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Medtech in a Minute: SweynTooth Bugs, Thermo Fisher Makes a Move for Qiagen, and More Image by OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay
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Medtech in a Minute: SweynTooth Bugs, Thermo Fisher Makes a Move for Qiagen, and More

Pressed for time? Here's the medtech news you need most, in one minute or less.

Bluetooth-Related Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Put Medical Devices at Risk

A family of 12 cybersecurity bugs associated with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) may introduce risks for some medical devices. The SweynTooth bugs can't be exploited over the Internet, but a hacker within radio range could launch attacks to crash targeted devices, disable their BLE connection until a restart, or in some cases even bypass BLE's secure pairing mode to take them over. Medical devices like pacemakers and blood glucose monitors are among those most at risk.

Thermo Fisher Makes Its Move to Acquire Qiagen

After months of rumors, Thermo Fisher Scientific is finally acquiring Qiagen for $11.5 billion. The proposed acquisition is set to close in the first half of 2021. This is one of the largest deals Thermo Fisher Diagnostics has ever been involved with, topping the company’s 13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies in 2014.

FDA Steps Up Response to Coronavirus

FDA said it will allow laboratories to begin using coronavirus tests before the agency has completed a review of their emergency use authorization requests. The action is expected to allow the diagnostics industry to respond to the developing situation much more rapidly and effectively.

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