Greatbatch has extended its relationship with WiTricity to leverage its wireless energy transfer technology in the development of implantable medical device apps. Expanding on the initial partnership from August 2015, this new agreement allows Greatbatch to license WiTricity’s IP for the purpose of commercializing efficient, high-performance wireless charging and power system solutions across a wide range of medical devices, including active implantable and interventional applications.
“Medical devices and systems are primed for a revolution, and wireless power transfer will allow designers to develop smaller, safer, easier to use and more reliable solutions for physicians and patients,” said Declan Smyth, president of Advanced Surgical, Orthopedics and Power Solutions at Greatbatch. “Our continued efforts with WiTricity will expand our innovation in wireless power transfer for the medical device industry and we’re looking forward to leading the way in this important market segment.”
The healthcare industry continues to struggle with cords and power transfer limitations. WiTricity’s patented technology offers unique benefits for the medical device industry. Flexible positioning and increased distance for high efficiency charging – as well as the ability to charge through non-metallic materials such as plastic and glass – allow designers to remove contacts and create sealed systems. Harnessing wireless power transfer has the potential to ease sterilization, reduce procedure time and maintenance and increase reliability for these critical tools. With the ease and increased charging opportunities provided by wireless charging, battery size may be reduced, decreasing weight and offering a more ergonomic experience for users. In addition, WiTricity’s technology has the potential to significantly improve the usability and efficiency of implantable devices charged or powered through the skin.
“Implantable medical applications are a natural fit for WiTricity technology, allowing new designs that increase patient comfort, reduce battery sizes and deliver a better overall patient experience,” said WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen. “Working with Greatbatch, a decided leader in medical device design and manufacturing, enables WiTricity to address the medical market as quickly and efficiently as possible.”