Start-Up Previews, January 2013
This Month's Profile Group: Personalized Pain Drug Development features profiles of Adynxx, Afferent Pharmaceuticals, and Katama Pharmaceuticals. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Cognoptix, Endo Tools Therapeutics, ExThera Medical, and Kite Pharma.
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Belgium-based Endo Tools Therapeutics SA aims to enable NOTES procedures for treating gastrointestinal disorders such as type 2 diabetes, morbid obesity, and digestive tract tumors. Its Endomina is a universal, multi-channel triangulation platform for use on any existing endoscope through the natural orifices.
In an effort to dramatically reduce the complications associated with bloodstream infections and their progression to sepsis, ExThera Medical Corp. has developed a whole blood affinity therapy device for use in an extracorporeal circuit. Similar in concept to a filter for a swimming pool, the compact Seraph Microbind Affinity Blood Filter has the unique ability to safely remove a wide range of pathogens and toxins from the blood by employing immobilized heparin.
Using the eye as a window to the brain, Cognoptix Inc. believes it can detect Alzheimer’s disease before cognitive symptoms appear by evaluating one of the hallmarks of the disorder. Beta amyloid, the protein in the brain that forms plaque, is also found in the lens of the eye.