January 10, 2018

Monroe company receives $300K to advance incontinence treatment

Monroe-based Elidah has received a National Science Foundation grant and a Department of Defense contract to further develop its neuromuscular stimulation technology to treat incontinence. The awards were $150,000 each.

Elidah received the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue developing its wearable device, Elitone, to treat urinary incontinence, a condition affecting one in three women. The grant is intended to support product refinement in advance of a potential business relationship with an established medical device manufacturer, the company said.

The Defense Health Agency Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Elidah a contract to develop and adapt the Elitone technology to treat injured service members.

Elitone is a noninvasive device designed to restore urinary continence, not just manage incontinence symptoms. The muscular atrophy of a weakened pelvic floor results in stress incontinence, while "urge incontinence" is caused by nerves overstimulating the bladder often as the body ages.

The device works by electrically stimulating the perineal tissue, causing the pelvic floor muscles to contract and strengthen over time. Elitone can be worn underneath clothing during daily activity. The company expects to receive regulatory clearance and begin marketing the product later this year.

The DoD contract funds development of new technologies that restore urinary function and control to injured service members, including those with spinal cord injury. Building on the existing Elitone technology, Elidah will develop a diagnostic and therapeutic device to treat these injured military personnel. Broader application of this technology may treat civilian men who suffer from urinary incontinence, often a side-effect of prostate surgery.

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