GE Healthcare Technologies Inc. has launched Sonic DL, a deep learning technology designed to significantly accelerate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams, after receiving regulatory clearance from the U.S. FDA.
Pulse Medical Technology Inc. obtained breakthrough device designation from the FDA for its fourth generation μFR system, which would accelerate the commercialization of the device. “The fourth generation μFR system is currently not available on the market, but Pulse Medical is preparing for the marketing approval of the product in the U.S.,” Jingfeng Han, director of science division at Pulse Medical, told BioWorld.
The U.S. FDA has given the greenlight to Sparrow Acoustics Inc. (dba Sparrow Bioacoustics) for its Stethophone, a software-based technology that allows doctors and nurses to check a patient’s heart and lung sounds using a smartphone. Providers simply hold the smartphone against the patient’s chest to listen for possible abnormalities.
Conformal Medical Inc. plugged the gap in funding needed to complete enrollment in the pivotal CONFORM trial for its left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) technology with completion of an oversubscribed $35 million series D fundraising round. The Conformal left atrial appendage seal (CLAAS) system is designed to close off the left atrial appendage in individuals with non-valvular atrial fibrillation to cut the risk of stroke and avoid the use of anticoagulants.
The U.S. FDA reported a class I recall for a subset of the Impella 5.5 with Smartassist due to leakage of purge fluid from a pump sidearm that could ultimately lead to a loss of pump function. Abiomed Inc., the maker of the device, had previously introduced corrective measures intended to suppress the problem with leakage, but those corrections have not completely resolved the problem, leading to the withdrawal of 466 units that were distributed in the U.S. between Sept. 8, 2021, and March 6, 2023.
Startup Brightheart SAS raised €2 million (US$2.14 million) in seed financing, from Sofinnova Partners, that will allow the company to accelerate the development of its artificial intelligence software, which helps physicians detect congenital heart defects in fetuses. Brightheart hopes that the technology will improve the detection of complex congenital heart defects during prenatal ultrasound screening as intervening early could address fetal malformations or abnormalities and improve a baby’s chance of survival.
Cardiex Ltd. won U.S. FDA clearance for its Conneqt Pulse vascular biometric monitor. According to the digital health and wearables company, the device is the first in the world to provide measurements of both brachial blood pressure in the arm and central blood pressure in the heart and aorta, as well as arterial waveform analysis and other clinically relevant vascular biomarkers, outside the hospital, research institutions or clinical trial sites.
After receiving a U.S. FDA complete response letter nearly two years ago, Cyclopharm Ltd. said the agency has accepted its response and reset the clock for the NDA review of its Technegas combination product for pulmonary embolisms, with a new PDUFA date set for Sept. 29.
Ancora Heart Inc. reported 12-month data showing its Accucinch system significantly improves outcomes in heart failure (HF) patients, including positive changes in cardiac structure and function. The results, presented at the Technology and Heart Failure Therapeutics conference (THT 2023) in Boston, were simultaneously published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.