Contact lens with embedded circuit is here to manage glaucoma. After helping the ophthalmologists of Europe and US, Sensimed has commenced its journey of APAC region

We are referring to recently inked deal of Sensimed with SEED from Japan. The duo longs to address and identify glaucoma issues at early stage.

Sensimed’s contact lens that goes by the name Triggerfish, measures the dimensional change of the eye for time duration of 24 hours. It then uploads this data into software via Bluetooth.  The data recorded is used in diagnosing and treating of glaucoma.

Sensimed had received CE mark in Sep 2009 and FDA nod in March, 2016. Unexplored APAC waters have recently been touched by Sensimed through its deal with SEED.

Sensimed’s company page has a phrase which says:

“The Company is directly positioned at the convergence between devices, treatment and information”.

We think with each day Sensimed is justifying this claim with much more vigour, while its accomplishments go about acknowledging the same.

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You won’t believe these recent job openings at Apple..

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You won’t believe these recent job openings at Apple..

We are referring to Apple’s hunt for biomedical engineers and HIPAA lawyers.

We are all aware that company has been taking the center attraction of healthcare industry with research kit, health kit and other software launches, but this one is just too direct. Too direct for us to come to conclusion that Apple is here in healthcare industry, and is looking to leave a mark.

Like any other venture of Apple, where company does good homework about the right tools and weapons needed to win the war, the search of right professionals to execute Apple’s healthcare quest doesn’t seem like out of the blue random activity for the company.

We hope Apple finds the right talent that its looking for. And eagerly wait for its healthcare focused products bearing a legendary half eaten Apple mark.

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Can stethoscope get more smart?

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We are all living in smart world, a world in which all devices you can think off, have smartness embedded in them. This smartness is now evolving to AI, a concept that is been worked out by some of smartest minds of this era.

However let’s come back to smart devices for now.

Various medical devices are now been shaped into smart devices by leading innovators , be it simple inhaler, syringes or more complex CT injectors. In this quest for innovation entire industry had forgotten the important medical device: stethoscope, a device which is been in use for more than 200 years, and have been source of diagnosis for over billion plus people.

Rijuven ,a Washington based start up however has made a note of the device and has taken it to next level. Company recently launched its smart stethoscope accessory.

Add-on goes by the name Cardio sleeve, and turns traditional stethoscope to a mobile connected 3 lead ECG device.

Stethoscope is most loved device by all physicians, its not just a symbol of their profession but also a source of first diagnosis. Though the device holds all the sentimental value, it is also subjected to catch, it relies on hearing aid for its functionality. With cardiosleeve and i2dtx addition , it will transform audio dependent device to visual enabled smart platform.

Device on totality will enable visualization of heart sound, analyze arrhythmias, murmur & identify heart failures.

While the device was launched recently it has long way to go in its commercialization.

Device shares trend outline that entire the sector is embracing , which is all in one devices intended to quicken the time of diagnosis and hence reduce the overall patient care cost.

As the entire sector leverages the IOT and connected health boom, this device does not come as a surprise, however it is still applaudable , as Rijuven has tried to enhance the symbol or iconic device of physicians by giving it a new face.

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What is happening in leadless pacemaker market?

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Should we or should we not remove the cables from our devices? – Is the question that entire medical device OEM family is asking to its R&D team.

Though majority of the players are still seeking answer to this question, pacemaker suppliers are believed to have frozen on their answer. They have picked up the choice of going leadless / wireless. Below are some of the activities that took place around leadless pacemakers in recent past and paint a picture of  where the sector is heading  in terms of innovation.

Approvals, Funding, Clinical Trials, Law-suits, Acquisitions

First leadless pacemaker hit the market in 2011 from CRM device pioneer St Jude Medical. Thanks to its initial investment on Nanostim that gave an opportunity to the company to buy the latter’s assets and gets an easy entry into booming leadless market.

Nanostim choose European market to debut its technology.Though it had an early hiccups, it’s believed to have come on track soon enough, avoiding the industry’s uncalled criticism on innovative solution. Path of leadless pacemaker was then chosen by Medtronic, medtech behemoth known for its product diversity and huge therapeutic focus. Medtronic launched its device: Micra in April 2015.

The only medtech giant who was missing from the party was BSC, which on its recent investor day expressed interest of venturing into market, market which is projected to generate overall sales of USD 700 million by year 2016.

While the leaders of the industry are structuring their growth strategies, start-ups are closing funding rounds. One such company is EBR systems which has been backed by Split Rock Partners and SV Life Sciences. EBR system’s technology platform recently received CE mark, and is different from other leadless pacemaker in terms of area of impulse delivery. While the Medtronic’s and St Jude products provide the impulse to right ventricle, EBS’s WiSE powers left ventricle.

After proving its point  in EU markets, players have commenced their journey into US geography. Both St Jude and Medtronic have kick-started their individual trials for FDA submission, and are likely to share the study results in coming days.

Leadless pacemaker market has been an interesting sub-category to watch, primarily because of issues that it addresses from its counterparts (conventional pacemakers). Casualties from the traditional platform had been the talk of the medtech town, where riata lead failure and Medtronic pacemakers issue have been wakening events for the entire medical device industry. While the former event resulted in St Jude shelling out more than USD 10 million in the form of settlements, latter resulted in increased emphasis on post market surveillance.

Conclusion:

Leadless pacemakers have put a lot of questions to rest, but industry always demands for more. This brings to our final point, on where OEMs should pause & celebrate on their pacemaker developement landmark.

All the current solutions are around single side impulse delivery and what would really change the face of cardiac rhythm management, is a  single pacemaker capable of delivering to both sides of the heart. St Jude Medical, who has made claims of working on similar device type surely seems to have an upper hand in comparison to its counterparts. What would be good to see is, start-ups channelizing their effort to develop similar platform. This would give an opportunity for established players to either  fund the technology or probably acquire it.

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