Marketers have an opportunity to improve public health by encouraging positive behavioral changes, writes Tom Galati, creative director of Patients & Purpose. He lists several campaigns working to do that, including high blood pressure and autism campaigns from the Ad Council and La Roche-Posay's skin checker campaign.
US antitrust authorities and the German Federal Cartel Office have cleared Varian Medical Systems' proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Sirtex Medical. The deal still needs to receive approval from the Federal Court of Australia and Sirtex shareholders and meet other closing conditions before completion.
An initial public offering of 150 million shares of Siemens Healthineers on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany brought in $5.2 billion for Siemens. The listing will enable Siemensto buy health care technology startups in the US and make investments in molecular diagnostics and other research-intensive areas, said the company, which will continue to be a majority shareholder in the unit.
An offering of 6.2 million shares of common stock was priced by Invuity at $3.50 each in hopes of raising about $21.7 million. The underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to buy 600,000 additional shares, which when exercised could pull in an additional $2.1 million for the company.
Public-private partnership Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Accelerator, or CARB-X, awarded HelixBind up to $2 million in funding to support the development of the RaPID culture-free diagnostic platform and a bloodstream infection assay that will run on the platform. The assay will be designed to identify pathogens and drug resistance directly from blood samples within hours.
The first tranche of a round of Series B-1 financing pulled in an undisclosed amount of funds for SmartZyme BioPharma. The medtech company is advancing the incorporation of its next-generation glucose-sensing enzyme into continuous glucose monitoring systems.
The FDA granted Royal Philips 510(k) clearance for its ProxiDiagnost N90, a digital radiography and fluoroscopy machine that allows for digital X-ray and fluoroscopy to be performed while users stand next to a patient. The machine comes with the company's Eleva user interface and grid-controlled fluoroscopy, among other features.
The FDA gave AESKU.Group 510(k) clearance for its AESKUSLIDES nDNA immunofluorescence assay, designed for lupus diagnosis, for use with its Helios automated IFA system. The kit will be made available to clinical laboratories by Grifols, the company's exclusive distributor in the US.
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has granted ViewRay approval to market its linear accelerator-based MRI-guided radiation therapy system called MRIdian Linac.
Environmental microbiologist Marianne Haines is leaving her native Australia for a doctoral degree program at the University of Calgary, where she will continue her research on converting bacteria, fungi and algae into fuel. It's a good time for women to pursue science careers, as "there are great initiatives, there are great scholarships, there are great grants and support networks out there for us," Haines said.