Micell Technologies Announces Issuance of Core Technology Patent

Micell Technologies, Inc. today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent covering the company's surface and polymer modification technology. This intellectual property protection is related to Micell's investigational MiStent® Sirolimus Eluting Absorbable Polymer Coronary Stent System (MiStent SES™), as well as potential additional biomedical products. The patent rights are assigned to and wholly owned by Micell.

TranS1 Inc. Announces Category I Physician Payment Rates for Single Level AxiaLIF Fusion

TranS1 Inc.a medical device company focused on designing, developing and marketing products that implement its proprietary approach to treat degenerative conditions of the spine affecting the lower lumbar region, announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has approved and released the valuation of the Category I Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) code 22586 for pre-sacral interbody single level spinal fusion at L5-S1 to be effective January 1, 2013.
CPT code 22586, which applies to the Company's AxiaLIF 1L+ device, is a bundled lumbar arthrodesis procedure that includes bone graft, posterior instrumentation, and fixation which has been assigned a work RVU of 28.12 for calendar year 2013.

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Tryton Presents Positive Data from More Than 900 Patients at TCT 2012 Conference in Miami

Tryton Medical, Inc., the leading developer of stents designed to definitively treat bifurcation lesions, today announced the latest data from a pooled analysis of 905 patients treated with the Tryton Side Branch Stent.(TM) Results were presented last week in Miami, Fla., by Joanna J. Wykrzykowska, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Amsterdam as part of a standing-room-only Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2012 satellite symposium co-chaired by Professors Martin B. Leon, M.D., of Columbia University Medical Center in New York and Patrick W. Serruys, M.D., Ph.D., of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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Micell Technologies Announces Positive Data from Clinical Studies of MiStent SES

Micell Technologies, Inc. today announced positive data from two clinical studies of its investigational MiStent® Sirolimus Eluting Absorbable Polymer Coronary Stent System (MiStent SES™), a thin-strut drug-eluting stent distinguished by a rapid-absorbing drug/polymer coating designed to control drug release. Eighteen-month outcomes from the DESSOLVE I trial, and nine-month data supporting all study endpoints in the DESSOLVE II trial, were presented by David Kandzari, M.D., Director of Interventional Cardiology and Chief Scientific Officer for the Piedmont Heart Institute of Atlanta, Ga. These data, presented at the 24th Annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium held in Miami, Fla., will be available on the TCT website,, following the conference.

Ethicon’s New STRATAFIX Knotless Tissue Control Devices

Ethicon Inc., a division of J&J, is releasing its own line of barbed sutures that are designed to give surgeons more control and flexibility while maintaining the necessary strength to hold tissues together without using knots.
The STRATAFIX Knotless Tissue Control Devices feature barbs spaced 1mm apart spiraling along the length of the string that change direction midway down the suture. This provides surgeons the ability to create continuous and dual layer closures without using knots. Ethicon plans on kicking off the ilne with the release of STRATAFIX Spiral devices later this fall
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Smith & Nephew launches industry's only low-profile screw with captured head technology

Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business today announces the launch of the TRIGEN? Low-Profile Screw - the only truly 'captured' head, low-profile screw on the market.
Patented by Smith & Nephew, 'captured' screws feature heads with internal threads that securely attach the screws to the screwdriver - potentially removing the risk of a screw being lost during surgery. Surgeons interested in learning more about the TRIGEN Low-Profile Screw are invited to visit the Smith & Nephew booth (#606) at this week's Orthopaedic Trauma Association meeting in Minneapolis.
Because low-profile screw heads sit closer to the surface of the bone, they can potentially reduce irritation to the surrounding soft tissue. With the introduction of the TRIGEN Low-profile screw, surgeons are now able to combine the patient-friendly aspects of a lower profile head with the efficiency and security of a captured screw.

NC State to Lead Effort to Develop Self-Powered Medical Devices

North Carolina State University  is heading a nanotechnology research effort, the goal of which is to develop self-powered medical devices. Researchers at the National Science Foundation’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) will use minuscule materials to produce self-powered health monitoring sensors and devices capable of monitoring a range of biological systems. The devices will eventually be available in a variety of forms, including patches worn on the skin, bracelets, or caps to fit over a tooth.
The new devices will generate power based on nanomaterials, nanostructures, thermoelectric materials that use body heat, and piezoelectric materials that use body motion. Thus, changing and recharging batteries will become a thing of the past. In addition, the ASSIST researchers’ hope is that the devices will consume small amounts of energy.

SunTech Medical introduces new reusable, one-piece blood-pressure cuffs for clinical settings

SunTech Medical announced the launch of a new line of reusable cuffs for blood-pressure monitoring in a clinical setting.
The one-piece durable cuff has a nylon shell that is easily cleaned and disinfected to help minimize cross contamination. A tapered tail design allows easy application and eliminates sharp corners, improving patient comfort.
The cuffs are color coded for quick size identification and available with a variety of connector configurations. SunTech Medical also offers a cuff standardization program to standardize facilities to a single connector type.
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HyperBranch Medical starting new trial for sealant

HyperBranch Medical Technology is one step closer in getting its new surgical sealant to market.
The company announced it has completed patient enrollment in neurosurgery trials for Adherus Dural Sealant. The more than 240 patients treated will be followed for four months to evaluate the sealant’s safety and effectiveness, and then the data will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.
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