Medical devices

For some blind patients, ‘Bionic Eye’ lets there be light

By GREGORY ZELLER // After 20 years of total blindness, a Port Jefferson woman is beginning to see the light. Linda Kirk, 67, has been sightless for more than 20 years – but just 10 minutes after a surgically implanted retinal device was activated in her left eye, Kirk was able to distinguish light from dark. Soon after, she was perceiving movement, even some shapes. And while she described what she was seeing using terms…

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For amputees, a chance to get back in the swim

By GREGORY ZELLER // A retired U.S. Marine from Pennsylvania who lost part of his leg in the war on terror is diving back into his favorite athletic activities, thanks to next-level science created on Long Island. Dan Lasko of Bethlehem, Pa., survived an explosion in Afghanistan in 2004 – his vehicle hit an IED – but his grievous injuries required the amputation of his left leg below the knee. It was, obviously, a life-changing event…


3D-printed spinal implants debut at NSUH

Surgical patients have received the first batch of 3D-printed titanium spinal implants at North Shore University Hospital. The implants were part of spinal decompression and fusion surgeries performed at the Manhasset hospital, including a procedure performed on Kim Pierre, a 54-year-old nurse from the Elmont section of Queens who suffers from spondylosis, a disease that destabilizes the spine and compresses the spinal nerves. Pierre, who reported 13 years of debilitating back pain before her procedure…


At MIDI, taking the cutting edge on the road

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a year after giving itself a massive home-field advantage, MIDI Medical Product Development is putting in some roadwork. Last week, it was Medical Device & Manufacturing West, a California showcase that annually attracts more than 20,000 medtech engineers and executives – a virtual mothership to the Smithtown-based medical maker. In May, it will be BIOMEDevice, an MD&M event in Boston promoted as “New England’s largest medtech event,” then MD&M East…


IPS has designs on $155 billion medical market

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Hauppauge maker Intelligent Product Solutions is making its way into a projected $155 billion industry. Just two months after cutting the ribbon on a satellite office in the heart of Minnesota’s busy digital-medicine R&D ecosystem, IPS has launched a new consulting practice focused exclusively on medical product design. Led by Vice President Tim O’Brien, a 25-year medical-product veteran hired in 2016 to head up the Minnesota office, the Minneapolis-based Medical Product…


Northwell adds corneal crosslinking, Ned approves

By GREGORY ZELLER // The FDA has seen the light. So has Northwell Health. Now Ned Daily can, too. Daily, a Long Island-based photographer/videographer, was slowly losing his vision to keratoconus, a common eye disease that damages the cornea. And he was on the table when doctors at Northwell Health’s Ocular Surface Center recently performed a cutting-edge corneal crosslinking treatment – making Northwell the first New York health system to offer the procedure, which the…


Nerves of steel: Sanguistat stimulator steps up

By GREGORY ZELLER // The world’s leading cause of maternal deaths is the target of new clinical trials for a trailblazing bioelectronic medical device. The Neural Tourniquet, an electronic nerve-stimulation technology licensed to Sanguistat Inc. by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, is seeing action against postpartum hemorrhage in new clinical trials underway at Feinstein, the research arm of the Northwell Health system. Sanguistat, a 2016 clinical-stage medical device spinoff founded by Feinstein Vice President…