Sequenom, Inc. (Nasdaq: SQNM), announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Optherion, Inc. Under the agreement, Sequenom's CAP accredited and CLIA-certified laboratory, Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine (Sequenom CMM), obtained the rights to develop and commercialize diagnostic tests to predict genetic predisposition to late stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The license agreement covers extensive intellectual property rights for the most significant AMD-related genetic variants that have been confirmed in multiple clinical studies around the world. The portfolio of intellectual property being licensed has been consolidated from major US universities who have spearheaded genetic and clinical AMD research during the last decade.
Siemens Healthcare and Vertec Scientific have announced a distribution partnership that will see Vertec exclusively market the X Class range of ultrasound systems in the markets of emergency medicine, GP practices, rheumatology, orthopaedics, acute medicine, chest medicine and anaesthetics. The agreement, which is effective immediately, will see Vertec sell the systems and Siemens Healthcare's engineers maintain the technology. "Vertec is an established and trusted leader in the medical industry and is therefore well placed to develop our position as a specialist in innovative ultrasound solutions, " said Declan Dunphy, Ultrasound Product Manager at Siemens Healthcare.
Siemens Healthcare will supply state-of-the-art diagnostics imaging equipment to all Ministry of Health hospitals (around 100) across Iraq. The recently signed contract has a value of around $70 million and is the biggest single order contract to be awarded to Siemens Healthcare in the Middle East. The products, which include magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography equipment, mobile x-rays and mammography systems, help to increase diagnostic confidence, allowing for earlier detection of diseases. The equipment will be fully serviced over a period of five years. The Minister of Health, Iraq, His Excellency Ali Saleh Al Hasnawi, comments, "We are excited to be working closely with Siemens to offer this broad range of diagnostic services to all Ministry hospitals across Iraq.
A new tool may help standardize the use of computed tomography (CT scans) in children with minor head injury and help reduce the number of scans, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). More than 650, 000 children with minor head injuries resulting in loss of consciousness, amnesia, disorientation and/or vomiting are seen each year in emergency departments at North American hospitals. CT scans are important for diagnosing serious brain injuries but they expose children to the potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation and significantly add to health care costs. Use of CT for minor head injury in Canadian pediatric emergency departments has increased to 53% in 2005 from 15% in 1995.
Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) announced that the company has donated nearly $900, 000 in medical devices and surgical supplies to help meet urgent medical needs in Haiti. In response to numerous spine and crush injuries, the company provided spinal surgical implants such as rods, hooks and screws to treat spinal fractures, facilitate spinal fusion and stabilize and strengthen the spine. Spinal orthopedic implants and replacement devices were provided for trauma reconstruction. Additionally, surgical perfusion disposables such as tubing, and blood and oxygen filters were donated for field and hospital use. All products were identified as high-need by several agencies working directly with medical relief efforts.
Study Suggests Slide-On R Endosheath R System Provides Several Advantages Over Traditional Germicidal Immersion
Results of a clinical study presented Thursday, Feb. 4 at the annual Triological Society meetings in Orlando, Fla., suggest a sterile barrier sheath system has distinct advantages over germicidal immersion processes used to prevent contamination of fiberoptic nasopharyngolaryngoscopes (flexible ENT scopes). Flexible ENT scopes are used by otolaryngologists to examine the nose and throat area for various disorders such as dysphagia, reflux disease, snoring, and chronic sinusitis. Microbial study results show that sterile disposable sheaths, when used with endoscopes, are as effective as using a liquid germicidal system for disinfecting scopes between patient procedures and provide protection against cross-contamination equivalent to immersion in germicidal solutions.