PERTH, Australia – Medical device and analytics company Trajan Group Holdings Ltd. has acquired the business and manufacturing facilities of Axel Semrau GmbH & Co., based in Sprockhövel, Germany, for AU$26 million (US$18.7 million), expanding the company’s global operations. Axel Semrau develops and manufactures laboratory automation and chromatography software and detection systems. The acquisition is the company’s most significant to date and broadens the company’s manufacturing base in Europe, Trajan founder and CEO Stephen Tomisich told BioWorld.
Vuno Inc. has received its third breakthrough device designation from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), for its artificial intelligence (AI)-based electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis software Vuno Med DeepECG. Vuno is the first company to have three such designations to its name. “We developed Vuno Med DeepECG via long-term ECG data analysis research. With this breakthrough designation, we target expanding our market share in the medical AI industry via our bio-signal businesses. Among these is ECG data, which can help diagnose various heart diseases and has high potential,” Yeha Lee, chairman at Vuno, told BioWorld.
Despite the morbidity associated with coronary artery bypass graft, this procedure has never been entirely displaced by percutaneous coronary intervention. The results from the latest in a series of studies does not seem to help the case for drug-eluting stents (DES) for patients with three-vessel disease, as the data from this study failed to demonstrate non-inferiority for DES devices implanted with the help of fractional flow reserve measurement to ensure optimal stent placement.
Hot off the heels of a $45 million series B financing raise, Activ Surgical Inc. has completed the first clinical trial evaluating its Activinsights augment reality (AR)-based software suite and Activsight imaging module. The safety and feasibility study, carried out with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) is the first of several trials the Boston-based company is planning in 2021.
Asahi Intecc Co. Ltd. is tapping Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc.’s non-linear structural analysis software, Marc, to develop delivery devices that carry markers to the vicinity of cancers in preparation for endoscopic surgery.
PERTH, Australia – Singular Health Group Ltd. was awarded AU$50,000 (US$37,000) in funding from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) Kick-Start program to undertake a research project to develop artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to automatically design patient-specific cranial implants. The AI will be integrated into Singular Health’s surgical planning software for editing before the cranial implants are 3D printed.
Precision cancer care company Simbiosys Inc. has raised $15 million to accelerate development of its Tumor Scope software platform for management of solid tumors. The application enables oncologists to virtualize cancer tumors and simulate a patient’s response to specific drug therapies by combining artificial intelligence with biophysical simulations. The technology models the impact of drug delivery, drug sensitivity, metabolism and spatial heterogeneity and provides data that can be used to inform individual treatment plans.
TORONTO – Pathway Medical Inc. has raised C$1.6 million (US$1.3 million) in an oversubscribed funding round to expand its evidence-based clinical decision support platform and deliver an enterprise version of its point-of-care technology. The current mobile app uses natural language processing and machine learning to give doctors evidence-based answers to questions on patient diagnosis and treatment.
PERTH, Australia – Australia’s TGA issued new guidance to help device manufacturers better understand new classifications for active medical devices, including software-based medical devices, and clinical decision support software.
Feops SA reported that its Heartguide product has received de novo authorization from the FDA for pre-operative planning of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAo) with the Boston Scientific Corp. Watchman device. The software platform is designed to help physicians virtually model clinical scenarios with different implant positions and sizes of the Watchman device using digital twin technology based on patient-specific virtual replicas of the heart. It is currently commercially available in the EU, U.K., Canada and Australia for transcatheter aortic valve implantation and LAAo workflows.