• BASi (West Lafayette, Indiana) reported the introduction of an automated in vivo sampling system sized to collect blood and other samples from pigs and large mammals. Called the Culex-L, the new system uses the same concept as BASi's popular Culex system for rodents, in which a harness allows the animal virtually complete freedom of movement while permitting computer-controlled dosing and sampling through an implanted catheter, all without human intervention. In the Culex-L, an array of sensors control the movement of the pen, causing it to rotate counter to movement by the pig. Thus, although the pig moves freely within the pen, the animal remains stationary relative to the pen's exterior space, allowing a tangle-free harness, without swivels or unions. The system can be used to automatically collect different bio-fluid samples, including blood, micro-dialysis and ultra-filtration collections, urine and feces. It automatically stores up to 24 vials within a self-contained refrigerated unit.

New research shows Celleration's (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) MIST therapy system results in faster healing when combined with conventional wound care. The study also revealed an increased rate of complete wound closure. The MIST therapy system uses low-frequency ultrasound energy to stimulate the healing of wounds. In this retrospective study of chronic lower-extremity wounds, the authors compared the wound healing of 163 patients who had received MIST therapy in addition to standard of care (SOC) with 47 patients who had received SOC alone. In the study, the patients receiving MIST therapy received treatments three times per week for 90 days or until healed. During the study period, 53% of the wounds treated with MIST therapy and SOC healed compared to only 32% of wounds treated with SOC alone.

• Centinel Spine (Minneapolis) said it has initiated U.S. alpha site evaluation of the STALIF C No Profile stand-alone cervical IBF device for single level use in the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease. The company expects STALIF C to be available in early 2009, enabling spine surgeons to use the technology as an IBF device without supplementary fixation. "The Alpha Site evaluation of the STALIF C is an important step of many steps needed for bringing this unique device to the U.S. spine fusion market," said John Viscogliosi, chairman/CEO of Centinel Spine.

• ConvaTec (Skillman, New Jersey) reported the launch of SUR-FIT Natura low-pressure adaptor, a new post-operative ostomy device. The SUR-FIT is a flexible ring that goes between the skin barrier and pouch to create added finger space allowing the user to attach the pouch without contact with the abdomen. The result is that the fingers absorb the pressure required to snap the pouch to the skin barrier because the connecting takes place away from the skin.

• Ivera Medical (San Diego) reported FDA clearance to begin marketing its Curos Port Protector, a device that decontaminates needleless intravenous (I.V.) access ports, and helps to prevent touch and airborne contamination. "The Curos Port Protector market approval is a significant milestone toward the success of our company," said CEO Bob Rogers. "It confirms our commitment to assist healthcare providers in their efforts to reduce bloodstream infections caused by touch or airborne contamination of needleless I.V. ports."

• Neoprobe (Dublin, Ohio) has introduced a new gamma detection probe. The new probe is based on Bluetooth wireless technology and is intended for use in laparoscopic procedures to communicate gamma radiation counts to the company's neoprobe GDS or neo2000 gamma detection control units. The neoprobe GDS control unit contains internal circuitry that enables it to communicate with Neoprobe's family of wireless probes without the necessity of an external adapter. The company said its wireless gamma detection products eliminate cumbersome cables that can unnecessarily complicate the surgical field.

• New Mexico Software (Albuquerque) reported FDA clearance for its XR-EXpress picture archiving and communication system (PACS). XR-EXpress PACS is a teleradiology system designed to retrieve HIPAA-compliant medical images in DICOM format. XR-EXpress will be targeted to hospitals, imaging centers, nursing homes, radiology reading practices and authorized users who require patients' images, demographics, and report information.