Focused Ultrasound for Safe and Effective Release of Brain Tumor Biomarkers into the Peripheral Circulation

SonALAsense was recently named as one of 15 winners in a pool of 124 applicants in the Center for Advancing Innovation’s “Brain Race,” an open innovation contest to advance high-impact inventions and solutions to defeat brain tumors.

Focused ultrasound companies rely on equipment manufacturers to provide the high-tech, high quality components when building their transducers and peripheral systems. PI Ceramic is a German company that fabricates one of the most critical parts of a focused ultrasound – or any type of ultrasound – machine: the piezoceramic elements that vibrate to produce the ultrasound. We interviewed Annemarie Oesterle, Segment Marketing Manager Medical Technology at PI Ceramic to learn more about this dynamic company.

In 2017, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation established the Andrew J. Lockhart Memorial Prize through support of the family and friends of Andrew J. Lockhart, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 39 from cholangiocarcinoma, a particularly virulent cancer affecting the biliary system of the liver and gallbladder. The Lockhart Prize is intended to support research that could lead to more effective therapeutic interventions for hard-to-treat cancers like the cancer that took his life.

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