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Medtronic acquires Digital Surgery strengthening robotic assisted surgery

Medtronic has announced the acquisition of Digital Surgery, a privately-held pioneer in surgical artificial intelligence (AI), data and analytics, and digital education and training. The acquisition of Digital Surgery will strengthen the Medtronic robotic assisted surgery platform and has applicability for the Medtronic broader portfolio. Digital Surgery will join the Surgical Robotics business as part of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group. The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

TransEnterix submits 510(k) to FDA for Intelligent Surgical Unit

TransEnterix has announced it has filed a 510(k) submission with an Intelligent Surgical Unit (ISUTM)1 that is designed to enable machine vision capabilities on the Senhance Surgical System. The initial features of the Intelligent Surgical Unit are designed to increase control in visualisation beyond what has previously been available in digital laparoscopy or robotic surgery.

FDA approves world's first single-use duodenoscope EXALT Model D

Boston Scientific has announced FDA 510(k) clearance of the EXALT Model D Single-Use Duodenoscope for use in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures. The EXALT Model D Duodenoscope is the first and only FDA cleared single-use (disposable) duodenoscope on the market and was granted Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA to ensure patients and healthcare providers have timely access to this device.

United Imaging launches uMR Omega with increased weight capacity

United Imaging has launched a new MR system called the uMR Omega that offers the world's first ultra-wide 75-cm bore, the widest on the market. Obesity rates continue to rise and people with extreme obesity currently make up 8% of the US population, a number that continues to grow. The bore size, table weight capacity and scanner capabilities of current MR devices limit access for broad-shouldered and bariatric patients.

Baxter to acquire Seprafilm Adhesion Barrier from Sanofi

Baxter International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Seprafilm Adhesion Barrier and related assets from Sanofi. The agreement is the latest example of Baxter's continued focus on acquiring products and technologies that have a strong strategic fit with the company's leading portfolio across the hospital, including in the operating room. The transaction contemplates a cash purchase price at closing of US$350 million and is expected to close no later than the first quarter of 2020, following satisfaction of closing conditions.

Ethicon launches Vistaseal Fibrin Sealant to manage surgical bleeding

Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices company, has launched Vistaseal Fibrin Sealant (Human) to help surgeons manage bleeding during surgery. Vistaseal Fibrin Sealant (Human) contains a combination of fibrinogen and thrombin, clotting proteins found in human plasma. When applied to the bleeding site, it forms a rapid, adherent, and durable clot and has been demonstrated to sustain haemostasis, even in high-risk patients.

Penlon launches Sigma EVA vaporiser for Desflurane

Penlon, UK-based manufacturer of anaesthesia equipment, has launched the new Sigma EVA, an advanced electronic vaporiser specifically designed to provide a better way to deliver of Desflurane. Penlon will be one of a very small number of companies to have developed and launched a vaporiser for Desflurane.

ReShape signs strategic marketing partnership for LAP-BAND

ReShape Lifesciences has signed a marketing agreement with Sequence Health, a leading patient engagement solutions company, with a goal to increase LAP-BAND procedures in the US. Under the agreement, Sequence Health will launch a targeted direct-to-patient digital marketing campaign to raise awareness and drive demand for the LAP-BAND. The campaign will focus on the unique advantages, proven safety profile, and long-term effectiveness of the LAP-BAND that can potentially benefit a large and growing population of people struggling with obesity and its related co-morbidities.

Gastric Light illuminating sleeve gastrectomy procedures

A new, innovative Gastric Light Guide bougie is promising to illuminate the sleeve gastrectomy market by minimising postsurgical complications and substantially reducing the operative time of the procedure. During the sleeve gastrectomy, the anaesthetist inserts the Gastric Light Guide through the oral cavity and oesophagus into the stomach. The surgeon positions the Gastric Light Guide easily and precisely along the lesser curvature, so they can see the well-lit bougie through the stomach wall.

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