La Jolla’s CorTechs Labs among BIOCOM winners

A La Jolla company was among those showcasing Southern California’s life-saving innovation that was honored Nov. 18 at BIOCOM’s 2010 Med Device & Diagnostics Expo.

More than 200 people got an exclusive preview of the region’s cutting-edge technology that was developed by 14 companies exhibiting at the Expo. Attendees also had a chance to network with some of the region’s entrepreneurs, service providers and finance executives.

Three products featured at the Expo earned special recognition from a panel of industry experts:

• La Jolla-based CorTechs Labs won the “Life Changing Award” for its NeuroQuant OnLine diagnostic for Alzheimer’s Disease. The award is given to a product that has had the biggest impact on an individual and addresses the greatest medical need.

NeuroQuant OnLine is the only FDA cleared and fully automated volumetric analysis solution for quantitative detection of brain atrophy suitable for routine clinical use. Learn more at


• Volcano Corp, won the “The Far Out Award” for its Vibe RX Vascular Imaging Balloon Catheter. The award is given to a device or diagnostic tool that is so innovative it borders on science fiction.

The Volcano balloon catheter, designed by an engineering team in San Diego, is the only IVUS catheter in the world that has integrated balloon dilation technology. With this one catheter a doctor can quickly access, prepare and assess challenging lesions.

• RF Surgical Systems’ RF Assure device was a double award winner, taking home both the “I Would Invest in This” and “Why Didn’t I Think of That” awards.

Assure is a scan mat that detects surgical gauze and sponges that have radiofrequency tags attached to them. The mat is placed under the patient in a surgical setting to prevent the sponges and gauze from being left in the patient.

SOURCE: Press Release