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Highlife Medical

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Highlife Medical develops a new 2-component (“valve in ring”) transcatheter mitral valve replacement systems offering unique features for the treatment of mitral valve insufficiency. The transcatheter mitral valve implantation market is regarded as one of the most attractive markets in medical devices and is expected to reach more than 4.6bnUSD in 2027. VIPSI invested in Read the full article…

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VI Partners invests in Highlife Medical

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VI Partners proudly announces its investment into Highlife Medical. Highlife Medical develops a new 2-component (“valve in ring”) transcatheter mitral valve replacement systems offering unique features for the treatment of mitral valve insufficiency. The transcatheter mitral valve implantation market is regarded as one of the most attractive markets in medical devices and is expected to Read the full article…

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Visonys

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Visonys AG was a Swiss information security software company whose Application Security Gateway set new standards in web application security and availability. Its solutions are targeted to web applications that process confidential information or manage business transactions and processes. Customers include financial institutions, e-commerce and industrial companies as well as authorities. In 2008, Visonys was Read the full article…

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PicoDrill

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Picodrill develops innovative methods based on a combination of thermal and optic processes to micromachining dielectric materials as glass, quartz and silicates. In different types of glass, these methods allow cost efficient drilling of small holes with high aspect ratio and of unparalleled quality; efficient and “cracks free” full body cutting of thin and thick Read the full article…

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Nexthink

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Nexthink provides digital experience management for the enterprise. Leading global companies know that satisfied employees generate more satisfied customers. With Nexthink, organizations can deliver consumer-grade experiences to their employees to increase satisfaction and productivity. Nexthink combines data collection and monitoring, analysis & intelligence and communication, with the ability to take automated action and engage with Read the full article…

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Mesa Imaging

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Mesa Imaging develops and produces 3d cameras. The company was incorporated in 2005 as a spin-off of the csem. The areas of application include machine vision, intelligent robots, access security. etc. The company has a handful customers who are using cameras for production series. The market might become much larger with next generation cameras allowing Read the full article…

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IR Microsystems

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IR Microsystems fabricates novel, low-cost, rugged and simple infrared detection subsystems to accurately analyze the components of gases, liquids and solids. Together with their OEM customers they provide solutions for in-line and on-site process control in many industrial sectors like chemical engineering, petrochemistry, medical technology, biotechnology, nutrition and agriculture. IR-Microsystems was acquired in 2007 by Read the full article…

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hybis software

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Hybris offers “E-Business” data platform software solutions to optimize intra- and intercompany processes associated with demand & supply chain management, most importantly “Product Information Management”, and all aspects of “e-procurement”. This includes comprehensive and highly scaleable catalogue management as well as marketing and sales channel management features. Hybris was acquired in 2009 by the main Read the full article…

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HPL S.A. is based in Lausanne Switzerland. The primary aim of the company is to develop value added technology for next generation Li-ion batteries. Primary research focus is higher power and improved safety. Specifically the company is working to develop innovative technology in three key areas: novel nanostructured electrode materials, new safer electrolytes, and improved Read the full article…

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EpiSpeed

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EpiSpeed was focusing on commercialization of low-energy plasma-enhanced process technologies for fast epitaxial growth of semiconducting materials at low temperatures. The company was pioneering processes for the manufacturing of blue and white high-brightness LEDs, high-efficiency solar cells, and discrete high-performance and optoelectronic devices. EpiSpeed’s IP has been sold to an Italian company in 2010.

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Xigen

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Xigen is a pharmaceutical company spin-off from the University Hospital founded in 2002 in Lausanne. The company is based on comprehensive research activities in the field of intracellular peptide research and JNK inhibition. Xigen is focusing on the development of intracellular peptide therapeutics for the acute and short-term treatment of unmet medical needs in major Read the full article…

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Thommen Medical

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Thommen Medical AG was established in August 2001 in Waldenburg and has become established on the international market for implant dentistry very quickly as it is setting new standards with the Swiss Precision Implant System (SPI®System). Thommen Medical has wholly-owned subsidiaries in key markets such as Switzerland, Germany and the United States. Thommen was acquired Read the full article…

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Spinelab

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SpineLab is dedicated to the emerging field of non-fusion spine technologies. The core product is a pedicle screw based elastic stabilization system: ElaSpine™. SpineLab is unique in that is has a simple approach to establish consistent biomechanical conditions. SpineLab’s patents cover a wide range of design options including minimally invasive approaches. SpineLab is based in Read the full article…

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Neocutis

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Neocutis sells high end cosmeceutical products for the management of “stressed skin conditions” such as anti aging, anti wrinkles and increased skin texture. The company has put in place a highly motivated and efficient sales force in the USA selling into dermatologists and beauty surgeons. Neocutis has been sold to a German pharmaceutical company in Read the full article…

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Ganymed

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Ganymed is developing monoclonal antibody therapeutics against solid tumors, where current therapies are poor and where there is an overriding medical need. Ganymed’s pan cancer surface antigens are uniquely specific for cancer tissues and can be expected to show greater therapeutic efficacy and better safety allowing significant reduction in time to market. Ganymed was sold Read the full article…

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ESBATech

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ESBATech is a drug discovery and development company focusing on therapeutic applications of its proprietary antibody fragments derived from fully human antibody fragment scaffolds. ESBATech’s antibody fragments have high stability and production yield compared to conventional antibody fragments. This enables new therapeutic applications and reduces production costs. The company has several programs in pre-clinical and Read the full article…

