• AgaMatrix (Salem, New Hampshire), a privately held maker of blood glucose monitoring products, said it has received FDA clearance to sell its Zero-Click Blood Glucose Data Management System. Zero-Click is intended to make it easier for users to download and manage data from AgaMatrix’s blood glucose monitoring systems. The system’s Zero-Click technology is designed to enable users to download data via a USB style connection by connecting a blood glucose management system (BGMS) to a computer, the company said. No keyboard or mouse clicks are required for a user to be able to view or download data from their meter, much in the same way that a computer automatically detects and plays audio CDs. Zero-Click can be operated in a home user mode or a professional mode designed for more advanced users and multi-patient support by healthcare providers. The software also features Virtual Meter technology, which is designed to enable users to quickly update numerous settings on their BGMS directly from their computer, without having to navigate through difficult menus on their meter, the company said. AgaMatrix makes next generation blood glucose monitoring products for the diabetes market.

• ZOLL Medical (Helmsford, Massachusetts), a maker of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, introduced the R Series defibrillator for hospitals. The company expects that the R Series sets a new standard for simplicity and operational readiness, which will help improve in-hospital resuscitation efforts. The R Series debuted at the 2006 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (Dallas) in Chicago last week. The R Series extends testing beyond shock delivery and checks more than 40 measures of readiness, including the presence of the correct cables and electrodes, the type of electrode, and other important electronics, Zoll said.