Ex-St. Jude exec barred from Medtronic until November; UEL, school to create device incubator

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> A judge in Minnesota has ruled that former St. Jude Medical executive Joseph McCullough, who joined rival Medtronic months after quitting, can't work at a competitor until Nov. 1 due to a noncompete clause in his employment agreement. Report

> The University of Minnesota and University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL) are close to a deal that will create a medical device incubator at the UEL facility in St. Paul, according to sources and documents obtained by MedCity News. News

> Boston Scientific has been notified by the FDA that all issues cited in the Company's corporate warning letter have been resolved. Boston Scientific release

> Mela Sciences' skin-cancer-detecting device, MelaFind, will be reviewed by the FDA's General and Plastic Surgery Devices panel on Nov. 14. The device performed 2.5 times better than dermatologists' overviews. Article

> Donald Todd has been named president of Asia/Pacific for STAAR Surgical. Todd and William Goodmen, the new global VP of human resources, will start Aug. 27. News

> When a patient gets their cholesterol checked, it usually involves fasting for 12 hours and then having a few vials of blood drawn. But now a Winnipeg-based biotechnology firm has a non-invasive alternative: a test that measures cholesterol through the skin. Article

> Boston Heart Lab, a Framingham, MA-based provider of cardiovascular care management products and services, has raised $10 million in an equity and rights financing, according to an SEC filing. Story

> Brain Plasticity Inc. (BPI), a new technology incubator dedicated to the discovery and development of novel technologies that harness the basic principles of brain plasticity to improve the lives of people with neurological and psychiatric disorders, was recently awarded $3.65 million dollars in two separate grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Posit Science release

> Designing and developing medical devices is a challenging business. Battelle therefore has turned to a hometown neighbor to get the process started easily. Just north of Battelle's main campus in Columbus is OhioHealth's Center for Medical Education + Innovation at Riverside Methodist Hospital. The five-year-old, state-of-the-art facility is for medical training as well as concept and new product testing and serves as the perfect spot to get prototypes into action. Battelle release

> Integra LifeSciences Holdings has signed a three-year contract for JARIT surgical instruments with Amerinet, a leading national healthcare group purchasing organization. Integra release

> Cannabis Science signs joint venture with Smokefree Innotec to develop high-tech smoke-free vaporized medical cannabis products. Cannabis' release

And Finally... Good things come in small packages to be sure, but when they have to be fixed, the challenge can be large. Such was the case with Tank, a 70-pound dwarf miniature horse. Like many dwarf animals, Tank was born with a congenital bone deformity. Enter the veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania's large animal hospital at New Bolton Center in East Marlborough and the experts at devicemaker Synthes in East Goshen. Story (with video)

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