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CTS' Scottish plant achieves medical device manufacturing certification. 15 Dec 2006

Olympus endoscope offers true HD video with Sony medical recorder
Olympus has ordered 150 HD medical recorders from Sony for its new endoscopic camera unit, which will allow it to offer the first end-to-end HD endoscopic workflow. 14 Dec 2006

Medtronic to spin-off external defibrillation business. 11 Dec 2006

Agfa wins PACS contract from private UK group Classic Hospitals. 11 Dec 2006

Xograph launches hospital air purification division. 11 Dec 2006

AngioDynamics to acquire RITA Medical for $220m. 11 Dec 2006

Huntleigh Technologies taken over by Getinge in £409m deal.
9 Dec 2006

Kodak and NDMA collaborate to support mammography screening in Europe. 4 Dec 2006

Elekta wins 30-year contract to equip new UK cancer centre. 1 Dec 2006

DMetrix, Inc. and Definiens AG sign partnership to develop automated digital pathology system. 1 Dec 2006

Nucletron and RaySearch cooperate to develop proton therapy planning software
The companies have signed a long-term development and license agreement that will result in a new proton treatment planning and optimization module that will be fully integrated in Nucletron's Oncentra MasterPlan software. 28 Nov 2006

Whittington Hospital imaging department equipped by £30m managed-service contract
The fully digital department has been designed and developed by Asteral as part of a £30 million 15-year standalone Managed Equipment Service (MES) contract. 27 Nov 2006

NHS Scotland awards £300 million IT services contract to Atos Origin Alliance. 21 Nov 2006

Mirapoint wins contract to secure messaging services for UK health service. 21 Nov 2006

Specialist medical software supplier EndoSoft opens UK office
21 Nov 2006

Dräger adopts Masimo pulse oximetry platform
Dräger Medical has expanded its partnership with Masima and will integrate the Masimo Rainbow SET platform as its principal pulse oximetry patient monitoring technology. 21 Nov 2006

Ventilator controlled by patient's brain
MAQUET Critical Care has launched the SERVO-i ventilator with neurally adjusted ventilatory assist at MEDICA. It allows the patient to control the ventilator with their brain's respiratory centre. 16 Nov 2006

Siemens brings network connectivity to healthcare
At Medica 2006 under the title “A Holistic View with a Focus on Benefits”, Siemens is presenting a new look to patient-based solutions and what is now possible thanks to modern information technology. 15 Nov 2006

Siemens Medical wins $40-million deal with South Carolina University
Siemens Medical Solutions and The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have entered into a five-year, $40-million strategic alliance that will bring leading-edge diagnostic imaging technologies to the University and will include a collaborative research and development programme. 15 Nov 2006

Boston Scientific receives EU clearance for new lead for electrical pain-relief device
The surgical or "paddle" lead potentially expands the application of the company's neurostimulation technology to an additional 20% of people with chronic pain of the limbs, back or trunk. 7 Nov 2006

Siemens' take over of Bayer Diagnostics gains European approval
The €4.2 billion deal will allow Siemens' to combine its entire imaging diagnostics, laboratory diagnostics and clinical information technology value chain under one roof and create what the company claims is the world's first full service diagnostics company. 3 Nov 2006

Precisely targeted cancer treatment for East Netherlands
The Medische Spectrum Twente (MST)hospital in Enschede, east Netherlands has installed the country's first On-Board Imager (OBI) device for image-guided radiotherapy. The device can reduce treatment margins to within 2mm-3mm accuracy, allowing clinicians to focus a higher radiation dose on the tumour. 2 Nov 2006

Philips appoints new CEO of Medical Systems division
Royal Philips Electronics has appointed Stephen H. Rusckowski as CEO of Philips Medical Systems, effective November 1, 2006. He currently has global responsibility for Imaging Systems. 31 October 2006

Misonix expands high intensity focused ultrasound business to Spain
30 October 2006

Radi Medical Systems sells 1200th RadiAnalyzer patient monitor. 29 Oct 2006

Roche Diagnostics launches insulin pump system in USA
The Roche Diagnostics ACCU-CHEK Spirit insulin pump system for diabetes self-management includes an insulin pump, a blood glucose monitor, and software with a bolus calculator. 24 Oct 2006

