Boston Scientific announced today the first implantation of its Vercise™ DBS System as part of the INTREPID clinical trial. INTREPID is a prospective, multi-center, double-blinded, randomized, controlled study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of motor function and overall quality of life in patients with the Vercise DBS System for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
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.
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
Boston Scientific Acquires and Launches Fixate Tissue Band for Spinal Cord Stimulator Leads and Pain Pump Catheters
Boston Scientific announced today that it has acquired the fiXate™ Tissue Band and is launching it in the United States. The fiXate Tissue Band is intended to be an accessory to the leads/catheter component of Spinal Cord Stimulator/Pain Pump systems functioning to secure the lead to the fascia or inter-spinous/supra-spinous ligament. According to the press release:
Boston Scientific received FDA approval and is beginning a limited launch of the Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System. According to the press release: “The Precision Spectra System is the world’s first and only SCS system with Illumina 3D™ software and 32 contacts, and is designed to provide improved pain relief to a wide range
Medtronic’s Fully Implantable Percutaneous Nerve Stimulation (PNS) System for Treatment of Lower Back Pain
In May 2011 Medtronic received the CE Mark for the first 16-electrode, fully implantable system for the percutaneous delivery of peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) in the management of chronic back pain. PNS involves an implant of electrical leads just under the skin of the lower back. These leads are connected to a stimulator which delivers
St. Jude Medical announced CE Mark approval of its Brio™, Libra™ and LibraXP™ deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems for managing the symptoms of intractable primary and secondary dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes a person’s muscles to contract and involuntarily spasm, reducing the ability to control movement. This approval represents the first by a
I know that it’s April 1st, but this post is not an April Fool’s joke. Israeli company Vibrant Ltd. has developed a vibrating capsule that the Company claims to provide chemical-free and safe treatment for patients suffering from constipation. According to Vibrant: “The capsules, mechanically operated, aid in treating constipated patients without side effects. Constipation