HONG KONG – SK Holdings Co. Ltd. invested ₩10 billion (US$8.6 million) in Standigm Inc., an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered biotech company based in Seoul, Korea. It is the second big investment Standigm has attracted this year after a ₩13 billion series B round in March.
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) proposed classifying active implantable medical devices (AIMDs), their accessories and active devices for controlling, monitoring or influencing the performance of an active device and software as high-risk class III devices. However, the agency has rethought the notion of up-classifying all implant device accessories after blowback from industry.
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently posted a draft guidance for regulation of software as a medical device, but the Medical Technology Association of Australia expressed a preference for an international standard for risk classification.
Device makers were generally supportive of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) proposal to up-classify active medical devices with an integrated diagnostic function that significantly determines patient management by the device (such as closed loop systems or automated external defibrillators) to class III, the highest risk designation used by TGA.
PERTH, Australia – Although medical device industry stakeholders agreed in principle with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) proposal to align its classification with the EU's for implantable spinal devices, they viewed the interpretation of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) classification rule for these devices differently.
PERTH, Australia – Sydney-based molecular diagnostics company Genetic Signatures Ltd. is poised to extend its global footprint to the U.S. and Europe following its AU$35 million (US$24 million) capital raise.
A subtype of schizophrenia is related to abnormally high brain levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which has important implications for the development of new treatments, according to a study by researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) in Japan.
HONG KONG – South Korean AI-based biotech Azoth Bio Inc., of Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, and biopharmaceutical venture Wellmarker Bio Co. Ltd., based in Seoul, have signed a memorandum of understanding for cancer drug R&D and commercialization. Under the agreement, the two entities will use Azoth's AI-powered platform to develop Wellmarker's cancer treatment candidates.
A Chinese study has identified small-molecule compounds that can selectively reduce levels of the mutant Huntingtin (HTT) protein involved in the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease (HD), and possibly other neurodegenerative diseases involving mutant protein accumulation.
HONG KONG – Indonesian regulators have introduced a medical device risk classification system, as part of a harmonization of regulations across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. The 'Sistem Klasifikasi Risiko Alat Kesehatan' system, known by the acronym Siklara, takes its cues from the ASEAN Medical Device Directive (AMDD).