Bovie pulls electrosurgical devices from market; Boston Sci gets EU OK for OMEGA system;

> Bovie Medical is pulling a pair of electrosurgical devices of the market to settle a patent infringement lawsuit with Salient Surgical Technologies and Medtronic. Report

> Boston Scientific has received CE Marking for its OMEGA platinum chromium bare-metal coronary stent system, the company's third-generation coronary stenting technology. It incorporates Boston Scientific's unique platinum chromium alloy designed specifically for coronary stenting and is intended to provide interventional cardiologists with a bare-metal stent with improved acute performance in treating patients with coronary artery disease. Boston Scientific release

> Guided Therapeutics has provided an update on the FDA review process for its premarket approval application for the LightTouch non-invasive test for the early detection of cervical pre-cancer. The FDA has inspected two clinical trial sites as part of its review process and raised no formal compliance issues. Guided Therapeutics release

> Medtronic CoreValve is the other half of what could grow into one of Orange County's greatest business rivalries. The Irvine-based unit of Minnesota medical device maker Medtronic is squaring off against Edwards Lifesciences, also of Irvine, in the budding market for a new type of heart valve that doesn't require major surgery. Item

> Medical device company Cardica said Friday that its Microcutter surgical cutting and stapling device has received CE Mark certification in Europe. News

> Medical device maker Orthofix International NV said it received a subpoena from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission over its compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The subpoena is related to potentially illegal payments by Mexican subsidiary Promeca SA de CV to employees of "a Mexican governmental healthcare entity," Orthofix said. Story

And Finally... Valentin Chapero has no eye for the stunning alpine peaks that dominate the view from Sonova Holding AG's board-room windows. But Mr. Chapero defends his imperviousness to the beauty around him. "Everybody thinks seeing is much more important than hearing," Mr. Chapero says. "But that's not true. Hearing is more important as it connects people with people, while seeing is what connects people with objects." Story

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