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December 3, 2012News for medical technology professionals

  Top Story 
S&N to Acquire Healthpoint for Nearly $782 Million in Cash
In a move to perhaps add the final pieces to its wound care management portfolio Smith & Nephew (S&N; London) reported that it would acquire Healthpoint Biotherepeutics (Forth Worth, Texas) a biopharmaceutical company focused on acute, chronic and burn-related wound care for $782 million in cash. Find out the details.

  Business & Market Trends 
  International Developments 
  Science & Health 
  • Implant could measure brain pressure without surgery
    A small implant designed to help doctors externally check brain pressure in young patients will begin animal testing soon, with the possibility of human trials in another two years. Neurosurgeon Josh Medow created the device for children with hydrocephalus after helping care for a boy who has undergone more than 150 brain surgeries to gauge his brain pressure. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Technologies 
  • New device from GE aims to reduce noise during MRI scans
    GE Healthcare has unveiled Silent Scan, which is used to minimize the noise and improve patient comfort during MRI scans. The technology combines advanced electronics with a novel 3D image acquisition and reconstruction method called Silenz, and is designed to work initially with 1.5 Tesla systems. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Service Providers 
  • Infographic highlights device tax's potential adverse effects
    An infographic released by AdvaMed describes some of the potential adverse effects of the 2.3% medical device tax on the industry, including stifling innovation, threatening the nation's leadership position in the global medtech market and killing jobs. The infographic also notes "43,000 jobs will be at risk because of the tax," citing an AdvaMed report released last year. (Boston) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • FDA website may speed processing of medtech export certificates
    The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health has unveiled a website designed to allow medtech firms to file their requests for export documents electronically instead of using paper-based applications. The Export Certification & Tracking System is expected to cut the time it takes to process certificate requests and enable applicants to check status updates online in real time. (Boston) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA to discuss possible reclassification of 3 heart devices
    An FDA panel will convene on Wednesday and Thursday to consider whether intra-aortic balloon pumps, external counter-pulsating systems and nonroller-type cardiopulmonary bypass blood pumps should be reclassified. The systems initially were categorized as Class III devices in 1979 when FDA panelists viewed them as possibly fatal even with appropriate use. (Boston) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
AdvaMed News 
  • Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Submissions Workshop
    Wednesday, Feb. 27
    Sheraton Crystal City, Arlington, Va.
    MTLI offers this one-day interactive workshop to lead attendees through the regulatory and practical guidelines governing when an IDE is required, how to compile an effective IDE application, the rules governing clinical studies and human subject protection, Institutional Review Boards, types of pre-IDE meetings and communications, early/expanded access, foreign studies and export, and reimbursement for investigational devices. Visit MTLI online for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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