Deep Brain Innovations Debuts At Neurotech Conference
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
A new company created by NDI Medical has a novel deep-brain stimulation algorithm for treating Parkinson’s disease, which, according to the firm, requires less power and may be more effective than currently available DBS systems for Parkinson’s.
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) currently comprises only about a quarter of the worldwide neuromodulation device market, but growth in this segment is strong. Both large and small competitors have targeted DBS, which has the potential to address a number of highly prevalent and underserved diseases and disorders.
There are signs that the field of deep brain stimulation (DBS) has gained a certain momentum of late: three start-ups raised venture rounds in 2011 and there have been two acquisitions in the space within the past year. DBS enables the giants in cardiac rhythm management – Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, and Boston Scientific –to leverage existing technology platforms from CRM to address a new area once served primarily by drugs, and start-ups can help them by validating new disease targets and increasing procedural accuracy and efficiency. The space is appealing because with a single platform, companies can address several diseases with large populations, such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. But the opportunities remain far from certain with this highly complex technology.