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July 29, 2021


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Top News | Foundation News | Research News | Industry News | WebinarsEvents
 
 
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.
READ HER STORY > 
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.​​​​​​
REGISTER NOW > 

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.
READ MORE > 

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.
READ OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT > 
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.
READ THE REPORT > 

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.
READ MORE >

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.
READ THE PRESS RELEASE* > 
*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.
VIEW AND SUBMIT OPEN POSITIONS > 

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.
READ MORE > 

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.
READ MORE > 

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.
READ THE PRESS RELEASE > 

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.
SEE THE LIST > 

More Industry News
Huons to Supply Focused Ultrasound MRI to SMC | Korea Biomedical Review
Webinars
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.
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

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
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

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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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