TORONTO – Novel. Unique. Revolutionary. Terms too often used to indiscriminately describe medical devices that have yet to prove their stuff. Not so at France’s Ministry of Health which takes care to deem winning devices under its Forfait Innovation (FI) program “truly innovative, not simply incremental developments.” Last week the FI awarded Vancouver, British Columbia’s Evasc Neurovascular Inc. €2.76 million (US$3.37 million) to test its CE-marked Eclips for treating intracranial bifurcation aneurysms during a 119-patient trial at 20 French sites in 2021.
Keeping you up to date on recent developments in cardiology, including: TAVR patients at low surgical risk still ahead vs. SAVR, but thrombosis a concern; Heart failure numbers nearly doubled between 1990 and 2017; COVID exerting large effect on heart health.
Corvista Health Inc. has raised $65 million in a series C equity financing led by Ambix Life Science Fund I LP. The new funds are earmarked for ongoing research, product development and commercialization of the company’s noninvasive, point-of-care (POC) solution for rapid detection of heart disease. Joining Ambix in the round were Medventure Partners and several new and existing investors. With this latest infusion, Corvista has raised a total of nearly $100 million.
TORONTO – Front Line Medical Technologies Inc. reported Health Canada approval for a device deemed the smallest for use in emergency situations when patients require hemodynamic support to maintain blood flow to the brain and heart. According to biomedical engineer, co-founder and Front Line CEO Asha Parekh, the Cobra-OS is the world’s smallest REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) device.
The FDA has granted de novo authorization to Fifth Eye Inc. for its Analytic for Hemodynamic Instability (AHI), a machine learning (ML)-based, real-time indicator of patient deterioration. Commercialization of the software device, which continuously monitors patients with an electrocardiogram (ECG) for signs of deterioration, got underway on March 1.
Keeping you up to date on recent developments in cardiology, including: Single troponin test may suffice for ED discharge of patients with angina; Scar patterns a stronger predictor of recurrent AF post-ablation; Paclitaxel hypothesis takes another beating; Out-of-hospital transfemoral TAVR mortality draws scrutiny.
Keeping you up to date on recent developments in cardiology, including: Algorithm can make echocardiography a breeze for the inexperienced; Algorithm suppresses CT scan time in chest imaging studies; Study shows distal radial access better for occlusion.
TORONTO – Puzzle Medical Devices Inc. has been granted a U.S. FDA breakthrough device designation for a transcatheter heart pump designed for fragile patients with few minimally invasive options for treating advanced heart failure.
Last year, artificial intelligence (AI)-focused Caption Health Inc. won the U.S. FDA’s nod for software that guides untrained clinicians step-by-step in providing a cardiac ultrasound exam, a process normally performed by a highly skilled specialist. Now, the Brisbane, Calif.-based company has published data showing nurses without prior ultrasound experience who used Caption Guidance software captured ultrasound images of diagnostic quality to assess known cardiac conditions.
Cardiac monitoring company Rhythmedix Inc. reported the launch of its next-generation, wearable Rhythmstar device with built-in 4G cellular connectivity. The low-profile, water-resistant cardiac telemetry monitor provides extended remote monitoring to quickly detect arrhythmia without the need for a phone or other communication device.