Akubio wins £800,000 grant to develop electronic hand-held disease detectors
UK nanotechnology firm Akubio has received a £826,000 government grant to help develop its electronic technology for the rapid detection of viruses and bacteria such as avian flu, E coli, malaria and meningitis. 24 Oct 2006

Dräger Medical opens new subsidiary in Argentina. 23 Oct 2006

Sorin Group introduces advanced defibrillation therapy to Japanese market
Sorin Group subsidiary ELA Medical has launched its ALTO 2 line of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in Japan and announced the first implants. 23 Oct 2006

Diagnostic Ultrasound Corp changes name to Verathon Inc.
The name change reflects additions to and successes of the company’s brands, including acquisition of Saturn Biomedical Systems and its innovative GlideScope video laryngoscope (GVL) brand. 19 October 2006

EnBW acquires interest in ehealth specialist ICW
German company Energie Baden-Württemberg AG has acquired a minority interest in ehealth specialist InterComponentWare AG. The investment will enable development of networking solutions and increase its international presence. 12 Oct 2006

iSOFT wins four lab system support contracts worth £2.7m
iSOFT has won two contracts in Scotland and two in England for support and maintenance of its laboratory information systems. 8 Oct 2006

ANS receives Australian approval for rechargeable chronic pain system
Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (ANS) has received regulatory approval from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for its Eon rechargeable neurostimulation system. Patients at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney are among first to be implanted with the device. 6 Oct 2006

St. Augustinius Hospital in Belgium receives Mobetron intraoperative radiation therapy system
IntraOp Medical Corporation's Mobetron allows radiation and surgical oncologists to pinpoint the area that requires radiation and deliver high doses directly to the affected tissue during cancer surgery. 29 Sept 2006

Boston Scientific launches less-invasive visualization system for cardiac surgical ablation
Boston Scientific's new FLEXView System enables physicians to perform stand-alone ablation procedures in a closed chest environment with direct visualization of the procedure at all times. 29 Sept 2006

Philips launches new cardiology ultrasound system
The new Philips HD11 XE is designed to meet the specific needs of cardiologists through more powerful cardiac capabilities. 29 Sept 2006

BD Biosciences releases flow cytometry system for in vitro diagnostics use. 27 Sept 2006

Manchester Bioimaging Facility orders three Nikon confocal microscope systems. 22 Sept 2006

Agfa PACS selected by HMA regional hospital network in USA
Agfa HealthCare has entered into a dual-source agreement for its IMPAX 6.0 PACS with Health Management Associates, Inc. an operator of acute care hospitals primarily in the non-urban south-east and south-west areas of the United States. 20 Sept 2006

Varian Medical Systems to equip Genk Cancer Clinic in Belgium
A new radiotherapy centre that will provide patients in the north-east of Belgium with greater access to advanced cancer treatments will be equipped with Varian Medical Systems’ integrated and automated treatment equipment and software. 19 Sept 2006

North West Wales is first customer for AiMS image management. 18 Sept 2006

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre selects Ziehm mobile C-arm. 18 Sept 2006

Elekta to deliver latest brain radiosurgery system  to University of Virginia. 13 Sept 2006

Natus Medical to acquire leading French EEG manufacturer Deltamed. 12 Sept 2006

PerkinElmer acquires Avalon Instruments for Raman spectroscopy products. 12 September 2006

Bang & Olufsen Medicom and AstraZeneca to develop patient-compliance monitoring device. 8 Sept 2006

Elekta signs pricing agreement with US Oncology
Elekta has signed a three-year agreement with US Oncology outlining pricing and terms and conditions for supplying intensity modulated and image guided radiation therapy. 6 Sept 2006

Turnover of German medical technology companies grows 3.8 %
4 Sept 2006

Nanogen and Fisher Scientific expand molecular diagnostics R&D collaboration
Fisher Scientific may provide up to $10 million in total during 2007 and 2008 for the research and development of infectious disease and molecular diagnostic tests. 24 August 2006

Tunstall awarded funding to develop advanced telecare solutions for the home
Tunstall has been awarded £615,000 from Yorkshire Forward to develop 'lifestyle reassurance' technology that monitors a patient's activities in the home and helps deliver highly personalised care services to older and vulnerable people. 23 August 2006

