Start-Up Previews, May 2015
This Month's Profile Group, Cancer Immunotherapy, features profiles of Annias Immunotherapeutics, Costanoan Immunotherapies, and Unum Therapeutics. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Glyconics, Metactive Medical, and Navigate Surgical Technologies
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease remains a particularly difficult disease to accurately diagnose, with little improvement over the last 30 years. UK-based Glyconics Ltd. hopes to reliably detect COPD with an easy, five-minute, in-office procedure that uses a sputum sample to identify a handful of proprietary biomarkers specific for the disease.
Metactive Medical Inc. has developed two endovascular devices that provide immediate and long-term sealing of an aneurysm or a blood vessel. Both devices – Ballstent Microcatheter (neurovascular) and Blockstent Microcatheter (peripheral vascular) – implant an inflatable gold metal balloon using an over-the-wire microcatheter.
The percentage of dentists placing dental implants could increase substantially in the coming months and years, thanks in part to a real-time, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) guided surgical navigation system scaled to an accessible level for a general practitioner. Inliant Clinical from Navigate Surgical Technologies Inc. uses optical motion tracking to increase drilling accuracy and streamline procedure workflows.