BBS Automation has a deal to buy medtech supplier Kahle Automation

BBS Automation said it plans to purchase high-speed automation supplier Kahle Automation to expand its medtech and life sciences business.

Kahle will operate as Kahle – a BBS Company, according to a news release from Munich, Germany-based BBS and Lombardy, Italy-based Kahle.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval. Terms were not disclosed.

Kahle’s co-owners — CEO Federico Ceresetti and President Julie Logothetis — will continue to lead the company.

“Partnering with BBS Automation was the logical next step in Kahle’s development,” Ceresetti said in the news release. “With access to BBS’ blue-chip customer base, its global reach and market-leading reputation, BBS will help Kahle take on larger projects and continue its successful growth trajectory. We are very proud to be part of the BBS family and help build out BBS’ global medtech and life sciences franchise.”

Kahle’s Lombardy headquarters will serve …

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How safe is health information after the overturning of Roe?

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued guidance meant to better protect women’s health information as state abortion bans kick in after the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Despite the HHS actions, women may still wonder whether their health information is entirely safe going forward — a potential challenge for the creators of digital health software.

The new HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance addresses when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule permits disclosure of PHI without an individual’s authorization. Its release comes amid calls on social media for women to delete period tracking apps. (The New York Times, however, reports that the opposite is happening, with a Berlin-based period-tracking app company called Clue saying it would not comply with U.S. law enforcement seeking info…

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Dexcom focuses on early diabetes diagnosis as COVID links emerge

Dexcom VP of Global Clinical Initiatives Tomas Walker [Photo courtesy of Dexcom]

New data is showing that COVID-19 may increase a person’s risk of diabetes, but it could be years until we know for sure.

In the meantime, Dexcom (Nasdaq:DXCM) is getting ready, VP of Global Clinical Initiatives Tomas Walker said.

Walker recently spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing to discuss the San Diego-based diabetes device developer’s proactive approach to chronic COVID-19 conditions, technology that can help diagnose new cases, and the likelihood that particular devices and components will be in greater demand in the years ahead.

The following has been lightly edited for space and clarity.

MDO: How does the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its COVID-19 disease affect the pancreas?

Walker: In February, March of 2020, there were a couple of papers published out of China very early in the expe…

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Blackrock Neurotech and Pitt work on first at-home BCI system for remote trials

Blackrock Neurotech’s Utah array is used in its brain-computer interface implant to sense brain signals [Photo courtesy of Blackrock]

Blackrock Neurotech and the University of Pittsburgh’s Rehab Neural Engineering Labs (Pitt RNEL) are working together on the first portable brain-computer interface (BCI) to allow patients to participate in research trials from home.

A Blackrock representative said it’s the final step as the company prepares to launch its first commercial product early next year.

Salt Lake City-based Blackrock plans to submit its first commercial BCI device, called MoveAgain, to the FDA this year.

Blackrock wants its BCI platform to be the first one that’s commercially available to people with paralysis. Its implant has been used in patients since 2004 through research studies, with zero FDA-reported serious adverse events since then.

“Through this expansion…

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Philips updates on testing results for recalled ventilators

Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) today provided an update on the test and research program implemented after its major ventilator recall.

In June 2021, Philips Respironics recalled millions of certain ventilators, bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines due to potential health risks caused by polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam breaking down. Foam particles could enter a device’s air pathway, causing a range of potential health problems and toxic, carcinogenic effects for the user.

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ResMed names Lucile Blaise as new Sleep & Respiratory Care leader

Lucile Blaise will become president of ResMed’s Sleep & Respiratory Care business on July 1. [Photo courtesy of ResMed]

Lucile Blaise will be the new president of ResMed’s Sleep & Respiratory Care business starting July 1, ResMed (NYSE: RMD) said today.

She replaces Jim Hollingshead, who became president and CEO of Insulet (Nasdaq:PODD) on June 1. ResMed President and COO Rob Douglas is serving as interim president of the Sleep & Respiratory Care during the transition.

Blaise is ResMed’s VP of Sleep & Respiratory Care for Western Europe. She joined San Diego-based ResMed in 2006 and has more than 25 years of experience in medical device sales, marketing, finance, and business development, the company said in a news release.

Blaise serves on the MedTech Europe board and was elected president of French medtech association Snitem this month.

