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Protaryx Medical raises $8.3M in for First-in-Class Technology for Left Atrial Access in Transcatheter Cardiac Procedures » Cardiology2.0

protaryx medical raises $8.3m in for first-in-class technology for left atrial access in transcatheter cardiac procedures » cardiology2.0

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Protaryx™ Medical, a company committed to reimagining access to the left atrium for transcatheter cardiac procedures, has raised $8.3 million in funding to develop the company’s first-in-class device for precision transseptal access to the left atrium during structural heart and catheter ablation procedures. The company’s funding includes non-dilutive grants and a seed round totaling $3.2 million and the recently closed $5.1M Series A financing led by Ajax Health, with participation from University of Maryland (UM) Ventures, a returning investor.
Designed for use in catheter-based procedures such as mitral valve repair and replacement, left atrial appendage closure and catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, the Protaryx device is intended to provide physicians with confidence in accuracy and safety through independent steerability and three-dimensional control to streamline rapid crossing to the left heart.
“There is currently an opportunity for technologies that can optimize access to the left atrium during beating-heart cardiology procedures, a market that continues to see worldwide growth,” said Terri Burke, chief executive officer and co-founder of Protaryx. “We’re pleased to partner with the experienced team at Ajax Health to leverage its proven expertise and reputation for supporting successful emerging medical device companies.”
“Transseptal access performed with today’s …

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Joe Biden is the anti-American candidate

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Star Parker
Published 6:23 a.m. CT July 12, 2020
Among the Nobel Prizes awarded each year is the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.It was first awarded in 1901, and through 2019, 219 people have received the award.Of the 219 recipients, 100 have been Americans, according to Statista.This one piece of information leads me to conclude there is a high likelihood it will be an American who delivers the medicines we seek now in the battle to defeat the coronavirus that plagues us. Star Parker will speak Sept. 12 at a dinner sponsored by the Christian Service Center. (Photo: Jonah Koch)Am I looking for a reason for pride in America? Not really. I’m looking more to shine light on what it is that makes America great.Sadly, the truth and reality of America are being broadly distorted by media and others on the Left, and it’s having impact.According to a new Gallup poll, 63% of Americans say they are very proud or extremely proud to be American. This is the lowest reading ever recorded since Gallup has measured it. The first time it was done, in 2001, 87% said they were very or extremely proud.Among Republicans, 67% say they are very or extremely proud. However, among …

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Cheryl Wichner

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WICHNER, Cheryl Laniof Tucson died June 24, 2020 from complications of meningitis, after bringing light and love to the world as a beloved wife, mother and sister for 63 years. Online memorials are pending, and life celebrations will be held at a later date.Cheryl was born February 25, 1957 in Potsdam, New York, to the late Martin Eric and Marjorie Helen Johnson. In 1959 the family moved to Ethiopia, where Martin worked as a geographer to the Ethiopian government under a U.S. government aid program. After returning to the U.S. in 1963 and living in Los Angeles for a year, the family moved to Springfield, Ohio when Martin joined the faculty of Wittenberg University as a geography professor.Cheryl attended Springfield North High School and played flute in the school’s marching band before graduating in 1974.She attended Earlham College and Wright State University before receiving an associate’s degree in medical technology from Clark Technical College (now Clark State Community College) in 1984. She later became a certified Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Technologist (HHS) and worked at Roche Biomedical Laboratories in Dublin, Ohio.In 1985, Cheryl moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she worked in several medical laboratories and met her future husband, David, who had also …

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Guest opinion: Jennifer Jones Paton: Colorado’s life sciences community is taking on COVID-19

guest opinion: jennifer jones paton: colorado’s life sciences community is taking on covid-19

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By Jennifer Jones PatonBeating COVID-19 requires an unprecedented, multi-front global health care response. Colorado BioScience Association salutes the tens of thousands of health care workers and first responders on the front lines of this crisis. We also must shine a spotlight on health researchers and innovators — hidden heroes working to save lives with new tests, treatments and eventually, a COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 crisis offers a crash course on the challenges of creating new, reliable and effective treatments for a devastating disease. Biomedical research and development programs offer hope for significant, lasting medical and economic recovery. It’s no surprise that Colorado’s vibrant and growing life sciences ecosystem has such a large footprint in this critical work.
Life sciences companies and organizations around the world are leading work to detect, prevent and treat COVID-19. Close to 40 Colorado companies and organizations, many of them Boulder based, are part of the global effort. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and our state’s other nationally ranked academic and research institutions are running dozens of projects to better understand how to identify and treat the disease.
Boulder County companies in the fight include:
Biodesix, a leading diagnostic company in lung disease, …

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IoT and Healthcare Technologies Converge for Better Patient Care

iot and healthcare technologies converge for better patient care

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The healthcare sector is thriving by making health services and medical system more efficient for patients. The integration of technological advancements and the convergence of emerging technologies have expanded the reach of proactive and preventive care world wide. Still, there exists a lot of room left for improving healthcare facilities and enhancing the sharing of the patient’s health information between clinicians and healthcare facilities.
Advertisement -Every year, more than 50% of deaths occur as a result of chronic and fatal diseases like cancer, stroke, and heart disease. These diseases have affected the caliber of life and health of several people globally. Now, technology can lend a helping hand in increasing the effectiveness of preventive and therapeutic care for such diseases. Are we talking about diagnosis or treatment technology? Healthcare is effective at providing a personalized experience to patients.
These days, we witness a paradigm shift in both medical device manufacturing and healthcare app development industries in favor of the end-users or patients. Internet of Things-enabled medical technology is responsible for this reactive care paradigm in the healthcare sector. As forecasted by BI intelligence, the number of healthcare IoT devices will grow from 95 million in the year 2015 to 646 million in …

