowing for a more physiologic valve repair. This unique characteristic can be particularly important in patients where both the aortic and mitral valves are being treated.

• Coapt Systems (Palo Alto, California) reported the launch of Hydrelle, a new, FDA-approved hyaluronic acid based dermal filler for the treatment of facial wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds, also called "smile lines." Coapt claims that Hydrelle is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler formulated with an anesthetic (lidocaine) for greater patient comfort. Hydrelle is indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Hydrelle has been specifically formulated to deliver rapid results comparable to other hyaluronic acid fillers; and the lidocaine anesthetic is integrated, providing a more comfortable injection experience for patients. Hydrelle represents an alternative for patients seeking a safe and cost-effective filler option, since patients only require approximately 50% of typical injection volumes, thus requiring fewer syringes to fully correct facial wrinkles.

• Positron (Indianapolis) reported the introduction of a cardiac optimized PET scanner, the Attrius and portable FDG dose administration system, the Tech-Assist. The Attrius PET scanner is designed for cardiac optimized PET imaging and offers standard whole body imaging capabilities. Whole body imaging with sodium fluoride is becoming a viable and relevant alternative to SPECT imaging due to the recent molybdenum shortage. Positron's Tech-Assist is a portable dose administration system that reduces worker exposure during PET injection applications, including FDG, sodium fluoride for whole body bone imaging, as well as, new F-18 agents that are injected by a syringe.