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Insightec seeks Japanese marketing approval for Exablate Neuro device to treat advanced Parkinson's disease

Haifa, Israel
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 16:00 Hrs  [IST]

Insightec, a global medical technology innovator of incision less surgery, has submitted a Pre-Market Approval (PMA) to the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) for its Exablate Neuro (Exablate 4000) device for treating advanced Parkinson's Disease patients suffering from mobility, rigidity or dyskinesia effects.

The Exablate Neuro, which uses focused ultrasound together with MR imaging to treat deep within the brain with no incisions, is intended to improve motor function and reduce dyskinesia. Dyskinesia is one of the debilitating symptoms that presents as uncontrolled, involuntary movement of the arms and/or legs. Dyskinesia often occurs as a side effect of medication in Parkinson's Disease patients.

“Insightec is committed to supporting research that extends the applications and potential of focused ultrasound, to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease with a much less invasive approach than conventional surgery,” commented Maurice R. Ferré MD, Insightec’S CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Exablate Neuro is currently approved by MHLW to treat medication-refractory essential tremor. There are currently seven medical institutions in Japan performing the incision less focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor on a routine basis.

Insightec is a global medical technology innovator transforming patient lives through incisionless brain surgery with MR-guided focused ultrasound. Research for future applications in the neuroscience space is underway in partnership with leading academic and medical institutions. Insightec is headquartered in Haifa, Israel, and Miami, with offices in Dallas, Tokyo and Shanghai.


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