Medtronic Seeks Bifurcation Lesion Indication for DES
This study will help us evaluate these patients in a controlled setting, which will help expand our knowledge base,” Matthew Price, MD, interventional cardiologist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., and national principal investigator of the Bifurcation Cohort of the RESOLUTE ONYX Post-Approval Study, said in a release. "The unique design of Resolute Onyx DES may be well-suited to treat bifurcation lesions in a wide range of vessel sizes." The Resolute Onyx DES platform features Core Wire Technology, an evolution of Continuous Sinusoid Technology (CST). CST is a unique Medtronic method of stent manufacturing, which i...
Source: MDDI - May 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Source Type: news

Stryker ’ s Howmedica owes $13m in fees in Zimmer Biomet patent spat
Stryker‘s (NYSE:SYK) Homedica is on the hook for approximately $13.3 million in attorney’s fees and $513,258 in costs due to Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) as a result of a patent dispute, according to recently unsealed court documents. The award is the result of a long-running patent spat over polymers between the two companies that ended in four of Howmedica’s patents being invalidated, court documents indicate. The fees were awarded on April 20, and unsealed earlier this month. Last June, the New Jersey Supreme Court approved a bid to consolidate state court lawsuits against Stryker over an allegedly defective hip...
Source: Mass Device - May 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Legal News Howmedica Osteonics Corp. Stryker zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

ViewRay shares dip despite Q1 earnings Beat
Shares in ViewRay (NSDQ:VRAY) fell today despite the medical device maker posting first quarter earnings that beat expectations on Wall Street. The Cleveland-based company posted losses of $7.5 million, or 11¢ per share, on sales of $26.2 million for the three months ended March 31, seeing losses shrink 73% while sales grew over 2000% compared with the same period during the previous year. Losses per share were ahead of the 19¢ consensus on Wall Street, where analysts expected to see sales of $12.1 million, which the company handily topped. “During the first quarter we continued to build momentum by generating new...
Source: Mass Device - May 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat ViewRay Inc. Source Type: news

Uganda:Second Cancer Machine Arrives in August
[Observer] A second Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machine will be delivered to Mulago national referral hospital in August, installed in September and by December, cancer patients will start using it, Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has announced. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sotera Health to sell its Nordion medical isotopes biz
Sotera Health said today it inked a deal to sell the medical isotopes segment of its Nordion business to a subsidiary of BWX Technologies for an undisclosed amount. Through the deal, Broadview Heights, Ohio-based Sotera Health will divest itself of all of Nordion’s medical isotope assets, including its radiochemical operation and contract manufacturing services in Kanata and its medical isotope operation in Vancouver. “The world’s need for gamma technology has expanded dramatically as the demand for sterilization of medical and non-medical applications has accelerated in response to increasing global regulato...
Source: Mass Device - April 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Mergers & Acquisitions soterahealth Source Type: news

Sotera Health to sell Nordion business
Sotera Health has signed an agreement to sell its Nordion medical isotope business...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Sterigenics takes on new identity as Sotera Nordion, Bruce Power collaborate to supply cobalt-60 Nordion nets funding for isotope venture Sterigenics closes on Nordion acquisition (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMI expands research in tech metals as demand for electric vehicles grows
(DOE/Ames Laboratory) As increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt (ingredients in lithium-ion batteries), the Critical Materials Institute will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 11, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Terrawatch: scientists turn to drones to find raw materials
In Germany, scientists are using drones equipped with sensors to locate metals needed for wind turbines and solar panelsWe know that renewable energy can help the world to wean itself off fossil fuels, but keeping up with green-energy demand is creating another problem. Countries such as Germany, which has committed itself to a low-carbon future, are finding themselves short of the raw materials required to manufacture wind turbines and solar panels. In particular, metals such as copper, cobalt, platinum-group metals and rare-earth elements such as indium and germanium are in short supply.Continue reading... (Source: Guard...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kate Ravilious Tags: Renewable energy Energy research Wind power Solar power Geology Environment Physics Science Technology Fossil fuels Drones (non-military) Source Type: news

ViewRay wins Japanese approval for MRIdian Linac system
ViewRay (NSDQ:VRAY) said today it won Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Shonin approval for its MRIdian Linac linear accelerator system. The newly cleared MRIdian Linac device replaces the cobalt it utilized with linear accelerator technology, the Cleveland, Ohio-based company said. The company won FDA approval for the device last February. ViewRay touted the MRIdian as the first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system to receive Japanese Shonin approval. The company is represented by Itochu corporation in Japan, which it claims is one of the three largest general trading companies in the country. R...
Source: Mass Device - March 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Imaging Regulatory/Compliance ViewRay Inc. Source Type: news

The toll of the cobalt mining industry
What exactly is cobalt, and what are the health risks for those who work in the Democratic Republic of Congo's cobalt mining industry? (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda:Mulago to Get a Second Cancer Machine in December
[Observer] Mulago national referral hospital will have a second Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machine to treat cancer patients before the end of this year, Uganda Cancer Institute has announced. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:My Five Minutes in New Cancer Machine
[Observer] Angella Kemirembe, 39, a resident of Kawempe, was among the first cancer patients to undergo treatment using Uganda's newly commissioned and only Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machine recently. She had been diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016. This is part of her story about the treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Cancer Cases Rise As Govt Launches New Machine
[Monitor] Kampala -As government commissions the new Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machines today, the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has revealed that the number of new cancer cases registered annually has shot up by 500, rising from 4,000 in 2016 to 4,500 in 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Research may improve artificial joints used in hip replacement surgery
(Wiley) A new Journal of Orthopaedic Research study that examined artificial joints used for total hip replacement found that ceramic components may experience less corrosion than cobalt-chromium components. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA clears Xcision Medical ’ s GammaPod breast cancer device
The FDA said today that it granted 510(k) clearance to the GammaPod stereotactic radiotherapy device made by Xcision Medical Systems to treat breast cancer. The federal safety watchdog said the GammaPod is designed to treat a portion of the breast in conjunction with breast-conserving surgery. It uses an array of 36 Cobalt-60 sources to beam radiation from within a two-layer vacuum cup that immobilizes the breast to minimize damage to adjacent healthy tissue. GammaPod is not intended to replace whole-breast radiation therapy and has not been shown to be as effective as that technique, the FDA said. The clearance was based...
Source: Mass Device - December 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Radiosurgery Regulatory/Compliance xcisionmedicalsystems Source Type: news