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Medtronic award winner secures approval in diagnosis of gut disorders

Health Industry Hub | June 24, 2022 |
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MedTech News: New Zealand based company and winner of the inaugural Medtronic APAC Innovation Challenge (MAIC) has received FDA approval for a non-invasive device for the diagnosis of gut disorders.

Alimetry is a spin-out of Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) and the Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences (FMHS). The company’s unique technology harnesses the power of stretchable electronics, wearables, digital health, and cloud-based analytics to deliver a completely non-invasive diagnostic tool.

“Diagnosing gastric symptoms has been a deeply challenging clinical problem,” said CEO Greg O’Grady, a Professor of Surgery and co-founder of Alimetry.

“Existing tests are frequently unreliable and inconclusive, and patients may undergo months or even years of testing – often costly, invasive, or involving radiation – only to end in confusion and trial-and-error care. Gastric Alimetry is a game-changing tool that will bring improved clarity to field, enabling enhanced clinical outcomes, and safer, more accessible, and less-invasive care.”

Worn over the stomach, the device consists of a stretchable array containing electrodes that collects data by non-invasively sensing the activity of the stomach from the body surface.

The Gastric Alimetry test is performed in a clinical setting. Recordings are taken before and after a meal, while patients simultaneously log their symptoms into the Gastric Alimetry App. The system performs a high-resolution recording of digestive patterns from the skin surface and delivers clinical reports via the cloud to inform the diagnosis of gastric diseases and appropriate therapy.

The system is effective in the diagnosis of common stomach disorders including nausea and vomiting, gastroparesis, and functional dyspepsia, the gastric disorders which affect one in ten of the world’s population and cost billions of dollars in healthcare expenses.

Gastric Alimetry will be available commercially from July 2022.


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