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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.

Bariatric News publishes Industry and Product Guide 2019

Over the last decade, our understanding of how bariatric and metabolic surgery results in long-term weight loss and the resolution of co-morbidities has led to the development of new procedures, treatments, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, to help treat people with obesity and obesity-related diseases and conditions.

From the surgeon’s perspective: Dr Scott clinical experience Q&A

In this Q&A interview, Dr John David Scott (FACS, FASMBS) from Greenville, South Carolina, discusses the benefits of utilising the GORE® BIO-A® Tissue Reinforcement for hiatal hernia repair.

How many patients with hiatal hernias have you repaired with GORE® BIO-A® Tissue Reinforcement?

For the entire practice since 2014: 374 paraesophageal hernia repairs (I have personally done over 120 of these repairs). In my lifetime, including those hernias fixed between 2008–2013 (before this current dataset) I have performed 200 repairs.

TransEnterix sells AutoLap image-based positioning system to GBIL

TransEnterix, a medical device company that is digitising the interface between the surgeon and the patient to improve minimally invasive surgery, has announced the sale of certain AutoLap image-based laparoscope positioning system (AutoLap) assets to Great Belief International Limited (GBIL), for total proceeds of US$47.0 million.

FDA approves Ethicon’s Vistaseal Dual Applicator devices

Ethicon has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Vistaseal open and laparoscopic Dual Applicators (35cm and 45cm), three next generation airless spray devices that combine biologics with device technology to address mild to moderate surgical bleeding. 

Spatz3 balloon has highest success rates of all gastric balloons

For the first time, a safe non-surgical out-patient weight loss treatment approaches the results of bariatric surgery. Spatz Medical has announced the FDA trial results of its innovative adjustable gastric balloon, the Spatz3 adjustable balloon. The results demonstrate that the Spatz3 balloon is significantly more effective than any non-adjustable balloon in the market.

"The idea for developing an adjustable balloon was triggered by two main challenges the industry has been facing," said Dr Jeffrey Brooks, CEO and inventor of the Spatz3 adjustable balloon.

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