The University of
In 2011, the first license was finalized between ICC and the University's
The HIFU technology uses a thermal effect to ablate the plaques in blood vessel walls that restrict blood flow caused by the condition. The technology was developed by a team of U of M researchers led by Professor
"We were very excited by the possibility to treat people suffering from atherosclerosis in a completely non-invasive way," said
During the several years of the relationship with ICC, Ebbini and his team of researchers have further refined their technology, developing a dual-mode ultrasound array (DMUA) system for image-guided HIFU interventions. This new approach makes it possible to image and treat the condition simultaneously, improving the safety and efficacy of the treatment. Completed experiments have now shown the viability of the DMUA system to treat atherosclerosis in a safe and effective manner.
"Existing treatments for PAD and related conditions, such as angioplasty or catheter use, can be risky and are not nearly as precise," said Ebbini. "Our research has demonstrated that, with DMUA image-guided HIFU, we can effectively treat the problem areas in a completely non-invasive way without damaging any of the surrounding, normal tissues."
This success is a key indicator that the technology may work in other areas, such as to target specific nerves to manage chronic pain and hypertension, and has prompted ICC to explore this new field of use with the University. Almost 30 percent of Americans claim to experience chronic pain, and nearly 70 percent of Americans, or 1 in 3 adults, suffer from high blood pressure, costing the U.S. more than
"This technology is at a transition point out of the lab to its commercial development," said Sellke, who has worked in the medical device industry for more than 40 years. "HIFU represents a paradigm shift in how we treat conditions that affect a large number of people around the world. And now we are well on our way to bringing this groundbreaking innovation to market."
"The ongoing research is going very well and showing great progress and commercial potential," said
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