• Assay Designs (Ann Arbor, Michigan) has introduced a new line of MultiBead multiplex immunoassays to simultaneously quantify the levels of up to 22 analytes in a single sample and in various matrices including serum, plasma, urine, culture supernates and cell lysates. MultiBead assays do not require specialized instrumentation and work on commercially available dual-laser flow cytometers, making access to instrumentation convenient and economical. Assay Designs makes immunoassay kits, antibodies, and reagents to the life science and translational research markets.

• Kjaya Medical (Stamford, Connecticut) said it received FDA clearance for VoXcell, a next-generation thin client image distribution and visualization solution that enables real-time viewing of advanced visualization. VoXcell enables physicians to stream 2-D axial slices and 3-D reconstructions to any basic desktop or mobile PC that can access a cable, DSL or cellular broadband Internet connection. This enables on-demand diagnostics. Kjaya Medical delivers medical imaging products through advances in graphics computing technology.

• Neovasc (Vancouver, British Columbia), said that physicians support expanding use of its Metricath intravascular measurement device. Metricath is an arterial and in-stent measurement system that provides precise diameter and cross-sectional area measurements to aid in stent size selection and optimization. Neovasc is a new specialty vascular device company comprised of the former Medical Ventures Corp., Neovasc and B-Balloon, making products for the vascular and surgical marketplace.

• Neuro Kinetics (Pittsburgh) said that it will showcase enhancements to its I-Portal-VNG (Video Nystagmography System) at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons in Chicago. I-Portal-NOTC uses all ocular motor tests, as well as other motion and ocular tests that use a Barany (rotational) chair to evaluate the vestibular system. The system features a smooth motor design, advanced analytics in its VEST software and the company's high-speed I-Portal-VOG (Video Oculography) system. Neuro Kinetics makes noninvasive medical diagnostic equipment for neurologic, otologic and vestibular disorder evaluation.

• W. L. Gore & Associates (Flagstaff, Arizona) said it has received approval from the FDA to market its Gore Viabahn Endoprosthesis for use in patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in iliac artery lesions with reference vessel diameters ranging from 4 mm to 12 mm. The device was previously approved for use in patients with symptomatic PAD in superficial femoral artery lesions with reference vessel diameters ranging from 4 mm to 7.5 mm.

• Wright Medical Group (Arlington, Tennessee) reported the launch of Biotape XM reinforcement matrix, a sterile, acellular xenograft matrix for reinforcement of soft-tissue repairs in foot and ankle surgical procedures. Human biomechanical tests and animal studies with Biotape XM matrix reveal encouraging data for patients in need of surgical repair of injured tendons. When used to reinforce the repair of a tendon, Biotape XM matrix increases the strength of the initial repair by 70% on average when compared to suture repair alone. In addition, animal studies support that the implant is well-tolerated by the host allowing fibroblast repopulation, revascularization and bio-integration with host tissue. Wright Medical makes reconstructive joint devices and biologics.

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