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Endosense

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Endosense is a medical technology company based in Meyrin (GE) focused on catheter ablation treatments of cardiac rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation (AF). The company has developed and pioneered the use of contact force measurement in catheter ablation, with the development of the proprietary Touch+® sensor technology and TactiCath®, Endosense’s flagship product. AF is the Read the full article…

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SumUp

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SumUp is the leading financial technology company that is set to become the first ever global card acceptance brand. The company enables businesses to accept card payments in-store, in-app and online in a simple, secure and cost-effective way. SumUp is the only company to offer an end-to-end EMV card acceptance solution built on proprietary hardware Read the full article…

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Sonic Emotion

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SonicEmotion develops and markets an innovative solution enabling listeners to select a virtual 3D listening environment and to control their perception of the sounds projected within it. As the world’s first 3D sound solutions for home entertainment products, sonic emotion technologies synchronize performance and simplicity enabling enormous 3D sound from a single, elegant device – Read the full article…

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Smart Valor

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Smart Valor provides a compliant, licensed online exchange platform for security tokens and other digital assets. Real assets will be tokenized, listed and traded on the digital token exchange alongside fiat-cryptocurrency listings. Existence, legal ownership and status of underlying assets are ensured by the asset issuance process. Active stakeholders and issuers can earn participation rewards on Read the full article…

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Silentsoft

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SilentSoft markets solutions for remote data acquisition via GSM/GPRS networks, and delivery of the data over the web. The company’s original business was monitoring mainly of heating oil, lubricants and gas tanks. A new service aimed at reducing energy consumption within buildings will be rolled out in 2013. The company currently has 30’000 units under Read the full article…

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Senbiosys

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Senbiosys’ technology measures health related parameters with higher precision and ultra-low power consumption. Senbiosys develops a new generation of high-performing sensors addressing the key challenges of accuracy, efficiency and miniaturization for the IoT of health market. It has already beaten several world records in power consumption and ultra-low noise. Learn more on https://www.senbiosys.com

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Ledgy

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Ledgy helps a company conveniently stay on top of cap table management, financing rounds, vesting schedules, options, phantom plans, and convertible loans. Ledgy provides fast insights for future financing rounds or exit negotiations with its built-in modeling tools. With Ledgy, multiple versions of often erroneous spreadsheets that require a lot of manual work are a Read the full article…

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L.E.S.S.

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L.E.S.S. produces a new generation of ultra-bright and ultra-thin lighting systems. The new technology and products developed by L.E.S.S. open many opportunities for companies active in the industrial vision, the automotive lighting and the display backlighting. The core technology, based on a nano-active fiber, is revolutionizing the world of technical lighting by replacing the existing Read the full article…

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Gamaya

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Gamaya is a Swiss AgTech company which provides the world’s most advanced solution for diagnostics of farmland using a unique constellation of patented hyperspectral imaging technology, drone-based deployment and artificial intelligence. Gamaya farmland analytics solution improves food production efficiency by facilitating optimised usage of chemicals and fertilisers, as well as reducing disease and weed-related losses. Read the full article…

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Equippo.com

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Equippo is a global e-commerce platform for heavy equipment such as cranes, dump trucks, loaders or asphalt pavers. The platform brings together select manufacturers, dealers, leasing companies and other trusted sellers of heavy equipment with buyers from all over the world, including markets like South America, Russia, and Poland. Equippo has a unique technological innovation Read the full article…

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Merlion

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MerLion Pharmaceuticals is focusing on the development of finafloxacin; an atypical fluoroquinolone with outstanding safety profile and enhanced activity in acidified environments found in many infection sites (e.g. urine, abscesses, deep seated wounds, chronically infected tissues and stomach mucosa) and within the intracellular compartments of infected macrophages. Finafloxacin shows impressive activity against persistent and biofilm Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical

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Sequana Medical (former NovaShunt) founded in 2004, is a commercial stage medical device company based in Zurich that designs and develops automated implantable pump systems to move fluids around inside the body. Sequana is the leading innovator of a new category of patented technologies and products designed to remove chronic fluid build-up in the body. Read the full article…

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Jenavalve Technology

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JenaValve™ Technology is a medical device company specialized in developing minimally invasive heart valve replacement systems. JenaValve’s products offer a true and safe alternative to conventional surgery and to existing commercialized transcatheter devices. Jenavalve products are first in class second generation systems with improved technology, especially for correct positioning and repositioning. Learn more on https://jenavalve.com

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Kuros Biosciences

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Kuros Biosciences was formed as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute, ETHZ, and University of Zurich. Kuros aims to be a leader in the development of biologics and biomaterials for localized therapy within the core areas of sealants, orthobiologics and wound care. The product goal is to regenerate or restore the function of diseased Read the full article…

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Medlumics SL

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Medlumics is a Madrid-based MedTech company which develops Ablaview®, a unique RF irrigated ablation catheter system that merges photonics and miniaturized optics to guide device placement and directly assess the ablation lesions in real time. Several of the investors of Medlumics were also backing Endosense, a company in the same space acquired by Abbott (St. Read the full article…

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Genkyotex

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Genkyotex, a pharma company based in Geneva, is the leading developer of NOX inhibitors. The Company is developing first-in-class, small molecule therapeutics that selectively inhibit NOX enzymes. Genkyotex has built a pipeline of NOX inhibitors for different diseases led by the NOX1&4 inhibitor GKT137831, which is in advanced clinical development in several blockbuster indications. Genticel Read the full article…

