CLEVELAND, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- JumpStart Ventures, a nonprofit that invests in and partners with innovative, early-stage companies in Northeast Ohio, announced an investment commitment of $250,000 in SPR™ Therapeutics. The one-year-old Beachwood, Ohio-based company is commercializing its proprietary neurostimulation therapy for pain relief.
SPR Therapeutics is a spinoff of NDI Medical, LLC, which developed the technology and licensed it to the startup. The company's first product, the SMARTPATCH™ System, will serve the $150 billion pain market using its Intramuscular Nerve Therapy™. The Smartpatch external stimulator delivers an electrical signal to the Smartpatch electrode placed in the muscle. The electrical signals stimulate the target nerve within the muscle, thereby exercising the muscle to treat the pain.
Meant for use up to 30 days, Smartpatch has also demonstrated long-term pain relief. The company's series of clinical feasibility studies demonstrated that, at the end of the short-term therapy, 84 percent of patients experienced a significant reduction in pain and 40 percent were pain free. After completing the Smartpatch therapy, 78 percent of these patients continued to have significant pain relief.
"Neurostimulation is a growing market being driven primarily by technology advancements that enable improved clinical outcomes," said Michael Lang, the JumpStart Venture Partner now working with the company. "This field is of considerable interest to medical device manufacturers and, since the leadership of SPR Therapeutics is well-versed in neurostimulation, the company is positioned to move quickly down the commercialization path."
The experienced SPR Therapeutics team is led by Maria Bennett, former Vice Preside