A new FDA discussion paper addresses cybersecurity issues specific to the servicing of medical devices, with the goal of guiding the conversation about potential challenges and opportunities. It coincides with a larger agency initiative to provide more clarity on servicing.
The FDA responded on Thursday to longtime industry calls for the agency to clarify the distinction between the “serving” and “remanufacturing” of a medical device with new draft guidance to provide consistency and a better understanding of the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. The 35-page document details its current thinking on the distinction.
As demand for artificial intelligence (AI)-driven health assessment platforms grows, software developer Ada Health GmbH has signed more than 10 new partnerships with key players across life sciences, insurance and health systems. These include pharmaceutical partners Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Sanofi SA, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., as well as Taj Digital Health, Sutter Health, and more.
Fractyl Health Inc. closed $100 million in new financing Wednesday to expand and accelerate clinical development efforts to reduce dependence on insulin among type 2 diabetes patients. The startup, which changed its name from Fractyl Laboratories Inc., will use the financing to support additional late-stage clinical studies for determining the potential of its Revita DMR.
A new 3D printing technique has allowed University of Nottingham researchers to tailor-make artificial body parts and other medical devices that are both implantable and bacteria-resistant. The multi-materials manufactured in the study were also adapted to 3D printing technology that is able to offer devices that can better meet the need of the patient and minimize the surgeries led by device failure that increase the risk of infections.
Neovasc Inc. has hit pause on its Tiara transfemoral mitral valve replacement (TF) program and is cutting its workforce by more than 40%, citing the additional time and substantial investment required to develop the program and the associated costs. The changes are expected to extend its cash runway from about 18 months to more than three years. The changes were implemented with about 18 months to remain solvent as part of a series of actions to focus on enhancing current shareholder value and focusing investments on near-term value drivers, namely the Reducer stent and the Tiara transapical mitral valve replacement (TA) system.
Navigation Sciences Inc. has enrolled the initial patient in the first-in-human clinical feasibility trial of the Navisci system designed for surgeons to be able to remove probable early-stage lung tumors in minimally invasive surgery, integrating augmented reality (AR) and advanced software with surgical instruments.
The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) issued a new document on June 8 responding to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) call for position papers to fulfill the President’s Executive Order on improving the federal government’s cybersecurity. It details how CDRH is planning to do its part to advance the shared goal within medical devices.
Developers of blood tests for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are poised to see a spike in demand, following the FDA’s accelerated approval on Tuesday of Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen Inc.’s AD drug treatment Aduhelm (aducanumab). The FDA’s decision paves the way for AD assays to move beyond aiding in drug development toward addressing ongoing issues with undiagnosed cases.
The European Commission (EC) unveiled on Monday its new joint implementation and preparedness plan for the European Union’s In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). It sets forth priority actions, noting “the implementation of the IVDR has proven to be a very challenging task,” exacerbated in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic “despite the efforts undertaken by all” to transition.