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Inositec

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Inositec AG is a pre-clinical stage biotech spin-off from ETH Zurich developing innovative new drugs from its proprietary platform of inositol phosphate analogs with tunable properties (InosituneTM).  Inositec’s lead product is an inhibitor of Clostridium difficile toxins that aims to offer a highly differentiated, non-antibiotic oral treatment option for C. difficile infection patients. The second product is a vascular Read the full article…

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VI Partners strengthens team with Joe Neale, Partner Technology

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Altendorf (SZ), Switzerland – November 2, 2020: VI Partners welcomes Joe Neale as new Partner, Technology Investment. Joe joins Alain Nicod (Managing Partner), Cyrill Osterwalder (Principal) and Daniel Gutenberg (Venture Partner) to select, invest in, and support promising start-ups in Software / SaaS, FinTech, Blockchain, AI, machine learning and IoT. Joe was educated and spent Read the full article…

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iOnctura extends Series A financing round to EUR 20.1m

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iOnctura SA, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, developing a pipeline of next generation molecules targeting cancer and fibrosis, today announces that it has raised an additional EUR 5.1 million bringing the total Series A financing to EUR 20.1 million. New investor 3B Future Health Fund, previously known as Helsinn Investment Fund S.A., SICAR joins the existing blue chip investor syndicate of M Ventures, INKEF Capital, VI Partners, and Schroder Adveq, which all participated in the extension.

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Inositec’s INS-3001 significantly reduces cardiovascular calcification in Proof of Concept study

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Inositec, a pioneer in the development of life-saving small molecule drugs based on myo-inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), announced today that positive proof-of-concept data on INS-3001, a novel cardiovascular calcification inhibitor, were published in Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-14091-4). INS-3001 was found to be a potent and well tolerated inhibitor of pathological soft tissue calcification in preclinical studies. Calcification, particularly in arterial walls and cardiac valves, leads to an increase in cardiac events. Inositec is developing INS-3001 for a number of cardiovascular indications caused by calcification, including aortic valve stenosis.

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JenaValve Technology closes US$50m equity financing led by Bain Capital

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Irvine, California, USA – February 5, 2020: JenaValve Technology, Inc., developer and manufacturer of the JenaValve Pericardial Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) System for the treatment of aortic valve disease, announces that it has raised $50 million in an equity financing led by Bain Capital Life Sciences. Additional participants in the financing included existing investors Read the full article…

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iOnctura raises EUR 15m in Series A financing

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – January 23, 2020: iOnctura B.V., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, developing a pipeline of next generation molecules targeting cancer and fibrosis, announces today the closing of a EUR 15 million Series A financing. The financing was led by INKEF Capital and co-led by VI Partners with participation by new investors Schroder Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical announces first patient enrolled in RED DESERT study for treatment of diuretic-resistant heart failure patients

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Ghent, Belgium – January 7, 2020: Sequana Medical NV (Euronext Brussels: SEQUA), an innovator in the management of fluid overload in liver disease, malignant ascites and heart failure, today announces that the first patient has been enrolled in the first-in-human repeated dose study of alfapump DSR (Direct Sodium Removal) for the treatment of diuretic-resistant heart Read the full article…

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Araris Biotech AG closes seed financing round of CHF 2.5m

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Zurich, Switzerland – August 20, 2019: Araris Biotech AG announced today the closing of an oversubscribed seed financing round of CHF 2.5 million with participation of Swiss investors Redalpine, Schroder Adveq and VI Partners. The proceeds will be used to develop a pipeline of proprietary antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). Araris’ co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Read the full article…

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Smart Valor startet Handelsplattform für Krypto-Assets

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Zug, Switzerland – July 31, 2019: Das Jungunternehmen Smart Valor aus dem Crypto Valley hat die erste integrierte Handelsplattform für Krypto-Assets in der Schweiz gestartet. Es hat zum Ziel, die Börse zu einem international führenden Handelsplatz für digitale Wertpapiere auszubauen. Nach anderthalb Jahren Entwicklungszeit hat Smart Valor am Dienstag seine Handelsplattform für digitale Vermögenswerte gestartet. Zunächst können Read the full article…

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The WHO recognizes NOX inhibitors as new therapeutic class and approves Setanaxib for GKT831

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Genkyotex (Euronext Paris & Brussels: FR0013399474 – GKTX), a biopharmaceutical company and the leader in NOX therapies, today announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended setanaxib as the international nonproprietary name (INN) for GKT831. The new stem “naxib” approved by WHO refers to NADPH oxidase inhibitors, and formally establishes a new therapeutic class under Read the full article…

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SumUp receives a $371M loan to fuel its expansion

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SumUp Inc., a six-year-old electronic payments startup, secured a 330 million-euro ($371 million) loan, backed by Bain Capital Credit, Goldman Sachs Private Capital and others. The London-based company plans to boost its customer base across 31 markets and develop its range of products, including via acquisitions. The startup makes credit-card readers to help businesses of Read the full article…

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Boehringer Ingelheim acquires AMAL Therapeutics

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Boehringer Ingelheim today announced its acquisition of all shares of AMAL Therapeutics SA, a private Swiss biotechnology company focused on cancer immunotherapy and advancing first-in-class therapeutic cancer vaccines derived from its technology platform KISIMA. AMAL’s lead vaccine ATP128 is currently developed for stage IV colorectal cancer and is slated to begin first-in-human trials later this Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences signs agreement on distribution of MagnetOs in Australia and New Zealand

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) today announced that its Dutch subsidiary, Kuros Biosciences BV, has signed a distribution agreement for the Australian and New Zealand healthcare markets with Surgical Specialties, a subsidiary of the Paragon Care Group (ASX: PGC), a leading provider of medical equipment, devices and consumables. Under the agreement, Kuros will supply Surgical Specialties Read the full article…

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L.E.S.S. SA raises CHF 14m to accelerate the industrialization of their products in the automotive market.

