In The Know: Minnesota’s Healthcare News for November 29, 2018

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Boston Scientific Announces Recommended Offer to Acquire BTG plc.


HHS Deputy Secretary Hargan Announces DSIIS Participants and First Meeting Date


Medtronic to Acquire Nutrino Health


Biotech company DiaMedica sets IPO terms to rake in up to $20M


Confirm Rx: PopSci’s ‘Best of 2018’


Bracelets That Help Kick Bad Habits

ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ranked Number 366 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500™


Cantel Medical To Acquire Omnia For Europe Expansion


2018 CFO of the Year: Brian Mower, Medibio


Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing


Blue Cross CEO Craig Samitt wants to be a disruptor for health care; here’s what that means for the Blues


Admedus reports $6.3 million revenues amid $12.7 million Star Bright backing


For Mayo scientist, spinal-injury research is personal

In the Fight Against Cancer, Sleeping Beauty Awakens


NHS clinical trial could pave the way for new depression treatment


NeuroOne Medical Technologies Corporation Announces Appointments to Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board


Mainstay Medical announces headline results from ReActiv8-B clinical study

Mayo partnership aims to teach digital stethoscope to detect heart trouble

Pursuit Vascular Announces Patent Notice of Allowance for its ClearGuard HD Antimicrobial Barrier Caps


Hill-Rom announces executive appointments


Our View: Mayo Clinic’s growth is good news for Rochester and state

Top Healthcare News for November 8, 2018: In the Know

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Governor Dayton Proclaims “Earl Bakken Day” in Minnesota

NeoChord raises $25m in Series D

Fairview Launches Innovative Workplace Behavioral Health Service for Employers

CardioMech Appoints Richard Nehm as President and CEO, and Mark Novotny as Chairman

With new FDA clearance, Abbott Freestyle Libre users can ditch handheld readers for an app

Eight New Operating Rooms Opening At Mayo Mankato

Medtronic touts five-year data for In.Pact Admiral drug-coated balloon

Boston Scientific’s Eluvia drug-eluting stent succeeds in long lesions

Lars Rasmussen steps down as CEO of Coloplast A/S

Democrats flip medtech-heavy Minnesota House seats

Trump’s trade war and the midterms: Views from two Heartland districts

CMS Grants Outpatient Pass-through Payment to the remedē® System for the Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea

FDA, DoD formalize medical product development deal

Adhesive Innovation Helps Clinicians Confidently Meet the Most Challenging Demands of Critical Tube Securement

ProMed to host 30th anniversary open house

ANI Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter and Year-To-Date 2018 Results and Reaffirms Guidance

Medical Device Startup HeartHero Announces Agreement With Vivaquant

Cool Offices: Bright Research aims for ‘hip’ style in downtown space

Tigger Is a Puppy With Prosthetics — And He’s About To Help Kids With Prosthetics, Too! (*Tear*)


October 4, 2018: In The Know

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Myant announces textile computing collaboration with Mayo Clinic

gBETA Medtech Accelerator – Filling a Critical Gap for Start-Ups

Finalists Selected for Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2018 Tekne Awards

SPR Therapeutics Awarded $10M From U.S. Department of Defense

New Device Makes Early Lung Cancer Detection Possible

Q&A: Andy Slavitt and Mark Addicks 

Abbott’s next-gen FreeStyle Libre wins CE Mark

Minnetronix Neuro Successfully Completes First Clinical Study in Hemorrhagic Stroke

Ecolab Obtains First-to-Market EPA-Registered Laundry Disinfectant Claim against Clostridium difficile

SPR Therapeutics Announces First Use of SPRINT extensa Dual-lead Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System to Treat Low Back Pain

New Clinical Data Shows Decreased Catheter-Related Infection Risk with Use of SecurAcath

Humanetics Corporation Presents Data on New Drug to Prevent Radiation Injury

Baylor, Rebiotix Find Patient Microbiome Signatures That Differentiate Disease States

Pursuit Vascular Outlines Expansion Plans

CathVision Receives ISO 13485:2016 Certification

New Mayo Clinic GeneGuide DNA testing application provides genetic testing, insights backed by Mayo Clinic expertise

Be The Match BioTherapies® and Cryoport Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Integrated End-to-End Supply Chain Services to the Cell and Gene Therapy Industry

Are interoperability and innovation possible in the age of EHRs?

