Second Sight preps $25M offering; Svelte Medical Systems proceeds with stent trial;

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> Svelte Medical Systems treated its first patient in the DIRECT II clinical study in Belgium, a trial that will compare the company's drug-eluting coronary stent integrated delivery system with Medtronic's ($MDT) Resolute Integrity drug-eluting stent. Release

> Second Sight Medical is prepping a $25 million offering involving equity, debt, options and warrants. Story

> Researchers in New Jersey are pursuing development of a blood test that could detect mild cognitive impairment caused by early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Item

> Providers should limit the use of FDA-approved imaging technologies to identify beta-amyloid proteins in the brain to a small group of patients, according to new joint guidelines from the Alzheimer's Association and the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Story

> Students in a particular class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are focused on developing new medical devices. Story

> General Electric ($GE) is developing a robot-enabled system that would handle packaging, delivery and sterilization of surgical tools. Release

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> FDA staffers frown over Pharmaxis data for inhaled CF treatment. Article

> Boehringer gets FDA panel's thumbs up on 'modest' new COPD treatment. News

> FDA hands Sanofi, Isis an approval for HoFH drug Kynamro. Story

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> France yanking Bayer's Diane-35 off the market. Article

> Pfizer may split, CEO says, but don't expect a decision soon. Story

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> Sustained-release contact lenses deliver eye drugs postsurgery. Article

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> MIT researchers deliver to cells with a squeeze. Story

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