SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., June 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ReShape Lifesciences Inc. (NASDAQ: RSLS), a developer of minimally invasive medical devices to treat obesity and metabolic diseases, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a method and device patent to the Company that expands the ReShape Lifesciences™ neuromodulation intellectual property portfolio. The U.S. patent number 9,668,778, which is titled "Neural Modulation Devices and Methods," is directed to a combination of blocking and stimulating the vagus and celiac nerve branches using specific bioelectronic parameters to treat gastrointestinal disorders, including obesity, diabetes, and various combinations thereof.
ReShape Lifesciences recently presented results that utilized this intellectual property in a diabetic rat study that looked at the effect of multi-site electrical neuromodulation via the vagus nerve. The study involved the simultaneous nerve pacing and neuro-blocking of two branches of the vagus nerve, innervating the pancreas and the liver, respectively, followed by continuous measurement of plasma glucose. Results showed that glycemic control was significantly increased following an elevated glucose challenge in the ReShape Lifesciences neuromodulation rats compared to those in the control group.
"We believe that the combination of bioelectronics and neuromodulation will play a very important role in the future of disease management," said Dan Gladney, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of ReShape Lifesciences. "As pioneers of the ReShape vBlocTM, these newly-issued patents will enable us to expand our proprietary technology to simultaneously neuromodulate organs innervated by the vagus nerve and its branches, enabling life-changing interventions such as the modulation of blood glucose levels for patients with type 2 diabetes."
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, with type 2 diabetes accounting for 90% to 95% of all diabetes cases. The American Diabetic Association reports that the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2017 was $327 billion, including $237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity.
About ReShape Lifesciences Inc.
ReShape Lifesciences™ is a medical device company focused on technologies to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. The FDA-approved ReShape Balloon™ System involves a non-surgical weight loss procedure that uses advanced balloon technology designed to take up room in the stomach to help people with a 30-40 kg/m2 Body Mass Index (BMI) and at least one co-morbidity lose weight. ReShape vBloc™ Therapy, delivered by an FDA-approved pacemaker-like device called the ReShape vBloc System, is designed to help patients with a 40-45 kg/m2, or a 35-39.9 kg/m2 BMI and at least one co-morbidity feel full and eat less by intermittently blocking hunger signals on the vagus nerve. The ReShape Vest™ System is an investigational, minimally invasive, laparoscopically implanted medical device that wraps around the stomach, emulating the gastric volume reduction effect of conventional weight-loss surgery, and is intended to enable rapid weight loss in obese and morbidly obese patients without permanently changing patient anatomy.
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