September 6, 2018: In The Know

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NeoChord Announces Successful Completion of First Beating Heart Repair Procedures in China

Mayo Clinic researchers identify a potential new approach to treat HER2 positive breast cancer

Abbott wins Aetna nod for Proclaim neurostim in chronic pain

Researchers 3D print prototype for ‘bionic eye’

Med-tech company raises $10.3 million for obesity device 

Cantel Medical to consolidate Minnesota operations

First endocardial mapping of the left ventricle using the AdvisorTM HD Grid Catheter in a patient with a mitral valve clip

Ceterix Ortho wins expanded FDA nod for NovoStitch Pro

Mobile health care company treats more than just the sick

Mayo-backed Resoundant gains traction with tool to diagnose liver disease

Biothera Pharmaceuticals Announces Immuno-Oncology Clinical Trial Collaboration with AstraZeneca

Lindsey Hagan Joins Medibio as VP for Integrated Health Systems

Collagen Solutions adds COO and CBO to its board

August 2, 2018: In The Know

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Behavioral-health startup Praestan raises $12 million


Boston Scientific-Backed gBeta Accelerator Picks 6 New Startups


Abbott’s Freestyle Libre 14 Day Flash Glucose Monitoring System Now Approved in U.S.


Mouse Engineered at UMN Brings in $1 Million


New Speakers Announced for Inaugural Global Health Conference


Breakthroughs in Portable Diagnostic Tests to Be Presented in a Special Competition at the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting


Flywheel and Google Partner to Deliver Industry’s First Cloud-based MRI Research Center at Columbia University


The Future of Abbott’s Electrophysiology Business


Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota Receives ‘Outstanding’ Rating from the National Cancer Institute


Medicalchain partners with the Mayo Clinic


Medtronic Announces Paurvi Bhatt as President of Medtronic Foundation

July 19, 2018: In The Know

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Implantable Organ Developer Miromatrix Medical Raises $15.7M

Minnesota health tech company accepted to world’s largest tech incubator, Station F in Paris

Relievant Announces First Commercial Intracept Procedures


Abbott Receives FDA Approval for Next-Generation MitraClip® Device To Treat People With Leaky Heart Valves

Inspire Medical CEO on going public, ramping up growth and ringing the stock-exchange bell

Vyriad Announces Collaboration with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Pfizer to Evaluate Oncolytic Virus, Voyager-V1, in Combination with Anti-PD-L1 Antibody, Avelumab, in Phase 1 Clinical Study for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Netherlands-based Haga Teaching Hospital partners with physIQ and VitalConnect to continuously monitor cancer patients during treatment

Bright Health to expand its Obamacare footprint in 9 new markets

Why convergence is part of the future of healthcare

Bio-Techne Scales Antibody Validation Initiative Using CRISPR Gene Editing Technology Across a Broad Spectrum of Targets

Trio of Minnesota Stem Cell Startups Receive State-Funded Commercialization Grants

CHF Solutions enters the German marketplace

Medibio Submits FDA De Novo Application

Pelican BioThermal Announces Availability of its New CoolPall™ Flex Bulk Shipper System

How the Didgeridoo and Physical Therapy Inspired a Local Sleep Startup

Med Tech Company Launches Clothing Line That Protects The Skin Of “Butterfly” Children 

Humanetics Awarded Patent for Oral Drug to Protect Warfighters and First Responders from Radiation Exposure

Zipnosis Earns Surescripts® Certification to Strengthen Physician Workflows and Enhance Physician Experience

June 28, 2018: In The Know

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Abbott launches program to offset employee student loan debt

Prospect of China trade war sends chill through Minnesota med-tech

Bio-Techne buying ‘liquid biopsy’ firm Exosome for $250M+

Ecolab introduces tool to help reduce hospital infections

Tactile Medical Announces New Clinical Publication Demonstrating the Health and Economic Benefits of Flexitouch for Chronic Venous Insufficiency-related Lymphedema, Compared to Other Treatment Modalities

Chief medical officers at UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross of MN have advice for med-tech companies

Space Suit Technology Helping Patients Walk Again 

Upsher-Smith Wins Silver Stevie® at 2018 American Business Awards®

Medtronic, Abbott push new diabetes monitoring systems

Raffaella Giardino Joins Microbiologics, Inc. as Executive Director, International Sales

