Start-Up Previews, January 2016
In this month's issue of Start-Up, we profile Alcresta Pharmaceuticals, Gordian Surgical, International Biomedical Devices, NaviGate Cardiac Structures, ObsEva and SweetBio.
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To make laparoscopic procedures quicker, safer and less expensive, Israel-based Gordian Surgical Ltd. has developed a trocar with built-in closure capability. TroClose 1200 resembles a standard trocar, but is different in that it integrates two sutures and two biodegradable anchors that are positioned below the abdominal wall for the entire procedure.
An automated method to ensure a precise incision of the capsular bag for cataract surgery should soon be commercially available from International Biomedical Devices Inc. The Aperture Continuous Thermal Capsulotomy System (ApertureCTC) uses thermal energy delivered through a microincision to a 360-degree, small, steel ring placed on the anterior capsule to create a perfectly round and smooth incision in mere milliseconds.
For patients with severe or irreversible moderate mitral regurgitation, NaviGate Cardiac Structures Inc. is developing a catheter-guided compressible valved stent that fits within the diseased mitral valve in a beating heart.