Some biomedical companies develop products to be used by patients. Other companies help patients by developing tests or systems that can be used by a treatment facility to improve diagnostics, medicine, or overall patient care. Both types of products are vital to saving lives. Discover a sample of the exciting innovations developing right here in Arizona.
Systems for Hospitals and Researchers
VisionGate is developing 3D imaging to help researchers and medical professionals map intact cells.
Provista has access to some of the most innovative biomarkers through partners to address the molecular oncology market. Provista’s portfolio of three molecular tests are designed to detect the presence of a tumor.
HTG Molecular was founded in 1997 with a mission to develop a universal molecular biology-based platform that would improve the pharmaceutical drug discovery process, known as qNPA (quantitative nuclease protection assay).
Ventana Medical Systems
Ventana Medical Systems discover, develop, and deliver medical diagnostic systems and biopsy based cancer tests that are shaping the future of healthcare. Ventana manufactures over 200 cancer tests with related instruments in southern Arizona for 56 countries. Ventana products provide healthcare professionals with a total solution for all critical steps involved in the analysis of tissue biopsies. This pioneering company also offers workflow solutions to improve laboratory efficiency and preserve patient safety.
2011 Winner of an Arizona Innovation Challenge Fast Grant: MSDx
MSDx is commercializing In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) blood test products for neurological and autoimmune disorders. The company discovered a novel source of biomarkers that provide a real-time picture of the disease activity within the brain. This innovative approach analyzes a blood sample for an important “clean-up cell” called a phagocyte. Phagocytes are recruited into the brain to clear away damaged brain tissue. These debris laden phagocytes provide important clues into the disease activity. A fraction of these cells re-enters the blood stream. The MSDx products are used to analyze a blood sample, looking inside the phagocyte for these clues. Multiple Sclerosis is the first disease of focus. These tests may be developed for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other rare diseases.
Biomedical Products for Patients
The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for more than 35 years. During that time, more than 30 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted worldwide. The extensive Gore Medical family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia repair, soft tissue reconstruction, staple line reinforcement and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac and general surgery.
Tucson-based SynCardia Systems, Inc. is the privately-held manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart.