ISSYS Inc. Awarded a Patent for Wireless, Batteryless, Implantable Sensors


Ypsilanti, Michigan: Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS) announced that the U.S Patent Office has granted a patent entitled "Method and Anchor for Medical Implant Placement and Method of Anchor Manufacture" (US Patent No. 7,634,319) which covers the methods for utilizing miniature, wireless, batteryless, implantable sensors anchored within the heart for non-invasive monitoring of cardiovascular biological pressures.

ISSYS' wireless, batteryless, sensor and the anchor are delivered via a catheter in an outpatient procedure. The biocompatible anchor allows the miniature telemetric sensor to be stabilized within the heart and monitor the left atrium pressure. This is a very difficult task due to the stringent biocompatibility requirements of the left heart. The anchor design allows the minimum size increase to the cylindrical wireless sensor and thus reduces the size of the delivery catheter. The novel anchor manufacturing renders highly reliable anchors demanded by the chronic nature of cardiac sensors.

Dr. Nader Najafi, ISSYS CEO, stated that "The particular targets of ISSYS products are cardiovascular disease, especially congestive heart failure (CHF), hydrocephalus (high brain pressure), and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). ISSYS' technology distinguishes itself from other competitors by being the only viable miniature, wireless, implantable sensor platform capable of monitoring the left side of the heart. The left atrium pressure (monitored by ISSYS' sensors) is the ideal signal for effective chronic treatment of CHF patients"

Company Background: ISSYS is a leader in advanced micromachining technologies for medical devices, microfluidic and scientific analytical sensing applications. Founded in 1995, ISSYS is one of the oldest independent MEMS companies in the US. ISSYS operates a "full manufacturing under one roof," multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art MEMS fabrication facility located near Ann Arbor, Michigan. An ISO 9001:2000 certified and ISO 13485-2003 qualified organization, ISSYS is a vertically integrated company dedicated to developing and manufacturing system-level products based on MEMS technology (MEMS Inside). For more company, product and service information, please visit www.mems-issys.com/.

Contact:

Dr. Nader Najafi

Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS)

391 Airport Industrial Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Tel: (734) 547-9896 Ext. 103

Fax: (734) 547-9964

Email: nader@mems-issys.com

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