Viking Systems markets laparoscopic vision systems in The Netherlands, Ukraine and Korea. 23 August 2006

Respironics carbon dioxide sensors to be used in Sartorius disposable bioreactors. 22 August 2006

Heidelberg clinic first in Germany to offer TomoTherapy radiotherapy treatment. 22 August 2006

Misonix introduces HIFU prostate cancer treatment to Hungary.
21 August 2006

Fukuda Denshi to Sell Kontron Medical SAS and Kontron Medical AG. 21 August 2006

Bruker Daltonics to manufacture and distribute Isis Pharmaceuticals' biosensor system
Bruker Daltonics will be the exclusive worldwide manufacturer of the Ibis T5000 infectious organism detection system and will also be responsible for order processing, system installations and service in North America, Europe and the Middle East. 21 August 2006

UTEK Corporation and In Veritas Medical Diagnostics announce strategic alliance. 21 August 2006

Digitisation and high costs driving consolidation in European medical imaging market
Novel picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and moves towards digitisation are spurring growth in the European medical imaging market, but this is set against pressures from cost reduction, reduced hospital beds, lack of radiologists and a trend towards multi-modality deals. 17 August 2006

Philips and BG Medicine form alliance to develop molecular imaging and diagnostic products. 13 August 2006

Mercury Computer Systems signs agreements with German, French & Australian PACS suppliers. 9 August 2006

Hologic acquires Suros Surgical Systems
Hologic, Inc., a manufacturer of diagnostic digital imaging systems for women's health, has completed the acquisition of Suros Surgical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of devices used for minimally invasive breast biopsy and tissue excision. 8 August 2006

Large differences in marketing budgets for medical devices
The average marketing investment for a new medical device is $1.8 million, according to a new report from research firm Cutting Edge Information, but can rise to as much as $75m. 8 August 2006

Report on marketing and promotion of medical devices
A new report from Cutting Edge Information looks at how top companies are meeting the challenge of maximizing the return on marketing budgets. 4 August 2006

Inverness Medical Innovations and Procter & Gamble to jointly develop consumer diagnostics products. 4 August 2006

CardioDynamics licenses patient monitoring technology to China's Mindray
The agreement allows Mindray to integrate CardioDynamics BioZ ICG technology into its patient monitoring products in return for a licensing fee for each BioZ ICG kit purchased by Mindray. 4 August 2006

Schering and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals collaborate to develop imaging agents to detect Alzheimer's disease
Imaging agents made by Avid directly bind to the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Schering will have the option to assume exclusive rights to these for use with PET scanning technology. 25 July 2006

Agfa to integrate radiology and PACS in 15 Norwegian hospitals
The Western Norway Regional Health Authority, Helse Vest, has selected Agfa HealthCare, along with partner eCare, to integrate patient radiology information from 15 private and public hospitals in the region. 19 July 2006

Smiths Medical to supply temperature management products to US healthcare alliance
Smiths Medical, part of UK-based Smiths Group, has been awarded participation in a multi-million dollar contract with Premier Purchasing Partners group purchasing organization (GPO). 19 July 2006

Global ophthalmology market to reach $13 billion by 2008
The market for ocular remedies is experiencing rapid growth, with overall global revenues expected to rise from $7.8 billion in 2004 to greater than $13 billion in 2008. 14 July 2006

3mensio Medical Imaging BV expands distribution network of 3viseon products
3mensio Medical Imaging BV has announced a series of signed partnerships for the distribution of 3viseon products in Benelux, Germany, Italy, and United Kingdom. 12 July 2006

Boston Scientific issues safety alert for Guidant pacemakers and defibrillators
Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announced that it is providing safety information and retrieving a specific subset of pacemakers, cardiac resynchronization pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators from its sales force and hospital inventories. 27 June 2006

Philips to acquire MRI component and accessory manufacturer Intermagnetics
Royal Philips Electronics has strengthened its position in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) market with the acquisition of Intermagnetics, one of the leading manufacturers of MRI magnets and other devices. Philips will also move its MRI headquarters to New York. 22 June 2006

