+5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 14, 2017

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5. How Boston Scientific is boosting medical device value news

Boston Scientific over the summer unveiled a new value-add for its implantable cardio devices: an online Trugevity calculator that lets physicians predict battery life.

The idea is to help health providers quickly grasp the benefits of Boston Sci’s longer lasting EnduraLife battery technology, which the company touts has nine clinical studies and eight years of real-world data to back up its abilities. Read more

4. Medtronic touts 5-year gendered sub-analysis data from Endurant AAA stent graft trial news

Medtronic today released new 5-year data from a gender separated subset of the Engage trial of its Endurant II abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft system.

The subset analysis aimed to compare results across both male and female patients. Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said that historically, women have had worse EVAR outcomes than men due to anatomy differences, including more angulated aortic necks and smaller aneurysms and iliac vessels. Read more

3. Cheetah Medical raises $12m news

Cheetah Medical said today it raised $11.8 million in an expanded Series C funding round as it looks to grow its US footprint.

Financing was provided by existing investors including MVM Life Science Partners, Springfield Investment Management, Fletcher Spaght Ventures, HighCape Partners and Robert Basch Venture Capital, the Newton, Mass.-based company said. Read more

2. SPR Therapeutics raises $25m to support Sprint PNS system news

SPR Therapeutics said today it raised $25 million in a Series C round of financing to support commercialization and further research of its Sprint peripheral nerve stimulation system.

The round was led by a “prominent family office” and Frontcourt Ventures, the Cleveland-based company said. As part of the funding, the company said it appointed former West Health CEO Nick Valeri to its board of directors. Read more

1. LivaNova mulls sale for CRM biz news

LivaNova said today that it’s considering a sale for its cardiac rhythm management business, tapping Barclays to shop the $250 million operation to potential buyers.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to position LivaNova for long-term success, we are sharpening our focus on the company’s areas of strength and market leadership. To that end, we are exploring options to realize the full value of the CRM Business Franchise,” CEO Damien McDonald said in prepare remarks. “The CRM business franchise is a global business and strong regional player with attractive assets, a robust pipeline and growth potential; however, it is no longer a strategic fit within LivaNova’s portfolio. The board and executive leadership team are committed to driving value for shareholders and customers and will continue to take actions that strengthen LivaNova’s position as a leading, innovative medical device company dedicated to extending and improving the lives of patients around the world.” Read more

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