Not new, but recently came across while researching some information about related devices… The NASA Tech Briefs of May 1999 described a device that telemeters pressure changes to detect intrauterine contractions. According to the brief: A biotelemetric system for monitoring key physiological parameters of a fetus and its uterine environment is undergoing development. The main
I have been honored with an invitation to present at the Fourth IEEE CASS Summer School on Wearable and Implantable Biomedical Circuits and Systems in Bogotá, Colombia (July 9 – 12, 2013). I will be giving two 1 hour and 20 minute talks on “A Practical Perspective on Developing Novel Commercial Active Implantable Medical Devices”.
FDA has published a draft of the guidance document that it has developed to assist industry by identifying issues related to cybersecurity that manufacturers should consider in preparing premarket submissions for medical devices. This guidance document is intended to supplement FDA’s “Guidance for the Content of Premarket Submissions for Software Contained in Medical Devices” and
In June 2012 Neurotech s.a. (http://www.neurotech-int.eu), a Belgium based developer and manufacturer of neurostimulation devices, obtained the CE Mark for its ADNS-300 system for the treatment of refractory epilepsy. According to the press release: “Advens therapy” uses the ADNS-300 stimulator as a therapeutic option for those patients who are refractory to anti-epileptic drugs and are not
St. Jude Medical announced FDA approval of its next-generation Ellipse™ and SJM Assura™ portfolio of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds). The new devices are designed to lower the risk of lead abrasion and to ensure high-voltage therapy delivery. According to the announcement: The Ellipse and SJM Assura family of devices
St. Jude Medical and privately-held Spinal Modulation, Inc., today announced that they have entered into a series of agreements under which St. Jude Medical made a $40 million equity investment in Spinal Modulation, a company that has developed an innovative neuromodulation therapy that provides a new pain management option for patients with chronic, intractable pain.
Sorin today announced it received FDA approval for and is beginning the U.S. launch of the SMARTVIEW™ remote monitoring solution for patients with CRM devices. From the press release: “Using the secure SMARTVIEW remote monitoring solution, physicians and nurses following patients with a Sorin PARADYMTM RF device can access valuable cardiac data and alert messages from
Biotronik announced that FDA granted approval for its Ilesto 7 implantable cardioverter-defibrillator/cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (ICD/CRT-D) series. According to the press release: “BIOTRONIK lives up to its reputation for excellence in design and manufacturing with the introduction of the Ilesto family, and the new Ilesto DX device. Physicians depend on complete and timely information, and Ilesto
Medtronic announced today the FDA approval of its new Viva® portfolio of cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillation (CRT-D) devices, and the Evera® portfolio of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD). According to the press release: “The Viva CRT-D significantly improves response rate to the therapy for many indicated heart failure patients, with a demonstrated 21 percent reduction in overall
Seattle-based NeuroVista was founded in 2002 by Dr. Daniel DiLorenzo to develop an implantable device for the early detection of epileptic seizures. The NeuroVista seizure advisory system is based on an implantable device that senses EEG irregularities that precede a seizure. Early warning allows patients to take medicine and find a safe place to
St. Jude Medical today announced CE Mark approval and European launch of its Allure Quadra™ Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Pacemaker (CRT-P), which brings the quadripolar lead technology to the pacemaker market for the first time. According to the press release: “Quadripolar leads allow for increased implant efficiencies, which clinical data indicates can result in fewer surgical revisions.
Boston Scientific Corporation announced today that it generated sales of $1.761 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $0.16 for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. These were the results for their AIMD businesses : Cardiac Rhythm Management declined 5% (4% using constant-currency basis) to $478M in Q1 2013 compared to $501M in Q1 2012. Neuromodulation was up
Micromagnetic Stimulation as an Alternative to Electrical Stimulation for Implantable Devices? I don’t think so…
The following captured my attention in the announcement of the 11th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society, “Technology Transforming Chronic Illness Management.” From June 8 – 13, 2013: “Micro-Magnetic Stimulation (Monday, June 10) – John T. Gale, Ph.D., has demonstrated for the first time that deep brain stimulation with micro-magnets can activate brain cells
Impulse Dynamics (yes, the company for which I work) launched its new, CE-marked OPTIMIZER™ IVs implantable device for the treatment of heart failure at the 79th Annual Meeting of the German Cardiac Society (Mannheim, Germany, 3–6 April 2013). The OPTIMIZER™ IVs Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) is a programmable telemetric device intended to treat moderate to severe heart
St. Jude Medical announced sales results for Q1 2013. AIMD results from their press release: “Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Total CRM sales, which include implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and pacemaker products, were $678 million for the first quarter of 2013, an 8 percent decrease compared to the first quarter of 2012. After adjusting for the