Report: Medtech, biotech and pharma see strong M&A activity | Calif. eye surgery device firm receives $51M funding boost | Stock sale brings in $5.3M for Epigenomics
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October 17, 2014
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Report: Medtech, biotech and pharma see strong M&A activity
A recent report from Mergermarket found that the medtech, biotech and pharma industries had 869 merger and acquisition deals this year totaling $354.3 billion. The report also forecasts that strong M&A activity will likely continue during the fourth quarter and the years ahead, driven in part by forthcoming changes in Medicare reimbursement policies. MedCityNews.com (10/16)
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How Quotas and Data Are Transforming Sales Pay in Medtech
What trends shape how medtech companies pay sales personnel? ZS's 2014 Incentives Practices Research shows more medtech companies are using quotas to determine sales pay, data to help determine those quotas, and automation to administrate plans. Read an executive summary of the report to learn how these trends are transforming sales pay in medtech.
 
Business & Market Trends
Calif. eye surgery device firm receives $51M funding boost
A round of financing headed by Frontline BioVentures and OrbiMed has pulled in $51 million for MID Labs, which develops devices used during vitrectomy surgeries. The California-based company will use the money to increase its product portfolio and widen its presence in China and the U.S., said CEO Kai Chen. MassDevice.com (Boston) (10/16)
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Stock sale brings in $5.3M for Epigenomics
Epigenomics, which has developed the Epi proColon test used to diagnose colorectal cancer, has obtained $5.3 million through an offering of shares. Thomas Taapken, Epigenomics' CEO, said the funding will be used to support the company's pursuit for regulatory approval and subsequent sale of the test in China and the U.S. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (10/16)
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Industry veteran joins Spine Wave's marketing management team
Laine Mashburn has been tapped to serve as executive vice president of global marketing and business development at Spine Wave. Mashburn previously held executive roles at DePuy Spine and DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson unit. BeckersSpine.com (10/16)
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International Developments
EU approves Thermo Fisher's Ion PGM Dx tool
European regulators have granted Thermo Fisher Scientific the CE-IVD mark to market its Ion PGM Dx System. The technology uses a small DNA sample to analyze genetic variants accurately and with the quick turnaround time required in clinical environments, a company executive said. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (10/16)
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Science & Health
Genetic test identifies patients at risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke
Scientists have developed a test that screens for 12 genetic variants to determine risk of ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation, according to a study in the journal Stroke. Adding the genetic score to risk models for atrial fibrillation could help correctly assess when anticoagulants are needed, particularly among patients younger than 65. Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (10/15)
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Emerging Technologies
Siemens' advanced cardiovascular ultrasound scanner gets FDA OK
Siemens Healthcare has received FDA clearance for the Acuson SC2000 Prime, the latest version of its ultrasound scanner used for cardiovascular imaging. The company said the system gives doctors a single view of both the heart and dynamic blood flow when performing interventional valve procedures. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (10/16)
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Wireless imaging device from Konica lands FDA clearance
The AeroDR XE wireless digital radiography device, developed by Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, has obtained clearance from the FDA. The device weighs 5.7 pounds and is tailored for use in critical care, intensive care, trauma and emergency suites, although it can also be used in teaching hospitals as well as for bedside imaging and portable applications. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (10/15)
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Government & Regulatory
ITraumaCare's bleeding-control device gets expanded approval from FDA
The FDA has granted iTraumaCare expanded approval for its iTClamp Hemorrhage Control System for use in halting severe bleeding in patients with traumatic injuries in the neck. The device previously was approved for use on the leg, arm, scalp and groin. San Antonio Express-News (10/16)
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FDA clears cervical fusion device from Precision Spine
The FDA has cleared Precision Spine to market its Vault-C Anterior Cervical Interbody Fusion Device, which the company said is now available commercially. The device comes with a zero profile design to provide stable screw fixation while keeping surrounding soft tissue and vessels unharmed. FDAnews (10/16)
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