LONDON Memscap SA (Grenoble, France), a provider of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and OrthoMEMS Inc. have announced a multi-year development agreement to manufacture an innovative MEMS sensor for the assessment and treatment of mechanical lower back pain. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
OrthoMEMS (Menlo Park, Calif.) has developed a spinal pain relief product it calls the Orthochip. This is a miniature, battery-less, wireless pressure sensor that will provide an objective measurement of spinal disc pressures.
The OrthoChip is designed to detect pressure differences between normal and mechanically unstable spinal segments and to communicate the results telemetrically to a read-out unit. This new capability is expected to significantly alter indications for surgery and non-surgical treatments.
"OrthoMEMS is an attractive partner because of its strong business and scientific team and the significant commercial potential of its spine application. This partnership is in line with our strategic commitment to be the lead manufacturer of MEMS in medicine," said Steven Wilcenski, general manager of the Memscap custom products business unit, in a statement.
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