The XtraFix, a modular instrument that facilitates external fixation procedures, was launched by Zimmer. The company said the device, designed to repair extremity fractures, reduces surgical steps, costs and time.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Pennsylvania has made investments in two companies, including PSI Medical Catheter Care, through its Erie Innovation Fund. PSI Medical is developing a catheter device that can protect the bloodstream against bacteria contamination to prevent hospital-acquired infections.
Dr. Albert Luderer, former president and CEO at BioTrove, has joined the board of directors at BioNano Genomics, maker of the nano Analyzer technology platform. Luderer currently serves as director and CEO at Integrated Diagnostics.
Patients who received St. Jude Medical's Portico device, a transcatheter heart valve made of bovine pericardial tissue for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis, reported no adverse events or death, according to a 10-patient study conducted in Northern Ireland. The results were presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference in San Francisco.