March 20, 2024

Medtronic receives CE Mark for the Percept™ RC rechargeable DBS neurostimulator with BrainSense™ technology

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The next-generation DBS technology is now available in a rechargeable option

Medtronic the world’s leading medical technology company today announced it received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark for its Percept™ RC neurostimulator for deep brain stimulation (DBS). The smallest and thinnest device on the market1-4, Percept™ RC is the only rechargeable DBS system with BrainSense™ sensing technology5 to be launched in the European Union (EU).

“This development represents a critical step in our journey to transform Brain Modulation through sensing-enabled DBS,” said Amaza Reitmeier, Vice President and General Manager for Medtronic Brain Modulation. “We are excited about the potential of Percept™ RC to provide a comfortable, personalized DBS therapy to those living with Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor and Primary Dystonia. Percept™ RC is also the only rechargeable neurostimulator approved to serve patients with Epilepsy.”

“In addition to being the smallest DBS device on the market, Percept™ RC combines proprietary battery technology with our brain-sensing technology. These innovations are the culmination of 30 years6 of investment in clinical trials and R&D to improve the experience of DBS patients,” said Domenico De Paolis, Vice President Neuromodulation International, which is part of the Neuroscience Portfolio at Medtronic.

Overdrive™ battery technology provides physicians with flexibility to adjust therapy without impacting battery capacity. With weekly charging, the device has greater than 99% battery capacity at 15 years7. What’s more, rapid recharging means that patients can charge under normal conditions (from 10% to 90% full) in less than an hour8.

The Percept™ family of devices also features Medtronic’s exclusive BrainSense™ technology, which enables physicians to track patient brain signals and correlate them with patient-recorded events, such as symptoms or side-effects associated with their disease, or the medications to treat it. Physicians can then tailor therapy to a patient’s evolving needs based on that information, rather than on clinical assessments and patient-reported data alone.

As well as proprietary battery technology, the Percept™ RC DBS system features several other innovative features:

Engineered for patient comfort, it’s the world’s smallest and thinnest dual-channel DBS device. Low-profile design allows for a deeper implant depth and minimal visibility of the device9.

The Percept™ family is the only DBS therapy with MR conditional labeling that allows for 3T and 1.5T full-body MRI scans (without having to turn off DBS therapy)10-13, providing patients access to cutting-edge medical imaging when they need it.

It’s designed to facilitate expanded capabilities, allowing the Percept™ RC devices of today to benefit from software updates of the future.

Percept™ RC is approved in the EU for the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Essential Tremor, Primary Dystonia, and Epilepsy.

The Percept™ RC neurostimulator will be available in Western Europe beginning mid-December, and will launch in additional regions based on local regulations.

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