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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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MTC’s Piezos Used for Wireless Power Transmission in EBR’s Wireless Pacemaker

Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC) announced that its Bedford, Ohio site manufactures the piezoelectric ceramic materials used in EBR Systems, Inc.’s innovative new WiCS® Wireless Cardiac Stimulation System. The PZT (lead zirconate titanate) material made by MTC is critical to the efficiency of the WiCS system, which is powered by a battery with a 10-year lifespan.

 
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ST Microelectronics Developing Implantable SOCs

Medical Product Manufacturing News announced that ST Microelectronics is developing ultra-low-power Systems On Chip (SOCs) suitable for implantable medical devices.  ST Microelectronics’ 65nm features a Vt of only 0.6V that can be used very near threshold.  The REISC processor consumes barely 10.8pJ/cycle at 0.6V.  This type of technology will certainly enable many new implantable devices

 
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Development and Test of MRI-Safe Implantable Devices

The November issue of Evaluation Engineering carried an article by Tom Lecklider on the amount of work invested by Medtronic to develop and test the Revo MRI pacemaker system.  The article is available on-line at Evaluation Engineering (Click here for direct link to the November 2011 issue).

 
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NEXUS Pacemaker with Hemodynamics Sensing and Patient Alert

Intermedics’ next-generation pacing platform would have been full of neat features such as: hemodynamic sensing (impedance-based hemodynamic sensor), autocapture (capture verification), autothreshold (self-tuning based on automatic strength-duration curve generation), high-quality digital telemetry, large-volume memory for electrogram storage, non-volatile memory for self-recovery and patient information, advanced noise detection, etc. My favorite feature though was “Patient Alert”.

 
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Tantalus II System for Treating Metabolic Syndrome

MetaCure’s TANTALUS II device is an advanced implantable electrical stimulator used to apply gastric stimulation. It works by enhancing the activity of gastric muscles only when the patient eats, which modifies hormone secretion, favorably affecting glucose and fat metabolism. At the same time, the stimulation causes the patient to feel satiated sooner and consume less

 
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Impulse Dynamics’ OPTIMIZER III IPG for Treatment of Heart Failure

Impulse Dynamics’ OPTIMIZER™ III Implantable Pulse Generator delivers Cardiac Contractility Modulation (CCM), non-excitatory electrical signals during the myocardial absolute refractory period in synchrony with locally sensed electrical activity. CCM signals are intended to treat patients with symptomatic heart failure despite appropriate medical treatment.

 
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Welcome to implantable-device.com!

Welcome to implantable-device.com, a blog dedicated to professionals interested in the fascinating world of active implantable medical devices! Let me tell you a bit about myself: I have over twenty years of experience in the design of Medical Electronic Instrumentation, most of it developing active implantable medical devices. In addition to 30 papers and 70

 
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