Device Start-Ups Inch Closer To Elusive Epilepsy Treatment
This article was originally published in Start Up
Despite the availability of more than 20 anti-epilepsy drugs, surgery, and a neurostimulation therapy that’s been available for 15 years, a large proportion of the three million patients in the US with epilepsy continue to have seizures. Emerging device companies aim to provide a solution for them.
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