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Pacesetter’s 1973 Rechargeable Pacemaker

Yesterday I visited the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  There I found this demo rechargeable pacemaker being displayed as a spinoff of NASA’s technology with the following explanation: I can’t remember exactly where I found the picture of a Pacesetter model BD102 VVI, but the story behind it

 
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NeuroPace Receives FDA PMA Approval for for the RNS System to Treat Refractory Partial Epilepsy

NeuroPace is a privately-held company in Mountain View, CA. Their RNS® implantable stimulator, along with depth leads and cortical strip leads are designed for the treatment of medically refractory partial epilepsy. On November 14, 2013, NeuroPace has now received FDA pre-market approval for the NeuroPace RNS System as a treatment for adults with partial onset

 
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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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NeuroPace Raises $18M of Planned $50M

NeuroPace is a privately-held company in Mountain View, CA. Their RNS® implantable stimulator, along with depth leads and cortical strip leads are designed for the treatment of medically refractory partial epilepsy. Unlike Cyberonics’ VNS IPGs, the RNS neurostimulator is designed to detect abnormal electrical activity in the brain and respond by delivering electrical stimulation to

 
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Impulse Dynamics Launches CE-Marked OPTIMIZER IVs System for the Treatment of Heart Failure

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

 
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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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Spinal Modulation’s Neurostimulator for the Stimulation of the Dorsal Root Ganglion

Image Credit: Spinal Modulation   Spinal Modulation was founded by Mir Imran in Menlo Park, CA in 2004.  The company has developed an implantable neurostimulator to deliver signals to the primary sensory neurons located within the dorsal root ganglion (DRG).  The idea is that unlike dorsal column spinal cord stimulation, the Spinal Modulation system breaks the

 
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BioControl’s MiniatURO Muscle Stimulator to Alleviate Incontinence (1999-2006)

BioControl Medical, Ltd. was founded in 1999 by Yossi Gross, and is based in Yehud, Israel.  BioControl’s first devices were developed to treat incontinence due to overactive bladder, stress, and interstitial cystitis.  In 2006 American Medical Sytems acquired an exclusive license for the use of the technology in urology, gynaecology and other pelvic health applications. The BioControl MiniatURO

 
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BioControl’s CardioFit System for the Treatment of Heart Failure via Vagus Nerve Stimulation

BioControl Medical, Ltd. was founded in 1999 by Yossi Gross, and is based in Yehud, Israel.  BioControl’s first devices were developed to treat incontinence due to overactive bladder, stress, and interstitial cystitis.  In 2006 American Medical Sytems acquired an exclusive license for the use of the technology in urology, gynecology and other pelvic health applications.

 
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Intrapace Abiliti Gastric Stimulator for the Treatment of Obesity

Intrapace was founded in Mountain View, CA by Mir Imran in 2001 to develop an implantable system for the treatment of obesity.  Once implanted and activated, the Abiliti system is designed to detect when a person consumes food or drink. When food or drink is detected, the system delivers a series of low-energy electrical impulses to the

 
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CerebralRx FitNeS Vagus Nerve Stimulator for Epilepsy Treatment

In June 2011, Israeli neuromodulation systems developer BioControl Medical spun-off CerebralRx to market its FitNeS vagus nerve stimulation system for the treatment of refractory epilepsy. The FitNes system employs platform technology developed for the CardioFit® system for treating congestive heart failure (HF). CerebralRx spun out of BioControl Medical to expand the use of this technology outside of cardiology for the

 
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Enopace Biomedical

Enopace Biomedical Ltd. was founded in 2008 by Yossi Gross in Caesarea, Israel. Very scant details are available besides that it is developing a neuromodulation system to treat patients with congestive heart failure. According to the company, its technology consists of a minimally invasive, implantable neurostimulation device that increases cardiac efficiency by reducing left ventricular workload. From Enopace’s patent

 
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Second Sight’s Implantable Retinal Prosthesis

Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., located in Los Angeles, CA, was founded in 1998 by Alfred Mann to develop a retinal prosthesis to provide sight to patients blinded from outer retinal degenerations, such as Retinitis Pigmentosa. Second Sight’s Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is intended to provide electrical stimulation of the retina to induce visual

 
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AIMD Companies Founded by Alfred E. Mann

Alfred E. Mann holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles and honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California, The Johns Hopkins University, Western University and the Technion Institute (Israel), as well as, Research Professor, University of Southern California, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, University of

 
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AIMD Companies Founded by Dr. Robert Fischell

Dr. Fischell received his BSME degree from Duke University and MS and Sc.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Dr. Fischell was employed at the Johns Hopkins University where he was the Chief Engineer of the Space Department and worked on more than 50 spacecraft. His interests at Johns Hopkins then turned to the invention

 
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