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Anthos premiers with $250m from Blackstone and cardiovascular disease assets and expertise from Novartis, while Maze brings in $191m for drugs that target gene modifiers. In public company financings, Sage raises $575m ahead of Zulresso approval decision.
Device therapies for atrial fibrillation (AF) have so far failed to result in compelling efficacy across all types of disease and patients. The rates of elimination of AF following a catheter ablation procedure range from 30% to 80% according to the type of patient and the definition of success. The question of why success rates aren’t yet sufficient after a great deal of investment is an area of active pursuit, and one that opens up the door for next-generation AF device companies seeking to improve upon the results achieved to date.
Although standard bone cements are commonly used to treat vertebral compression fractures, these cements are not durable enough to remedy fractured hips. But a new class of biomaterials could dramatically change the landscape. Switzerland’s Ozics AG says its injectable and load-bearing implant provides an optimal level of biomechanical performance through a minimally invasive procedure.
Noteworthy news from medtech start-ups. This month we feature PlaqueTec, which is pursuing vulnerable plaque biomarkers and druggable targets, Ozics, which is developing a bone reinforcement composite, and Phagenesis, which is using neurostimulation to treat dysphagia in stroke patients.
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