May 17, 2020

Volcano Corp buys medical imaging solutions developer for $17.3 mln

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Volcano Corp buys medical imaging solutions developer for $17.3 mln
US medical devices company Volcano Corporation has acquired medical imaging solutions developer Sync-Rx Ltd for $17.3 million. Sync-Rx is jointly owned...

US medical devices company Volcano Corporation has acquired medical imaging solutions developer Sync-Rx Ltd for $17.3 million. Sync-Rx is jointly owned by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and Elron Electronic Industries Ltd, through its joint venture Rafael Development Corporation.

It develops automated online image processing to optimize and facilitate trans-catheter cardiovascular interventions.

The acquisition will be closed within 30 days. Sync-Rx was founded in 2007 and it will become the wholly owned subsidiary of San Diego-based Volcano.

It currently focuses on coronary catheterizations and it plans to develop applications for structural heart disease. The company also plans to expand Sync-Rx’s technology to work with real-time intra-body physiology measurements and intravascular ultrasound, intra-cardiac echocardiography, and optical coherence tomography imaging. 

Volcano President and CEO Scott Huennekens said, “Sync-Rx’s technology provides Volcano with a platform on which to build a range of advanced software features that will help in clinical decision-making by providing co-registration capabilities and future opportunities in physiology and peripheral and minimally invasive structural heart therapy guidance.” Mr. Scott also said, “We are excited about the Sync-Rx team joining Volcano and establishing a footprint in Israel, given the breadth and depth of medical imaging and software talent there.”

Ian Biran, Chairman, Rafael and Sync-Rx said, “ Sync-Rx’s platform is another example of state-of-the-art technology developed in Israel that has demonstrated global superiority. For RDC, this is another success story which follows the successes of Given Imaging Ltd and Medingo, which grew at RDC achieved breakthroughs and became leaders in their fields.”

 Volcano Corporation develops, manufactures and commercializes vast range of devices.

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

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British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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