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Medtronic to launch a game changer for patients with neurological disorders

Health Industry Hub | January 22, 2020 |

Medtronic announced the CE Mark for Percept PC neurostimulator; it is the only Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system to be launched with BrainSense technology that can sense and record brain signals while delivering therapy to patients with neurologic disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.

BrainSense technology enables clinicians to track patient-specific brain signals and correlate these with patient-recorded events, such as symptoms or side-effects associated with their disease or the medications to treat it. This enables more personalised, data-driven neurostimulation treatment.

The Percept PC neurostimulator is approved in the EU for the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), essential tremor, primary dystonia as well as epilepsy and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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“DBS is proven to significantly improve motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease compared to standard medication alone – but with currently-available systems, physicians need to make therapeutic decisions mostly based on clinical assessments and patient-reported information,” said Professor Andrea Kühn, head of Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation, Charité University Hospital, Berlin.

“Percept PC with BrainSense technology is a game changer. Patients and their care teams will have objective patient-specific brain signal data – including data recorded outside the clinic in patients’ everyday lives. With this technology, doctors could tailor therapy more precisely to the individual needs of each patient based on data from neuronal activity.”

The Percept PC neurostimulator will be available in Western Europe in January 2020 and launch in additional regions based on local regulations.

“With the Percept PC device with BrainSense technology, Medtronic is truly reinventing DBS therapy, propelling it into a new frontier and empowering clinicians with new options to bring the future of DBS to patients today. Doctors can directly assess patients’ brain signals to inform and provide customized treatment for each patient,” said Mike Daly, vice president and general manager of the Brain Modulation business, which is part of the Restorative Therapies Group at Medtronic. 

“Physicians can deliver data-driven, personalised therapy that fits the needs of today’s patients, now and in the future,” he concluded.

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