January 6, 2023 - Top 10 Focused Ultrasound Stories of 2022 and more news…

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January 6, 2023

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Top 10 News from 2022
The Top 10 Focused Ultrasound News Stories from 2022
  • What was the most exciting focused ultrasound news in 2022?
  • Last year’s most-read articles included news about Parkinson's disease, as well as adult and pediatric brain tumors.
  • Readers were also interested in breakthrough applications of focused ultrasound, commercialization topics, and a celebrity video that introduced the technology to a new audience.
Foundation News
Molly Hardie Joins Foundation’s Council
  • Molly Hardie is co-chairman of the private family investment company, H7 Holdings, LLC.
  • Molly and her husband, Robert, are longtime supporters of focused ultrasound research.
  • The Council is a dedicated group who provide advice and assist with raising funds and building awareness.
Molly Hardie

Advocacy Partner Highlights Government Bioscience Funding Opportunities
  • The Foundation has partnered with G2G Consulting to provide monthly reports on government bioscience grants – the GBG Report.
  • This effort is part of an ongoing partnership to drive impact for the focused ultrasound community through advocacy.
Government Bioscience Grants (GBG) logo
Patient News
Focused Ultrasound Now FDA Approved to Treat Essential Tremor Patients’ Second Side
  • Patients with essential tremor (ET) can now have their second side treated with focused ultrasound.
  • ET commonly affects both sides of the body, and to date, focused ultrasound was only approved for unilateral treatments.
  • The ruling was based on data that showed a significant reduction in tremor following treatment of the second side.
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Reimbursement News: Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor Now Covered by Anthem
  • Anthem will now cover focused ultrasound for treating medication-refractory essential tremor (ET).
  • This ruling means approximately 36 million additional people in the US will have access to focused ultrasound for ET.
  • Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield have already granted positive coverage decisions, and the treatment is covered by Medicare nationwide.
Anthem logo

More Patient News
Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Essential Tremor Highly Effective after 5 Years | Medical Dialogues
UT Southwestern Pioneers New Minimally Invasive Treatment for Prostate Cancer | UT Southwestern
Willis-Knighton First in Region to Offer Focal One | Bossier Press Tribune (Louisiana)
Research News
First Patients Treated in Focused Ultrasound Liquid Biopsy Clinical Trial
  • Insightec has launched a clinical trial assessing focused ultrasound to temporarily disrupt the blood-brain barrier to enable liquid biopsies in patients with glioblastoma.
  • Liquid biopsies are an emerging method of analyzing the molecular profile of tumors through a simple blood test.
  • Researchers are investigating whether focused ultrasound can enhance the levels of DNA biomarkers circulating in the bloodstream.
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Recent Conferences Feature Focused Ultrasound Research
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Biomedical Technology Prize to Recognize Innovators Impacting Health
  • The Richard N. Merkin Prize in Biomedical Technology will recognize scientists who have developed technologies that substantially impact human health.
  • Up to four awards will be given annually, and recipients will share a $400,000 prize.
  • Dr. Merkin has advanced biomedical research that improves lives and is a longtime Foundation supporter.
  • The Merkin Prize is administered by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, one of the world's leading biomedical research institutes.
  • Nominate a colleague now through January 30.
Dr. Richard N. Merkin

More Research News
University of Virginia (UVA) Cancer Center to Use Theraclion's HD Technology | Business Wire and picked up by Yahoo Finance
Focused Ultrasound for Major Depressive Disorder | Open Access Government
New Project on Ultrasound Device for Treatment of Neuropathic Pain to Receive NIH Funding | News-Medical
Ultrasound Device for Pain Gets ‘Nod’ From Shark Tank and NIH Funding | Florida Atlantic University
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Safe, Effective for Cirrhotic Secondary Hypersplenism | MIMS Hepatology
Industry News
European Medical Device Regulation: Amendment Expected to Mitigate Urgent Issues
  • The European medtech community and regulatory bodies have struggled to implement recent medical device regulations.
  • Last month, the EU Commission proposed amendments aimed at alleviating the bottleneck issues.
  • Thomas Andreae, PhD, the Foundation’s focused ultrasound ambassador, Europe, discusses the amendments’ implications in a new blog post.
Thomas Andreae, PhD

Acoustiic Receives Grant to Develop Liver Cancer Screening and Treatment
  • A Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grant from NIH will enable Acoustiic to develop a cost-effective method for liver cancer screening and monitoring.
  • The company will adapt its 3D volume ultrasound therapy technology to facilitate real-time lesion monitoring throughout the entire liver volume.
  • This technology would be the first of its kind and is envisioned for use with Acoustiic’s planned noninvasive therapy system.
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Focused Ultrasound Intellectual Property Update: Fourth Quarter 2022
  • Seven new US patents related to focused ultrasound were issued in the last quarter of 2022.
  • The Foundation tracks recently issued patents and patent applications filed with the US Patent Office related to the field.
Illustration of a patent grant

More Industry News
Sonire Therapeutics Announces Series B Funding for Commercialization of HIFU Solution for Treating Pancreatic Cancer | HealthCareBusiness News
J&J Leads $85M Investment in HistoSonics Ahead of Liver Cancer Device Authorization | Medtech Dive | See additional coverage from Twin Cities Business and Fierce Biotech
Sonodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Malignant Glioma
  • Monday, January 9, at 7:00 pm Eastern
  • Featuring Vijay Agarwal, MD
  • Hosted by the Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc
  • No registration is required. Simply join the meeting room to attend.
Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc. logo

Recent Webinars & Podcasts
How to Access Grant Funding | Hosted by G2G Consulting and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (59 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
January 19-20, 2023 European Symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging 2023, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

January 19-23, 2023 Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC 

March 1-5, 2023 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2023, Vienna, Austria ​​​​​​

March 4-9, 2023 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ ​​​​​​

March 19-24, 2023 Winter School on Therapeutic Ultrasound, Les Houches, France | ​​​​​Registration is now open!​​​​​​

March 25-29, 2023 American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Annual Convention 2023, Orlando, Florida | Rebranded as UltraCon ​​​​​

April 14-19, 2023 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2023, Orlando, Florida​​​​​​

April 16-19, 2023 European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO) 2023, Stockholm, Sweden​​​​​​

April 17-20, 2023 22nd Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) and 6th European Symposium on FUS (EUFUS) Joint Conference, Lyon, France​​​​​​

April 21, 2023 2nd HIFUture Symposium 2023, Lyon, France​​​​​​

April 23-27, 2023 38th Annual Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) Meeting, San Diego, CA​​​​​​