March 25, 2022 - Top Innovator Named Chief Technology Officer - and more news

March 25, 2022

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One of the World’s Top Innovators Joins Focused Ultrasound Foundation as Chief Technology Officer
  • Rick Hamilton, an authority on technology and innovation, is now the Foundation’s Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer.
  • He is one of the world’s most prolific inventors with more than 1,040 patents.
  • He was formerly an Executive IT Architect at IBM and Vice President and Senior Distinguished Engineer at Optum.
Foundation News
Foundation and MITA Host Virtual Focused Ultrasound Fly-In for US Legislators
  • The Foundation and the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) hosted a virtual Congressional fly-in event to educate policymakers about focused ultrasound.  
  • Patients, physicians, and industry leaders participated in 11 meetings with representatives from nine states.  
  • This is the third fly-in event to date; the first two were held in-person in 2019 and 2020.

Glioblastoma Workshop Outcomes Published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology
  • The Journal of Neuro-Oncology (JNO) has published an article that provides key updates from the Foundation’s 2021 glioblastoma (GBM) workshop.
  • Three focused ultrasound devices are being used in 13 GBM clinical trials at 20 centers around the world.
  • The JNO publishes basic, applied, and clinical investigations related to cancer and the central nervous system.  

Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Summer Global Internships
  • The Foundation’s Global Internship Program allows students who are interested in focused ultrasound to conduct research with mentors in the field.
  • Applications for this three-month summer research experience will be accepted through midnight Eastern on April 24.

More Foundation News
Thomas O. Ryder Joins Focused Ultrasound Foundation Board | Virginia Business
Symposium News
Medtronic CEO Geoff Martha to Deliver Keynote at Symposium 2022
  • Geoff Martha, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, will discuss the impact of technology on patient outcomes.
  • Last year, the Healthcare Technology Report listed him as the #1 CEO in healthcare tech.
  • Before Medtronic, Martha worked at GE Healthcare, where he was introduced to focused ultrasound.

Abstract Submission Open for Symposium 2022
  • We welcome abstracts related to the use of image-guided focused ultrasound, and a detailed list of topics of interest is available on the website.
  • The deadline for abstract submission is May 16.
  • The 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will be held October 23-28 in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Research News
Pediatric Brain Tumor Workshop White Paper Now Available
  • In October, the Foundation hosted a workshop to explore the use of focused ultrasound to treat DIPG, a fatal pediatric brain tumor.
  • The presentations and discussions have now been summarized in a white paper.
  • Workshop videos are also available on YouTube.

Pediatric Oncology Center Launches Focused Ultrasound Brain Program in the Netherlands
  • The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht will offer a new clinical trial using focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier in children with brain tumors.
  • Hersenstichting Brain Foundation provided €2.5 million to purchase equipment and launch the trial, which will be led by Dannis van Vuurden, MD, PhD, a pediatric neuro-oncologist.
  • Research at the Princess Máxima Center is carried out in close collaboration with UMC Utrecht

Focused Ultrasound for Psychiatric Disorders: Clinical Trial Begins
  • A new clinical trial will explore focused ultrasound neuromodulation to improve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD in adults.
  • The research team is led by Gregory Fonzo, PhD, at the University of Texas at Austin.

More Research News
Crossing the Barrier | Radiology Today
Industry News
Insightec Receives FDA Approval to Begin Two New Brain Clinical Trials
  • Insightec has received approval from the US FDA to launch two clinical trials using its Exablate Neuro system.
  • One trial will use focused ultrasound in conjunction with standard-of-care drug Keytruda® to treat brain metastases from primary non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
  • The second trial will examine liquid biopsy for recurrence monitoring of patients with primary brain cancer.
  • The FDA granted "Breakthrough Device" designation for the NSCLC treatment, helping to expedite its development and review.

Cardiawave Announces Successful Clinical Trial Results for Aortic Stenosis
  • Thirty patients with aortic stenosis were treated in a clinical trial using Cardiawave’s Valvosoft® device and experienced sustained repair to the aortic valve for up to one year.
  • The trial is taking place in France and the Netherlands, and a second study is underway in Serbia.
  • The company launched a Series B financing round to fund additional clinical trials in Europe and the US.

More Industry News
Zeta Surgical Raises $5.2M in Seed Financing to Enhance Surgical Navigation with Robotics and Mixed Reality | Yahoo!
Insightec to Launch New Trials of Exablate Neuro | LabPulse
Profound Medical Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results | Globe Newswire
Profound Medical to Participate in March Investor Conferences | Globe Newswire
Sonalleve, an Incision-Free Alternative for the Therapy of Adenomyosis and Uterine Fibroids
  • Wednesday, March 30, at 5:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Dr. Simon Hubertus, Dr. Kang Zhou, and Dr. Mathieu Lieberatore
  • Hosted by Profound Medical

Virtual Liquid Biopsy Summit
  • Thursday, March 31, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Hosted by Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (BloodPAC)
  • Learn about the state of the science for liquid biopsy and the organization's five-year strategic plan.

Recent Webinars & Podcasts
The Truth About Your Future with Ric Edelman | Featuring Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD | Focused ultrasound content starts at 27:25 (51 minutes)
Hit Like a Girl Podcast | Featuring Dr. Natasha Sheybani, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia and a senior scientist with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. (30 minutes)
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Upcoming Events
March 30, 2022 Sonalleve, an Incision-Free Alternative for the Therapy of Adenomyosis and Uterine Fibroids | WEBINAR

March 31, 2022 BloodPAC's Liquid Biopsy Virtual Summit | VIRTUAL EVENT 

April 28, 2022 Virginia Bio THRiVE, Roanoke, VA

May 1-4, 2022 Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL EVENT 

June 7-10, 2022 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), Toronto, Canada and VIRTUAL

June 19-23, 2022 15th International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS) Congress, Milan, Italy

July 10-14, 2022 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

October 23-28, 2022 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, Bethesda, MD

December 8-11, 2022 International Symposium on Biomolecular Ultrasound and Sonogenetics (ISBUS), Pasadena, CA