Whole body donation is "about helping others and giving back" | Animal study examines hyperlipidemia and transplant rejection | Centinel Spine gains allogeneic clearance for spinal devices
June 24, 2015
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Whole body donation is "about helping others and giving back"
Many people who donate their remains to hospitals and medical schools for education purposes see their gift as a way of helping future health care providers, said Brenda Armstrong of Dalhousie University in Canada. "The majority of people I talk to, it's about helping others and giving back," Armstrong said. It's important that donors discuss their wishes with a family members or executor. "I tell my class at the beginning of the year that these are very, very special people who would give this gift to somebody that they've never met so that that person could become a better caregiver to look after people that the donor will never meet," said Dr. Mike Wiley of the University of Toronto. Calgary Herald (Alberta)/The Canadian Press (6/21)
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Animal study examines hyperlipidemia and transplant rejection
A study in the American Journal of Transplantation found that apolipoprotein E-deficient mice with hyperlipidemia rejected vascularized cardiac allografts at an accelerated rate, possibly due to increased production of interleukin 17 and alloantigen-responsive T cells. A second study in the same journal found that hyperlipidemia in the mouse model was associated with changes in the populations of FoxP3+ regulatory T cells that play a role in allograft tolerance. Yibada (6/18), MedPage Today (free registration)/Reuters (6/17)
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Government & Regulatory
Centinel Spine gains allogeneic clearance for spinal devices
Centinel Spine's anterior lumbar devices Stalif Midline, Midline II and Midline II-Ti have been cleared by the FDA for use with allogeneic bone grafts in lumbar spinal fusions. BeckersSpine.com (6/17)
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ACA risk pools are more balanced than expected
Enough healthy people have enrolled in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act that the $10 billion reinsurance fund set up to mitigate the effects of skewed risk pools is larger than needed, according to the CMS. Eligible insurers will be fully reimbursed for eligible losses, which could help stabilize premiums for 2016 plans. Bloomberg (6/18)
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Business & Economic Trends
Yankee Alliance extends deal with Bacterin for biologic implants
A deal between Bacterin and Yankee Alliance, a group purchasing organization, has been extended through June 2018. The deal gives members of Yankee Alliance continued access to Bacterin's 3Demin cortical fiber allografts and other biologic implants. BeckersSpine.com (6/19)
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TissueTech secures funding for research, expanded reach
A Series B funding round has pulled in $15 million for TissueTech, a Miami-based firm specializing in the development of tissue-based products. The company plans to use the money to support its sales and marketing and research and development. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (6/22)
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Stock offering planned for Organovo
Organovo could bring in $40 million in a follow-on offering of 9.4 million shares that was expected to close Tuesday. The San Diego-based firm, which develops 3D-printed tissue, plans to use the proceeds for research and development and general corporate purposes. MassDevice.com (Boston) (6/22)
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Early-bird pricing for the 2015 AATB Annual Meeting ends Aug. 3!
The 2015 AATB Annual Meeting: Collaborate and Explore New Horizons is a gathering of over 900 of the best and the brightest minds in the tissue banking profession. This year's meeting will be held Sept. 15-19 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Register now for AATB's July webinar!
  • Topic: Partnering with Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation Organizations (NADOs): Best Practices.
  • Date: Thursday, July 16.
  • Time: 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time.
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