University of Chicago spinoff Flow Medical Inc. is finalizing its design of a multi-function catheter to diagnose and treat venous thromboembolic disease – boosted by a $1 million private investment to commercialize the device.
The European Society of Hypertension (ESH) has recommended that renal denervation (RDN) be offered as an adjunctive therapy to patients with resistant hypertension. Releasing new and updated guidelines on the management of arterial hypertension, the ESH said recent randomized controlled trials showed that endovascular RDN can be associated with a significant, albeit not marked, office and ambulatory blood pressure reduction in patients with uncontrolled hypertension.
The early detection of chronic liver disease (CLD) could help in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), according to a study published in the Journal of Hepatology. Using Perspectum Ltd.’s Livermultiscan, a noninvasive MRI scan, researchers analyzed liver data and found that liver disease activity measured by MRI corrected T1 (cT1) is associated with higher risk of major CVD events.
Corwave SA raised €26 million (US$28 million) in the second close of its series C funding round taking the total amount to €61 million. The funds will go toward the industrial development of the company’s facilities as well as entry into clinical trials for its heart pump, the Corwave LVAD, which is based on its wave membrane biomimetic technology, inspired by the undulating movement of marine animals.
Anumana Inc. has garnered a U.S. FDA breakthrough device designation for its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered electrocardiogram-based algorithm for early identification of cardiac amyloidosis. The ECG-AI detection algorithm is the fourth from the company and its partners to notch breakthrough status.
The Vanta device by Medtronic plc, provides relief from pain for thousands of patients, but the Vanta might also feel the pain when the patient is undergoing cardioversion. According to a field safety notice from Dublin-based Medtronic, two patients in Europe have undergone explant procedures for the device due to damage sustained during cardioversion, but the company urges physicians to pay heed to the labeled indication, which recommends that the device be temporarily reprogrammed to reduce the risk of damage to the device, an action that Medtronic indicated should ward off any such issues.
Boston Scientific Corp. said that three-year primary patency and the four-year freedom from target lesion revascularization (TLR) rate for patients treated with the Ranger drug-coated balloon (DCB), in the Ranger II superficial femoral artery (SFA) study, are the best ever reported data for randomized trials using DCBs.
Surmodics Inc. is poised to jump on the market for below the knee thrombectomy now that its Pounce platform with a low-profile (LP) model has FDA 510(k) clearance. The system can now effectively clear organized clots from vessels as small as 2 mm in diameter. The Pounce LP expands the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based company’s “grab-go-flow” platform. In its first iteration, Pounce enabled removal of thrombi and emboli in peripheral arteries 3.5 mm to 6 mm in diameter.
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.