Mayo Clinic, Boston Scientific Teaming Up on Med-tech Accelerator

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Via Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Mayo Clinic and Boston Scientific Corp. on Monday will announce the formation of Motion Medical, a med-tech accelerator based near Mayo’s headquarters campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

In a statement, the organizations said Motion Medical would focus on development of new medical technology and minimally invasive treatments. The 1,800-square-foot facility will be located in One Discovery Square, the life-sciences research building that’s a key part of Rochester’s multibillion-dollar Destination Medical Center project.”

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The Mayo Clinic Is Testing Memory Chips Surgically Implanted In The Human Brain

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Via Bloomberg

“In a grainy black-and-white video shot at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a patient sits in a hospital bed, his head wrapped in a bandage. He’s trying to recall 12 words for a memory test but can only conjure three: whale, pit, zoo. After a pause, he gives up, sinking his head into his hands.

In a second video, he recites all 12 words without hesitation. “No kidding, you got all of them!” a researcher says. This time the patient had help, a prosthetic memory aid inserted into his brain.”

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Mayo Partners With California Startup Eko On Machine Learning Stethoscope System

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Via Star Tribune

“As you read these words, your heart’s left ventricle is pumping out as much blood as it can. Hopefully it’s enough.

If your heart is working normally, its left ventricle is pushing out 55 to 70 percent of its total blood volume with each beat. If this “ejection fraction” falls below 40 percent, you may have at least mild heart failure and may feel winded walking up stairs. But cardiologists have long sought a quick and inexpensive way to detect people whose heart is performing between those ranges and can be treated before their condition worsens.”

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The Mayo Clinic Is Collaborating With A ‘Smart Underwear’ Startup

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“Myant Inc., a recognized leader in the design, development, and production of Textile Computing products, is pleased to announce the launch of a strategic collaboration with Mayo Clinic to bring the power of Mayo’s patented algorithms for heart monitoring and arrhythmia detection to Myant’s SKIIN Textile Computing platform.”

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Mayo Clinic Is Partnering With a Startup to Make Blockchain Work for Healthcare

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Via Healthcare Global

“Renowned for its high-quality patient care and known as one of the best hospitals in the US, The Mayo Clinic has partnered with UK blockchain start-up Medicalchain to support the development of future services.  Mayo Clinic is top ranked in a wide range of specialities, including diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynaecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.”

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Mayo Ups Stake In DIY Genetic Testing Startup Helix

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By Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

“The Mayo Clinic is continuing to make venture capital investments in direct-to-consumer genetic testing, which scholars from its own Center for Individualized Medicine recently determined could be “potentially beneficial” for the public under a new generation of products designed to improve protection of users’ personal information.”

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Sportstech Startups Will Face Off In Minneapolis On Super Bowl Weekend

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“A competition for startups that are developing products to improve athletes’ safety and performance will come to Minneapolis during Super Bowl week.  The NFL, Mayo Clinic and NBCUniversal will sponsor the third-annual “1st and Future” competition, which is now seeking applications from companies seeking to participate.”

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Mayo Testing Kardia Mobile To Detect Irregular Heartbeats Using SmartPhones

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By Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

“Bob Hauser is fun at dinner parties. He entertains, he tells old stories, and occasionally the retired cardiologist will diagnose a friend’s atrial fibrillation right there at the dinner table. It’s happened more than once.

Hauser, who is retired from regular practice at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, has been using a wireless, consumer-oriented device called the Kardia Mobile [by AliveCor] to test his friends when they complain about unsettling sensations in their chest like a racing heart beat or palpitations. He has used the smartphone-enabled device to detect quivering or potentially dangerous fibrillation in several acquaintances who went on to get care from their regular doctors.”

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Mayo Makes Another Investment In Silicon Valley Startup AliveCor

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By Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

“For the third time in less than a year, the Mayo Clinic has made a financial investment in AliveCor, a Silicon Valley digital health startup that is commercializing Mayo-developed technology to detect heart health risks via a smartphone app. The two parties first revealed a research collaboration and equity stake in November, then followed that up in March when Mayo participated in a $30 million Series D venture capital round for AliveCor led by Omron Healthcare.”

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