A blog about what is new (and old) in the world of active implantable medical devices 

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CardioMEMS Miniature Implantable Wireless Sensors

CardioMEMS was founded by Dr. Jay S. Yadav and Dr. Mark G. Allen in Atlanta, GA in 2000 to develop implantable micro-electromechanical sensors to improve the management of severe chronic cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure and aneurysms. The miniature wireless sensors can be delivered through a catheter.  Once in place, they transmit cardiac output, blood

 
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NDI Medical’s Miniature MicroPulse Neurostimulator

Image Credit: SPR Therapeutics NDI Medical was founded in 2002 by Geoffrey B. Thrope to develop and commercialize neurodevice products.  NDI Medical developed the MicroPulse neurostimulator, a thumb-sized, rechargeable pulse generator, that has been used for the treatment of incontinence and pain, as well as an implantable device for the restoration of function of paralyzed limbs. According to a 2006

 
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Leptos Biomedical’s Splanchnic Nerve Stimulation For Treatment Of Obesity (2002-2010)

Leptos Biomedical was founded in Fridley, MN in 2002 by Dr. John D. Dobak.   Leptos intended to develop an implantable device to stimulate the greater splanchnic nerve, that was hoped would  result in reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure. In February 2010 Leptos announced its closure.  Reasons were not provided, but it has been suggested that the decision

 
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Palyon Medical’s Implantable Programmable Pain-Medicine Pump

  Image Credit: Palyon Medical’s animation at www.biodigital.com Palyon Medical Corporation was founded in 2004 in New York, NY, but recently moved its operations to Santa Clarita, CA.  Palyon is still operating stealthily. Palyon is developing a programmable implantable drug delivery system (IDDS) which delivers targeted doses of pain medication directly to the spinal area for the

 
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