MOUNTAIN VIEW CALIFORNIA
Yossi Gross of Rainbow Medical in Herzliya, Israel invented MobiusHD, a minimally-invasive treatment for hypertension. When vascular walls are distorted, baroreceptors in the blood vessels apprise the brain. The brain then signals the heart to adjust its pumping accordingly. Gross proposed a device which can be implanted in the carotid artery in a 50-minute procedure and would amplify baroreceptor signals. If a person suffered hypertension, it would cause the heart to slow more than it naturally would under vascular stress, thus lowering the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. An estimated one billion persons worldwide suffer hyper tension but do not respond to available pharmaceutical treatments. In February, the Food and Drug Administration approved MobiusHD for Expedited Access Pathway status, and California-based Vascular Dynamics is conducting pre-market clinical trials in the United States and Europe.