Irvine, Calif.-based Masimo Corp. has agreed to buy the connected care assets of Nanthealth Inc., of Culver City, Calif., for a $47.25 million up-front cash payment. In addition, Masimo provided estimates for its full-year 2020 financial guidance, saying product revenue will increase to $1.035 billion, which reflects reported growth of 10.6% to 10.9%. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of the year, subject to customary closing conditions. In addition, Masimo expects to fund the acquisition with existing cash on hand.
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.
Duluth, Ga.-based Sebacia Inc., which is focused on dermatology and aesthetics, has introduced its new CEO and reported the acquisition of all assets related to Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc.'s silver photoparticle technology, which is being reviewed by the FDA for light hair removal.
What does the landscape look like in terms of funding for digital health? Geoffrey Starr, a partner at Cooley LLP, dove into this question during the Digital Health Summit, part of CES 2020. He acknowledged that 2019 saw a slight dip in funding compared with the record-breaking previous year. With that said, it was the second largest year ever for digital health care financings, with more than one-third of all health care venture financings involving digital health technologies.
LAS VEGAS – The U.S. FDA has said it is looking to help those interested in developing digital health tools, and that commitment took center stage this week during the Digital Health Summit, part of CES 2020. Amy Abernethy, principal deputy commissioner at the FDA, gave an overview of the agency’s thinking on the topic, providing the perspective of someone who came from outside the regulatory world.
The obesity problem is one that is affecting a growing number of people globally. With both device and drug companies looking to take on the challenge of combating the problem, Allurion Technologies Inc. has set its sights on advancing a new approach in the U.S. Now, the Natick, Mass.-based company has scored $34 million in new funding through a securities financing and a growth capital term loan. The round was led by Novalis Lifesciences and Romulus Capital, with participation from Ido Investments and ex-Covidien CEO Jose Almeida.
LAS VEGAS – Over the past three years or so, voice technology has been on the rise, with hospitals looking to leverage it to help patients. Tech companies have taken notice; for example, Amazon assisted with technology to make voice skills HIPAA-compliant, with six skills unveiled as part of that effort.
Saluda Medical Pty. Ltd., of Artarmon, Australia, made waves in 2019, winning the CE mark for its Evoke closed-loop spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system. The good news kept coming following the publication of results from a pivotal study in The Lancet Neurology.