VisionCare closes expanded Series E; Democratic lawmakers call for hearings on Allergan gastric band, transvaginal meshes;

>  VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies has announced the closing of expansion of Series E financing. The company kicked off 2011 with a $31 million Series E round. VisionCare release

> Citing patient safety, House Democrats are calling for hearings on a gastric band made by Allergan and transvaginal meshes made by a number of devicemakers. Report

> Prosecutors have dropped all charges against two Stryker Biotech ($SYK) sales reps after the company pleaded guilty to off-label marketing and agreed to pay a $15 million fine. News

> Pioneer Surgical Technology has opened its newly expanded Greenville manufacturing facility. The location houses the primary manufacturing operations for Pioneer Surgical's biologic products sold in the U.S. and Europe. Pioneer release

> The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will rehear en banc HemCon Medical Technologies' appeal of the patent infringement case brought by Marine Polymer Technologies. HemCon release

And Finally... Diabetics have long hoped to avoid using needle pricks to measure blood glucose levels. And now one company may have found a way to do so by measuring glucose from saliva. Item

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