Boston Scientific to Acquire EndoChoice

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and ALPHARETTA, Ga., Sept. 27, 2016  -- Boston Scientific (BSX) and EndoChoice Holdings, Inc. (GI) today announced the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Boston Scientific has agreed to acquire EndoChoice. Upon completion of the transaction, EndoChoice will become part of the Boston Scientific endoscopy business.
 
EndoChoice develops and commercializes innovative products and services for specialists treating a wide range of gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. The EndoChoice portfolio includes single-use devices, such as resection and retrieval devices, needles, graspers and infection control kits. The company also has strong positions in pathology services and imaging technologies. 
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Cogentix Medical Enters Into Definitive Agreement For $25 Million Equity Investment

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 7, 2016  -- Cogentix Medical, Inc. (CGNT), a medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets innovative proprietary products for the urology market, today announced that it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with Accelmed Growth Partners, L.P.  Under the terms of the securities purchase agreement, Accelmed would purchase $25 million of Cogentix Medical common stock from the Company at $1.55 per share, a 29% premium over the closing price of the stock on September 6, 2016 and a premium of 36% over the average closing price over the last 30 days.  The securities purchase agreement is subject to various closing conditions, including approval by the shareholders of Cogentix Medical.  Accelmed is a premier capital resource for the medical device industry and is based in New York, NY and Hertzeliya, Israel.  Cogentix would apply the proceeds to working capital as well as the implementation of a business development strategy to acquire growth technologies addressing the urology market.
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Cesca Therapeutics Announces Promising Results From 40-Month Follow-Up of Patients Enrolled in Critical Limb Ischemia Feasibility Study

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Aug. 03, 2016  -- Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (KOOL), an autologous cell-based regenerative medicine company, today announced 40-month follow-up results for a number of patients that participated in the Company’s earlier feasibility study using Cesca’s proprietary SurgWerks™ system for the treatment of late stage, “no option” critical limb ischemia (CLI).
 
The feasibility study was conducted in 2011 at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi, India, where seventeen patients with late stage CLI, all of whom had exhausted available surgical options short of a major limb amputation, were treated with autologous bone marrow derived stem cells. The 40-month follow-up was approved as a protocol amendment by the local Institutional Ethics Committee, specifically to measure longer-term safety and efficacy end-points related to limb salvage, disease progression, and quality of life improvement.
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Aethlon Medical Announces Zika Virus Data

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11, 2016  -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (AEMD), a developer of immunotherapeutic technologies to combat infectious disease and cancer, announced today that its researchers have completed in vitro studies that demonstrate the rapid capture of Zika virus by the Aethlon Hemopurifier®. The Hemopurifier® is a leading broad-spectrum treatment countermeasure against viral pathogens that are untreatable with or resistant to antiviral drug therapies.  At present, the immunotherapeutic technology is being advanced through an FDA approved human feasibility study.  The Zika studies, which were conducted with small-scale versions of the Hemopurifier®, demonstrated a 95% clearance of Zika virus from cell culture fluid in 5.5 hours and an approximate 50% clearance of Zika from human blood serum in 5 hours. 
 
The studies were conducted with the Zika viral strain that has recently spread from South America to ravage Puerto Rico and likely responsible for the first wave of infections that have begun to occur in the United States.  
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Bovie Medical Corporation Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2016 Results

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Bovie Medical Corporation (BVX), a maker of medical devices and supplies and the developer of J-Plasma®, a patented new surgical product, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.
 
Management Comments
“We continued to execute well in the second quarter, achieving double-digit revenue growth that reflected strong demand across our three product categories,” said Robert L. Gershon, Chief Executive Officer. “This broad-based growth benefited from Bovie’s brand recognition for quality product development and the solid foundation we established in 2015 across our sales, manufacturing and R&D platforms. Our core products business continued to grow at a steady pace; as anticipated, OEM operations benefited from new contracts signed late last year; and the strong performance of J-Plasma® was driven by a more favorable balance between generator and hand piece sales and increased product usage.”
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