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Brief summaries of recent medtech market and industry developments. This month we cover the transcatheter heart valve market, clinical results on Eurocor's DIOR drug-eluting balloon, additions to Covidien's endomechanical business, and patent disputes in diagnostics.

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TCT 2010: TAVI Takes Center Stage

In the interventional cardiology community, 2010 could certainly be considered a breakthrough year for percutaneous heart valve devices. At two major US cardiology conferences: the American College of Cardiology in the spring, and most recently, the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics symposium, held in September, impressive results from randomized trials of transcatheter heart valve replacement/repair devices set the venues abuzz and had physicians speculating about possible near-term paradigm shifts in the way heart valve disease will be treated. The big questions now are how long it will take before these devices reach the US market, and exactly how many US patients are likely to be implanted once they are available.

TCT 2010: TAVI Takes Center Stage

In the interventional cardiology community, 2010 could certainly be considered a breakthrough year for percutaneous heart valve devices. At two major US cardiology conferences: the American College of Cardiology in the spring, and most recently, the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics symposium, held in September, impressive results from randomized trials of transcatheter heart valve replacement/repair devices set the venues abuzz and had physicians speculating about possible near-term paradigm shifts in the way heart valve disease will be treated. The big questions now are how long it will take before these devices reach the US market, and exactly how many US patients are likely to be implanted once they are available.

Market & Industry Briefs

Brief summaries of recent medtech market and industry developments. This month we cover Covidien's acquisition of ev3, J&J's moves in the endovascular market, DePuy's launch of new products in hip revision, and FDA regulation of consumer genomics.

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