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European Commission Proposes Stronger Cooperation for Health Technology Assessment

February 21, 2018 April K. White

On January 31, 2018, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal with the aim of strengthening EU cooperation among Member States when conducting a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of new medicines and certain new medical devices.

District Court Awarded Ultrasound Device Maker Verasonics $5.6 Million And World-Wide Injunction In Trade Secret Case

February 19, 2018 Sabrina Wang

The United States District Court of Western District of Washington entered a judgment in a trade secret case, Verasonics, Inc. v. Alpinion Medical Systems Co., Ltd. (Case No. 2:14-cv-01820-JCC). The district court confirmed the final arbitration award, giving Plaintiff Verasonics, Inc. $5.6 million in damages, including fees and costs, and enjoining Defendant Alpinion Medical Systems Co., Ltd. from using Verasonics’ trade secret, including marketing or selling any devices using the trade secret for five years.

Wright Medical Group N.V. announces $88 million Acquisition of IMASCAP SAS

February 19, 2018 Raj D. Pai, PhD.

Wright Medical Group recently announced the acquisition of IMASCAP SAS for $88 million. According to the press release, Wright Medical Group (NASDAQ: WMGI) is a publicly traded company focusing on extremity joint replacement and bio-orthopedic material development. IMASCAP SAS focuses on developing software for preoperative joint replacement surgery.

BioArctic Announces Patent Allowance Entitled Spinal Cord Devices and Methods for Promoting Axonal Regeneration

February 18, 2018 Casey D. Donahoe, Ph.D.

BioArctic AB, a public Swedish biopharma company, recently announced that they received allowance of a patent application directed to a method of promoting axonal regeneration using a biodegradable spinal cord device. The medical device is said to be a component of BioArctic’s SC0806 product for treatment of complete spinal cord injury.

MedyMatch Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection Software Receives Expedited FDA Review

February 18, 2018 Jordan E. Gottdank

Tel Aviv-based MedyMatch Technology recently announced it has received Expedited Access Pathway (EAP) designation from the FDA for its intracranial hemorrahage (ICH) detection software medical device.

$50 Million Lawsuit Filed Against FDA

February 17, 2018 Thomas E. Woodland

On January 22, 2018, a $50 million lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Central District of California. The complaint was filed by Semler Research Center Pvt. Ltd., a contract research organization based in Bangalore, India.

Boston Scientific Announces Agreement for Investment & Acquisition Option with Transcatheter Annuloplasty Ring Developer Millipede, Inc.

February 16, 2018 Tom Cowan

Global medical device company Boston Scientific has announced on January 24, 2018, an agreement to make a $90 million investment in privately-held medical device company Millipede, Inc.  Millipede has developed a non-invasive solution for repair of the heart’s mitral valve. 

Akili Interactive Announces Trial Results for Video Game Treatment of ADHD

January 31, 2018 Benjamin Ho

Akili Interactive recently announced results of a trial on the company’s digital medicine product, AKL-T01.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for “Least Burdensome” Approach to Device Regulation

January 26, 2018 Mark E. Davis

The FDA recently issued a draft guidance document intended to “to ensure that least burdensome principles are implemented for all device-related applications and interactions with FDA.” 

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