HONG KONG – Singapore-based Igene Laboratory, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inex Innovate Pte. Ltd., has launched a noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT) that assesses fetal Rhesus factor (RhD) status from a maternal blood sample.
A wireless system to monitor mothers in labor and their fetuses has been introduced by Royal Philips NV in the U.S. Known as the Avalon CL Fetal and Maternal Pod and Patch, it is commercialized under recently updated guidance from the U.S. FDA. The Amsterdam-based company is continuing to pursue a standard 510(k) clearance for the system, which is marketed in European countries, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Alydia Health Inc., of Menlo Park, Calif., has completed enrollment in the pivotal PEARLE investigational device exemption (IDE) study, which is assessing the safety and effectiveness of the Jada system to rapidly control and treat abnormal postpartum uterine bleeding and postpartum hemorrhage.
Researchers are hopeful that within three to five years the first once-a-month oral contraceptive could reach human testing. They achieved an early step on that path with the publication of research testing the long-lasting drug delivery device from Watertown, Mass.-based startup Lyndra Therapeutics Inc. in the Dec. 4 issue of Science Translational Medicine.