For the first time ever, Canada will be granting patent term adjustments beginning in January. That’s welcome news for the biopharmaceutical and med-tech industries, and it’s long overdue, Jeffrey Morton, a partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP, told BioWorld.
TORONTO – What do ER doctors want most for their patients? Never to return to the ER, said Giovanni Ferrara, a professor at Edmonton’s University of Alberta Hospital's Division of Pulmonary Medicine. Ferrara is heading a feasibility project to see if a wearable device developed by Rochester, N.Y.-based Heath Care Originals Inc. can predict with scientific certainty when the condition of a patient with lung disease is worsening and requires another visit to the hospital.
Responding to the growing number of state-sponsored cyber threats to health care and other key sectors and to the compromise of the Microsoft Exchange Server, which was disclosed in March, Canada, the EU, U.K., U.S. and other NATO allies issued statements July 19 laying out expectations and markers for how responsible nations behave in cyberspace and specifically calling out China’s “malicious cyber activity.”
TORONTO – Spino Modulation Inc., a subsidiary of Montreal-based med-tech company Spinologics Inc., has received breakthrough device designation for a vertebral body tethering (VBT) device to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, one of three types of scoliosis that cause the spine to develop an abnormal curve.
Steven Roy, CEO of Convergence Medical Sciences Inc., has designed a low-cost device that boosts the number of patients on a single ventilator to four simultaneously. To do this, he is collaborating with Calgary-based consulting engineers, Exergy Solutions Inc., to take the international Red Dot design winner through the Health Canada approval process.
TORONTO – Health Canada has proposed a single regulatory framework for medical device and drug clinical trials after broad industry consultation and a hard line drawn by the COVID-19 pandemic for a more streamlined system.
Adela snapped up $60 million in a series A financing round to commercialize its blood test for cancer detection and disease monitoring. At the same time, the company announced its name change from Dnamx Inc. The Adela system profiles all methylated DNA fragments in a blood sample, allowing it to determine the tissue of origin early in development of a malignancy and potentially simplifying screening across all cancer types.
TORONTO – Femtherapeutics Inc. is combining artificial intelligence-driven machine learning and 3D design to manufacture a device for relieving urinary incontinence and discomfort in women suffering pelvic organ prolapse. The custom-made pessary is intended to support vaginal tissues displaced because of the condition, replacing conventional pessaries that company officials said can result in irritation and penetrate soft tissues causing bleeding.
TORONTO – Titan Medical Inc. has received a $10 million license payment from Medtronic plc for a total of $30 million that the Irish med-tech firm has invested in robotic-assisted surgical technologies developed by Titan. Titan is pursuing gynecologic surgical applications for its Enos robotic single access surgical system, licensing it and related intellectual property to Medtronic while retaining worldwide rights to commercialize technologies for use with the Enos system.
Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Food and Drugs Act that would provide greater oversight of the manufacture of drugs for export. Currently, facilities that manufacture or prepare drugs in Canada for use outside the country are not required to obtain a drug establishment license or to follow Canadian requirements for good manufacturing practices, and they are exempt from fees.