The life of 20-month-old Kaiba Gionfriddo was saved when a team of researchers at the University of Michigan developed a splint using a 3D printer that could be implanted around the baby's trachea tube to expand the collapsed windpipe and support tissue growth. Kaiba was diagnosed at 6 weeks with tracheobronchomalacia, a congenital condition in which the windpipe collapses, preventing oxygen flow into the body. Since the February 2012 operation, the splint has helped Kaiba's trachea to fully reconstruct itself, and the splint will be resorbed over time.
French firm PathoQuest has received $5 million in Series B financing, which will go toward a clinical study of its assay that combines cloud-based analysis with next-generation sequencing. The trial will run in the U.S. and Europe and will compare the test with other diagnostic methods in detecting severe multietiological infections in certain immuno-compromised patients.
Vention Medical has agreed to buy RiverTech Medical, which manufactures a polyamide tubing primarily used in medical technologies such as catheters and electrical insulation systems. The deal is expected to increase Vention's medical device assembly portfolio.
A website recently launched by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has drawn 47 citizen signatures in support of a bill that would strike down the 2.3% medical device tax that went into effect on Jan. 1. The measure, called the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013, is one of almost 3,000 bills listed on the Citizen Cosponsor website.
A funding round targeted at $18.8 million has pulled in $5.1 million for Lantos Technologies. The Wakefield, Mass.-based firm is the maker of an FDA-cleared 3D ear canal mapping system intended to improve the design of personalized hearing aids.