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DOD chips in for $171M Silicon Valley flexible electronics project

The U.S. Department of Defense is sinking funds into a Silicon Valley initiative aimed at creating "flexible" electronics, furthering the agency's commitment to investing in innovative devices that could help soldiers on the battlefield.

Efforts at intracochlear drug delivery to treat hearing loss gaining momentum

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.

Intuitive Surgical returns to the battlefield with $430M DOD contract

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).

DOD-backed BrainScope wins FDA clearance for traumatic brain injury diagnostic

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.

Welch Allyn partners with startup Gentag to create wearable devices

Established point-of-care diagnostics company Welch Allyn has partnered with wearables startup Gentag to develop medical devices that use wireless sensors.

BrainScope among trio of med techs getting $100M from DOD

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.

DOD awards $67M in contracts to Zoll, Philips

A pair of contracts went to medical device makers from the U.S. Department of Defense on Sept. 23.

Abbott gets $20M from DOD to develop portable concussion test

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.

NeuroPace stimulator to be deployed in $40M DOD brain research initiative

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.

DOD awards $40M for wireless implant for memory loss due to brain injury

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.