Devices & Diagnostics

Medical design firm Enhanced Systems Technologies makes first product

The two devices are the first of three projects in the pipeline for Enhanced, which was started in 2005 through a $1.2 million grant from the Ohio’s Third Frontier program.

SOLON, Ohio — A medical design company focused on laser technologies has finished its first product — a treatment for chronic back pain.

Enhanced Systems Technologies in Solon built two devices for Avicenna Laser Technology in West Palm Beach, Fla. The therapeutic lasers are of varying wattages, and the companies hope they will alleviate pain and curtail both the need for narcotic painkillers and, in some cases, surgeries. The lower (7.5) wattage laser has received Food and Drug Administration clearance, while the higher wattage (12) is awaiting FDA approval, said Jim Ohneck, a partner at Enhanced.

The two devices are the first of three projects in the pipeline for Enhanced, which was started in 2005with a $1.2 million grant from Ohio’s Third Frontier program. The company creates designs and interfaces around medical technologies that are being developed by other companies.

Right now, Enhanced is focusing on photo biotherapy — which uses light and lasers to treat cells — but it plans to expand to other laser-related treatments, Ohneck said. Photo biotherapy is primarily for pain management, but some researcher believe the devices can also accelerate healing.