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Biomet EBI’s OsteoGen™ Implantable Bone-Growth Stimulator

It has been known for quite some time that bone growth is stimulated by DC electrical currents.  However, only relatively recently implantable stimulators have been developed for the application. In 1988 Biomet acquired Electrobiology Inc. (EBI) in Parsippany, NJ, a leader in bone-growth electrical stimulation and bone external fixation markets. EBI’s OsteoGen™ Bone Growth Stimulator is marketed by Biomet Inc.

 
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BioControl’s MiniatURO Muscle Stimulator to Alleviate Incontinence (1999-2006)

BioControl Medical, Ltd. was founded in 1999 by Yossi Gross, and is based in Yehud, Israel.  BioControl’s first devices were developed to treat incontinence due to overactive bladder, stress, and interstitial cystitis.  In 2006 American Medical Sytems acquired an exclusive license for the use of the technology in urology, gynaecology and other pelvic health applications. The BioControl MiniatURO

 
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BioControl’s CardioFit System for the Treatment of Heart Failure via Vagus Nerve Stimulation

BioControl Medical, Ltd. was founded in 1999 by Yossi Gross, and is based in Yehud, Israel.  BioControl’s first devices were developed to treat incontinence due to overactive bladder, stress, and interstitial cystitis.  In 2006 American Medical Sytems acquired an exclusive license for the use of the technology in urology, gynecology and other pelvic health applications.

 
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Cameron Health’s Leadless Implantable Defibrillator

Cameron Health was founded in 2000 in San Clemente, CA to develop a leadless implantable defibrillator. The device does not require a lead to be implanted into the heart. Instead, the device has a lead that is tunneled beneath the skin from the upper left chest below the level of the clavicle to the level of about

 
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Medtronic’s Leadless Pacemakers

Medtronic announced at TEDMED 2010 that it is working on leadless pacemakers.  Dr. Stephen Osterle, senior vice president of medicine and technology and member of Medtronic’s Executive Management Team, unveiled the device. Osterle said that physicians will be able to control the device with a smart phone.

 
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EBR System’s Wireless Pacemaker

EBR Systems, Inc., founded in 2003 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, is developing the WiCS® Wireless Cardiac Stimulation technology to eliminate cardiac pacing leads, historically a major source of complications and reliability issues.  The startup was spun out of research by founder Debra Echt, a former professor of medicine and a cardiologist at Vanderbilt University.

 
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