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L.E.S.S. SA, a high tech company manufacturing a new generation of ultra-bright and ultra-thin lighting systems, announced today the closing of a CHF 14 million Series B financing round to accelerate the industrialization of their products in the automotive market. The round was led by new private and existing investors. L.E.S.S. SA was founded in Read the full article…

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Xeltis preclinical data extend potential of restorative approach to small diameter vessels

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Positive preclinical results from the three different applications of Xeltis’ restorative small diameter blood vessels have been presented at 2019 International Symposium for Applied Cardiovascular Biology and Vascular Tissue Engineering in Zurich (CH). All studies showed encouraging patency of the devices, which have been used as carotid artery interposition grafts, arteriovenous shunts and coronary artery Read the full article…

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Final data analysis shows that GKT831 demonstrated statistically significant improvements in GGT and ALP over full treatment period

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Genkyotex (Euronext Paris & Brussels: FR0013399474 – GKTX) announced today the final results of its Phase 2 trial of GKT831 in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). These data include pre-determined secondary efficacy analyses that were not previously available, as well as full safety data. The efficacy results demonstrate that GKT831 at the 400mg twice a day (BID) Read the full article…

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Mahindra picks up 11.25% stake in Swiss agriculture technology firm Gamaya

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Mahindra & Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES) has acquired 11.25 per cent stake in Switzerland-based agriculture technology firm Gamaya for $4.3 million, the Indian company said in a statement on Friday. The investment will be done through a subscription to 300 Common Shares and 30,469 Series B Preferred Shares of Gamaya.  Gamaya, which works in Read the full article…

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CeQur appoints Bradley Paddock Chief Executive Officer

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CeQur® announced that the company has appointed Bradley Paddock as chief executive officer, effective today. Paddock brings a track record of commercial medtech successes, notably leading sales up to $600 million during his eight-year tenure at Kyphon, Inc. Paddock also managed successful commercial operations for multiple industry-leading companies, including Stryker, Bausch + Lomb, Inc., and Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical announces unconditional FDA IDE approval to start alfapump® pivotal study (POSEIDON)

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Sequana Medical NV (Euronext Brussels: SEQUA), a commercial stage medical device company focused on the development of innovative treatment solutions for the management of liver disease, heart failure, malignant ascites and other fluid imbalance disorders, today announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unconditionally approved its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application for Read the full article…

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Altoida Raises $6.3m Series A to predict Alzheimer’s disease risk using AI, machine learning and augmented reality

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Altoida Inc. today announced a $6.3 million round of venture capital financing to bring its FDA-cleared and CE Mark-approved medical device and brain health data platform to patients, physicians and researchers around the globe. Led by a team of esteemed neuroscientists, physicians and computer scientists, Altoida uses digital biomarkers to drive better clinical outcomes for Read the full article…

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Inspired by Silicon Valley, Ledgy wants to help others give equity to employees

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The fintech startup Ledgy and the law firms Kellerhals Carrard, Wenger & Vieli and LEXR partner up to help Swiss startups give out equity to their employees. According to a recent study by Index Ventures, European startup employees own half of the amount US employees own of their companies in terms of equity. This could be one of Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical announces presentation of positive DSR clinical proof-of-concept data demonstrating potential in volume overload due to heart failure

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Sequana Medical NV (Euronext Brussels: SEQUA), a commercial stage medical device company focused on the development of innovative treatment solutions for the management of liver disease, heart failure, malignant ascites and other fluid imbalance disorders, today announces the presentation of the positive results from the first-in-human single dose DSR proof-of-concept study for volume overload due Read the full article…

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AMAL Therapeutics enters clinical collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim to evaluate ATP128 in combination with BI754091

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AMAL Therapeutics (AMAL), a Swiss biotech developing novel, peptide-based therapeutic cancer vaccines, today announces that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim. AMAL will conduct an international Phase Ib clinical study, referred to as KISIMA-01, to evaluate the combination of its lead candidate, ATP128, with Boehringer Ingelheim’s anti-PD1 compound, BI754091, in Microsatellite Read the full article…

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Cell Medica collaborators, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, present preclinical data for an off-the-shelf CAR-NKT therapy platform

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Cell Medica, a leader in next-generation cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announced that collaborators from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital presented the latest preclinical data generated as part of the development program for CMD-502, an off-the-shelf CAR-NKT therapy candidate for R/R CD19 expressing B-cell malignancies, at the 22nd Annual Meeting Read the full article…

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Cell Medica collaborators, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, present positive early patient data from CAR-NKT neuroblastoma trial

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Cell Medica, a leader in next-generation cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announced that its collaborators from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital presented the latest positive progress in the GINAKIT2 trial for children with R/R high risk neuroblastoma at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences enters convertible bond financing agreement for up to CHF 5m

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) today announced that it has entered into a convertible bond financing agreement with Nice & Green S.A. for up to a maximum of CHF 5 million. The facility is provided by Nice & Green, a private Swiss company which specializes in financing solutions tailored to the requirements of listed growth companies Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences receives US marketing clearance for intervertebral body fusion device

