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April 25, 2014

Vol. 11 No. 82

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BD Launches Near Patient CD4 Counter System for HIV Patients

BD Biosciences is launching its FACSPresto Near Patient CD4 Counter System in CE mark countries after receiving authorization March 28, the company said Thursday. Read More

Zimmer Acquires Biomet for $13.35 Billion

Zimmer Holdings said Thursday that it will acquire orthopedic devicemaker Biomet for $13.35 billion, setting the combined company up as a leader in the $45 billion musculoskeletal market. Read More

FDA Looks to Accelerate Development of Medical Implants for Deadly Diseases, Rare Conditions

The FDA unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions. Read More

FDA Eyes Ban on Shock Devices for Students

The FDA is setting its sights on the device that delivers painful electric shocks to students at the Judge Rotenberg Center, charging an advisory panel to weigh whether to ban them for good. Read More

Stryker Sees 77 Percent Drop in First-Quarter Earnings

Medical devicemaker Stryker reported a precipitous drop in earnings for the first quarter of 2014 as hefty charges from product recalls reversed revenue gains from strong sales. Read More

Johnson & Johnson to Host Medical Devices & Diagnostics Business Review

Johnson & Johnson will host a review of its Medical Devices & Diagnostics business for the investment community beginning on Thursday, May 22. Read More

After 23andMe’s Setback, Another Silicon Valley Startup Hopes to Advance Genomics

A Silicon Valley-based startup called BaseHealth is hoping to usher in the second wave of consumer-focused genomics with its online physician-managed platform known as Genophen. Read More

Michigan Man Among First in U.S. to Get Bionic Eye

Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a bionic eye, Roger Pontz has regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat. Read More