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HIV protein shellStructure of HIV outer shell determined
The structure of the protein package that delivers the genetic material of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to human cells has been mapped by the The Scripps Research Institute and the University of Virginia. 31 Jan 2011

Potential new blood treatment for severe H1N1 infection
A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that convalescent plasma may reduce the death rate in patients severely ill with 2009 H1N1 influenza. 31 Jan 2011

GE presents data on Flutemetamol PET imaging agent to detect amyloid plaques
New clinical research data suggests that [18F] Flutemetamol could add value to current diagnostic tools used to provide accurate identification of beta amyloid plaques in the brain. 31 Jan 2011

Zimmer introduces novel mobile bearing for knee implants
Zimmer Holdings, Inc. has launched the Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex mobile bearing knee with Prolong highly crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) in the US. 31 Jan 2011

ProxiScan SPECT system wins Frost & Sullivan technology innovation award
Hybridyne Technologies' Proxiscan SPECT imaging system has been awarded the 2010 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation of the Year. 31 Jan 2011

First five-year outcomes on CyberKnife radiosurgery for prostate cancer
Accuray has announced the first published five-year outcomes on low risk prostate cancer patients treated with the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system. 31 Jan 2011

Caliper and Seegene partner to provide multiplex molecular diagnostics products
Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. and Seegene, Inc. have entered into a strategic partnership to enable Seegene's SeePlex multiplex diagnostic assays to run on Caliper's innovative LabChip Dx platform. 31 Jan 2011

Caliper launches LabChip Dx for molecular diagnostics
The LabChip Dx system uses the company's proprietary microfluidic technology and is aimed at clinical research laboratories developing molecular diagnostic tests. 31 Jan 2011

Siemens launches personalized education plan for laboratory and healthcare staff
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has introduced the Personalized Education Plan (PEP), a competency-based clinical laboratory education model. 31 Jan 2011

Underlying cause of Alzheimer's found and new treatments identified
Alzheimer's disease is a disease of synapses and treatments that target this can virtually eliminate other characteristics of the disease, according to a study by the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. 31 Jan 2011

Varian receives US clearance for proton therapy system
Varian Medical Systems has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its proton Therapy System which generates protons for precision radiotherapy of lesions, tumours, and conditions where radiation treatment is indicated. 31 Jan 2011

Waters biopharmaceutical system unites UPLC/MS analyses and workflows
Waters Corporation has introduced its Waters Biopharmaceutical System a comprehensive software solution that unites all aspects of biotherapeutic analyses and workflows for high-resolution analytics. 31 Jan 2011

Abbott receives CE Mark for world's first drug eluting bioresorbable coronary stent
Abbott's BVS device restores blood flow by opening a clogged vessel and providing support to the vessel until the device dissolves within approximately two years. 31 Jan 2011

Hotspur's GPSCath allows multiple vascular procedures from single catheter
The GPSCath is a two-in-one device that allows physicians to perform high-pressure angioplasty and inject physician-specified fluids such as contrast while maintaining guidewire position. 31 Jan 2011

De Novo Software launches upgrade to FCS Express for flow and image cytometry
De Novo Software has released a new version of FCS Express, its flagship product for flow cytometry analysis in clinical and pharmaceutical research laboratories. 31 Jan 2011

New treatment to improve vision loss for diabetics
Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK has announced the launch in the UK of Lucentis (ranibizumab) for the treatment of visual impairment due to diabetes, specifically diabetic macular oedema (DMO). 31 Jan 2011

Real-time vital signs data provider Isansys Lifecare makes company debut
The new business will focus on providing continuous, real-time patient data to healthcare professionals using the Isansys Lifecare Platform. 28 Jan

World's first 3D keyhole surgery performed at University of Surrey
Doctors performed the world's first remote 3D keyhole surgery during a symposium at the University of Surrey last December. 28 Jan 2011

