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Joe Carlson

Reporter | Medical technology
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Joe Carlson writes about medical technology and the Minnesota companies that design and sell healthcare devices. A Twin Cities native, he most recently covered the business of healthcare for Modern Healthcare magazine in Chicago.
Recent content from Joe Carlson
Roseville-based Rebiotix in race to develop therapy for deadly intestinal infection

Roseville-based Rebiotix in race to develop therapy for deadly intestinal infection

Roseville-based Rebiotix launched a clinical trial this month to test its treatment for C. diff infections.

Shareholder suit over Medtronic-Covidien deal still in play, court rules

State high court gives OK for shareholders to proceed.

Mayo prevails in patent case, but legal fight isn't over

Judge ruled the test results are products of the laws of nature, can't be patented.

Osprey Medical raises $26M, plans to expand sales force

Minnetonka-based Osprey Medical has raised about $26 million to bolster its U.S. sales force and ramp up efforts to sell medical devices that reduce the…

Aum Cardiovascular gets OK to sell heart monitoring device

The device can provide data on heart performance in about 20 minutes at a cost of $100 or less.
U bioethicist takes on clinics touting stem-cell studies

U bioethicist takes on clinics touting stem-cell studies

With a national debate raging, Leigh Turner has taken center stage in questioning whether many of these services are legitimate.
Miromatrix has high hopes for its bioengineered liver

Miromatrix has high hopes for its bioengineered liver

Miromatrix is developing a process that transforms pig livers for use in humans through "reseeding" a white collagen shell.

Medtronic closes on $6.1 billion sale of supply lines to Cardinal Health

The previously announced deal involves lower-margin products widely used in hospitals.
Boston Scientific pulls away from dissolvable stents

Boston Scientific pulls away from dissolvable stents

Although the company said the concept shows promise, it's opted to pursue other priorities.
Boston Scientific to seek U.S. approval of troubled valve system by year's end

Boston Scientific to seek U.S. approval of troubled valve system by year's end

Medical surgical supply sales offset slower growth in implantable devices, the company reported.
Twin Cities-based Pops! Diabetes Care teams with Children's Minnesota to test diabetes device

Twin Cities-based Pops! Diabetes Care teams with Children's Minnesota to test diabetes device

"Pops! one" would allow for glucose-level testing on the go, with just a tiny stick.
Abbott Labs med-device sales grow as St. Jude device sales rebuild

Abbott Labs med-device sales grow as St. Jude device sales rebuild

The two were working together months before the nearly $30B sale was finalized in January.
Medtronic shares dip as CFO signals revenue hit from computer failure

Medtronic shares dip as CFO signals revenue hit from computer failure

Profit still expected to hit low end of forecast for the May-through-July period.
Mayo joint venture looks for new uses for drug molecules

Mayo joint venture looks for new uses for drug molecules

Focus will be on new therapies for rare illnesses.
U.S. House passes bill to lengthen time to report medical device malfunctions

U.S. House passes bill to lengthen time to report medical device malfunctions

U.S. House measure would allow more time for them to be sent to the FDA.

Entellus Medical expects revenue bounce from nasal deal

Acquisition of Spirox could bolster its growth this year by 8 percentage points.
Stemonix looks to eliminate 'guinea pig medicine'

Stemonix looks to eliminate 'guinea pig medicine'

Stemonix products allow doctors to see how drugs and human cells react without risking a person's health.
Sunday conversation with Laura Brod, CEO of RoverMed BioSciences

Sunday conversation with Laura Brod, CEO of RoverMed BioSciences

Laura Brod has trod an unusual path into biotech, so perhaps it's not surprising that the company she leads is charting an unorthodox route.
Medtronic nears resolution of its Infuse lawsuits

Medtronic nears resolution of its Infuse lawsuits

Medtronic did not release figures for the confidential settlements. The company reported that it set aside $300 million for all of its legal settlements in the fiscal year that ended in April, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Medtronic says computer system has been restored

Medtronic computers had been out for a full week, disrupting operations.
Blue Cross, Children's Minnesota make pitches to public as deadline nears

Blue Cross, Children's Minnesota make pitches to public as deadline nears

Costs would spike for 66,000 if Children's and Blue Cross can't agree.
Reaching deep into the brain to treat strokes

Reaching deep into the brain to treat strokes

Minnesota is a big player in the growing market for tools that are less invasive.

Recall of Vascular Solutions catheters is declared Class 1

No patient harm reported from products made by Minn.'s Vascular Solutions.
Computer outage disrupts Medtronic's operations

Computer outage disrupts Medtronic's operations

A global computer outage has hurt Medtronic's ability to fulfill orders.

