FDA clears Intuitive, Siemens Healthineers imaging integration for robotic bronchoscopy

[Image from Intuitive]Intuitive (Nasdaq:ISRG) announced that the FDA cleared an integration of imaging technology with the Ion robot-assisted bronchoscopy system.

The integration covers a mobile cone-beam CT (CBCT) imaging technology, developed by Siemens Healthineers, called Cios Spin.

Cios Spin offers integrated functionality with Ion to provide 2D and 3D imaging during procedures to help physicians gain confidence around refining Ion’s catheter positioning and help improve biopsy tool placement, according to a news release.

Sunnyvale, California-based Intuitive said early studies demonstrate that Ion enables a diagnostic yield of approximately 80% in studies with a relatively small average nodule size. The integration of Ion with Siemens’ imaging technology could improve the accuracy of biopsy procedures, aiding in the diagnosis of lung cancer, the company said, through the enhancement of a physician’s ability to provide minimally invas…

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Varian wins FDA IDE for Flash radiation therapy

Varian announced today that it received FDA investigational device exemption IDE to advance its Flash clinical research program.

Flash therapy, an experimental treatment modality, was designed to deliver radiation therapy at ultra-high dose rates in typically less than one second.

The Siemens Healthineers company will conduct the feasibility study of Flash therapy for the treatment of symptomatic bone metastases (FAST-02) with the IDE now secured, according to a news release.

“Receiving IDE approval for FAST-02 reaffirms our confidence in the potential of Flash therapy and represents an important step toward delivering this groundbreaking therapy in a clinical setting,” Varian VP of Flash Solutions Agam Sharda said in the release. “Together with our FlashForward Consortium, we have expanded Flash therapy research using our systems as we work to improve the patient experience. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with experts aro…

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18 of the world’s most innovative medical technologies

[Images courtesy of Sysmex, Abbott, Boston Scientific, Medtronic and Siemens Healthineers]Judges this week are voting for the most innovative medical technologies among the nominees for the 2022 Prix Galien International Awards.

The Prix Galien International Awards highlight the most innovative technologies in the life sciences industry. The New York-based Galien Foundation presents the international award to eligible nominees that have received a Prix Galien award within the last two years in the Best Biotechnology Product, Best Digital Health Solution, Best Medical Technology, Best Pharmaceutical Product and Best Vaccine categories.

The Prix Galien International Awards ceremony will be co-hosted with the Prix Galien U.K. Award ceremony on May 12 at the Natural History Museum in London.

Companies included in this year’s nominees range from large multinational corporations like Medtronic to smaller medtech companies like Devices4Care. Here are the 18 medica…

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Corindus opens new HQ; take a photo tour of the facility

The new Corindus headquarters has a cleanroom that is three times larger than the previous headquarters. [Photo courtesy of Corindus]Corindus announced the opening of its new headquarters this week, moving to Newton, Massachusetts, for a space that’s more than twice as big.

The precision vascular robotics developer’s new facility totals 77,000 ft², compared to 35,000 ft² in the former headquarters in Walham, Massachusetts.

The production area alone is tripling in size to 25,000 ft² and was designed to facilitate the flow of materials through the building. The 6,000 ft² R&D space is also three times larger than the previous headquarters, including a dedicated lab for remote robotic R&D activities and a model shop for quicker prototype machining and shorter development timelines.

The new headquarters will also serve as the global Center of Excellence for Siemens Healthineers endovascular robotic technologies, including development, manufac…

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Corindus opens new HQ; take a photo tour of the facility

The new Corindus headquarters has a cleanroom that is three times larger than the previous headquarters. [Photo courtesy of Corindus]

Corindus announced the opening of its new headquarters this week, moving to Newton, Massachusetts, for a space that’s more than twice as big.

The precision vascular robotics developer’s new facility totals 77,000 ft², compared to 35,000 ft² in the former headquarters in Walham, Massachusetts.

The production area alone is tripling in size to 25,000 ft² and was designed to facilitate the flow of materials through the building. The 6,000 ft² R&D space is also three times larger than the previous headquarters, including a dedicated lab for remote robotic R&D activities and a model shop for quicker prototype machining and shorter development timelines.

The new headquarters will also serve as the global Center of Excellence for Siemens Healthineers end…

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Siemens Healthineers executive to join Fresenius supervisory board

Dr. Christoph Zindel, Siemens Healthineers [Image courtesy of Siemens Healthineers]Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA announced today that it plans for Siemens Healthineers executive Dr. Christoph Zindel to join its Supervisory Board.

