COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sensible Medical Innovations Ltd., an Israeli company developing a non-invasive device to monitor patients with congestive heart failure, is opening its first U.S. office, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
At that time, Sensible Medical had planned to open its Columbus officeÂ to work primarily with Dr. William Abraham of Ohio State UniversityÂ by the end of the summer. The Israeli company has been advertising at TechColumbus for an administrator to open and run the office, which it expects to be minimal, at first.
In June, Sensible Medical won a $7 million investment from venture firms SPC Vitalife, in Wayne, Pa., andÂ Tel Aviv, Israel,Â and Genesis Partners Ltd.Â of Herzliya Pituach, Israel, according to VCgate.com.
Founded in 2007 as the brainchild of CEO Amir Ronen, Sensible MedicalÂ is developing anÂ imaging device that marries medical and information technology to examine internal organs, VCgate said. The device couldÂ replace theÂ exploratory surgery now needed to detect congestive heart failure.
The device has beenÂ tested in animals and the company isÂ preparing to test it in humans on its way toÂ U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.
“It’s just a terrific situation from a clinical and from a business standpoint,” Abraham, a professor and director of cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State University, told the Dispatch. “Currently, available tools for monitoring congestive heart failure have failed to keep patients out of the hospital, resulting in a very high cost to patients and to the health care economy.”
Sensible has one employee in Ohio, but expects to add more as it tests the device with Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic, the Dispatch said. Both institutions are part of the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, which was started in late 2006Â withÂ a $60 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier project.