Electromedical Products International’s (EPI) wholly-owned subsidiary Pulvinar Neuro has received a grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for transcranial stimulation (TCS) research.

The company has been awarded a Phase II SBIR grant worth $3.06m from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a branch of the NIH, over three years to advance its TCS research as a promising treatment for psychiatric disorders.

Pulvinar Neuro will use the funding for the development of a cloud-enabled TCS device to offer personalised closed-loop brain stimulation for clinical and at-home applications.

The grant also covers financing for the TCS device’s double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 30 patients with major depressive disorder.

EPI chief science officer Dr Leah Townsend said: “This NIH grant will enable us to take a key step forward in the development of our novel brain stimulation treatment for mental illness.

“We are grateful to NIMH for supporting our work developing this important, innovative technology.”

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Pulvinar Neuro supports the research community by offering non-invasive brain stimulation research tools.

The company is also focused on the technical development of advanced therapeutics for mental health.

EPI offers non-invasive brain stimulation for psychiatric disorders and pain management.

The company manufactures the Alpha-Stim brand of patented devices, which received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to treat anxiety and insomnia through cranial electrotherapy stimulation and pain via microcurrent electrical therapy.