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Niagara Foot

The Niagara Foot is an affordable, effective, and field-adjustable prosthetic that can be used anywhere in the world. Prosthetists can tune the heel stiffness, forefoot stiffness, and resistance to dynamic loading to meet patient needs, even in the field. Manufactured and submitted by Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics International Ltd. (Fonthill, ON, Canada). Supply and design credit to DuPont Canada (Mississauga, ON, Canada), Human Mobility Research Centre, Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada), Centennial Plastics Mfg. Ltd. (Mississauga), Hippo Design (Saint-André-Avellin, QC, Canada), Logique 3D/Instadesign (Montreal Laval, QC, Canada), Services PRÉCICAD Inc. (Quebec, Canada), and Universidad Don Bosco (Kempten, Germany).
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

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RT600

The RT600 is a motorized Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) stepper ergometer for rehabilitation of adult and pediatric patients with neurological injury or impairment. It is the only partial body weight supported stepping system fully integrated with FES. Manufactured and submitted by Restorative Therapies Inc. (Baltimore). Supply and design credit to Apogee Designs Ltd. (Baltimore).
 
 
 

 
 

 

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SIM (Smart Incontinence Management)

SIM (Smart Incontinence Management) is an automated continence monitoring process removes the guesswork associated with a manual assessment and improves patients’ health outcomes. Manufactured and submitted by Simavita Pty. Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia).
 
 
 


 

 

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An Israel Analysis: Can the R&D Hub Grow Up?

An Israel Analysis: Can the R&D Hub Grow Up?

In March, Almeida proofed his pudding, as it were, with a significant purchase of Israel-based respiratory systems maker superDimension Ltd. The Israel-based company developed the i·Logic System, which aims to extend the reach of the conventional bronchoscope, providing minimally invasive access to lesions deep in the lungs as well as mediastinal lymph nodes. The $300 million purchase is a big move for Covidien in gaining access to the minimally invasive surgery space.
 
But it’s not so much the what of Covidien’s purchase that draws my attention as it is the where. OK, actually it is both—but for this article, I’ll stick to the where. Covidien’s purchase gives the company its first innovation foothold in the region, says Bruce Farmer, Covidien’s vice president of media relations.
 
Israel has been cultivating a reputation for innovation over the last few years. In 2012 George Gilder called Israel the Silicon Valley of the Middle East. Right now the country is the world leader in patents for medical devices. According to Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, Israel is home to the greatest concentration of high-tech start up companies anywhere outside of Silicon Valley. Last year, Steve Forbes interviewed Gilder for an episode of Intelligent Investing. In the interview, Gilder said, “Israel is moving to the forefront in developing new technologies that are based on fundamental advances. And these technologies instantly propagate to the United States. . . . It’s our farm system. . . . Israel is the key asset in the Middle East.”
 
You need further evidence? Well, OK. A study released by the Israel Export and International Cooperation [pdf] in 2009 illuminates the state of Israel’s life sciences industry, as follows:
 
  • The country hosts more than 1000 life science firms, 65% of which are medical device companies.
  • The country has the greatest number of scientists and engineers per capita in the world; 24% of the workforce has academic degrees.
  • Life science exports nearly tripled from $2.4 billion in 2004 to $6.5 billion in 2008, with 72% of the exports to North America and 21% to Europe.
 
Such cultivation has not gone unnoticed. Edwards Lifesciences, inherited a think tank subsidiary in Caesarea, Israel, when it purchased Percutaneous Valve Technologies in 2004. Chip Corso, vice president of engineering advanced technologies for Edwards says it was a milestone purchase for the company—and not just because of the technology. “Israel is a hub for R&D. It is critical that we are in that country, because of the kinds of innovations that are coming out of Israel.”
 
This is no accident that these firms are now being purchased or partnered with at greater frequency—the sector is young and growing. According to ILSI-Biomed Israel, more than 50% of medtech firms in Israel were founded after 2000. From 2001 to 2005, the industry saw annual growth of 12%. In total, Israel added 223 life science companies between 2001 and 2005.
 
What I find intriguing about Israeli medical device firms is that they cater heavily to the Western market, but they have a significant opportunity to start innovating for India, Asia, and perhaps other countries in the Middle East—setting aside obvious political and social issues. In fact, Farmer acknowledged that superDimension has a relatively small sales team that has only focused on the U.S. market. He notes that Covidien has an international approach, and hopes that once the acquisition is finalized, superDimension can broaden its reach.
 
The country that is now seen as a U.S. “farm system” has the capacity to surpass the United States in medical device innovation. However, it is likely the political situation that has kept Israel companies so tightly knit to the U.S. medtech market. We are allies in more than one way, and the rest of the world is missing out.
 
Heather Thompson is the editor-in-chief of MD+DI. Follow her on Twitter @medevice_editor

Planmed Verity

Planmed Verity is a mobile 3-D imaging device designed for extremity imaging at the point of care. Its purpose is to catch often-missed fractures in the extremities. It provides preoperative imaging at a lower radiation dose than full-body CTs. Manufactured and submitted by Planmed Oy (Helsinki, Finland).


  

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NOMAD Pro

NOMAD Pro is an advanced, handheld intraoral x-ray for dental professionals that can easily be used in or out of an office setting. Lightweight and rechargeable, NOMAD Pro helps provide underserved patients access to care in remote humanitarian programs. Manufactured by Aribex Inc. (Orem, UT). Entry submitted by IQMS (Paso Robles, CA). Supply and design credit to Voltage Multipliers Inc. (Visalia, CA), and Ecomass Technologies (Austin, TX).


  

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DermScope

The DermScope is an accessory for the iPhone 4 and 4s. It consists of a controlled lighting system, optical interface, and proprietary software that enables dermatascopic image viewing and capture using the iPhone’s camera and display. Manufactured by Canfield Scientific Inc. (Fairfield, NJ). Entry submitted by HS Design Inc. (Gladstone, NJ). Supply and design credit to HS Design Inc.

 


  

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Carestream CS 7600

The Carestream CS 7600 is an intraoral imaging plate system featuring an automated, secure workflow designed to improve productivity and user experience. It enables operators to use the system on multiple patients at the same time, with no waiting and no risk of errors. Manufactured by Carestream Health Ltd. (Yoqneam, Israel). Submitted by Carestream Health Inc. (Rochester, NY).
 
  


  

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BodyTom

BodyTom is a portable CT scanner that provides full body, 32-slice imaging with an 85-cm gantry and 60-cm field of view. The device enables rapid scan time, flexible settings, and immediate image viewing for versatile, real-time CT imaging. Manufactured and submitted by NeuroLogica Corp. (Danvers, MA).

 

 


  

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Simplexa Direct and Simplexa Universal Direct Assay Kits

Simplexa Direct and Simplexa Universal Direct assay kits employ a technology to overcome limitations of other molecular tests: extracting nucleic acids. These assays provide rapid and definitive results within an hour, the time classic real-time PCR requires for nucleic extraction. Manufactured and submitted by Focus Diagnostics (Cypress, CA).
 
 
 
 


  

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