• Assay Designs (Ann Arbor, Michigan) reported the launch a new portfolio of thoroughly characterized ELISA development kits called ImmunoSet. This portfolio of products to assay proteins in various matrices contains the basic components and protocol for the development of five 96-well colorimetric enzyme immunoassays. Assay Designs said it has an aggressive plan for the development and release of the ImmunoSet products, beginning with kits for the detection of mouse and rat heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and p53/MDM2 complexes. "With this initial launch of unique antibody sets for our new ImmunoSet product line, Assay Designs is enabling customers with cost effective tools to improve the output of their research," said Dan Calvo, president/CEO. "We will continue to monitor the scientific literature, market trends, and our own antibody sales to expand this important product line as customer demand dictates." Assay Designs makes immunoassay kits, luminescent reagents, antibodies, proteins and extracts used for life sciences research.

• Novare Surgical Systems (Cupertino, California) reported the completion of a series of single-port Lap-Band procedures that results in reduced scarring and less postoperative pain for patients. The Lap-Band adjustable gastric banding system is a silicone band that is surgically placed to reduce the amount of food a patient can hold in his or her stomach. The band helps patients control food intake and supports long-term, sustainable weight loss. Although this procedure is performed laparoscopically, it typically requires at least five abdominal incisions. Single Port laparoscopy is an advanced minimally invasive approach in which the surgeon operates exclusively through a single entry point, typically the patient's bellybutton. All of the instruments necessary for the surgery are used through this single incision. After surgery, the scar is almost completely hidden inside the bellybutton. Novare Surgical makes minimally invasive surgical products.

• SunTech Medical's (Morrisville, North Carolina) Advantage TMT blood pressure technology (OEM NIBP) was recently evaluated in an emergency medical services (EMS) patient transport environment. The evaluation revealed that the SunTech OEM NIBP technology provided quicker and more reliable readings than the market leader. In most EMS situations, the noise and motion associated with transporting the patient make it difficult to obtain a blood pressure reading. To address this, SunTech Medical developed the Advantage TMT (transport motion tolerant) NIBP technology specifically for patient transport applications. The clinical evaluation of this technology was performed in conditions typically encountered by EMS personnel during patient transport. SunTech Medical makes clinical-grade, non-invasive blood pressure products and technology.

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