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Marissa Calcagno
Like: Using Virtual Reality to Provide Better Treatment for Patients

Like: Using Virtual Reality to Provide Better Treatment for Patients

Facebook previously announced its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, Inc.  The announcement touts Oculus as being “the leader in immersive virtual reality technology,” having built “strong interest among developers” for

Renal Denervation in the Wake of the Recent Medtronic Trial Results

Renal Denervation in the Wake of the Recent Medtronic Trial Results

According to the Mayo Clinic, percutaneous renal artery sympathetic denervation (“RDN”) is a procedure used to perform circumferential radiofrequency ablation of the renal arteries.  Percutaneous renal artery sympathetic

Federal Circuit Affirms Rejection of Claims Directed to a System for Detection of Blood Within a Body Lumen

Federal Circuit Affirms Rejection of Claims Directed to a System for Detection of Blood Within a Body Lumen

On July 19, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that the claims of U.S. Patent Application No. 10/097,096 were obvious over a combination of prior art references.  The ‘096 application

Fighting Fire with Fire – the Medical Device Tax and Outsourcing

Fighting Fire with Fire – the Medical Device Tax and Outsourcing

Since its passage as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the medical device tax has been hotly debated.  The 2.3% excise levied on total revenues may effectively preclude new entrants while hindering the growth of established companies. 

Supreme Court Invalidates Claims to Naturally Occurring DNA

On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision finding that claims to naturally occurring DNA segments were invalid under the Patent Act because DNA is a product of nature and therefore not patent eligible. 

ResMed Announces FDA Clearance of Noninvasive Ventilation Device for COPD Treatment

ResMed announced recently that the FDA had recently cleared its home variable positive airway pressure (VPAP) device for treatment of respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  According to its press

Senate’s Vote to Repeal Medical Device Tax – Form Over Function?

Despite the Senate’s recent vote to repeal the medical device tax by a margin of 79-20, Forbes reports that the vote will have little practical effect on medical device manufacturers, at least in the short term.  In order to abolish the tax,

FDA Proposal Will Require Additional Testing Requirements for AEDs

The FDA issued a proposed order on March 22nd that, if finalized, could potentially toughen the approval process for manufacturers of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Under the proposed order, manufacturers will now be required

TranS1 Inc. To Acquire Baxano, Inc.

TranS1 Inc. announced today that it will acquire Baxano, Inc., a privately-held company based in California that develops tools to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.  According to the press release, Baxano manufactures the iO-Flex® System,