Zurich-based startup Ava Science Inc. recently issued a public call for partners and funding to further research the potential usefulness of its fertility wearable, known as Ava Bracelet, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Swiss researchers set out to identify and analyze vital sign data that could offer a window into predicting circulatory failure, which could enable more effective prevention of catastrophic events in the ICU.
In an effort to gain new insights about the novel coronavirus sweeping the globe, Boston-based Biofourmis Inc. is leveraging its artificial intelligence (AI)-driven remote monitoring platform to monitor Hong Kong patients diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19. The remote monitoring and disease surveillance program, which kicked off just a few days ago, is being administered by the University of Hong Kong and includes Biofourmis’ Hong Kong-based joint venture, Harmony Medical Inc.
PARIS – Vygon SA, of Ecouen, France, has acquired Advanced Perfusion Diagnostics SA (APD), a startup based in Lyon, France, that has developed Ikorus, a device that detects changes in visceral microvascular blood flow in the most critically ill hospital patients. Vygon did not disclose the financial details behind the agreement.
HONG KONG – Yokneam, Israel-based Serenno Medical Ltd. has unveiled a device for automatic monitoring and detection of kidney damage in patients. Known as Sentinel, the device is a continuous urine output (UO) monitor that measures urine flow rate and volume in real time.
Current Health Ltd., of Edinburgh, Scotland, scooped up $11.5 million in a series A financing that was led by MMC Ventures. The funds are earmarked to scale up Current Health’s patient management platform, with the aim of preventing global illness in 1 million patients by 2021. Legal & General Group plc, a London-based financial services company, was the largest investor in the round and represents Current Health’s first corporate investor.
PARIS – Grapheal SAS, of Grenoble, France, is developing a new generation of dressings integrating an embedded electronic biosensor. The Grapheal device consists of monolayer graphene on a polymer layer 0.3 nanometers thick. “This noninvasive embedded device collects data from the wound. The wireless e-health wound monitoring system, or smart patch, remotely reports the status of chronic wounds to the care team,” Vincent Bouchiat, co-founder and CEO at Grapheal, told BioWorld MedTech.
HONG KONG – In vitro diagnostic company Cube Bio Co. Ltd., of Seoul, South Korea, has inked an agreement worth KRW3 trillion (US$2.5 billion) with Moscow-based Standart-Biotest LLC to export its cancer self-diagnostic kits for five years to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
San Diego-based Exagen Diagnostics Inc. has a somewhat unique business model. It's aiming to both improve diagnostics and monitoring for autoimmune patients, but also to partner with biopharmas to promote better testing – and even to market related therapeutics to autoimmune specialists.
Baxter International Inc. has struck a definitive agreement to acquire Cheetah Medical Inc., a provider of noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring technologies. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company agreed to pay $190 million up front in cash, with the potential for an additional $40 million based on clinical and commercial milestones.