Start-Up Previews, September 2013
This Month's Profile Group: Central Venous Access: Start-Ups Change The Standard Of Care, features profiles of Bio 2 Medical, Houston Medical Robotics, and Mirador Biomedical. Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: BioVerys, Clinmet, Eclipse Breast Health Technologies, and Sea Lane Biotechnologies.
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Eclipse Breast Health Technologies Inc. is developing an inexpensive, at-home self-examination device to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. The noninvasive, handheld Eclipse device does not use radiation, and is completely painless so women can use it as often as they choose, without any risk of side effects.
During insertion of central venous catheters, physicians may unintentionally advance into an artery rather than the desired vein, an error that can cause serious complications, even death. Mirador Biomedical Inc. aims to improve the safety of central venous access with its Compass platform, battery-powered, pressure-measurement devices that can rapidly detect the difference in pressures between arteries and veins.
Hospitalized patients are at the greatest risk for a fatal pulmonary embolism within the first 10 days after admission, but traditional inferior vena cava filters to prevent PEs if anticoagulant therapy is contraindicated and/or ineffective are not typically placed in a patient until approximately one week into their hospital stay. BiO2 Medical Inc. is looking to address this treatment gap with its Angel Catheter, a device that incorporates the PE protection of a retrievable, self-expanding nitinol IVC filter attached to a triple-lumen, central venous access catheter.