Philips receives CE mark for PET/MRI system — first new modality in 10 years
The combined system integrates the molecular imaging capabilities of PET with the superior soft tissue contrast of MR (magnetic resonance) to image disease cells as they proliferate in soft tissue. 24 Jan 2011

Sepmag awarded Chinese patent for homogenous biomagnetic separation
The company's novel technique applies less pressure on particles and guarantees users consistently reproducible results in their in vitro diagnostics kits. 24 Jan 2011

Généthon and Children’s Hospital Boston partner in gene therapy trial to treat WAS
The gene therapy clinical trial will test a new approach for treatment of Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS), a genetic condition that is a life-threatening immunodeficiency disease. 24 Jan 2011

NanoSight reaches profitability with support of UK nanotechnology network
Salisbury-based NanoSight, which has developed a unique nanoparticle characterization system, has recently secured its 250th sale and has reached profitability for the first time since the company was established in 2005. 24 Jan 2011

Diffusion-weighted MRI shows promise in detecting advancing prostate cancer
An advanced type of magnetic resonance imaging — diffusion weighted MRI — could be used instead of an invasive biopsy to decide whether prostate cancer patients under active surveillance need treatment. 24 Jan 2011

Leica extends multiphoton microscopy with integrated OPO
Leica Microsystems has matched its TCS SP5 MP multiphoton microscope with a fully integrated OPO (optical parametric oscillator) system. 24 Jan 2011

InhibOx launches Scopius-5 100m compound drug screening database
InhibOx Ltd has launched Scopius-5, a drug-discovery screening database that can store details of 100 million compounds, including 3D models. 24 Jan

Innovation award for wireless fertility monitor and non-contact vital signs monitor
Two UK emerging medical technology businesses, Cambridge Temperature Concepts and PneumaCare, won awards at the Discovering Start-Ups 2010 last month. 21 Jan 2011

RS TechMedic uses Sierra Wireless modules to transmit patient data in real time
RS TechMedic BV, a medical technology provider based in The Netherlands, is using the Sierra Wireless AirPrime Q2687 EDGE wireless module in its Dyna-Vision telemedicine device for cardiopulmonary applications. 21 Jan 2011

Kromek wins US$4m contract to develop advanced breast cancer diagnosis system
The contract represents one of very few scientific programmes, globally, with the potential to dramatically improve the way in which breast cancer is detected and subsequently treated. 21 Jan 2011

Polyplus-transfection raises €2.5 million in latest funding round
This new round brings in new shareholders in Polyplus-transfection, AIRFI (Alsace Inter Regio Fonds d’Investissement) and Sudinnova, which have invested €1 million and €0.5 million, respectively. 21 Jan 2011

Conference on nanotechnology for drug formulation
The conference, which will be held on 27 January at The School of Pharmacy, London, will provide a forum for industry professionals to discuss and highlight best practise and to encourage collaborative working. 21 Jan 2011

BD and Bruker collaborate to transform bacterial and fungal diagnostics
The companies have formed a co-development and co-marketing collaboration that will promote an emerging, integrated approach to bacterial and fungal identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing.  21 Jan 2011

Siemens Healthcare creates UK clinical products division for X-ray and ultrasound
The new division brings together mammography, ultrasound, general X-ray, fluoroscopy, mobile X-ray and urology imaging under one team to focus on growing market share. 21 Jan 2011

New research clusters improve UK drug development capability
Two UK initiatives are linking the pharmaceutical industry, government-funded research and academia with the aim of reviving the country's reputation as a centre for drug research. 19 Jan 2011

Artificial pancreas gives hope for injection-free diabetes
An artificial pancreas being developed at De Montfort University could revolutionise the treatment of diabetes and put a stop to daily injections. 19 Jan 2011

New technique for more efficient drug development
A tiny polypeptide that can bind to virtually any target-seeking organic molecule used for drug development could considerably shorten the time taken to determine the suitability of a target molecule as a useful drug. 19 Jan 2011