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) today announced that its Dutch subsidiary, Kuros Biosciences BV, has received clearance for the Kuros TLIF cage from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The TLIF cage has been developed for the use with KUR-113, Kuros’s advanced Fibrin-PTH product candidate for spinal fusion. The combination of KUR-113 with the TLIF Read the full article…

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Gemkyotex announces completion of 24-week treatment of its phase 2 trial with GKT831 in primary biliary cholangitis

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Genkyotex (Euronext Paris & Brussels: FR0011790542 – GKTX), a biopharmaceutical company and the leader in NOX therapies, announces today that the last patient has completed on March 8, 2019 the full 24-week treatment in its Phase 2 trial of GKT831 in patients with Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC). Positive interim efficacy results after 6 weeks of Read the full article…

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Cell Medica awarded US$ 8.7m CPRIT grant to accelerate CMD-502 off-the-shelf CAR-NKT cell therapy into clinical development

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Cell Medica announced today that it has been awarded an $8.7 million research grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The grant will support preclinical and clinical development of the company’s off-the-shelf chimeric antigen receptor-natural killer T cell (CAR-NKT) therapies to treat hematological and solid tumors. The CPRIT grant will support Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences signs agreement to supply SeaSpine with bone graft incorporating Kuros’s advanced submicron surface technology

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) today announced that its Dutch subsidiary, Kuros Biosciences BV, has signed a private label Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement with SeaSpine Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNE), a global medical technology company focused on surgical solutions for the treatment of spinal disorders.  Under the agreement Kuros will supply the bone graft in various Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical raises €27.5 million in IPO

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Sequana Medical NV – (“Sequana Medical”, the “Company”), a commercial stage medical device company focused on the development of innovative treatment solutions for the management of liver disease, heart failure, malignant ascites and other fluid imbalance disorders, today announces the results of its initial public offering of new shares, with the admission of all of Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical receives breakthrough device designation from the FDA for its alfapump®

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Sequana Medical NV (“Sequana Medical”, the “Company”), a commercial stage medical device company focused on the development of innovative treatment solutions for the management of liver disease, heart failure, malignant ascites and other fluid imbalance disorders, announces today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device designation for the alfapump® for the treatment Read the full article…

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Data from multiple studies demonstrate CeQur PAQ basal-bolus insulin delivery device is a successful alternative to multiple daily insulin injections

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CeQur announced that the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology (JDST) has published a paper summarizing data from multiple studies evaluating whether the company’s PAQ basal-bolus insulin delivery device overcomes barriers to insulin delivery and meets the needs of people with type 2 diabetes and their healthcare providers. The data demonstrate that the simple three-day, Read the full article…

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JenaValve Technology appoints John T. Kilcoyne as Chief Executive Officer

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JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems for the treatment of aortic valve disease, today announced the appointment of veteran medical device executive John T. Kilcoyne as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. In addition, he will serve as a member of the Board of Directors. Kilcoyne Read the full article…

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Myotest delivers next generation smart running features for smartphones & smartwatches

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Myotest SA, leading licensor of biomechanics and smart coaching solutions, announced today the first software libraries designed for smartphones & smartwatches to help recreational runners to run better. These libraries collect and calculate key biomechanical running metrics in real-time and provide meaningful feedback to runners including ways to improve their running technique and to run Read the full article…

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Kuros announces final result of capital increase – total gross proceeds of CHF 16.1m raised

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) (the Company or Kuros) announces the final number of offered shares and gross proceeds from the rights offering and share placement, first announced on November 29, 2018, in which a total of 8,013,306 new registered shares of Kuros sourced from the ordinary and authorized share capital with a nominal value of CHF 1.00 Read the full article…

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Nexthink raises $85m to help companies improve the digital employee experience

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Nexthink®, the leader in digital employee experience management software for enterprises, today announced it has secured an $85 million funding round. The financing was led by Index Ventures and includes participation from returning investors Highland Europe, Forestay Capital, VI Partners, Auriga Partners and Galéo Capital and new investors TOP Funds and Olivier Pomel, Co-founder and CEO of Datadog. Over the past few years, Nexthink has Read the full article…

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Kuros receives FDA 510(k) clearance for extending commercial indications of MagnetOs Putty in the USA

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for extending MagnetOs Putty indications to use as a stand-alone bone graft in extremities and pelvis. This is in addition to the existing clearance for use of MagnetOs Granules and MagnetOs Putty as an autograft Read the full article…

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Equity management platform Ledgy secures €1m for expansion in Europe

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Ledgy AG, Zurich (Switzerland), provider of equity software for private companies, has collected 1 million euros in a successful seed round. The company secured funding from a strong alliance of European investors: In addition to btov Partners (St. Gallen, Switzerland), Creathor Ventures (Bad Homburg, Germany) and VI Partners (Zug, Switzerland) are involved. Daniel Gutenberg and Read the full article…

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JenaValve Technology Receives FDA Approval for expanded IDE enrollment in the treatment of patients with severe aortic stenosis and severe aortic regurgitation

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JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of expansion of its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) feasibility studies for the JenaValve Pericardial TAVR System with the Everdur™ transcatheter heart valve (THV) and CoronatixTM Transfemoral Delivery Catheter. The approval expands Read the full article…

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AMAL Therapeutics finalises €29m (CHF 33.2m) Series B round

