Deal to acquire Vascular Solutions finalized by Teleflex | Torax Medical to be acquired by Ethicon | Funding round pulls in $2.6M for ALung Technologies
February 20, 2017
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Deal to acquire Vascular Solutions finalized by Teleflex
The $1 billion acquisition of Vascular Solutions has been completed by Teleflex after receiving approval from Vascular Solutions' shareholders. The $56-per-share transaction expands Teleflex's vascular and interventional businesses with the addition of a portfolio of over 90 coronary and peripheral vascular devices.
MassDevice.com (Boston) (2/17),  Medical Devices Business Review (U.K.) (2/20) 
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Torax Medical to be acquired by Ethicon
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount for Minnesota-based Torax Medical, a maker of surgical devices for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease and bowel incontinence. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of next month.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Cincinnati (2/17),  Seeking Alpha (free registration) (2/18) 
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Funding round pulls in $2.6M for ALung Technologies
A round of debt and options financing involving 37 unnamed sources has brought in $2.6 million for Pittsburgh-based ALung Technologies, according to a filing with the SEC. The company, which makes the Hemolung RAS extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal device for treating acute respiratory failure, did not disclose how it intends to use the proceeds and is still seeking to raise $1.4 million in the round.
MassDevice.com (Boston) (2/17) 
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Irish medtech company gets $2.2M boost
Financing worth about $2.2 million has been secured by Irish medtech company OncoMark from various investors that include Kernel Capital and the Galway HBAN MedTech syndicate. The money will be used to commercialize the company's OncoMasTR test, which uses screening to lower the number of patients undergoing unnecessary chemotherapy for breast cancer, as well as to expand its workforce.
The Journal (Dublin, Ireland) (2/18) 
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Report predicts growth for US intraoperative neuromonitoring market
A report from Orbis Research predicts the US intraoperative neuromonitoring market will see a 9% compound annual growth rate through 2020 due to a higher demand for patient safety. Among the key market players are Medtronic, NuVasive, Biotronic NeuroNetwork, Computational Diagnostics and Natus Medical.
BeckersSpine.com (2/17) 
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Science & Health
Data show positive results for Insulet's hybrid closed-loop system
Data from a 24-patient feasibility study of Insulet's Omnipod Horizon hybrid closed-loop system showed positive results in patients with type 1 diabetes. At 36 hours, use of a modified version of the Omnipod, along with Insulet's personalized model predictive control algorithm and a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, demonstrated safety, significantly improved overnight glucose control and lowered hypoglycemia during the day and night.
Drug Delivery Business News (2/17) 
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Medtronic's leadless pacemaker secures approval from Japan
Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Agency has given Medtronic approval for its Micra transcatheter pacing system, a leadless pacemaker intended to be implanted in the right ventricle using a catheter to provide single-chamber pacing. The device can be used for full-body MRI scans and has an estimated battery life of 12 years.
FDAnews (2/20),  MassDevice.com (Boston) (2/17) 
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Hologic gets premarket approval from FDA for HCV assay
The FDA has given Hologic premarket approval for its Aptima HCV Quant Dx assay, which is intended for viral load measurement and confirmation of hepatitis C virus infection. The assay, which operates on the automated Panther system, quantifies sustained antiviral response throughout all major genotypes and uses real-time transcription-mediated amplification.
FDAnews (2/17) 
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Recall of Zimmer Biomet's shoulder replacement device labeled Class I by FDA
A recall initiated by Zimmer Biomet involving 3,662 units of its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System has been classified by the FDA as Class I. The recall was issued because the shoulder replacement devices demonstrate a higher rate of fractures, which may necessitate revision surgeries, compared with what is indicated on the label.
MassDevice.com (Boston) (2/17) 
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