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CWRU spinoff ConservoCare gets licensing options to develop medical device for bladder control
Date:3/15/2013

from urinary retention or incontinence. Without a safe and reliable way to control the bladder, these patients run a risk of urinary tract infections and kidney damage.

"I think we have a very good chance of making this work. I'm very optimistic," said ConservoCare President Adam Boger, who was part of a Case Western Reserve research team that developed the technology. This year, the company will validate a screening protocol and prepare an FDA application for subsequent human trials.

The ConservoCare device technology involves nerve cuff electrodes, a stimulator and a wireless control unit that can direct the device to empty the bladder. The device can calm the bladder, preventing harmful spasms.

"At the push of a button, our patients will be able to empty the bladder. The ConservoCare bladder implant promotes patient independence and improves quality of life by restoring bladder control while preserving reflexes and sexual function," Boger explained. "The ConservoCare implant will provide doctors a safe, reversible alternative to destructive and ineffective treatments."

The company relies on technology similar to that used by another Case Western Reserve spinoff, Neuros Medical Inc., which is focused using electrical nerve block technology for elimination of chronic pain.

ConservoCare's technology translation has been financed in part by a $125,374 Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health, and by Case Western Reserve's Translational Research Partnership, in collaboration with the William H. Coulter Foundation.

Boger said ConservoCare has benefited from strong partnerships with scientists and clinicians.

After earning a PhD in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve, Boger worked as a research assistant at CWRU's Neural Engineering Center (NEC). Scientists and engineers at NEC work to find new methods to restore function for those with nerve dama
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Contact: Marv Kropko
mrk107@case.edu
216-368-6890
Case Western Reserve University
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