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Sorin Receives Conditional FDA IDE Approval to Study its Paradym CRT-D IPG and SonRtip Hemodynamic Sensor Lead

Sorin announced it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conditional approval for its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application and clinical trial protocol for RESPOND CRT. The trial will study the safety and effectiveness of the innovative SonR cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) optimization system in patients with advanced heart failure. RESPOND CRT is a multi-center,

 
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Biotronik’s Iforia DF4 ICD/CRT-D CE-Approved as Compatible with MRI

Biotronik announced that it had received CE-approval for the world’s first DF4 ICD/CRT-D series approved for MRI. In addition, this series contains one of the world’s smallest ICDs– the Iforia single chamber ICD. Aside from featuring ProMRI®technology, which allows patients to undergo potentially life saving MRI scans, Iforia also includes the industry standard DF4 connector

 
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Implantable Blood Analyzer Chip Developed at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

From Wired: Written by Liat Clark Edited by Nate Lanxon “A multidisciplinary Swiss team has developed a tiny, implantable device that instantly analyses the blood before wirelessly sending the data to a doctor. The device can be used for monitoring general health, but the team also sees immediate applications in monitoring the efficacy of treatments

 
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CircuLite Receives Approval to Start IDE Trial of its SYNERGY Circulatory Support System

The SYNERGY Circulatory Support System is a micro-blood pump that provides up to 4.25 liters of blood per minute and reduces the heart’s workload, while improving blood flow to vital organs. The system is surgically implanted using a mini-thoracotomy and the micro-pump is placed in a pacemaker-like pocket. The system’s less invasive procedure is intended

 
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Brown University Develops Fully-Implantable Brain-Computer Interface

From Brown University’s press release: “In a significant advance for brain-machine interfaces, engineers at Brown University have developed a novel wireless, broadband, rechargeable, fully implantable brain sensor that has performed well in animal models for more than a year. They describe the result in the Journal of Neural Engineering and at a conference this week.

 
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Retina Implant AG Publishes Study Results on its Alpha IMS Implant

Retina Implant AG published study results on its Alpha IMS Implant for functional vision restoration.  According to the press release, “Retina Implant AG, the leading developer of subretinal implants for patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), announced results from part of its multicentre study were published today in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the Royal

 
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Second Sight Receives FDA Clearance for Argus II Retinal Prosthesis

On February 4, 2013, after more than 20 years of research and development, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., announced that its Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System (“Argus II”) has received U.S. market approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat individuals with late stage retinitis pigmentosa (RP). This announcement follows receipt of the European

 
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Medtronic Introduces First Neuromodulation Systems Compatible with Full-Body MRI

Medtronic has 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.  Medtronic SureScan neurostimulation systems include enhancements to existing devices as well as specially designed leads to reduce or

 
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SetPoint Medical’s Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Systemic Inflammation

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.

 
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Functional Neuromodulation Ltd. Starts Study using DBS of the Fornix (DBS-f) for Mild Alzheimer’s

Toronto-based Functional Neuromodulation announced that it implanted the first U.S. Alzheimer’s patient in the “ADvance Study” with a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system meant to improve cognitive performance. ADvance will evaluate the safety and potential clinical benefit of DBS of the fornix (DBS-f), a major inflow and output pathway in the brain’s memory circuit, for

 
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Boston Scientific’s Precision Spectra™ SCS with 32 Contacts and 32 Dedicated Power Sources Receives CE Mark

Boston Scientific Received European Regulatory Approval For New Precision Spectra™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System.  It is the first and so-far only SCS system with 32 contacts and 32 dedicated power sources designed to provide pain relief to a broad spectrum of chronic pain patients.

 
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Boston Scientific Defibrillators Receive CE Mark for 10-Year Longevity Projections

  Boston Scientific has received CE Mark approval for increased longevity projections for the INCEPTA™, ENERGEN™, PUNCTUA™, COGNIS® and TELIGEN® implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds). The longevity projections are based on data submitted to the European authorities and vary for each device dependent on the model type and settings. Projected device

 
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RF Programming Hack Demonstrates Potentially Fatal ICD Exploit

I received today a link to a very interesting article which plays on the fears of the public, and which I am sure will result in tough new regulations to our industry. The article discusses how IOActive researcher Barnaby Jack reverse-engineered a “pacemaker transmitter” (probably a programmer or a MICS module) to command ICDs within a 30

 
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Biotronik Launches Implantable BioMonitor for Monitoring Arrhythmias

Biotronik announced the European market release of BioMonitor®, an implantable cardiac device designed for the highly accurate and reliable monitoring and management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or unexplained syncope. According to Biotronik’s press release: “BioMonitor® is a subcutaneous implantable leadless cardiac monitor for the long-term continuous remote monitoring of patients with arrhythmias such as

 
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Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for RELIANCE® 4-FRONT™ Defibrillation Lead

Boston Scientific has received regulatory approval to market the RELIANCE® 4-FRONT™ lead, its next generation implantable defibrillation lead now available in Europe and Asia.   According to the press release, “The RELIANCE 4-FRONT lead is built upon the demonstrated performance and reliability of the RELIANCE lead platform with design enhancements intended to simplify the implant procedure.

 
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