Stryker completes Orthovita buy; Allied Minds taps Amirana as head of life sciences;

> Stryker has completed its previously announced acquisition of Orthovita, a global developer and manufacturer of orthobiologic and biosurgery products, through an all cash tender offer. Stryker release

> Early-stage technology investment firm Allied Minds has named Omar Amirana as managing director of life sciences. Amirana is a recognized life sciences leader and investor with more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry. Story

> Boston Scientific could gobble up some two-thirds of the business left on the table by Johnson & Johnson's Cordis unit in the U.S., according to research released by the Millennium Research Group. News

> The Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows program at the University of Minnesota is doubling in size, thanks to a $280,000 grant from the Maslowski Family Charitable Trust. Report

> Blood vessels grown in a laboratory were safely implanted in three kidney disease patients, enabling them to have regular dialysis without relying on traditional shunts that caused complications and failed, researchers said. Item

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