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Start-Up News

Noteworthy news from medtech start-ups. This month's feature, "TAVI Halo Shines on Embolic Protection Devices," first appeared in the May 2011 issue of Start-Up.
Medical Device

In Heart Valves, a Brave, New, Non-Surgical World

In heart valves, the advent of new, less invasive procedures promises the usual advantages over open surgery and more; lower cost, reduced procedural morbidity, faster healing times, and also, a new kind of intermediate treatment option that could serve new patient groups. Most companies are still in development; two companies have begun clinical trials in a handful of patients. But despite the early stage of the field, it's incited a great deal of controversy, particularly afer heart surgery company Edwards Lifesciences acquired the leading percutaneous valve company for what many view as a surprisingly large chunk of money. Central to the debate is the continuing (and uncertain) role of cardiovascular surgeons, the heart valve experts, once the referring cardiologists get their hands on their own procedure.
Medical Device Platform Technologies

Two Physicians' Views from the Device Innovator's Workbench

Interviews with physician/entrepreneurs Michael Lesh, who launched Atrionix, and William New, Jr., founder of Nellcor, discussing moviemaking and the Zen of device start-ups.
Medical Device Strategy

Edwards Gets Heart Valve Technology From Jomed

Edwards acquires percutaneous heart valve repair IP and technology from Jomed, complementing Edwards' in-house catheter-based valve repair and replacement R&D program.
Medical Device Innovation
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