CombiMatrix to focus on diagnostics biz; SurModics CEO to resign;

> CombiMatrix said today that it has abandoned efforts to find potential buyers of the company or its assets. Instead, the board has decided that the company will now focus its efforts on growing its diagnostics services business. Item

> SurModics, a leading provider of drug delivery and surface modification technologies to the healthcare industry, announced that Bruce Barclay is resigning as president and CEO and from the board, effective immediately. SurModics release

> Applied Medical Resources, a Rancho Santa Margarita medical device maker, continues to gain business as some buyers seek less expensive products and others diversify from the big names that dominate the industry. News

> Simbionix USA Corporation has released a revolutionary, interactive mobile application for training medical professionals. The fully interactive surgical procedure course, created for a leading medical device manufacturer, is now available from the Apple App Store for use with the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Story

> St. Jude Medical has announced European CE Mark approval of its new Epiducer lead delivery system for neurostimulation therapy. Unveiled at the Neurosurgery 2010 Congress in Lyon, France, the Epiducer lead delivery system is the first of its kind, allowing introduction of S-Series perc-paddle leads as well as multiple lead arrays through a single percutaneous entry point. Release

> GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE), a pioneer in digital mammography, today announced the introduction of an innovative technology to aid in breast cancer diagnosis. GE Healthcare's new SenoBright Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) technology reduces ambiguity in mammography results, enabling physicians to detect and diagnose cancer with more confidence--even in the densest part of the breast tissue more rapidly and accurately. GE release

> Covidien has announced the global launch of the V-Loc 90 device, expanding its family of V-Loc absorbable wound closure devices. This latest addition to Covidien's knotless wound closure product line received 510(k) clearance from the FDA on May 11, 2010. Covidien release

> College of the Canyons' Employee Training Institute will use grant funds to train more than 100 Boston Scientific employees in the company's growing neuromodulation division, the Santa Clarita-based school announced. Report

> GE Healthcare has introduced Innova Vision Technology for structural heart, a new software application that effectively fuses real-time 2D X-ray images and 3D cardiac models from multiple modalities such as X-ray, CT and Magnetic Resonance, and incorporates image stabilization features to reduce image motion that occurs with patient movement or breathing. The application was introduced at the EuroPCR congress in Paris, France, May 25-28, 2010. Release

And Finally... A compound found in sunless tanning spray may help to heal wounds following surgery, according to new results published by plastic surgeons from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City and biomedical engineers at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where the novel compound was developed. Report