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AMAL Therapeutics (AMAL), the Swiss biotech developing novel, peptide-based therapeutic cancer vaccines, today announces that it has completed the second closing of its Series B financing round. The second and final tranche of €21.2 million (CHF 24.2 million) brings the total round to just over €29 million (CHF 33.2 million). The Company will use the Read the full article…

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Equippo closes financing round and expands to Belgium

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Equippo, an online marketplace for construction equipment, has acquired a Berlin-based startup and simultaneously expanded its services with a permanent auction yard in Belgium. These strategic moves come after Equippo closed a new financing round from existing investors. Equippo’s online platform, allows customers to purchase used heavy equipment from the US and Europe selling as high as 500,000 US dollars. Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical establishes new corporate headquarters in Ghent, Belgium and raises €8.5m from Newton Biocapital, PMV and SFPI-FPIM and others

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Sequana Medical NV (“Sequana Medical” , the “Company” ), a commercial stage medical device company focused on the development of innovative treatment solutions for the management of liver disease, heart failure, malignant ascites and other fluid imbalance disorders, announces today the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Ghent, Belgium, at the epicentre of the Flanders healthcare hub, and Read the full article…

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Analysis demonstrates CeQur PAQ insulin delivery device is highly cost effective for people with Type 2 Diabetes not in glycemic control

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CeQur® today announced that the Journal of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (JHEOR) published online an analysis evaluating the cost effectiveness of the company’s PAQ® Insulin Delivery Device. The analysis suggests that the simple three-day, wearable PAQ basal-bolus insulin delivery device is more cost-effective than multiple daily insulin injections (MDI) and results in a lifetime cost savings of more Read the full article…

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Kuros reports first patient treated in randomized controlled trial of MagnetOs in spinal fusion

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) today announced that the first patient has been treated in an investigator-led multicenter randomized controlled study comparing MagnetOs with autologous bone in posterolateral spinal fusion. The University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) in the Netherlands is the principal investigating site for the study, which is entitled “A Randomized Controlled Trial of MagnetOs® Read the full article…

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Sequana Medical reports positive data on use of the alfapump® in malignant ascites patients at the International Gynecologic Cancer Society

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Sequana Medical AG (“Sequana Medical”), a commercial stage medical device company focused on the development of innovative treatment solutions for the management of liver disease, heart failure, malignant ascites and other fluid imbalance disorders, announces today positive findings from its Retrospective Malignant Ascites Study. The study retrospectively evaluated 17 patients with malignant ascites that had been implanted with Read the full article…

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Genkyotex announces positive outcome of the Phase 2 trial of GKT831 in primary biliary cholangitis from the second independent SMB review

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Genkyotex (Euronext Paris & Brussels: FR00011790542 – GKTX), a biopharmaceutical company and the leader in NOX therapies, announces today that the independent Safety Monitoring Board (SMB) for its Phase 2 trial of GKT831 for the treatment of Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) held its second pre-planned data review meeting and recommended the continuation of the Company’s Read the full article…

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Genkyotex announces complete enrollment in interim analysis cohort of phase 2 trial of GKT831 in primary biliary cholangitis

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Genkyotex (Euronext Paris & Brussels: FR00011790542 – GKTX), a biopharmaceutical company and the leader in NOX therapies, announces today that 90 patients have been randomized in its Phase 2 trial of GKT831 for the treatment of Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC). This represents the target number of patients required to conduct the pre-planned interim analysis. The Read the full article…

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JenaValve Technology initiates U.S. Patient enrollment in early feasibility study of next-generation TAVR system for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis and severe aortic regurgitation

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JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems, today announced initiation of patient enrollment in the Early Feasibility Study (EFS) of its next generation JenaValve Pericardial TAVR System using the Everdur™ transcatheter heart valve (THV) and CoronatixTM Transfemoral Delivery Catheter at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York City, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Read the full article…

JenaValve Technology initiates U.S. patient enrollment in early feasibility study of next-generation TAVR system

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JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems, today announced initiation of patient enrollment in the Early Feasibility Study (EFS) of its next generation JenaValve Pericardial TAVR System using the Everdur™ transcatheter heart valve (THV) and CoronatixTM Transfemoral Delivery Catheter at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York City, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Read the full article…

CeQur acquires assets from Calibra Medical, Inc.

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CeQur® today announced that the company has acquired select assets of Calibra Medical, Inc., one of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies. The transaction includes an exclusive worldwide license for the wearable, on-demand insulin delivery system previously known as OneTouch Via™. The Calibra system enables people with diabetes to discreetly and conveniently deliver rapid-acting insulin Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences reports first U.S. & UK sales of MagnetOs commercial roll-out in the U.S. and Europe on track

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) announced today it recorded the first commercial use last week of MagnetOs in the U.S., and the company expects to ramp up its commercial activities in Europe and the U.S. in the second half of 2018. Joshua M. Ammerman, M.D. of Washington Neurosurgical Associates in Washington DC, successfully performed minimally invasive Read the full article…

Kuros Biosciences to present promising clinical case studies with MagnetOs

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) will this week present results from several investigator-led clinical case studies of MagnetOs Granules at the 15th annual State of Spine Surgery Think Tank, a leading conference uniquely dedicated to innovation in spinal surgery. The case studies, in which MagnetOs Granules were implanted in the spine, were performed by Alwyn Jones MB ChB, BSc, MSc, Read the full article…

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JenaValve Technology implants initial patients in CE mark study for the treatment of severe aortic regurgitation with next-generation TAVR System