Sorin Group receives approval for world's smallest implantable cardioverter defibrillator
ELA Medical, part of Italian company Sorin Group has received US approval to market its new family of a dual and single chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). 30 May 2006

Hologic acquires selenium photoconductor supplier AEG Elektrofotografie
Diagnostic imaging supplier Hologic, Inc. has acquired German company AEG Elektrofotografie GmbH for 21 million. This allows Hologic to take direct control over a critical step in its detector manufacturing process. 21 May 2006

The ANS Eon neurostimulation system uses electrical impulses to trigger nerve fibres along the spinal chordEU approval and first European implant for ANS neurostimulation system
The Eon Neurostimulation System helps patients manage chronic, intractable pain by using low-intensity electrical impulses to selectively trigger nerve fibres along the spinal cord. 19 May 2006

The BioSign patient monitorOxford BioSignals receives approval for BioSign patient monitor in US and Europe
The BioSign measures how abnormal a patient’s vital signs and helps healthcare professionals and outreach teams to identify patients in crisis and intervene earlier to correct the problem. 17 May 2006

The new towers of The Royal London HospitalLondon hospitals award Siemens £300m medical technology deal
Siemens will supply state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology in the new radiology, cardiology and oncology departments of the two hospitals for 35 years from 2009. 17 May 2006

Dermasonics reduces manufacturing costs of needle-free drug-injection device
The company has completed a demonstration of a mass production system for the specialised ultrasonic transducers used in its U-Strip ultrasonic drug-delivery technology. 12 May 2006

Xograph adds Planmed digital mammography system to portfolio
The Planmed Nuance full field digital mammography system will be unveiled at Symposium Mammographicum 2006 in July. 11 May 2006

GE Healthcare's wide-bore computed tomography system gets US FDA go-ahead
The 16-slice CT system will be available in two configurations. The LightSpeed RT16 enables advanced imaging for radiation therapy planning, and the LightSpeed Xtra is designed for radiology needs such as trauma, interventional and bariatric procedures. 6 May 2006

Siemens enters in-vitro diagnostics market with acquisition of Diagnostic Products Corporation
Siemens and Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC) have entered into a merger agreement under which Siemens will acquire DPC for approximately $1.86 billion. 2 May 2006

The Elekta Neuromag magnetoencephalography scanner. Photo: ElektaElekta to supply 3-D brain mapping device to Cambridge brain science unit
Swedish company Elekta has won a tender to deliver its Elekta Neuromag, a magneto-encephalography (MEG) scanner for the non-invasive registration of nerve cell activity in the brain to the the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (MRC CBU) in Cambridge, UK. 1 May 2006

Bruker Daltonics obtains Russian medical device registration for mass spectrometers
Bruker Daltonics has obtained registration of its complete MALDI-TOF product line of mass spectrometers, and its ClinProRobot sample preparation platform. This will allow the Institute of Physico-Chemical Medicine in Moscow to develop a novel system for the identification and characterization of clinically relevant microorganisms. 1 May 2006

Medtronic announces clinical trials strategy for neurological and urological therapies
Medtronic will invest in at least six new major clinical trials of therapies that use its neuromodulation or radiofrequency technology to treat a range of neurological and urological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, depression, chronic pain, severe spasticity. 1 May 2006

The Medfusion 3500 syringe pumpSmiths Medical wins $3m syringe pump contract with Massachusetts General Hospital
Smiths Medical has won a contract to supply Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) with 1,365 of its Medfusion 3500 syringe pumps. The pumps, which have PharmGuard Medication Safety Software, are the most recent innovation in Smiths Medical’s infusion technology. 6 April 2006

Dräger Medical receives award for  wireless patient monitoring technology
Dräger Medical has been awarded the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology & Innovation Excellence in the European Markets for Wireless Patient Monitoring in Hospitals. 30 March 2006

Service for outsourcing scientific instrument sales in Europe
Anachem-S3 is offering a ready-made service solution for scientific instrumentation suppliers wanting to grow their sales in Europe.  Outsourcing can help build business faster and exploit new sales opportunities. 17 March 2006