New metabolic profiling lab brings personalised medicine to operating theatre
The newly opened Surgical Metabonomics Laboratory in St Mary's Hospital, London, could transform the way surgeons make decisions in the operating theatre by using metabolic profiling of tissue samples. 17 Jan 2011

Wirral delivers second wave of Cerner Millennium go live on schedule
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has successfully implemented on schedule a second go-live with additional modules of its Cerner Millennium implementation. 14 Jan

Hologic acquires uterine fibroid system developer Interlace Medical
Hologic, Inc. a developer of  diagnostics, medical imaging systems and surgical products for women's health has acquired Interlace Medical, Inc. a developer and manufacturer of the MyoSure hysteroscopic tissue removal system. 13 Jan 2011

Gynesonics receives EU clearance for uterine fibroid treatment
The VizAblate System is a transcervical device that combines ultrasound image guidance with radiofrequency ablation to treat fibroids in an outpatient setting. 13 Jan 2011

Boston Scientific acquires deep brain stimulation company Intelect Medical
Boston Scientific is paying $60m for the company which is developing the GUIDE DBS programming system, a system to enable clinicians to visualize stimulation fields in the brain and provide more precise targeting of therapy. 13 Jan 2011

Nanoscience Instruments launches benchtop carbon nanotube synthesiser
The new benchtop carbon nanotube synthesis device, Nanotech Innovations SSP-354, is a low-cost system for producing high-quality, multi-walled carbon nanotubes. 7 Jan 2011

18th century Irish giant helps find genetic cause of acromegaly
An Anglo-German research team has analysed the genes of the Irish Giant skeleton held in the Hunterian Museum in London to help identify the genetic mutation responsible for acromegaly. 7 Jan 2011

iCAD completes acquisition of Xoft
Cancer diagnostic imaging systems developer iCAD, Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Xoft, Inc., developer of the Axxent eBx electronic brachytherapy system. 7 Jan 2011

Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of Lomb Scientific
Lomb Scientific is a provider of laboratory chemicals, consumables and instruments in Australia and New Zealand. 7 Jan 2011

Advanced Cell Technology and Roslin Cells collaborate to produce embryonic stem cells
The companies will establish a bank of GMP-grade human embryonic stem cell lines using ACT’s proprietary 'single-ceblastomere' technique for deriving embryonic stem cells without damage to the embryo. 7 Jan 2011

GE and Russian Technologies form joint venture to manufacture medical devices
GE and state corporation Russian Technologies (Rostekhnologii) are to form a joint venture to manufacture, assemble, sell and service medical diagnostic equipment in Russia. 7 Jan 2011

Public-private partnerships in healthcare worldwide worth US$70 trillion up to 2020
The rapidly increasing costs of healthcare worldwide will spur governments to use public-private partnerships to improve efficiencies, according to PwC's Health Research Institute. 6 Jan 2011

SEEK announces positive outcome for universal flu vaccine trial
The new vaccine, FLU-v, is the first of a new class of breakthrough T cell vaccines that has been developed to provide a single vaccination that is effective against all strains of influenza virus, including pandemic strains. 6 Jan 2011

Mobile platform for fast sepsis diagnosis
A new credit-card-sized diagnostic platform being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology will be able to diagnose sepsis in as little as an hour. 6 Jan 2011

Genetically modified algae starch shows promise as malaria vaccine carrier
Two French laboratories have successfully vaccinated and protected mice by feeding them starch derived from green algae and genetically modified to carry vaccine proteins. 6 Jan 2011

Engineered probiotic bacteria could reduce obesity
Specially designed probiotics can modulate the physiology of host fat cells. The findings could result in the use of specialised probiotics to prevent or treat conditions such as obesity. 6 Jan 2011

Drug screening finds new compounds that prevent growth of prostate cancer
Finnish researchers have discovered that several drugs and compounds already in the market can prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells. 6 Jan 2011

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