No deal yet in standoff between Blue Cross and Children's Minnesota

Blue Cross customers will not be covered there if no deal is reached by July 5.

Eden Prairie-based Key Surgical merges with German rival

Eden Prairie company, new partner to have a catalog of 7,000 products based in Twin Cities.

Man shot near Capitol in St. Paul

Incident happened hours after dueling protests over Islam.
Medtronic's Tyrx envelopes aimed at reducing heart device infections

Medtronic's Tyrx envelopes aimed at reducing heart device infections

In a push to increase use of its Tyrx envelope, company vows to share replacement cost should an infection set in.
HCMC neurosurgeon gets a read on brain function

HCMC neurosurgeon gets a read on brain function

Dr. Uzma Samadani is nearing a way to assess functions in real time.
Med-tech industry watching battle over stent prices in India

Med-tech industry watching battle over stent prices in India

India's government has ordered a big price cut; device firms are threatening to leave.
RxFunction aims to help patients with peripheral neuropathy get back on their feet

RxFunction aims to help patients with peripheral neuropathy get back on their feet

A Minneapolis firm's device is designed to help people sidelined with nerve damage regain the ability to walk
Medtronic beats estimates, then draws shrug with earnings outlook

Medtronic beats estimates, then draws shrug with earnings outlook

The medical device giant's guidance for year ahead is viewed by some as conservative.
26 patients die after upgrading Abbott blood pump at home

26 patients die after upgrading Abbott blood pump at home

The deaths occurred after patients tried to perform routine maintenance on their HeartMate II blood pump, made by the former St. Jude Medical. A "recall" notice urges that the upgrades be done in a clinic or hospital.
In wake of WannaCry, medical industry prepares for better response to next cyber attack

In wake of WannaCry, medical industry prepares for better response to next cyber attack

Hospital and medical device experts say well-meaning agencies did not coordinate attempts to provide — or always provide the most useful — information.

Cybersecurity experts gather to try to prevent future attacks like WannaCry

Experts will look to make recommendations to protect medical devices.

Acist study finds positive results of its Navvus MicroCatheter device

Patients with complex cardiac cases may benefit most from Acist Medical Systems device.
Boston Scientific study results raise prospect for new competition in heart-valve market

Boston Scientific study results raise prospect for new competition in heart-valve market

The trial between Boston Scientific and Medtronic minimally-invasive valves hints at a more competitive market.

No Minnesota hospitals hit by 'WannaCry' cyberattack, but experts warn of vulnerabilities

Minnesota's IT experts had a tense and busy weekend.
Muddy Waters takes to Twitter in latest dispute with Abbott Labs

Muddy Waters takes to Twitter in latest dispute with Abbott Labs

Self-described whistleblower Muddy Waters accuses firm of trying to silence its critics.
Study on Medtronic Reveal shows promising results in preventing deadly strokes

Study on Medtronic Reveal shows promising results in preventing deadly strokes

Medtronic implant detects atrial fibrillation in high-risk patients.
Medtronic, Boston Scientific release positive 'real world' study results

Medtronic, Boston Scientific release positive 'real world' study results

The companies presented the results on heart devices at a Chicago conference.

Medical device executive pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets

Christopher M. Barry took design files to his new company when he left Lutonix.
Abbott's Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System is rare technology advance

Abbott's Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System is rare technology advance

Abbott's stimulation system can be controlled with an iPod, and is seen as the first big advancement in the U.S. in 20 years

Caisson Interventional sold to London firm as heart-valve race revs up

After investing in the Maple Grove heart valve company in 2012, LivaNova is buying the company.
Eden Prairie company hopes to improve heart screens for teens

Eden Prairie company hopes to improve heart screens for teens

PraeVeni is working to implement what it calls a new test to accurately rule out the 10 most common heart problems for a fraction of the typical $4,000-plus cost of screening.
Abbott faces more fallout over patients implanted with faulty St. Jude device

Abbott faces more fallout over patients implanted with faulty St. Jude device

Recent FDA warning over seven patients implanted after recall could be a PR "black eye" for Abbott.
FDA sends St. Jude a warning over two high-profile device issues

FDA sends St. Jude a warning over two high-profile device issues

The company was faulted for failing to investigate defibrillator battery problems and cybersecurity shortcomings.

