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

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AIMD Companies Founded by Alfred E. Mann

Alfred E. Mann holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles and honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California, The Johns Hopkins University, Western University and the Technion Institute (Israel), as well as, Research Professor, University of Southern California, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, University of

 
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AIMD Companies Founded by Dr. Robert Fischell

Dr. Fischell received his BSME degree from Duke University and MS and Sc.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Dr. Fischell was employed at the Johns Hopkins University where he was the Chief Engineer of the Space Department and worked on more than 50 spacecraft. His interests at Johns Hopkins then turned to the invention

 
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AIMD Companies Founded by David R. Fischell, Ph.D.

Dr. David R. Fischell is a serial entrepreneur who has founded nine biomedical device companies in the last fifteen years. He is chairman of the Cornell University Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. After earning his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, Dr. Fischell

 
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NeuroPace’s Responsive Neurostimulator (RNS) for the Treatment of Epilepsy

NeuroPace is a privately-held company in Mountain View, CA.  Their RNS®  implantable stimulator, along with depth leads and cortical strip leads are designed for the treatment of medically refractory partial epilepsy. Unlike Cyberonics’ VNS IPGs, the RNS neurostimulator is designed to detect abnormal electrical activity in the brain and respond by delivering electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity

 
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Cyberonics’ Vagus Nerve Stimulators

Cyberonics was founded in Houston, TX in 1987 to develop an implantable device for the treatment of epilepsy.  In July 1997, The FDA approved the VNS Therapy System (formerly known as the NCP® NeuroCybernetic Prosthesis System) as an adjunctive epilepsy treatment for adults and children over 12 years of age with partial onset seizures refractory to

 
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Respicardia’s remedē Implantable Device for the Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea

Respicardia, Inc. (formerly Cardiac Concepts, Inc.) is a privately held medical device company incorporated in 2006. It is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  It is developing an implantable system intended to improve the outcomes for Heart Failure patients by developing an implantable stimulation therapy to treat Central Sleep Apnea. The remedē System is an implantable

 
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ImThera Medical’s Aura6000 Implantable System for the Treatment of Sleep Apnea

The aura6000 is based on ImThera’s Targeted Hypoglossal Neurostimulation (THN) Sleep Therapy™ delivering neurostimulation to the tongue during sleep. The system is comprised of a surgically‐placed multi‐contact electrode specifically designed for the Hypoglossal nerve, and a lead that connects the electrode to a programmable implantable pulse generator (IPG) that is placed in the anterior chest wall.

 
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Apnex Medical’s Implantable Device for Treatment of Sleep Apnea

MedicalApnex Medical, Inc. is located in St. Paul, MN. It was founded in 2006 and has developed the Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation System (HGNS® System) for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The HGNS System has been evaluated in feasibility studies and is now being assessed in an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Study (Apnex®Clinical Study).

 
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Inspire Medical’s IPG for the Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Inspire Medical Systems, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, develops implantable neurostimulation systems to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  Inspire Medical Systems was formed when the Inspire intellectual property and technology was licensed and spun out from Medtronic in 2007. Inspire therapy is designed to deliver physiologically-timed, mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve on each breathing cycle

 
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Angel Medical’s Guardian Implantable Heart Attack Monitor

Angel Medical was founded by Dr. Robert E. Fischell and Dr. David R. Fischell.  The AngelMed Guardian® system is an implantable cardiac device, designed to detect rapid ST segment shifts that may signify major cardiac events, such as coronary artery occlusions caused by life-threatening vulnerable plaque ruptures. Once an ST shift is detected, the system

 
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Brainsgate’s Spheno-Palatine Ganglion Stimulator

Brainsgate‘s implantable pulse generator is designed to stimulate the Spheno-Palatine Ganglion.   It is activated by an external transcutaneous energy transmitter.  Brainsgate is evaluating the system’s capability to  augment cerebral blood flow as a treatment of ischemic stroke or dementia.

 
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AIMD Companies Founded by Yossi Gross

Yossi Gross (born February 5, 1947) is an Israeli medical device innovator and entrepreneur. His medical-device companies are incubated through Rainbow Medical. Currently, the following companies led by Yossi Gross are focusing on active implantable medical devices: BetaStim, developing a new neurostimulation treatment for diabetes Brainsgate, developing an implantable device for acute stroke treatment and brain

 
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AIMD Companies Founded by Dr. Shlomo Ben-Haim

Dr. Shlomo Ben-Haim has held faculty appointments as a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics, at both Harvard University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. His formal education is in the fields of nuclear physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, philosophy, and medicine. Dr. Ben-Haim has published his research in over 100 scientific papers, in

 
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AIMD Companies Founded by Mir A. Imran (InCube)

Mir A. Imran (born 1956, Hyderabad, India), is an Indian entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Imran has formed 19 companies since the early 80s and holds over 140 patents.  He is the founder and Chairman of InCube Laboratories, Inc., a research laboratory and business incubator for medical and technology companies Currently, four InCube companies are focusing

 
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Spinal Modulation Neuromodulation System

Spinal Modulation is a company based in Menlo Park, CA.  It has developed a neurostimulator for chronic intractable pain management. According to the company, the Spinal Modulation System utilizes low-level electrical signals to modulate neural structures of primary sensory neurons located within the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). These cell bodies have been implicated in the

 
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