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Quallion Being Acquired by EnerSys. Medical Battery Technology Said to be Key Strategic Priority.

EnerSys, a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Quallion LLC, a manufacturer of lithium ion cells and batteries for high integrity applications for $30 million.   Quallion’s innovative cells – especially rechargeable Zero-Volt ™ lithium-ion batteries – are used in quite a few implantable

 
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Changes in EU Rules for Medical Device Approvals

There has been some discussion in Europe over the last year to tighten the rules for medical device approvals. This discussion arose due to some scandals with breast implants in recent years.  One of the things being considered was a regulatory approval process similar to the PMA process in the US. The European Parliament has

 
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Boston Scientific Posts 1% Increase in Q3 2013 CRM Sales

From today’s press release: “Improved performance in the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Management and Interventional Cardiology businesses, with CRM achieving growth of 1 percent on a constant currency basis.”  Sales increased from $462M in Q3 2012 to $464M in Q3 2013, which represents a 1% change in constant-currency basis.

 
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St. Jude Q3 2013 AIMD Results: CRM Down 1%, Neuromodulation 3% Up

From today’s press release: Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Total CRM sales, which include implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and pacemaker products, were $682 million for the third quarter of 2013, a 1 percent decrease compared to the third quarter of 2012. After adjusting for the impact of foreign currency, total CRM sales were flat. Of that

 
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Neuros Medical Receives IDE Approval to Conduct Pivotal Study

Neuros Medical received an Investigational Device Exemption to conduct a pivotal clinical trial to evaluate the Altius™ System High Frequency Nerve Block technology for the management of intractable limb pain of amputees.   The prospective, randomized, controlled pivotal clinical trial will consist of 130 patients at 15 institutions in the U.S. to evaluate the safety and

 
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St. Jude Acquires Nanostim, Announces CE Mark of World’s First Leadless Pacemaker

St. Jude Medical today announced the completion of its acquisition of Nanostim, Inc., a privately-owned developer of miniaturized, leadless pacemakers. The acquisition adds the world’s first and only leadless pacemaker to the St. Jude Medical product portfolio. According to the press release: Unlike conventional pacemakers that require a more invasive surgery, the Nanostim™ leadless pacemaker

 
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FDA Panel Majority Votes Against Effectiveness of CardioMEMS CHAMPION HF Monitoring Device

Although the FDA advisory panel found CardioMEMS’ CHAMPION HF Pressure Measurement System to be safe, on October 9, 2013, the majority of panel members decided that the implantable sensor monitor to help guide treatment in patients with congestive heart failure is not effective. According to Forbes, one panel member said it was difficult to connect the dots between

 
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