The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has picked up the pace on novel medical device approvals, but this year still may not hit levels seen in 2011 and 2012. During the first six months of 2014, the agency granted 17 premarket approvals, way up from 23 for the entirety of 2013.
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Med tech companies are keen employers, according to an employment report released today by EP Vantage, which found that 12 of the 15 biggest device companies added to their head count in 2013. And Abbott ($ABT) and Covidien ($COV) would have been net hirers were it not for the divestment of their pharma arms that year–resulting in the transfer of jobs to other companies, leaving Boston Scientific ($BSX) as the only large company to truly eliminate jobs last year.
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The patient sported an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset while the surgeon donned a fashionable pair of Google Glass during a recent arthroscopic knee procedure at Spain’s Hospital Perpetuo Socorro.