Judge rebuffs Boston Sci bid to have claims dismissed in patent suit; Brits check out San Antonio;

> A federal judge in Massachusetts shoots down Boston Scientific's bid to have two claims dismissed from a patent infringement lawsuit filed by OrbusNeich Medical over the Liberté stent. Story

> British officials, looking to bolster economic development in the UK, say they are impressed with the growth of San Antonio's bioscience industry and are now actively pursuing opportunities there. That includes courting local businesses, particularly medical device companies, that may be ripe for international expansion. News

> Former Embrex CEO Randall Marcuson has been named chairman of Advanced Animal Diagnostics, a Durham company that is developing technology for diagnosing farm animal diseases. Report

> HeartWare International has announced that the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia has approved the HeartWare ventricular assist system for listing on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. HeartWare release

> TranS1 has announced the 510(k) clearance of the AxiaLIF 1L+ product line, an instrumentation and implant system for L5-S1 lumbar fusion. TranS1 release

> It's no wonder that Cleveland Clinic has placed an increased emphasis on commercializing medical innovations by its doctors. Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove revealed in a recent interview that the $78 million sale of Clinic neurotechnology spinoff Intelect Medical to Boston Scientific in January returned an impressive $28 million to the health system. Report

> Irish devicemaker Crospon and Israel's Smart Medical Systems have signed an agreement through which Smart Medical will produce a custom version of the NaviAid external channel endoscope accessory to permit deployment and positioning of Crospon's EndoFLIP imaging catheter. Crospon-Smart Medical release

> Teleflex Incorporated, a global provider of medical technology products, has announced a global distribution agreement with Perouse Medical through which Teleflex will distribute the Perouse line of POLYSITE intravenous implantable infusion ports. Teleflex release

And Finally... Those who have lost a limb may one day be fitted with a prosthetic replacement that is wired not only to respond to their commands, but also to provide them with sensory feedback. An Indiana company, Ardiem Medical, is pointing toward that day with some of the sophisticated biomedical devices it produces or has on the drawing board. Those include a prototype prosthetic arm and various electrodes designed to interface with the body's nerves. Report