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Autonomic Technologies’ Sphenopalatine Ganglion Stimulator Treats Cluster Headaches

Autonomic Technologies, Inc. (ATI) is a medical device company located in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on the development of neurostimulators for the treatment of severe headache. The company’s initial product, the ATI Neurostimulation System, is approved in Europe for the treatment of cluster headache and is currently being investigated in a multi-center, randomized

 
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Cleveland FES Center’s Networked Neural Prosthesis

The Cleveland FES Center was established in 1991 as a consortium between the Cleveland VA Medical Center (CVAMC), the private educational institution of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and the public hospital system of MetroHealth Medical Center (MHMC). As part of this consortium, Dr. Hunter Peckham – biomedical engineering professor at Case Western Reserve University –

 
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SetPoint Medical Secures $27M to Develop VNS Device to Treat Inflammatory Diseases

SetPoint Medical, headquartered in Valencia, California, is developing neuromodulation therapies for patients with inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), psoriasis, diabetes, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis. SetPoint’s proprietary neuromodulation platform consists of an implantable “microregulator”, wireless charger and iPad prescription pad application. SetPoint announced today that it has secured

 
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Medtronic Implants first Activa® PC+S DBS IPG Capable of Sensing and Recording Brain Activity While Delivering Therapy

Medtronic today announced the first implant of the novel Activa® PC+S deep brain stimulation (DBS) system that, for the first time, enables the sensing and recording of select brain activity while simultaneously providing targeted DBS therapy. According to the press release: This initiates research on how the brain responds to the therapy and could yield insights that

 
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Pacemaker Hacking Hysteria and Conspiracies

I’ve been receiving tons of e-mail today from well-meaning friends to tell me about a major story in the news: “Hacker Found Dead Before Revealing Pacemaker Hacking Secrets” Actually, the major news outlets just picked up the story.  Ethical hacker Barnaby Jack was found dead on July 25, 2013. In any case, the media is

 
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Medtronic SureScan Neurostimulators Cleared by FDA for Full-Body MRI

Following Medtronic’s announcement in February of this year that it had introduced in Europe the first and only implantable neurostimulation systems indicated for use in the treatment of chronic back and/or leg pain that are designed for full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans under specific conditions, the Company announced today that FDA has approved the

 
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Sydney-based Saluda Medical Developing Closed-Loop SCS System for Pain

Start-up company Saluda Medical has been awarded $5M by Australia’s New South Wales Government to support the development of a closed-loop spinal cord stimulation system for the treatment of pain. The difference between other SCS systems and Saluda Medical’s is that the latter – the Implanted Neural Sensing & Stimulation product (INS2) – is that it

 
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Boston Scientific’s Q2 2013 AIMD Results: CRM Down 3%, Neuromodulation Up 21%

Today Boston Scientific announced its Q2 2013 results.  CRM sales were 3% down from $488M for Q2 2012 to $475M this year (2% on constant-currency basis). Neuromodulation went up by a whopping 21% from last year’s Q2 $91M to $111 in Q2 2013.  The press release indicated that Boston Scientific achieved global year-over-year revenue growth

 
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Advanced Glass Encapsulation for AIMDs Offered by Valtronic

Valtronic is offering advanced glass encapsulation for active implantable devices.  Their first commercial application for this product is for an ingestible pill, but this technology is suitable for many long-term implants that can take advantage of its high density feed-through reliability, intrinsic miniaturization, and radio frequency/light transparency (e.g. implantable RFID tags, sensors, microstimulators, etc.) Glass encapsulation

 
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Boston Scientific Launches OPTIMISE Trial of Precision™ Neurostimulator for Treatment of Chronic Migraine

Boston Scientific announced that it has launched a clinical trial to determine whether occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) using the Precision™ System can safely and effectively treat chronic migraine when used in conjunction with anti-migraine medications.   According to the press release:

 
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WiTricity Developing Long-Range Transcutaneous Energy Transfer Solutions for AIMDs

This month’s Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry  (MD+DI) magazine carried an interesting article by David Schatz – WiTricity’s VP Sales – on their efforts to develop highly resonant wireless power transfer technology for use in AIMDs.  The article is available online at http://www.mddionline.com/article/wireless-power-medical-devices. The article mentions the work that WiTricity has been doing with Thoratec to

 
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St. Jude Q2 2013 AIMD Results: CRM Down 4%, Neuromodulation 2% Up

From today’s press release: “Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Total CRM sales, which include implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and pacemaker products, were $718 million for the second quarter of 2013, a 4 percent decrease compared to the second quarter of 2012. After adjusting for the impact of foreign currency, total CRM sales decreased 2 percent. Of

 
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Algostim – Greatbatch’s Own Spinal Cord Stimulation System

  Greatbatch Medical, which moved its headquarters to the Dallas, TX area last year, announced that it has set a target of at least 5%/yr organic growth.  To accomplish this growth, the Company recently announced consolidating operations of its various divisions in order to create efficiency. In addition however, Greatbatch is diversifying from being strictly a

 
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Greatbatch Reorganizes to Combine Greatbatch Medical and Electrochem Solutions

On June 5, 2013 Greatbatch, Inc. announced  that it would combine Greatbatch Medical and Electrochem Solutions – which have been operating independent operations and sales & marketing groups – into singular sales & marketing and operations groups serving the entire Greatbatch organization.  According to the press release: “We’ve spent the past eight years successfully integrating and consolidating

 
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Enopace Receives Additional $5M Investment for Development of Stimulator for Treatment of Heart Failure

Sorin recently announced a $5 million investment in Israeli startup Enopace Biomedical, which is developing an endovascular neurostimulation system for heart failure.  Back in October 2011 Sorin invested $7 million to finance the initial clinical studies of Enopace’s technology as well as ongoing product development. Very scant details are available besides that it is developing

 
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