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June 22, 2012News for medical technology professionals

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  • Roche Diagnostics to spend $300M on Ind. facility expansion
    Roche Diagnostics plans to invest $300 million to expand its headquarters in Indianapolis during the next decade. The expansion plan, which includes the establishment of an 88,000-square-foot commercial education facility for the company's customers, is expected to generate as many as 100 new jobs in the area over five years. The Indianapolis Star (6/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Startup targets mid-2013 launch with organ retraction device
    Medtech startup NovaTract Surgical has obtained $3.2 million in a series A funding round and is gearing up for a possible launch in the middle of next year. The startup's first product will be an organ retraction tool intended to help surgeons perform fewer incisions during laparoscopic procedures. MedCityNews.com (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Science & Health 
  • DaTscan-SPECT helps improve management of CUPS patients
    SPECT imaging with DaTscan contributed to improved clinical management of patients with clinically uncertain Parkinsonian syndromes, according to a study presented at a conference on movement disorders. Physicians of patients who underwent the scan also showed higher diagnostic confidence than those of patients who did not have the scan, the study said. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (6/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Surefire's catheter device for smaller vessels gets FDA OK
    The FDA has granted 510(k) clearance to Surefire Medical to market its Surefire high-flow microcatheter, which is tailored to fit smaller vessels. The company said the device can substantially cut backflow and administer therapy with greater infusion efficiency compared with traditional microcatheters. BeckersASC.com (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FDA clears assay to detect dengue virus
    The FDA has approved the DENV-1-4 Real Time RT PCR Assay, a device created by the CDC that can be used to spot all four strains of the dengue virus in real time. The CDC plans to start distributing the test kits to U.S. and global health labs on July 2. Medscape (free registration) (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Interact in educational sessions and collaborative lessons, and discuss with other industry affiliates concerns with the medical device excise tax. Medical device tax experts will prepare you for these possible changes by identifying key medical device tax issues such as identifying taxable medical devices, taxable and non-taxable uses, exemptions, reporting, payment, penalties, accounting systems, ruling guidance and implications on implantables, wound care, surgical, medical supplies, software, systems and more. Register for the workshop. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Build close relationships with member companies, both small and large, and receive an intimate understanding of the key issues affecting innovation, access and the bottom line. Interact in discussions that leverage the leadership and expertise of the medical technology industry. This social group is full of key stakeholders, influencers and industry thought leaders as well as regulatory and policy experts from the FDA and CMS. Aside from practical learning opportunities, this LinkedIn group provides the premier opportunity to network with key players from virtually every aspect of the industry. Link to the AdvaMed MTLI LinkedIn group page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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