Smith & Nephew’s Orthopaedic Reconstruction (Memphis, Tennessee) business reported FDA clearance for S&N’s Journey bi-cruciate stabilized (BCS) knee system, the Genesis II total knee system and the Legion revision knee system product lines for gender specificity product requirements. The asymmetric design of the tibial baseplates used in the system ensures an anatomically accurate fit of the tibial baseplate component to the proximal tibia for male and female components. The design features of the Journey provide function for both the anterior cruciate ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament and result in improved stability and motion in both males and females. The Legion is designed to meet the demands of revision surgery. These systems feature Smith & Nephew’s Oxinium technology. This material is a bearing product technology created through a manufacturing process that transforms the surface to a ceramic, resulting in a material that incorporates the best features of ceramic and metal while avoiding the limitations associated with either material. S&N’s Orthopaedic Reconstruction business specializes in orthopedic reconstruction, orthopedic trauma and advanced wound management products.

• VivoMetrics (Ventura, California) said that it has made enhancements to its LifeShirt preclinical system by incorporating Bluetooth wireless technology. The upgraded capabilities of the wireless technology deliver connections between the LifeShirt and data management systems that measure and quantify the research subject’s vital signs. LifeShirt technology has been used in clinical studies of human subjects and has proven to be a reliable and beneficial component of research. The LifeShirt preclinical system is the first non-invasive, real-time ambulatory monitoring system that continuously collects, records and analyzes a broad range of cardiopulmonary parameters. Designed specifically for the needs of the preclinical market, the system includes a lightweight, machine washable garment with embedded sensors that collect pulmonary, cardiac, posture and activity signals from freely moving subjects for up to 24 hours. Data generated is wirelessly transmitted, and VivoSoftware allows researchers to monitor and analyze data of up to 16 subjects in real-time or to be stored for later analysis. VivoMetrics makes noninvasive products and services.

• XMED Disposal (Huntsville, Alabama) reported the introduction of the XMED Mail System. This collection and disposal service includes everything needed to properly dispose of biohazard waste and is available in a variety of sizes from one-half gallon to 5 gallons, to meet different needs. Waste is transported to the XMED disposal facility by the U.S. Postal Service in compliance with federal regulations. XMED serves hospitals and most other sharps and medical waste generators.

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