Archive for ◊ July, 2013 ◊

• Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Science gets a lethargic cheer from lazy people around the world this week, as a study published in Nature magazine reveals that we may one day be able to take a compound that produces similar effects in the body as exercise. The study comes from researchers at the Scripps Institute in Jupiter, FL, who injected overweight mice with a […]

• Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The search for new drugs, including those for cancer, is set to speed up thanks to a new research technique invented by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Named the “Cellular Thermal Shift Assay” (CETSA), scientists can now know for sure if a drug had reached its target protein in the body, which is a […]

• Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

DePuy Synthes sues a pair of former sales representatives after they jump ship for Sky Surgical, a distributor for rival Globus Medical. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Synthes Sales filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a pair of former sales reps who jumped ship for Sky Surgical, a distributor for rival medical device company Globus […]

• Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

(Reuters) – Intuitive Surgical Inc (ISRG.O) shares fell 11 percent after the company slashed its 2013 sales forecast due to disappointing demand for its da Vinci surgical robots and procedures, and said U.S. regulators had issued a warning letter after an inspection of its facilities in June. The company said it now expects 2013 revenue […]

• Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

KALAMAZOO, MI – Stryker Corp. keeps tabs on how engaged its employees are and has been for decades because the company values passionate employees. A quick survey may seem arbitrary, but Stryker’s Human Resource Vice President Steve Benscoter said monitoring and encouraging engagement is a leading indicator for business outcomes. Sleepwalking employees who lack passion and pizzazz […]

• Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Zoll CEO Richard Packer goes out of his way to avoid layoffs, even if it means cutting profits to the bone. Richard Packer has been with Zoll Medical since 1992, taking on various roles in operations and finance before landing the corner office. He’s seen the company through some transformative times, he told an audience at this […]

• Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Elekta Receives CE Marking for Clarity 4D Monitoring CRAWLEY, England, July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Elekta has received CE marking for its Clarity 4D Monitoring system permitting European clinics to implement this new way of reducing the uncertainty caused by prostate motion during radiation treatment. Physicians will be able to monitor the motion of the prostate with […]

• Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Stryker Corp.’s 2nd-quarter profits plunge nearly 35% on costs related to the recall of its Rejuvenate hip implant, as it misses Wall Street’s earnings expectations and lowers its 2013 outlook. Stryker (NYSE:SYK) said an unexpected, $170 million hit related to its recalled Rejuvenate hip implant pushed its 2nd-quarter profits down nearly 35% and lowered its earnings […]

• Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Biomet prepares to close doors on a 230-employee manufacturing facility in Switzerland, citing a global dip in medical device prices and ongoing economic challenges. Biomet is letting go of a Swiss manufacturing facility that employs 230 workers, blaming the closure on “declining global prices for medical devices and a challenging economic environment.” The Le Locle, Switzerland […]

• Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

TO the casual observer’s eye, the small brownish mole on Tanna Oppel’s upper left arm looks like an insignificant, ovoid blotch. But on the screen of MelaFind, a new computer vision system for imaging skin lesions, a jagged blue line shows the actual border of the mole, revealing an irregular lesion roughly the shape of Texas. Ms. […]