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NeuroSigma Awarded Fast Track SBIR Grant by the NIH for Development of Implantable sTNS System for Drug Resistant Epilepsy
Date:2/4/2013

.html">CE Mark approval for the adjunctive treatment of epilepsy and major depressive disorder, for adults and children 9 years and older in the EU. The Monarch System was recently unveiled in London at the 10th European Congress on Epileptology.

Background - TNS

The trigeminal nerve is the largest cranial nerve, offering a high-bandwidth pathway for signals to enter the brain.  The trigeminal nerve projects to specific areas of the brain, such as the locus coeruleus, nucleus tractus solitarius, thalamus and the cerebral cortex, which are involved in epilepsy, depression, PTSD, ADHD and other disorders.  Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (TNS) is the electrical stimulation of branches of the trigeminal nerve, which are located very close to the surface of the skin in the forehead.  The low-energy stimulus is confined to the soft tissues of the forehead without direct penetration into the brain.  PET imaging studies in humans confirm that eTNS activates or inhibits key regions implicated in these disorders and the changes were observed within minutes of therapy.

NeuroSigma is the exclusive worldwide licensee of UCLA's entire TNS intellectual property portfolio and continues to develop additional technologies and target additional indications.

CAUTION: In the United States, both eTNS™ and sTNS™ are investigational devices and are limited by Federal (or United States) law to investigational use.

Research reported in this press release is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U44NS081840.  The content is solely the responsibility of NeuroSigma, Inc. and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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