Medical devices

A $2.5M ‘bot in the arm for Southside Hospital

A state-of-the-art surgical robot is bringing new options to Southside Hospital patients requiring a laundry list of minimally invasive procedures. Named for the innovative 15th-to-16th century Italian artist, scientist and engineer, the $2.5 million da Vinci Xi Surgical System offers unparalleled precision for cardiac, thoracic, gynecologic and urologic procedures, as well as surgical oncology and other general surgeries. The da Vinci Xi robot employs cutting-edge laser-targeting systems that help surgeons pinpoint precise surgical sites, while…

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Northwell hospitals target pulmonary embolisms

Southside Hospital is now busting up blood clots with new tech that promises to shorten treatment time and reduce potential complications. Joining several sister hospitals throughout the Northwell Health system, the Bay Shore facility is now packing the EkoSonic Endovascular System, flagship product of the Washington State-based Ekos Corp. and the only FDA-approved endovascular device – denoting surgical procedures that insert catheters through the skin to treat blood disorders – targeting pulmonary embolisms. Those lung-based…


Canon USA pumps $40M into Mass.-based biotech

By GREGORY ZELLER // Melville-based imaging giant Canon USA has reaffirmed its commitment to the healthcare sector, to the tune of $40 million. That’s how much the global imaging-solutions provider has dropped on T2 Biosystems, a Massachusetts firm specializing in innovative diagnostics. Canon USA announced Thursday that is has purchased enough stock – at $6.56 per share – to take roughly 20 percent ownership of T2 Biosystems. Maryland-based Canon U.S. Life Sciences Inc., a wholly…


Economic development with surgical precision

By GREGORY ZELLER // With design in its DNA, MIDI Medical Product Development has a long commercialization history. With its new Innovation Center, the veteran Smithtown maker is focused squarely on Long Island’s future. Two months after cutting the ribbon on its new 6,500-square-foot headquarters and Innovation Center – a buzzing design and manufacturing hub staffed by 30 MIDI engineers, software developers, industrial designers and user-interface experts – the 44-year-old company is expanding its own…


SynchroPET gets an A in U of Buffalo testing

Stony Brook-based SynchroPET has taken another step toward unprecedented, simultaneous PET/MRI imaging. By placing a PET camera into the bore of an existing MRI machine – that’s the chamber where the patient slides in – SynchroPET achieved “another significant milestone on its quest to disrupt the medical imaging industry,” the company said in a statement. PET systems track gamma rays emitted by tiny injected tracers, then use computers to construct 3D images of the body’s…


Henry Shein ‘pleased’ with Q1’s 10% sales jump

They’re off to the races once again at Henry Schein Inc., where healthy increases in net sales and net income highlighted a strong first quarter. Coming off a stellar 2015, the aggressively expanding Melville-based healthcare products distributor reported net sales of $2.7 billion for the quarter ended March 26, an increase of 10.1 percent over net sales reported in 1Q 2015. The sales spike came despite a 1.9 percent decline in foreign currency exchange rates,…


Have a lumbar sciatica? You want the O-Arm

By GREGORY ZELLER // The first Long Island spinal surgeries incorporating a state-of-the-art “intraoperative surgical imaging system” have been successfully completed, with many more to come. In early March, Robert Kerr, chief of neurosurgery at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, performed a lumbar sciatica procedure on a 48-year-old Northport resident using the O-Arm, a real-time 3D-imaging system produced by Irish medical-tech giant Medtronic. About a week later, Kerr performed a lateral mass screw and rod fixation…