Zindel will stand for election at Fresenius’ Annual General Meeting on May 13.

A member of Siemens Healthineer’s managing board, Zindel’s responsibilities at the German medtech giant include imaging, advanced therapies, technology excellence, quality and regulatory, the Healthineers Performance System, and sustainability.

Zindel will replace Klaus-Peter Müller, 77, who has been on the Supervisory Board and its Audit Committee since 2008.

 

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How medtech and pharma are responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Medtech and pharma companies continue to support Ukraine relief efforts following Russia’s invasion.

Previously, the World Health Organization announced that it was sending “essential medical supplies” to Ukraine — including its first shipment of 36 metric tons of supplies for trauma care and emergency surgery and other health supplies — to meet the needs of more than 150,000 patients. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies have taken various actions for support efforts, ranging from matching employee contributions and sending supplies to suspending operations in the region.

Get the full running list of life science companies and their efforts on Medical Design & Outsourcing.

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How medtech and pharma are responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

[Image from Pixabay]Medtech and pharma companies continue to support Ukraine relief efforts following Russia’s invasion.

Previously, the World Health Organization announced that it was sending “essential medical supplies” to Ukraine — including its first shipment of 36 metric tons of supplies for trauma care and emergency surgery and other health supplies — to meet the needs of more than 150,000 patients. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies have taken various actions for support efforts, ranging from matching employee contributions and sending supplies to suspending operations in the region.

Get the full running list of life science companies and their efforts on Medical Design & Outsourcing.

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How medtech and pharma are responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Medtech and pharma companies continue to support Ukraine relief efforts following Russia’s invasion.

Previously, the World Health Organization announced that it was sending “essential medical supplies” to Ukraine — including its first shipment of 36 metric tons of supplies for trauma care and emergency surgery and other health supplies — to meet the needs of more than 150,000 patients. Medical device and pharmaceutical companies have taken various actions for support efforts, ranging from matching employee contributions and sending supplies to suspending operations in the region.

Below is a running list of life science companies and their efforts. This is a developing story and will be updated as companies release information.

3M: Suspending all business in Russia.

Abbott: Donating $2 million to humanitarian organizations to support Ukraine and refugees; donating …

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World Health Organization sending 36 metric tons of medical supplies to Ukraine

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The World Health Organization today said that it is sending more than 36 metric tons of medical supplies to support the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion last week.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization is sending “essential medical supplies” to Ukraine — including its first shipment of 36 metric tons of supplies for trauma care and emergency surgery and other health supplies — to meet the needs of more than 150,000 patients.

“Prior to the conflict, WHO distributed emergency supplies to 23 hospitals, although our prepositioned supplies in Kyiv are currently inaccessible,” Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing. “There is an urgent need to establish a corridor to ensure humanitarian workers and supplies have safe and continuous access to reach people in need.”

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World Health Organization sending 36 metric tons of medical supplies to Ukraine

Photo by Yehor Milohrodskyi on Unsplash

The World Health Organization today said that it is sending more than 36 metric tons of medical supplies to support the humanitarian emergency in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion last week.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization is sending “essential medical supplies” to Ukraine — including its first shipment of 36 metric tons of supplies for trauma care and emergency surgery and other health supplies — to meet the needs of more than 150,000 patients.

“Prior to the conflict, WHO distributed emergency supplies to 23 hospitals, although our prepositioned supplies in Kyiv are currently inaccessible,” Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing. “There is an urgent need to establish a corridor to ensure humanitarian workers and supplies have safe and continuous access to reach people in need.”

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Siemens Healthineers’ Varian faces scrutiny over environmental cleanup at former Massachusetts site

Varian could reportedly face punishment due to the spread of toxic chemicals relating back to its former property in Massachusetts.

The Salem News reported yesterday that more than 21 years ago, Beverly, Massachusetts officials requested that Varian — which was acquired by Siemens Healthineers in a $16.4 billion deal last year — test the bedrock on a part of its former property to assess if it might be a source of the spread of toxic chemicals in the surrounding area. According to that report, Varian said the tests weren’t necessary and did not carry them through.

Last November, after the tests were finally conducted, they reportedly revealed that levels of cancer-causing trichloroethylene came in at 600,000 parts per billion — about double the amount that raises concerns about indoor air for experts, according to The Salem News.

As a result, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ruled that Varian’s cleanup operation is not…

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