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The millimeters-wide opening of the inner ear has long stymied efforts at drug delivery, but progress is being made, according to Scientific American. Draper Lab is working to create a small intracochlear device designed to treat hearing loss.
The da Vinci System for robotic surgery was originally developed as a prototype for remote battlefield surgery. Now Intuitive Surgical is returning to its military roots with a massive contract worth up to $430 million with the Defense Logistics Agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
The FDA has cleared BrainScope's Ahead 100 device that uses a wearable device to provide an electroencephalograph that is analyzed to assess the structural condition of a patient's brain after head injury. The first-line diagnostic device for traumatic brain injury is typically a computed tomography scan.
Established point-of-care diagnostics company Welch Allyn has partnered with wearables startup Gentag to develop medical devices that use wireless sensors.
The U.S. Department of Defense has bestowed $100 million in contracts with three med tech companies. The recent awardees include Abbott Laboratories, Impact Instrumentation and BrainScope. The BrainScope grant will go to further R&D for its traumatic brain injury assessment system, while the other two were for medical equipment.
A pair of contracts went to medical device makers from the U.S. Department of Defense on Sept. 23.
Abbott Laboratories and the United States Department of Defense are collaborating to develop a test that can be used to assess potential concussions quickly in the field. Abbott's handheld diagnostic i-Stat System is already in use by the military; the test will be developed for use on it.
The $40 million Department of Defense research program into restoring memory will use NeuroPace's implantable neurostimulator, a move that the company said could help it expand the product's indications beyond epilepsy.
Soon, there will be a device to cure some forgetfulness if the Department of Defense's four-year grant of up to $40 million succeeds in fostering implants and electronic interfaces that diagnose and treat memory loss due to traumatic brain injury.
Implantable drug delivery startup Pharmaco-Kinesis has persuaded the U.S. Department of Defense to fund another potential use for its technology.