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Building on research by Dana-Farber professor Wayne Marasco, the partners are backing a bispecific approach to CAR-Ts in solid tumors. Seelos licenses a Parkinson’s gene therapy candidate from Duke.
The field of women's health is one of the most progressive medical technology sectors in the US, driven by the aging population, diagnostic advances in deadly ovarian and colorectal cancer, and medical device innovations in gynecologic and urogynecologic disease management, including a shift toward minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques and robotics and the addition of a new field: bariatric gynecology. At the WH 2.0 Consensus Conference on Women's Health, held recently in Los Angeles, experts agreed that advances in medical technology are promising better detection and treatment of a host of diseases impacting both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. However, challenges remain in managing obesity-related disease and improving screening for often-undetected cancers in women.
This month we profile OvaScience, which has a new approach for treating infertility in older women, and Bluegrass Vascular, which offers an “inside-out” catheter for central venous access.
Central venous catheters are commonly employed to deliver long-term dialysis, nutrition and chemotherapy, but nearly 10% of patients have an upper-extremity venous occlusion that renders the vein impenetrable by standard access techniques. When access is not possible through traditional “outside-in” routes, Bluegrass Vascular Technologies’ Surfacer system allows for central venous access through the femoral vein in the leg. The device features a bullet-shaped catheter tip with a proprietary side-exit needle that allows the physician to enter into the occlusion and create a new tissue channel, from the inside out.
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