FDA Clears Neuromodulation Device for Depression Treatment

The SAINT Neuromodulation System uses structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Magnus Brain Image Highlighting Saint Neuromodulation
Magnus Medical

Magnus Medical, a medical device company and developer of brain stimulation technology for treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the SAINT Neuromodulation System for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications in the current episode.

The SAINT Neuromodulation System, which received Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA, a program intended to help patients receive more timely access to breakthrough technologies with the potential to provide more effective treatment for life-threatening or debilitating conditions than previous therapies, is a novel innovation that is significantly impacting the treatment of severe depression. For the first time, advanced imaging technologies combined with personalized targeting and novel stimulation patterns have yielded a new form of individualized neurostimulation for people with treatment-resistant depression.

“We are now at the forefront of an enormous improvement in the care of treatment-resistant depression, thanks to the work of the Magnus team and all those whose efforts have led to the SAINT technology. Today’s FDA’s clearance for the SAINT Neuromodulation System is a major milestone in our long-term journey to restore and sustain mental health,” said Brett Wingeier, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Magnus. “More broadly, we look forward to seeing this work make a positive impact for the millions of people affected by neuropsychiatric disease. Our clinical research program will continue to yield more insights into how personalized neuromodulation can restore healthy neural activity across a wide variety of mental health conditions.

“We expect the commercial launch of our SAINT Neuromodulation System to begin later in 2023 on a limited basis, for which we are building a waitlist and engaging with an overwhelming number of teaching institutions, hospitals, clinics, interested clinicians, and medical professionals,” continued Dr. Wingeier.

The SAINT Neuromodulation System uses structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to inform a proprietary algorithm that identifies the optimal anatomic target for focused neurostimulation in people with MDD. This new approach is delivered on an accelerated timeline and is precisely tailored to each person’s brain connectivity.

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