Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic have struggled for supremacy for transcatheter aortic valve devices for several years, but two recent studies suggest the Edwards line of devices provide better outcomes. However, another study gave new life to the notion that TAVR devices are underutilized, signaling that there is plenty of market for both companies.
Dublin-based Medtronic plc is highlighting results from the MARVEL 2 study showing that an investigational set of algorithms in the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) helps those with normal sinus node function and atrioventricular (AV) block.
Most weight loss interventions target obese or super-obese patients who have adjacent comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea. But Boston-based Gelesis aims to change that with its hydrogel pill Plenity.
Penumbra Inc. reported final results from its IDE trial of the Indigo Aspiration system at the Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) annual meeting in Las Vegas. The Alameda, Calif.-based company said that the EXTRACT-PE trial met its primary endpoints in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE).
LONDON – Nyxoah SA reported positive clinical results for Genio, its lead-free, battery-less implantable neurostimulation device, showing it resulted in a significant reduction of the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the world's most common sleeping disorder.
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. disclosed positive results from the first interim analysis of its ongoing NAV3-31 phase IIb study. Analysis shows the data support Navidea's hypothesis that Tc 99m tilmanocept imaging can provide robust, quantitative imaging in healthy controls and in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
TORONTO – Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Medicure Inc. said results of a study released last week could nudge the door open wider in the U.S. for a device adapted from the military to normalize lung fluid content in patients suffering from heart failure.
PARIS – Clinatec Research Center, of Grenoble, France, is heralding the publication of results from its Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Exoskeleton clinical trial in the journal Lancet Neurology. Its semi-invasive medical device, Wimagine, has enabled a quadriplegic patient to move by transmitting signals emitted by his brain to an exoskeleton. This is the first proof of concept for control of a four-limb exoskeleton by a neuroprosthesis.
Synthetic biology is seeing rapid advances, but the medical applications have thus far remained largely elusive. But now researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School (HMS) have developed a tool that can track specific populations of bacteria in the gut of living organisms and document population changes over time.