Philips acquires cardiology monitoring technology in takeover of Witt Biomedical
Philips will acquire Witt Biomedical Corporation, the largest independent supplier of haemodynamic monitoring and clinical reporting systems used in cardiology catheterization laboratories. The takeover will allow Philips to offer an integrated suite of best-in-class technologies for the Cath Lab department. 14 March 2006

Mercury and Acuo Technologies collaborate in hosted medical image management
Acuo, in collaboration with U.S. service providers, will include Visage PACS, Mercury's image management solution, as a bundled offering in its application service provider (ASP) offering in the United States. 7 March 2006

NDI Medical forms business unit to promote neurostimulation products
The manufacturer of neurostimulation products for the medical device industry has formed a new business unit to help companies and researchers develop and market neurostimulation products for neurological and cardiac applications. 27 February 2006

Record earnings for Medtronic, but shares fall
Medtronic has achieved record revenue of $2.770 billion for the third quarter a 9% increase, but its shared reached a four-month low. 26 February 2006

Advanced Research Technologies acquires imaging technology of Alerion Biomedical
ART, has acquired the biomarker and contrast media technology for preclinical and clinical imaging devices of US-based Alerion Biomedical, Inc. 16 February 2006

Germany medical technology companies grow 2%
Some 210 member companies of the German medical technology association (BVMed) have recorded an increase in turnover of 2% for 2005, a slight improvement on 2004. 14 Februry 2006

Salzburg District Hospitals awards Agfa €7m imaging and IT contract
The Salzburger Landeskliniken in Austria has awarded a contract to GWI, a subsidiary of Agfa, to implement its ORBIS hospital information system and radiology information system, as well as Agfa's IMPAX PACS system and computed radiography (CR) equipment.

GE to distribute MP4 remote foetal and maternal monitoring system for PDA
Obstetricians can monitor foetal heart tracings, maternal contraction patterns, and other critical, virtual real-time data from labour and delivery units on their PDAs and mobile phones with the Airstrip OB system. 9 February 2006

Ekips raises $2.9m for development of infrared laser breath analyser
Ekips Technologies gained $2.4 million of equity financing and a $500,000 matching grant from the US National Science Foundation for its Breathmeter. Potential uses included asthma therapy monitoring, kidney function monitoring, and cancer detection.
6 February 2006

Philips wins £100m medical equipment deal at Royal Hospitals, Belfast
Royal Philips Electronics will provide, maintain and replace state-of-the-art medical equipment for monitoring, diagnosing and treating patients in a deal worth over £100m (€173 million) over 15 years. 6 February 2006

United BioSource targets elearning for medical technology sector
United BioSource Corporation has acquired iLearn, a UK-developed advanced learning management system that offers essential compliance, reporting and regulatory tools for heavily regulated industries. 31 January 2006

Four TomoTherapy Systems for German universities
The German Research Association (DFG) plans to install four TomoTherapy Hi-Art Systems in major universities in Germany later this year. 31 January 2006

Varian to equip new Oxford cancer centre in 31-year PFI contract
Varian Medical Systems has been selected to equip the new unit at Oxford Churchill Hospital in one of Europe's largest PFI (private finance initiative) projects. 31 January 2006

RISO receives first twinned TomoTherapy systems in Netherlands
The Radiotherapeutisch Instituut Stedendriehoek en Omstreken, in Deventer, Netherlands will receive two twinned TomoTherapy Hi·Art Systems systems to provide advanced radiation therapy treatment. 28 January 2006

Guidant accepts Boston Scientific's $27bn, Johnson & Johnson bows out. 26 January 2006

Medical devices leads Johnson & Johnson 2005 sales/a>
The Medical Devices and Diagnostics segment achieved overall annual sales of $19.1 billion in 2005, representing an increase over 2004 of 13.1% with operational growth of 12.5%. 26 January 2006

Philips moves into home healthcare
Royal Philips Electronics is to take over the US company Lifeline Systems, Inc., the leading provider of personal response services and emergency call systems in the United States and Canada, for US$750 million. 23 January 2006

Bidding war pushes Guidant value to $27.2bn as Guidant faces another lawsuit
Boston Scientific Corporation has increased its offer for Guidant Corporation to $80 per share. This follows an agreement between Johnson & Johnson and Guidant on 13 January that valued Guidant at $24.2bn. 19 January 2006

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