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July 2015

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Allergan agrees to buy Oculeve for $125m
07 July 2015 Global pharmaceutical company Allergan has signed an agreement to acquire US-based development stage medical device firm Oculeve in an all-cash transaction valued at...

Alpinion launches new E-CUBE series ultrasound system
06 July 2015 Alpinion Medical Systems has launched a new E-CUBE Series ultrasound system for women's health, general imaging and shared service...

FDA clears Theranos’s herpes simplex 1 virus IgG test
06 July 2015 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance for Theranos' test system and test for herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1)...

UCSB scientists develop implantable artificial pancreas for Type 1 diabetes
03 July 2015 The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists have developed an implantable artificial pancreas, which continuously measures a patient's glucose level and can automatically...

FDA clears alternate confirmation test for Bayer’s Essure contraceptive
02 July 2015 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of transvaginal ultrasound (TVU) as an alternate confirmation test for Bayer HealthCare's Essure permanent birth...

Merck launches new Eeva Test version to optimise assisted reproductive outcomes
01 July 2015 Merck Serono has launched a new version of its early embryo viability assessment (Eeva) test to aid embryo assessment within assisted reproductive treatment...

Novartis launches new smart watch apps for visually impaired
01 July 2015 Novartis Pharmaceuticals has launched new features for its ViaOpta applications for use with the Apple Watch and other smart...

June 2015

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Boston IVF and IviGen join forces to improve fertility outcomes
30 June 2015 US-based in vitro fertilization (IVF) services provider Boston IVF has entered into strategic partnership with IviGen and its parent company, iGenomix, to provide comprehensive genetic...

AbbVie to invest €40m for medical device facility expansion in Ireland
29 June 2015 Global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has announced plans to invest €40m for the expansion of its medical device manufacturing facility in Ballytivnan, Sligo in...

Integra buys TEI Biosciences and TEI Medical for $312m
29 June 2015 US-based medical devices manufacturer Integra LifeSciences has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of TEI Biosciences and TEI Medical for a cash consideration of...

SRI to continue development of radiation exposure screening device
26 June 2015 SRI International has secured a contract to continue development of a diagnostic test for absorbed doses of radiation after a radiological...

WHO pre-qualifies ShangRing male circumcision device
26 June 2015 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has pre-qualified ShangRing, a voluntary male circumcision device capable of reducing risk for HIV infection in...

Zimmer acquires Biomet for $14bn
25 June 2015 US-based orthopaedic device manufacturer Zimmer has acquired Biomet in a cash and equity deal worth approximately...

Google set to evaluate new health tracking wristband
24 June 2015 Google is set to start research trials of a new wrist-worn medical device that will provide physicians with real-time data on...

New study finds that smartphones pose risk to cardiac device wearers
24 June 2015 A new study conducted by German Heart Centre scientists has found that cardiac device wearers must maintain a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in...

Boston Scientific begins EMBLEM defibrillator study in sudden cardiac death
23 June 2015 Boston Scientific has started a global study to validate the rate and causes of shocks in patients implanted with the EMBLEM subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) for primary prevention...

ALung secures CE Mark approval for new Hemolung XG4 cartridge and catheter kits
22 June 2015 US-based advanced respiratory failure therapies provider, ALung Technologies has secured CE Mark approval for its next-generation Hemolung XG4 cartridge and catheter...

Medtronic acquires Aptus Endosystems and CardioInsight Technologies
22 June 2015 Medtronic has acquired assets of US-based privately held medical device company Aptus Endosystems in a transaction valued at nearly...

China’s XIO Group to acquire Israel-based Lumenis for $510m
19 June 2015 Chinese investment firm XIO Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Israel’s energy-based medical company, Lumenis, for around...

Johns Hopkins scientists develop new imaging technology for brain tumour removal
19 June 2015 Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists have developed a new imaging technology that will help surgeons more effectively and safely remove brain...

Hill-Rom to buy Welch Allyn for $2.5bn
18 June 2015 US medical equipment manufacturer Hill-Rom has signed an agreement to acquire privately held Welch Allyn in a cash and stock deal worth approximately...