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Case Western spinoff taking electronic bladder control device to market

By David Schwartz
Published: March 20th, 2013

A spinoff from Case Western Reserve University has acquired the rights to a medical device for bladder control from the school’s technology transfer office.

The new Atlanta-based company, ConservoCare, will focus on patients who have lost bladder function due to injury or illness, namely spinal cord injuries. The device uses electrical nerve stimulation to control the bladder; in effect, it helps prevent the onset of urinary tract infection or kidney damage, both of which are likely without a safe and reliable device.

“At the push of a button, our patients will be able to empty the bladder … while preserving reflexes and sexual function,” explains Adam Boger, president of ConservoCare and co-developer of the technology. “The ConservoCare implant will provide doctors a safe, reversible alternative to destructive and ineffective treatments.”

The National Institutes of Health has assisted the start-up with a $125,374 Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant to take the device to market. ConservoCare plans to apply for FDA human trials later this year. “I think we have a very good chance of making this work,” Boger says.

Source: Newswise

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