Marodyne Medical to Make Musculoskeletal Health Device Available This Year
Over the past 25 years, Marodyne has received more than $50 million in funding from entities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the research and development of low-intensity vibration (LIV) technology. LIV frequency signals reportedly promote the development of adult stem cells into healthy tissues such as bone and muscle, while reducing the percentage of cells that develop into fat tissue. Applied to bones and muscle, LIV is hoped to have a positive effect on the quality and robustness of the musculoskeletal system, which is very important to healthy aging. According to the Lakeland, Fla.-based company, LIV is especially beneficial for those with limited mobility.
The first product of this technology is LivMD. The device looks like a weight-measuring scale. The patient stands on the device, and experiences 30 accelerations, or vibrations, per second at a low magnitude of .3 g (gravitational force). These vibrations are designed to initiate involuntary muscle contractions, which are aimed at improving the condition of musculoskeletal health.
LivMD was developed by Clinton T. Rubin, Ph.D., chief scientific officer and founder of Marodyne Medical. Rubin is also a State University of New York (SUNY) distinguished professor and chair of the department of biomedical engineering at SUNY Stony Brook.
LivMD will be accessible to the general public in early 2013 in the United States, the European Union, and several other countries. Marodyne has partnered with Tampa, Fla.-based Laser Spine Institute to market the device. LSI provides minimally invasive surgery, and will use the device with patients recovering from spine surgery to promote accelerated healing.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to partner with Marodyne Medical and help millions of people regain strength and stability,” said Bill Horne, CEO of Laser Spine Institute.
“We will be working with Laser Spine Institute to make sure this product is available to every person that could benefit from its use and are eager to offer this technology as an additional offering in the postoperative healing process,” added Rubin.