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Medical Device Market & Industry Briefs, September 2012

Executive Summary

Brief summaries of recent medtech market and industry developments. This month we cover results of St. Jude’s FAME II fractional flow reserve trial, a breakthrough technology for treating vascular occlusions, and analysis from START-UP magazine’s second annual Life Science Venture Capital Survey.

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Obesity Intervention: A New Era Of Discovery And Innovation

Device manufacturers are developing several next-generation devices for the minimally invasive treatment of obesity. Many of these emerging devices not only mimic the restriction and malabsorption mechanisms involved in bariatric surgery, but are also designed to influence the metabolic responses that are key to losing weight, improving outcomes, and impacting chronic disease.

Obesity Intervention: A New Era Of Discovery And Innovation

Driven by a vast and underserved market in dire need of safer, less-invasive, more effective solutions, manufacturers are developing several next-generation devices for the minimally invasive treatment of obesity. Many of these emerging devices not only mimic the restriction and malabsorption mechanisms involved in bariatric surgery, but are also designed to influence the metabolic responses that are key to losing weight, improving outcomes, and impacting chronic disease. Indeed the obesity intervention paradigm is rapidly changing as ongoing research provides new insights into the underlying mechanisms behind obesity and bariatric surgery, heralding a new era where the primary treatment target for bariatric surgery is becoming disease specific, rather than targeted at obesity alone.

The Renal Denervation Buzz: Separating Fact From Myth; Covidien Buys Maya Medical

Renal denervation was clearly the belle of this year’s EuroPCR, with more than a dozen sessions on the topic. In addition, just preceding the meeting, Covidien announced its acquisition of RDN start-up Maya Medical.

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