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While liquid biopsy is becoming routine for cancer treatment stratification and monitoring, using blood tests to screen for early cancer in asymptomatic people remains a tantalizing target. Some question how practical such a test could be but several companies are already en route - some further down the road than others - to achieve this goal. Illumina spin-out Grail is one of these companies and while it is not alone, in a field where size matters, it may have an advantage. This article delves deeper into how these different technologies work and when they could reach the market.
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Liquid biopsy marquee player Grail Inc. has reported results of several proof-of-concept approaches to cancer screening that achieved high specificity, and a handful of smaller-scale cancer-specific tests are already available. See what Thomas Rodgers of Grail investor McKesson Ventures had to say about it here.
When it comes to helping patients recover from spinal cord injuries and stroke, the use of exoskeletons – a robotic suit that supports a person's weight and helps them move their limbs – is gaining traction by physical therapists in rehabilitation centers and clinical settings. Several exoskeleton companies such as ReWalk, Ekso Bionics and Parker Hannifin are already marketing their own versions of these smart, robotic-assisted body suits in various countries worldwide. Despite facing significant barriers, such as high device cost and lack of reimbursement, recent advances in robotics, microelectronics, battery technologies and product designs are the driving forces behind the continuous innovation in this field. Companies hope the dramatic life-changing impact exoskeletons have today in helping the paralyzed will also have implications for other mobility-challenged individuals, including those living with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and the elderly.
Whether used for training surgeons outside of the operating room or as a valuable reference tool during surgery, the recent AAOS annual conference shows that orthopedic surgeons rank among several pioneering clinician groups who are embracing surgical solutions that extend into the worlds of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. With the global shift toward value-based health care, Proponents say these new technologies may offer surgeons new ways to improve operating times and efficiency, better patient outcomes and cut overall costs.
The global vascular stents market is expected to reach $8.8bn by 2021, driven primarily by the growing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Limitations of current stent products are fueling innovations by the three big heart players - Abbott, Boston Scientific and Medtronic - as well as startups to develop next-generation drug-eluting and bioresorbable stents that can reduce the risk of adverse event. This feature looks more closely at the competitive landscape of the overall vascular stent market focusing in particular on the changing dynamics of drug-eluting stents, which is the largest and second-fastest segment in this overall market, including its use for treating peripheral artery disease, along with physician surveys and perspectives.
Philips has developed a contactless pulse oximetry monitoring technology that has shown promise in a small patient study. Check out what Philips Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions CEO Carla Kriwet said about it here.
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