Start-Up Previews, February 2013
This Month's Profile Group: Medtech Start-Ups Battle Advanced Skin Cancer With Innovative Technologies, features profiles of OncoSec, Sensus Healthcare, and Siva Therapeutics. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Avillion, CardioLogical Solutions, Fixes 4 Kids, RenovoRx, and Savant HWP.
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Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the US, and it is primarily treated with systemic drugs that have limited ability to penetrate the pancreas. RenovoRx Inc. has developed an endovascular catheter that enables targeted delivery of either diagnostic or therapeutic fluids directly to the pancreas.
The recently announced merger of two innovative cardiovascular device companies – VasoStitch Inc. and Emboline Inc. – under the name CardioLogical Solutions promises to create a full range of accessory devices to improve the safety and efficacy of transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures performed by either an interventional cardiologist or a thoracic surgeon.
Siva Therapeutics Inc. aims to destroy skin cancer cells from within by using its SivaRods, gold nanoparticles that combine with near-infrared light to create precisely targeted hyperthermia that destroys tumors with minimal collateral damage.