News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | February 16, 2021

MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound To Treat Essential Tremor And Tremor-Dominant Parkinson's Disease

Insightec plans to expand in Latin America through a partnership with Strattner

Insightec plans to expand in Latin America through a partnership with Strattner

February 16, 2021 — Insightec, a global healthcare company focused on creating the next generation of patient care, announced it received market approval by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency ANVISA (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária), and is partnering with Strattner to bring focused ultrasound to the Brazilian market.

This approval of the Exablate 4000 (Exablate Neuro) platform, which uses MR-guided focused ultrasound to precisely ablate tissue deep within the brain without incisions, will enable treatment for essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson's Disease that has not responded to medications and neuropathic pain. 

Insightec is working with Strattner, a leading distributor of equipment for minimally invasive and robotic surgery, to reach leading medical centers and help advance adoption of focused ultrasound in the Brazilian market.  

"Leading neuroscience departments at medical centers around the globe recognize the value of adopting Focused Ultrasound as a treatment option for patient care. We are excited by the opportunities of expansion into Latin America," commented Maurice R. Ferré M.D., Insightec CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors.

Nearly 60 leading medical centers globally treat patients with debilitating hand tremor using Exablate Neuro. Performed in a single session in an MRI suite, many patients experience immediate tremor relief with minimal side effects.

"There are millions of Brazilians suffering from Essential Tremor or Tremor-dominant Parkinson's Disease and Exablate Neuro Focused Ultrasound has the potential to change their lives, through an incisionless procedure," said Felipe Strattner, Head of Strategy at Strattner. "We are eager to bring this transformational technology to medical centers across Brazil and help drive medicine forward in our country."

Exablate Neuro is the first and only focused ultrasound device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat medication-refractory Essential Tremor and Tremor-dominant Parkinson's Disease.

"Brazil represents a key strategic market in Latin America and this approval strongly positions Focused Ultrasound for future growth in the region," said J. Michael Quijano, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, Americas at Insightec.

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