The Medical Industry Briefing 

The latest news, approvals and clinical trials you need to know about this month

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Two thirds of NHS trusts do not have access to data needed for AI deployments according to research from NetApp


Medical device manufacturing company Abiomed’s stock has skyrocketed by almost 2,009% over the past decade


US President Donald Trump has signed legislation to permanently repeal the 2.3% medical device excise tax


European thermoformer TEQ:Plastique now has two European bases for medical packaging solutions one in the UK and one in Poland


The number of radiologists ‘outperformed’ by AI when diagnosing breast cancer during an international research study

 Top Stories 

 AI Comes to the Operating Room

Brain surgeons are bringing artificial intelligence and new imaging techniques into the operating room, to diagnose tumours as accurately as pathologists, and much faster.

Source: New York Times

 Bionic pancreas given FDA Breakthrough Device designation

Medtech company Beta Bionics has received FDA Breakthrough Device designation for its automated bionic pancreas – the iLet Bionic Pancreas System. The iLet Bionic Pancreas System is a pocket-sized, wearable investigational medical device that is designed to autonomously control blood-sugar levels.

Source: Med Tech News

 Robotic device supports patients with spinal cord injury

A robotic trunk support device has been used to help patients with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) sit more stably. The Trunk-Support Trainer can be used to assist and train people with SCIs to sit more stably by improving their core control, allowing them to gain an expanded sitting workspace around their body of around 25%.

Source: Medical Device Network

 PET scan allows for earlier intervention after heart attack

Research from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging indicates that a new form of positron emission tomography scanning can effectively image fibroblast activation after a heart attack.

Source: Medical Device Network

Embracing Emerging Technologies 


PeekMed is a 3D pre-operative planning software for orthopaedic surgery. Using the software surgeons can plan operations using X-Rays, CT scans or MRIs for any procedure type.


Developed by ETH Zurich cofounders Bernhard Winter, Pascal Buholzer and Thomas Gemperle, the Scewo bro is a compact, self-balancing wheelchair that allows people to climb obstacles like stairs.


Japan-based Remohab has developed an IoT platform to help patients continue rehabilitation at home.


China-based startup ExtantFuture has developed the Modoo Fetus Monitoring Patch, a wearable device that can continuously monitor the foetal heart rate and deliver foetal movement data.

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