The Medical Industry Briefing 

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

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3M has filed five additional lawsuits in a string of price-gouging suits against vendors who allegedly offered nonexistent N95 respirators to emergency officials.


Last month, the US returned 29,500 coronavirus tests that were found to be invalid after problems at a UK facility led officials to send tests abroad for analysis.


The amount that Zimmer Biomet has agreed to pay Conformis to settle patent disputes over the latter’s knee and hip replacement products.


The forecast CAGR of the European Medical Device market between 2020 and 2025.


In the US, transcatheter aortic valve replacement volume growth declined by approximately 30% in April.

 Top Stories 

Microfluidic test for viral antibodies takes just 20 minutes

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a microfluidic test that can detect antibodies against a viral infection. The device can provide a result in as little as 20 minutes and requires only two microliters of serum to run.

Source: Medgadget

Coronavirus: NHS app paves the way for 'immunity passports'

Facial recognition has been added as a way of logging in to an NHS app that lets people order prescriptions, book appointments and find healthcare data.

Source: BBC

CDC seeks to limit false positives with COVID-19 antibody testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published interim guidelines on the use of COVID-19 antibody tests in clinical and public health laboratories.

Source: MedTech Dive

Fidget spinner for rapid detection of urinary tract infections

A multidisciplinary and international team of Korean and Indian researchers have recently developed a fidget spinner-based device to detect UTIs from urine samples.

Source: UNIST

Embracing Emerging Technologies 


This London-based company uses 3D printing to reduce the time it takes to produce a medically effective orthosis for patients around the world.


The EndoMaster EASE System is a robotic-assisted system that can effectively remove gastro-intestinal tumours endoscopically without the need for surgical incisions.


India-based company Dozee manufacturers a contactless and non-intrusive health monitor that can track heart and respiratory health, sleep quality and stress recovery.


Osimis uses open source software to build innovative collaboration tools for medical imaging.

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