Biomedical convention explores 'what's next'

Mpls. hosted meeting to show off a brave new biotech world.
Medtronic says it is recalling StrataMR valve

Medtronic says it is recalling StrataMR valve

Valve was approved for use less than a year ago.
Medtronic begins to roll out state-of-the-art insulin pump

Medtronic begins to roll out state-of-the-art insulin pump

Medtronic's 670G device reads the blood-glucose level, makes a high-low prediction, then adjusts insulin dose.
Decision in Medicare case could have bigger upside for UnitedHealth

Decision in Medicare case could have bigger upside for UnitedHealth

Federal ruling might influence two separate whistleblower suits.
AdvaMed chairman Nadim Yared laser focused on med-tech tax

AdvaMed chairman Nadim Yared laser focused on med-tech tax

Minnesotan Nadim Yared was supposed to have one of his biggest jobs well underway just a few days into his new role as incoming chairman of the national medical-technology trade group AdvaMed.

Judge dismisses shareholder lawsuit against Cardiovascular Systems

Cardiovascular Systems Inc. was accused of hiding illegal sales tactics, but evidence was lacking.
Boston Scientific buys Swiss heart valve maker for $435M

Boston Scientific buys Swiss heart valve maker for $435M

The deal comes after the device maker halted sales of its Lotus heart valve.

Hearing-aid makers have differing takes on OTC sales option

But not all are sold on letting consumers purchase low-cost devices without a prescription.

BioSig Technologies, Mayo to collaborate on heart data system

The 10-year agreement is aimed at creating jointly held intellectual property.

Medtronic, St. Jude tout favorable test results for heart devices at expo in D.C.

Medtronic and St. Jude are rolling out upbeat trial results for key products.
Colorful cart designed by Gillette helps children recover after surgery

Colorful cart designed by Gillette helps children recover after surgery

Gillette Children's has designed a unit that helps kids recovering from surgery to move around on their own terms.

LISI plant expansion receives state support through grant

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development support is a $345,000 grant from its Job Creation Fund.
Medtronic heart monitor gets FDA approval

Medtronic heart monitor gets FDA approval

New programming makes the latest version of the device more accurate.
Former St. Jude Medical exec admits to stealing $35K from company

Former St. Jude Medical exec admits to stealing $35K from company

The plea is expected to allow Bryan Szweda to avoid jail time.
Bio-Techne carves a large niche in tools for research

Bio-Techne carves a large niche in tools for research

The company was already Minnesota's top biotech player. New management is thinking big.
Boston Scientific recalls Lotus heart valve replacement system

Boston Scientific recalls Lotus heart valve replacement system

The Lotus valve replacement system is for sale in Europe and under clinical testing in the U.S.
'Confident' Medtronic third-quarter results beat Wall St. expectations

'Confident' Medtronic third-quarter results beat Wall St. expectations

The medical device maker reaffirmed its full-year guidance, citing product launches in the current quarter.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary buys Torax Medical

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary buys Torax Medical

The acquisition follows last year's $25 million financing round.
U study finds companies inclined to wait too long to recall medical devices

U study finds companies inclined to wait too long to recall medical devices

The FDA requires "postmarket" surveillance for medical devices. But researchers and regulators say the system is deeply flawed, exposing patients and doctors to greater risks.
Zift Medical looks to take physical, financial pain out of brow lifts

Zift Medical looks to take physical, financial pain out of brow lifts

Zift Medical, a startup in Fridley, believes its work can improve the process for having a brow lift
Abbott Labs halts use of HeartMate PHP blood pump after death, malfunctions

Abbott Labs halts use of HeartMate PHP blood pump after death, malfunctions

St. Jude Medical acquired the device in a 2015 deal and predicted it would be a key growth driver within five years.
Investments in Minnesota health tech companies trail off in fourth quarter

Investments in Minnesota health tech companies trail off in fourth quarter

Money in 2016 trailed off amid concern over fate of the Affordable Care Act.
Well-traveled professor also developed counseling concept

Well-traveled professor also developed counseling concept

Paul B. Pedersen was a boy of about 5, sitting next to the tar road near the family farmhouse in Ringsted, Iowa, when he had…

Helping small med-tech firms keep devices safe from hackers

Adventium Labs is working on tools to help.

Boston Scientific reports strong earnings, stock up nearly 5%

Medical device maker beat the forecasts, showed broad sales growth.
St. Jude Medical MRI-safe pacemaker gets long-awaited FDA approval

St. Jude Medical MRI-safe pacemaker gets long-awaited FDA approval

Regulatory approval to sell the device should boost sales and Abbott Laboratories' bottom line.

MNsure extends deadline for those seeking premium relief

The open enrollment period to buy a 2017 health plan has been extended for one week.
Controversial Wisconsin sheriff to speak tonight in Minneapolis

Controversial Wisconsin sheriff to speak tonight in Minneapolis

David Clarke Jr. has been a popular pro-Trump commentator on Twitter and other media.
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