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JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems, today announced initiation of patient enrollment and implantations associated with the CE Mark study of its next generation JenaValve Pericardial TAVR System using the Coronatix Transfemoral Delivery Catheter for the percutaneous treatment of patients with symptomatic, severe aortic regurgitation (AR). The JenaValve Pericardial TAVR Read the full article…

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Genkyotex announces positive outcome from independent SMB’s first pre-planed review of GKT831’s Phase 2 trial in primary biliary cholangitis

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Genkyotex (Euronext Paris & Brussels: FR00011790542 – GKTX), a biopharmaceutical company and the leader in NOX therapies, today announced that the independent Safety Monitoring Board (SMB) for its Phase 2 trial of GKT831 for the treatment of Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) held its first pre-planned data review meeting and recommended the continuation of the Company’s Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences receives European clearance for MagnetOs Putty and prepares for commercial roll-out in the U.S. and Europe

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) announced today that it has received the CE Mark for MagnetOs Putty indicated for use as an osteoconductive and osteoinductive bonevoid filler in the skeletal system (i.e. spine, extremities, pelvis, cranium, mandible and maxilla). This market clearance allows commercialization of MagnetOs Putty in Europe, and complements the existing clearance for MagnetOs Read the full article…

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Nexthink and Bracchin LLC Announce Partnership to Meet Increasing Demand

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Nexthink®, a leader in digital employee experience management software for enterprises, and BRACHIN LLC, a leading IT enterprise software and consulting firm, announced a partnership to help satisfy a forecasted increase in demand for improved digital experience in the workplace. As employee digital experience becomes a top priority for CIOs, the demand for solutions and Read the full article…

Nexthink announces integration with Splunk

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Nexthink®, a leader in digital employee experience management software for enterprises, today announced its new Splunk connector, an out-of-box integration with the leading provider of machine learning-based data analysis software. The Nexthink Splunk Connector addresses a typical complaint of Splunk users: a lack of specific end-point information in real-time related to security, operations and IT transformation projects. Read the full article…

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JenaValve Technology continues CE Mark study treating severe aortic stenosis with next-generation system

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JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems for the treatment of aortic valve disease, today announced successful patient enrollment in the CE Mark study of the next generation JenaValve Pericardial TAVR System utilizing the CoronatixTM Transfemoral Delivery Catheter for the percutaneous treatment of severe aortic stenosis. Read the full article…

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JenaValve Technology appoints Keith D. Dawkins, M.D., as Board Member

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JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems for the treatment of aortic valve disease, today announced the appointment of veteran medical device executive Keith D. Dawkins, M.D., as a new JenaValve board member. “As JenaValve advances its clinical development programs both in the US and Europe Read the full article…

SumUp and the Church of England bring cashless transactions to its congregations

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The Church of England (www.churchofengland.org) is making contactless, virtual terminal, and SMS mobile payments available to over 16,000 churches, cathedrals, and religious sites throughout England, in a bid to make donations and transactions faster and easier for the Church’s congregations. The project is powered by Europe’s fastest growing company, SumUp (www.sumup.co.uk), whose payment solutions allow Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences obtains European patent covering osteoinductive materials

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Kuros Biosciences AG (SIX: KURN) announced today that its Dutch subsidiary, Kuros Biosciences BV, has been granted the European patent, EP3021878, entitled “Method for producing an osteoinductive calcium phosphate and products thus obtained” bythe European Patent Office (EPO). The patent covers Kuros’ technology for osteoinductive calcium phosphates and their methods of production. The resulting unique Read the full article…

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Sennheiser Invests in Dear Reality & Sonic Emotion to Enhance Its VR/AR Capabilities

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Sennheiser is aiming to strengthen its position as a leading provider of immersive audio solutions with an investment in Dear Reality, experts in spatial audio algorithms and audio VR/AR software, and the acquisition of technologies from Sonic Emotion, a developer of 3D audio software and processing solutions. Both companies have developed unique expertise and tools for Read the full article…

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Nexthink Achieves 74 Percent Growth in 2017; Increases Global Base of Customers, Partners and Staff

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Nexthink®, a leader in digital experience management software for enterprises, today highlighted a successful 2017, announcing that it achieved a 74 percent increase in annual subscription revenue growth. This success was driven by a growing market for solutions that help enterprises to ensure a high-quality digital experience for their employees. Nexthink also announced it has Read the full article…

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Inositec AG Appoints Dr Frits van Alphen as Chief Medical Officer

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Inositec, a pioneer in the development of life-saving small molecule drugs based on inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), announced today the appointment of Frits van Alphen, MD, as Chief Medical Officer. Dr van Alphen has over 20 years of experience in clinical development and medical affairs, employed in roles of increasing responsibility. He has joined Inositec from Read the full article…

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L.E.S.S. SA signs a multi-million contract with a renowned technology group

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The year 2018 started very strong for L.E.S.S. SA, which owns a disruptive lighting technology based on nano-active optical fiber. The high-tech company closes a multi-million deal to supply its products in volume to a renown international technology group. This contract acknowledges the quality of L.E.S.S. innovation and crowns the long-term relationship between the two parties. Read the full article…

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Suunto and Myotest announce technology collaboration

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Suunto, a global leader in sports precision instruments and Myotest, a global leader in advanced, accelerometer-based analysis and interpretation for digital sport, today announced technology collaboration for a new running solution. Suunto has a long heritage in building robust sports watches known for their precision and sports expertise targeted to performance oriented athletes, while Myotest’s personalized smart Read the full article…

