The U.S. FDA has granted breakthrough device designation to Mojo Vision Inc. for its first-of-a-kind true smart contact lens. The Mojo Lens, which features “invisible computing” and a built-in display, enables people to get timely information without having to look away from what they are doing or glance at a screen.
Device makers only can watch when cardiologists grapple with federal agency officials over device utilization. However, cardiologists are punching back hard against a rule used to judge whether a coronary artery stent is appropriately used, thus ensuring these devices won’t suffer a significant drop in utilization.
Transenterix Inc., of Research Triangle Park, N.C., said Tuesday that it has filed a 510(k) submission with the U.S. FDA for the Intelligent Surgical Unit (ISU), a machine vision system designed to work with its robotic Senhance surgical system. The new technology would equip users of the Senhance system with augmented intelligence to improve performance and surgical outcomes.
Abbott Park, Ill.-based Abbott Laboratories has gained the U.S. FDA’s nod for a clinical trial that will compare the effectiveness of Mitraclip to open-heart mitral valve surgical repair in people with primary mitral regurgitation (MR) who are eligible for open-heart surgery. The prospective, randomized REPAIR MR clinical trial is expected to enroll 500 patients at 60 sites in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The trial's design addresses the issue that, despite symptoms and increased mortality for individuals suffering from MR, patients often are undertreated by open-heart mitral valve surgery.