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New technology for advanced health monitoring of stroke survivors patented in Lithuania

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Group of biomedical engineers from biotech company Gruppo Fos Lithuania together with researchers at Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences have patented technology for advanced health monitoring of stroke survivors. It is the first solution in the world which monitors and analyses simultaneously a patient’s health parameters from the affected part of the brain and those of the cardiovascular system.

Stroke is a sudden impairment of the cerebral circulation, resulting in the death of the brain cells, neurons. Neurologists estimate that 1 hour of the interrupted blood supply to the brain is equivalent to 3.6 years of aging. Therefore, the first rule for the medical personnel while reacting to acute stroke is “time is brain”, which means that help needs to be provided as soon as possible. Post-stroke rehabilitation starts instantly after the medical condition of the patient is stabilized. Global statistics reveal that 18 per cent of stroke survivors experience the second stroke in 4 years’ time.


Our technology can be used for constant or episodic monitoring both in medical facilities and at home or in similar environments. The prototype for the cerebral circulation measuring equipment is akin to a light helmet placed on the head of the patient; …

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Halfway in, 2020 looks like a banner year for digital health M&As,

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Economic downturns and catastrophic events can often prompt market consolidation, so perhaps it’s no great surprise that the first half of 2020 has been unusually active when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, especially in the second quarter.MobiHealthNews tracked 23 confirmed acquisitions in Q2, plus one credibly reported one, and another 11 in Q1, for 35 so far this year – six up from last year’s mid-year total of 29, although one caveat worth mentioning is that a number of the year’s acquisitions are partial acquisitions of technology assets.
Some deals represented clear consolidation in crowded subsets of the market: Healthy.io and Inui in home diagnostics, Fusion Health and Nox Health in sleep, and AireHealth and BreathResearch in respiratory care. Others showed the continued investment of big players in the space through acquisition – players like Novartis, lululemon and Walmart.
With disclosed price tags for only a handful of the deals, it’s hard to say anything definitive about the money, but it comes to at least $1.2 billion, and that goes up to $1.6 billion if you count the still-unconfirmed merger: Optum’s planned $470 million purchase of AbleTo.
As usual, you can read on below for all 35 deals, sorted descending price-tag order, then in chronological order for those …

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MedCrypt Joins BlackBerry QNX Partner Ecosystem to Deliver Safety-Critical and Secure Software for Healthcare

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SAN DIEGO, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MedCrypt Inc., a leading provider of proactive security solutions for the healthcare space, today announced it has joined the BlackBerry® QNX® Partner ecosystem, a worldwide network of technology companies who specialize in development tools, middleware, and embedded software products (e.g., database, HMI, and more) that are compatible with and complementary to BlackBerry QNX’s broad technology portfolio. (PRNewsfoto/MedCrypt)MoreThe QNX® OS for Medical is a safety-certified version of the trusted QNX® Neutrino® operating system used in critical embedded systems globally.”The healthcare industry has seen nearly twice as many breaches between February and May this year in comparison to last year’s count, indicating a growing need for medical tech to be secured at the source, before it goes to market,” said Mike Kijewski, CEO at MedCrypt. “We’re happy to join the BlackBerry QNX Partner ecosystem as it will further help us bring new and necessary medical technology to market quicker with top notch security built right in.”To learn about the BlackBerry QNX Channel Partner Program, visit https://blackberry.qnx.com/en/partners/qnx-partner-directory.About MedCrypt, Inc. MedCrypt is a San Diego-based company that provides proactive security for healthcare technology. MedCrypt’s solution encrypts data …

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Nanotechnology in Medicine: Technology Trends

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Nanomedicine refers to the area of science that combines nanotechnology with drugs or diagnostic molecules to improve the ability to target specific cells or tissues. These materials are produced on a nanoscale level and are safe to introduce into the body. Applications for nanotechnology in medicine include imaging, diagnosis, or the delivery of drugs that will help medical professionals treat various diseases.
Listed below are the key technology and scientific trends impacting the nanotechnology industry, as identified by GlobalData.
Target specification
Improving the ability of nanotechnologies to target specific cells or tissues is of great interest to companies producing nanomedicines. This area of research involves attaching nanoparticles onto drugs or liposomes to increase specific localisation. Since different cell types have unique properties, nanotechnology can be used to “recognise” cells of interest. This allows associated drugs and therapeutics to reach diseased tissue while avoiding healthy cells. While this is a promising area of research, very few nanomedicines exist that successfully utilise nanotechnology in this manner. This is due to ill-defined parameters associated with pairing the correct ratio or combination of nanoparticles with the drug of interest.
Controlled drug release
The ability to control the release of a drug or therapeutic compound …

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