Mazor’s odyssey to spine robotic surgery leader

Mazor’s odyssey to spine robotic surgery leader

Since its founding 15 years ago, Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ, TASE:MZOR) has overcome challenges typical to medical device startups to become the leader and possibly the standard of care in spine robotics surgery.

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Flex Pharma focused on 3 clinical readouts in 2018

Flex Pharma focused on 3 clinical readouts in 2018

Flex Pharma (NASDAQ:FLKS) expects to report clinical readouts in 2018 from three Phase 2 studies of its anti-cramping drug candidate, FLX-787, in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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In conversation with Hrishikesh Suresh of NeuroGate

In conversation with Hrishikesh Suresh of NeuroGate

As CEO and one of three co-founders of upstart NeuroGate, Hrishikesh Suresh currently is completing his final year as a medical student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and plans to pursue a six-year residency in neurosurgery. But since the age of 12, he has had a passion for computer coding and, as a result, contributed to the company’s software development, which aims to capture motion data as a method to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases...

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BiondVax to start pivotal universal flu vaccine trial next year

BiondVax to start pivotal universal flu vaccine trial next year

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ, TASE:BVXV) expects to be Phase 3 ready in 2018 to begin pivotal testing in Europe of a universal flu vaccine with the potential to provide multi-season and multi-strain protection against all human influenza virus strains, both seasonal and pandemic.

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Profound makes leap to platform company from prostate product

Profound makes leap to platform company from prostate product

With its recent acquisition of Royal Philips’ (NYSE:PHG; AEX:PHIA) Sonalleve business, Profound Medical (OTCQX:PRFMF; TSXV:PRN) is making the leap from a medical device company focused on prostate cancer ablation to a platform company, offering real-time magnetic resonance (MR)-guidance as the imaging platform and ultrasound as the energy source for the delivery of non-invasive ablative technology to clinicians.

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In conversation with Lloyd Segal of Repare

In conversation with Lloyd Segal of Repare

As president and CEO of upstart Repare Therapeutics, Lloyd Segal was instrumental is arranging the initial funding to create Repare while he served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Versant Ventures, a leading healthcare investment firm with a hands-on approach to company building. Repare is developing precision oncology drugs that target specific vulnerabilities of tumor cells...

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CKD patients opt to stay on Dimerix drug after trial

CKD patients opt to stay on Dimerix drug after trial

Forty-five per cent of patients in Dimerix’s (ASX:DXB) successful Phase 2a trial in chronic kidney disease (CKD), on advice from their physician, applied for and were granted access to remain on DMX-200 under Australia’s Special Access Scheme, which allows participants continued access to a therapy after they complete a clinical study.

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Scientus enters commercialization stage of growth, readies launch of lead product

Scientus enters commercialization stage of growth, readies launch of lead product

Closely-held Scientus Pharma expects to launch its first cannabis soft gel capsules for the treatment of neuropathic pain at the end of the year, to be followed in early 2018 with a soft gel for epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder, and plans for a delayed-release capsule for pain later in 2018.

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Appili readies antibiotic bridging study

Appili readies antibiotic bridging study

Closely-held Appili Therapeutics plans to begin late in the current quarter a Phase 1 bridging, or bioequivalence, study of its lead anti-infective, ATI-1501, a reformulated, taste-masked liquid suspension of metronidazole, targeting anaerobic bacterial infections, including Clostridium difficile.

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PureTech targeting dysfunctions in brain, gut, immune system

PureTech targeting dysfunctions in brain, gut, immune system

With eight clinical-stage studies underway, including two pivotal trials expected to readout later this year, PureTech Health (LSE:PRTC) is taking a novel approach to drug development, targeting serious diseases caused by dysfunctions in the brain, gut and immune system.

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In conversation with John Gannon of TempTraq

In conversation with John Gannon of TempTraq

As president and CEO of closely-held Blue Spark Technologies and co-inventor of its newest product, TempTraq, John Gannon’s career has stretched from the aerospace industry to Wall Street, culminating in 2011 with this developer of thin, flexible printed batteries built on IP from Eveready Battery, now Energizer. He has worked as an engineer in GE’s Astro-Space division and in currency derivatives with Merrill Lynch in New York and Barclays Capital in London...

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Tetra Bio-Pharma sets active cannabis clinical programs

Tetra Bio-Pharma sets active cannabis clinical programs

Tetra Bio-Pharma (OTCQB:TBPMF; CSE:TBP) has an aggressive clinical trial program set to begin in the final quarter this year and first quarter of 2018 to prove the efficacy and safety of at least three therapeutic cannabis products.

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