July 29, 2021

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Glioblastoma Patient Grateful for Focused Ultrasound Trial
  • In March, Barbara was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brain tumor called a glioblastoma.
  • She was the first patient to be treated in a focused ultrasound clinical trial at the University of Virginia.
  • Read Barbara’s story and learn about her hopes for how focused ultrasound could affect her future and that of countless others.
Foundation News
Register Now for a Webinar on Focused Ultrasound Reimbursement
  • Join us Wednesday, August 11, at 11:00am Eastern for a presentation entitled, "The Pathway to Getting Paid for New Medical Technology in the US.”
  • The Foundation’s senior consultant, Mark Carol, MD, will address regulatory and reimbursement pathways to commercialization for technologies like focused ultrasound.​​​​​​

Foundation Hosts Roundtable on Blood-Brain Barrier Opening
  • The meeting covered methods for confirming and quantifying drug/therapeutic delivery following blood-brain barrier opening.
  • Representatives from the Foundation and focused ultrasound experts from five leading institutions participated.
  • A follow-up consortium will further address the topic.

21st Century Cures 2.0: Accelerating Medical Innovation for Patients
  • The Foundation supports the modernization of our healthcare policies to drive innovative medical technologies and improve patient outcomes.
  • We submitted a letter of support for the recent 21st Century Cures 2.0 discussion draft.
Research News
2021 State of the Field Report Now Available
  • The Foundation surveys stakeholders to assess the global field of focused ultrasound for our State of the Field Report.
  • The report provides an in-depth analysis of many aspects of the technology, including mechanisms of action, industry trends, regulatory approvals, and investments.

Sonodynamic Therapy Studies Show Safety, Provide Review for this Novel Glioma Treatment
  • Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) uses focused ultrasound to activate compounds called sonosensitizers, which then produce a local cytotoxic effect.
  • Researchers recently published a preclinical safety study and a review of the technology as used in gliomas. 
  • A first-in-human clinical trial using SDT to treat glioblastoma is ongoing in Arizona.

Dutch Brain Foundation Announces €1.6 Million Funding for Focused Ultrasound Research
  • The Dutch Brain Foundation has received €1.6 million from the Piet Poortman Fund to investigate blood-brain barrier opening using focused ultrasound.
  • The funds will support research to help patients with brain tumors, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other brain disorders.
  • The Strong and Positive Foundation – whose mission is to make brain tumors curable – is closely involved in the project.
*The page is in Dutch, but Google translation is available.

Employment Opportunities Available in the Focused Ultrasound Community
  • The Foundation curates a hub of available positions within the international focused ultrasound community.
  • See nearly 20 positions on our job board.
  • Please submit any relevant opportunities at your organization.

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
More Research News
Mapping Microbubble Distribution in the Brain | Physics World
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Receives Grant to Advance Research in Cancer Treatment | Virginia Tech
Metal-Based Molecules Show Promise Against the Build-up of Alzheimer’s Peptides | Imperial College London
Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound May Safely, Effectively Treat Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy | Clinical Pain Advisor
Magnetic Field from MRI Affects Focused-Ultrasound-Mediated Blood-brain Barrier | Science Daily
Celsion GmbH Announces Commencement of Enrollment in Oxford University’s Phase 1 Study with ThermoDox® and Focused Ultrasound in Pancreatic Cancer | BioSpace
Industry News
HistoSonics Announces New Procedure Code for Liver Treatment 
  • The American Medical Association has issued a new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) procedure code for histotripsy of the liver.
  • The code is the first for histotripsy-based focused ultrasound.
  • HistoSonics is conducting clinical trials in the US and Europe to investigate its platform’s ability to destroy liver tumors.

Cardiawave Selected for Top 50 Medtech Startup Accelerator
  • Cardiawave will participate in MedTech Innovator’s Showcase and Accelerator program.
  • MedTech Innovator is the largest accelerator of medical device companies in the world.
  • Based in France, Cardiawave is a focused ultrasound company aiming to reduce aortic valve stenosis caused by calcification.

Insightec Announces Approval for Exablate Neuro in Singapore
  • The Health Sciences Authority in Singapore has approved Insightec’s Exablate Neuro device.
  • Exablate Neuro is a focused ultrasound device used to treat essential tremor or tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease.
  • The company is working with a leading medical technology distributor in Southeast Asia to advance adoption of the device in the Singapore market.

Focused Ultrasound Intellectual Property Update: Second Quarter 2021
  • Three new US patents related to focused ultrasound were issued in the past quarter.
  • The Foundation tracks recent patents issued and new patent applications filed with the US Patent Office related to the field.

More Industry News
Huons to Supply Focused Ultrasound MRI to SMC | Korea Biomedical Review
Breakthrough Device Designation: Understanding Regulatory and Reimbursement Implications Webinar
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at 12:00 pm Eastern
  • This webinar will focus on the FDA Breakthrough Devices Program and best practices for participation.
  • The event is hosted by AdvaMed, and registration is free for AdvaMed members and government employees.

The Pathway to Getting Paid for New Medical Technology in the US
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Mark Carol, MD, Senior Consultant at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation
  • Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation

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Upcoming Events
September 7-10, 2021 iTRUSST's 2nd Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation (FUN) Symposium | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

September 11-16, 2021 IEEE IUS International Ultrasonics Symposium 2021 | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

September 25-26, 2021 European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) Annual Meeting 2021| VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​

September 25-28, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021| VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​

September 27-30, 2021 AdvaMed The Digital MedTech Conference 2021| Washington, DC, Minneapolis, MN, and VIRTUAL 

October 4-5, 2021 IEEE Latin America Ultrasonics Symposium | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​

October 15-16, 2021 2021 AANS/CNS Tumor Section Satellite Symposium, Austin, TX

November 18-21, 2021 26th Annual Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, Boston, MA 


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