Major Trial Of Medtronic's ECG Belt Begins
The company announced the launch of a US randomized trial of its ECG Belt Research System, a tool to optimize cardiac resynchronization.
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Digital Surgery, a London-based developer of surgical artificial intelligence, analytics, digital education and training solutions, will join Medtronic’s surgical robotics business within its minimally invasive therapies group.
In this edition of Device Week, Medtech Insight's managing editor Marion Webb talks with deputy editor Reed Miller about his recent story on Abiomed's plan to counter unfavorable studies of its Impella heart pump.
[Editor's note: This article was updated on 14 February 2020 to clarify that Abiomed has invested more than $100m over the past five years in clinical research on the Impella heart pump platform. Abiomed has not committed to spend another $100m on new physician education and communication programs.]