NeuroPace launches new RNS System to treat refractory epilepsy

5 June 2018 (Last Updated June 5th, 2018 11:06)

US-based medical technology company NeuroPace has launched the new Next Gen RNS System to treat seizures in patients suffering from refractory epilepsy.

NeuroPace launches new RNS System to treat refractory epilepsy
Next Gen RNS System launched in June last year. Credit: NeuroPace Inc.

US-based medical technology company NeuroPace has launched its Next Gen RNS System to treat seizures in patients suffering from refractory epilepsy.

The next generation system is designed as a closed loop brain-responsive neurostimulation device based on a brain-computer interface that can continuously monitor brain waves.

It identifies the ‘seizure onset fingerprint’ unique to individual patients and automatically sends imperceptible electrical pulses even before the occurrence of seizures.

“The RNS System consists of a neurostimulator, a remote monitor for patients to upload their data and a RNS Tablet.”

In its new device, NeuroPace increased battery life from 3.9 years to 8.4 years under medium stimulation environments, to ensure fewer interruptions for patients.

The Next Gen RNS System also features additional memory to enable review of more brain activity data.

NeuroPace CEO Frank Fischer said: “NeuroPace revolutionised epilepsy therapy in 2013 with the introduction of the world’s first closed loop, brain-responsive neuromodulation system-the only device that applies brain-computer interface technology to successfully treat refractory focal onset epilepsy.

“We have maintained our relentless focus on product innovation, and are excited to make the Next Gen RNS System with twice the longevity and twice the memory in the same size device available to our physician customers and their patients.”

The RNS System consists of a neurostimulator, a remote monitor for patients to upload their data and a RNS Tablet.

It is accompanied by a Patient Data Management System (PDMS) for physicians to remotely track patient’s electrographic data and programme the device to personalise therapy based on individual brain patterns.

The system is an adjunctive therapy for adults with refractory, focal onset seizures with not more than two epileptogenic foci.