On August 17, 2023, the FDA authorized marketing for BlueWind Medical’s Revi System, a Tibial Neuromodulation System intended for use in the treatment of patients with symptoms of urgency incontinence alone or in combination with urinary urgency. The device consists of an active implantable wireless neurostimulation component intended to be placed in the vicinity of the tibial neurovascular bundle for peripheral nerve stimulation. Since the implant has no battery, the wearable unit transmits energy via magnetic coupling to the implant, which consequently generates electrical pulses stimulating the tibial nerve. These electrical pulses stimulate the nerve along the leg, reaching the sacral plexus and entering the spinal cord, relieving symptoms of urinary incontinence alone or in combination with urinary urgency.
Impulse Dynamics, the company where I am the CTO and Executive VP of Product Development, announced on May 18, 2023 the completion of the first implantation for the INTEGRA-D clinical trial, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of two proven cardiac therapies combined — CCM® and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) — in a single device (CCM-D). The Optimizer® IntegraTM CCM-D System delivers CCM therapy to improve quality of life and reduce heart failure symptoms, and ICD therapy to treat life-threatening arrhythmias that may cause sudden cardiac death. The investigational technology is rechargeable with long battery life, potentially reducing the need for replacement procedures.
Back on April 29, 2022, Impulse Dynamics, the company where I am the CTO and Executive VP of Product Development, announced both FDA and CE Mark approval and the official commercial launch of the Optimizer® Smart Mini System.
According to the press release:
The Optimizer Smart Mini delivers CCM therapy — Impulse Dynamics’ proprietary technology — to the heart. CCM therapy has been designed by Impulse Dynamics to significantly improve heart contraction, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pushed out through the body. CCM therapy is indicated to improve 6-minute hall walk, quality of life, and functional status of NYHA Class III heart failure patients who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy, are not indicated for CRT, and have a left ventricular ejection fraction ranging from 25 to 45 percent.
The OPTIMIZER Smart Mini offers increased battery longevity of 20 years (compared to 15 years in the previous generation), advanced HF diagnostic monitoring capabilities (e.g., heart rate, heart rate variability, patient posture and position), and remote patient monitoring features that will be activated in the near future.
I haven’t updated this blog in over a year, mostly because of issues with my hosting provider. I finally got fed up with them and migrated the website to a new host, which so far has proven to be fast and reliable.
Much has happened in our Industry over the last year, so I have a lot to catch up on this blog. I’ve also added historical IPGs to my collections, so telling their story is another thing that I need to do.
I hope you visit often to read the updates!