Urotronic’s Innovative Optilume™ Drug-Coated Balloon Catheter Receives License For Urethral Stricture Treatments in Canada


Payers, Providers, and Health Technology Experts Join Forces at DeviceTalks 2018

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While DeviceTalks 2018 was held in the same location as the 2017 iteration of the conference, it was clear that its reputation had grown and attendance had grown with it. Spread across three floors of the Intercontinental Riverfront in downtown St. Paul, DeviceTalks brought together senior staff from across the United States for two days of sessions covering everything from regulatory and clinical trial best practices to how best to pitch medtech focused journalists.

While, as the name suggests, DeviceTalks was a great forum for those in the medical device field to hear from industry leaders, this year’s conference brought together leaders from other segments of the healthcare spectrum. Payers and providers sat on innovation panels, digital health executives talked about working as a distributed company, and day one afternoon keynote speaker Heidi Dohse even gave the patient’s perspective. Attendees not only came out of the conference with a deeper knowledge of their field, but also a greater sense of where the field fits within modern healthcare.

We’re thankful to the myriad Medical Alley companies that participated in or sponsored DeviceTalks 2018, including: 3M, Abbott, B. Braun OEM, Boston Scientific, Cyient Insights, Devicix by Nortech, Entellus Medical, Finesse Partners, Garz & Fricke, Healthlink, Icon, Jama Software, Jordi Labs, Mayo Clinic, MDIC, Medmarc, Medtronic, Minnetronix, NAMSA, NxThera, Padilla, Promed, R&Q, Reimbursement Strategies LLC, Revox Sterilization Solutions, Rotation Medical, RxFunction, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, University of Minnesota,University of St. Thomas, Valtronic, and Ximedica.

Below are some highlights from the conference, including St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter’s welcome address from the first day:

June 7, 2018: In The Know

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Bright Health Announces Rollout of Supplemental Coverage Package for its Colorado Customers


Upsher-Smith Enters Into Exclusive Marketing And Distribution Agreement For Six Ophthalmic/Otic ANDAs

Study: Finacial Impact of Virtual Care Patient Acquisition For Health System


Why 3M Is an Effective Innovator


Spineology Rampart One™ Standard ALIF Interbody Fusion System Gains FDA Clearance for Stand-Alone Use


Tactile Medical Acquires Intellectual Property Rights Related to Pneumatic Compression Device Technology


Exact Sciences, Mayo Clinic say they’ve developed blood test for liver cancer


Interoperability in Real Life: Practical Ways to Leverage APIs & Transform Healthcare


Abbott is developing a dual-chamber leadless pacer


AtriCure and Baheal Group Establish Partnership and China Distribution Agreement


Medtronic CEO Ishrak shows off ‘disruptive’ products to CNBC’s Jim Cramer


Biomerics Acquires FutureMatrix Interventional


Mayo Clinic Spinoff Ambient Closing on $1.5M


Second Major Study Demonstrates Superiority of ClearGuard® HD Antimicrobial Barrier Caps


Cleveland Clinic spinoff develops mouthguard that accesses concussion effects

May 23, 2018: In The Know

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Startup Developing Device to Reduce Threat of Stroke in Heart Procedures

Michael Langley to retire as CEO of Greater MSP

Minnesota Companies Climb on New Fortune 500 List

Lead By Medical Sales, Minnesota Exports at $5.3 Billion in First Quarter

U of M brain implant calms tremors

Mayo Clinic Kicks Off Massive ‘Biobank’ Project to Invigorate Individualized Medicine Research

Newest Generation of Leading Heart Stent is now Approved in the US For People with Coronary Artery Disease

8 companies commercializing transcatheter mitral valve replacements

World’s Leading Digital Adherence Researchers Choose MyMeds

Study: Patient Acquisition Provides Sustainable Financial Model for Health Systems Deploying Virtual Care

OneOme Expands its Comprehensive Pharmacogenomic Test Offering with New Genes and Medications

Nortech Systems Announces Two New Board Members: Jay D. Miller & Dr. Steven Rosenstone

Future looks bright for startup insurer Bright Health

Diversified Plastics expands sales engineer and technical support team

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