ResMed CEO Mick Farrell …

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Cardinal Health starts Zipline drone deliveries of drugs and medical supplies

Zipline’s fixed-wing drones are delivering medical supplies in North Carolina. [Image courtesy of Zipline]

Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) today started air delivery of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies via Zipline drone in North Carolina.

San Francisco-based Zipline won FAA Part 135 air carrier certification for the long-range flights earlier this month. The company flew its first commercial deliveries on June 22 with an initial 16-nautical-mile flight.

The flights starting today are out of Zipline’s hub in Kannapolis, North Carolina, to Cardinal Health as well as Novant Health and Magellan Rx Management.

Zipline said the hub can serve customers within a 7,800-square-mile area in as little as 15 minutes, with 98 percent lower emissions than traditional delivery options.

“We imagine a future in which goods are transported nearly instantly,” Zipline founder and CEO Keller …

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How medical device companies and their suppliers are responding to abortion bans

The front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. [Adobe stock photo]

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade’s protection of abortion rights, medical device companies are among those reassuring workers about healthcare access.

Corporate communications to employees and the public at large come as trigger laws in nearly half of the states outlaw abortion immediately.

At least some medtech companies are not using the word “abortion” in their statements to news media.

Here is what we’re finding out at MassDevice and Medical Design & Outsourcing:

Medtronic

“As a healthcare company, we are committed to ensuring access to quality healthcare, and that starts first and foremost with our people. We are expanding our benefits policies to enable access to critical healthcare services for our U.S. employees. The new benefit will…

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Boston Centerless opens manufacturing plant in Indiana

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Boston Centerless announced today that it opened a second manufacturing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Woburn, Massachusetts-based Boston Centerless said in a news release that the latest expansion for the supplier of precision ground bar materials for close tolerance CNC Swiss machining applications represents continued robust growth in key market segments in the Midwest and Western U.S.

The new facility substantially increases both manufacturing and distribution capacity, Boston Centerless said. It adds over 16,000 additional square feet and state-of-the-art equipment. The raw materials in stock at the new plant facilitates reduced lead times to customers in that part of the country, while precision grinding, straightening and bar end chamfering services are provided.

“Our Midwest and Western customers in the U.S. will now benefit from even shorter lead times,” Bost…

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Dymax strikes new partnership with Quantum Systems

Rapid curing materials and equipment manufacturer Dymax today announced a new sales partnership with Quantum Systems.

Torrington, Connecticut-based Dymax said in a news release that Quantum, with its offices in Arizona as well as Sonora and Baja, Mexico, will focus its efforts on promoting and supporting the sales of Dymax light-curing solutions to the medical, electronics, automotive and aerospace and defense markets throughout that region.

Under the partnership, Quantum will act as a conduit between Dymax and key customers, focusing efforts on creating and growing cooperative relationships between companies and providing expert technical guidance and assistance to design streamlined, cost-effective manufacturing processes.

“Our relationship with Quantum Systems will help expand our reach to critical OEM manufacturers in the medical, aerospace and defense, electronic, as well as electric vehicle industries that may not be aware of Dymax’s 40 years of ex…

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Researchers develop wearable robotic exomuscle system

Marie Georgarakis demonstrates her Myoshirt exomuscle device. [Photo by Florian Haufe for ETH Zurich]

ETH Zurich researchers have redefined the muscle shirt.

Marie Georgarakis, a former doctoral student at ETH Zurich’s Sensory Motor Systems Lab, is the creator of the Myoshirt, a wearable, textile robotic device that helps users lift their arms and reach. A motorized cable works like an artificial tendon, directed by sensors and an algorithm to support the wearer’s intended movement.

ETH Zurich researchers recently tested Myoshirt on a dozen people — one person with muscular dystrophy, another with a spinal cord injury and ten people without physical impairment — and all reported longer endurance when lifting their arms.

The Myoshirt exomuscle device’s cable acts like a tendon. [Photo by Florian Haufe for ETH Zurich]

MyoshirtR…
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They said it at DeviceTalks Boston

Proximie CEO Nadine Hachach-Haram [Photo courtesy of Proximie]

Medtech insiders convened at DeviceTalks Boston 2022 in May to discuss device design, innovation and trends shaping the industry now and in the years and decades ahead.

Here are some of the most quotable insights from panelists and speakers at our live event.

And make sure to save the date — and save your seat — for DeviceTalks West in Santa Clara, California on Oct. 19 and 20.

Read on to hear what medtech leaders had to say at DeviceTalks Boston 2022.

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