Guided Therapeutics seeks FDA meeting after 'non-approvable' letter; The Sorin Group gains regulatory nod for heart devices;

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> Guided Therapeutics wants to meet with the FDA to determine a path forward for approval for its LuVivia advanced cervical scan PMA, after regulators issued a "not-approvable" letter for the product. Release

> The Sorin Group obtained FDA approval for its Paradym RF implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices. Execs are also launching the products commercially. Release

> EndoSphere has secured a new U.S. patent regarding its incisionless anti-obesity device technologies. Release

> Hitachi Medical Systems America, which makes diagnostic imaging equipment, has gained FDA clearance to market its new Echelon Oval 1.5T Ultra-Wide MR system. Release

> Abbott has launched its new FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Monitoring System in Canada. The product is armed with an insulin calculator to generate suggested insulin doses. Release

> Startup Micro Interventional Devices has nailed down $500,000 in bridge financing to advance clinical development of its Permaseal device, designed to enable self-sealing, sutureless cardiac access and closure for various heart repair procedures. Release

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And Finally... University of Washington scientists have come up with a type of surface that, once shaken, would move drops along specific paths in order to conduct medical and environmental tests. The finding is considered an important step in developing diagnostics small enough to fit into a person's pocket, Nanowerk reports. Story