Nexeon acquires licence to 86 IoT patents and receives ISO 13485 certification
The portfolio of 86 patents originated from Siemens AG, protects innovations in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) space, which can be described as the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. This technology can be used in a variety of medical device applications, notably in hospitals, nursing facilities, or patients’ homes.
“The data gathered in these IoT systems can be utilised to help improve the programming for implantable devices,” said Nexeon chairman and CEO Will Rosellini. “An average patient with a chronic disease typically takes more than five different medications everyday, most of which need to be taken at different times of the day and have specific dietary recommendations to accompany the dosages.
This same patient is typically demonstrating symptoms associated with cognitive, psychiatric, and motor disorders as well. The promise of keeping the device in the right therapeutic range with data from the IoT is extraordinary.”
The portfolio’s subject matter is directed toward self-healing control networks for building automation systems in the hospital and the home. The patents are relevant to wireless mesh networks for use in the IoT and enable simple commissioning, application level security, simplified bridging, and end-to-end IP security.
There is a growing trend in electrophysiology toward remote home-monitoring of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) devices, pacemakers, and implantable cardiac monitors (ICMs).
By enabling more automated device management and data integration, advanced devices could enable the quantified self. The company has engaged Battelle to define the data structures and cybersecurity protocols needed to provide the framework for deep learning.
“Siemens is one of the most innovative firms in the world,” Rosellini continued. “Integrating their network innovation with our patient-specific solutions will substantially reduce the burden of chronic disease. By addressing this unmet need, we will create tremendous value in the form of better, faster care with fewer in-office visits required, easier access to more accurate patient information, and decreased complications and undesired side effects due to more precise therapy and better monitoring.”
ISO 13485 cetification
Liege-based Nexeon Medsystems Belgium, SPRL has received certification from DEKRA CERTIFICATION B.V. that the company complies with the European requirements of ISO 13485 and EN ISO 13485 for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of the company’s implantable neurostimulation system.
Company management has described this as a critical milestone on the path to launching its neuromodulation platform, both for its leading indication in deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease as well as follow-on products for other neurological diseases.
“Nexeon has an ongoing commitment to delivering the most advanced and highest quality neuromodulation devices for the treatment of neurologic diseases,” said Nexeon VP of Quality Dr. Stéphane Béfahy. He continued, “We are deliberately investing in our design and production processes in preparation for the commercial launch of our first product as well as the delivery of products for third-party device contracts that are currently in progress.”
Since 2013, the team at Nexeon Belgium has received both research grants and commercial contracts to advance the development and manufacture of its neuromodulation platform and related peripherals. The grants include a €3.4 million(US$ 3.72 million) funded consortium partnership in alignment with Minister Marcourt’s e-health initiative for the Walloon Region in Belgium.
The company’s most notable commercial contract is a multi-year agreement with Galvani Bioelectronics, a joint venture of Google/Verily and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). After an exhaustive search, Galvani selected Nexeon’s platform to conduct its novel preclinical work. The contract is ongoing as Galvani exercised its option to enter the second phase last year.
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