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Kuros Biosciences Announces Management Succession

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Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) announced today the appointment of Michael Grau as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective February 1, 2018. Michael Grau succeeds Harry Welten, who will step down as CFO on February 1, 2018 to focus on his boardroles and part-time CFO functions in privately held companies. Harry Welten will remain on the Board Read the full article…

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BancoEstado and SumUp to launch mobile card acceptance in Chile

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SumUp, the leading financial technology provider, and BancoEstado de Chile, the largest national bank of Chile, today announce the launch of a joint venture offering mobile card acceptance to small businesses. BancoEstado ran a comprehensive global selection process from which SumUp emerged as the ideal partner to serve small merchants in Chile. Through the newly Read the full article…

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Genticel and Genkyotex announce intention to enter into strategic combination

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Genticel (Euronext Paris & Brussels: FR00011790542 – GTCL), a biotechnology company developinginnovative immunotherapies, and Genkyotex, a Swiss privately-held biopharmaceutical company and the leader in NOX therapies, announced today that Genticel has signed a contribution agreement with the shareholders of Genkyotex pursuant to which, subject to the approval of Genticel’s shareholders at a meeting expected to be held in Read the full article…

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Inositec AG secures CHF1.4m in seed financing to advance new class of inositol hexaphosphate-based drug candidates

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Inositec, a pioneer in the development of life-saving small molecule drugs based on inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), announced today the closing of a CHF1.4 million (US$1.42 million) seed financing. Investors participating in the round included VI Partners via the Venture Incubator fund and Zürcher Kantonalbank. The proceeds will be used to progress a drug candidate from Read the full article…

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Cell Medica Acquires Delenex Therapeutics

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Cell Medica, a leader in developing, marketing and manufacturing cellular therapeutics for cancer and viral infections, announced today the acquisition of Delenex Therapeutics AG, a privately held, clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of locally and systemically applied antibody therapeutics. The acquisition will enable Cell Medica to accelerate the development of gene-modified immune Read the full article…

GAMAYA closes CHF 3.2 Million Series A to boost the deployment of their advanced crop analytics services

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Gamaya, provider of the world’s most advanced solution for large-scale diagnostics of farmland using hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence, announced it has raised 3.2 Million in a series A financing round. Investors include Sandoz Foundation, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Chairman of Nestle), Seed4Equity (social-impact investment fund), as well as well-established Swiss venture capital firm VI Partners. All Read the full article…

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Amal Therapeutics raises CHF 3 million

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Amal Therapeutics (Amal) completes CHF 3 million (EUR 2.75 million) Series A financing round with Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund (BIVF) as cornerstone investors. VI Partners and High-Tech Gründerfonds also participated in the round which will help progress Amal’s cancer vaccines. Amal Therapeutics is a Swiss biotech company developing and progressing therapeutic cancer vaccines. The company Read the full article…

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Venture Incubator Invests in Equippo

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If you follow the Equippo blog, you’ll remember that Equippo announced its first financing round with b-to-v partners in June, 2015. Fast forward half a year, and we’re happy to announce the closing of our second major funding round with Swiss firm VI Partners. After celebrating Equippo’s first birthday on November 17th, this financing round comes at a Read the full article…

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Cytos Biotechnology and Kuros Biosurgery to combine to create Kuros Biosciences

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Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. (SIX:CYTN) (“Cytos”) and Kuros Biosurgery Holding AG (“Kuros”), today announced their intention to combine their businesses by way of an exchange of Kuros shares for new Cytos shares, subject to shareholder approval and other customary conditions. Cytos is listed on the main segment of the Swiss stock exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange) while Read the full article…

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Swisscom übernimmt Mehrheit an Startup Mila

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Mit Swisscom Friends bietet Swisscom ihren Kunden gemeinsam mit dem Startup Mila seit zwei Jahren einen zusätzlichen, flexiblen und raschen Vor-Ort-Kundensupport. Swisscom hat nun die Mehrheit am Startup Mila übernommen. Mit der Investition baut der Schweizer ICT-Anbieter seine Aktivitäten im Bereich Shared Economy weiter aus. Mit Swisscom Friends erhalten Kunden auf einfache Weise kompetente und Read the full article…

Acquisition of Activaero

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Vectura Group plc (LSE: VEC; “Vectura” or the “Company”) announces the acquisition of Activaero GmbH (“Activaero”) for a total consideration of €130 million (£108 million) to be funded through a combination of existing cash and equity. Activaero is a private German pharmaceutical company focused on the development of products for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Its proprietary smart Read the full article…

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St. Jude Medical Acquires Endosense

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St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: STJ), a global medical device company, today announced the acquisition of Endosense SA, a Switzerland-based company that has pioneered contact-force measurement in catheter ablation. The acquisition adds to the company’s leading electrophysiology portfolio and provides a robust platform for future product development. St. Jude Medical has made an initial payment of approximately 159 Read the full article…

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Merz Pharma takes over Swiss dermatology specialist Neocutis

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Merz Pharma Group (Frankfurt am Main) today announced that it has acquired the Swiss pharmaceutical company Neocutis S.A. The acquisition of the company`s cosmeceutical skin care business strengthens Merz`s market position in the field of aesthetic dermatology. “Neocutis is an innovative company with an excellent presence on the U.S. market, and a promising potential for development,” said Philip Burchard, CEO of Read the full article…