Medtronic, start-ups vie to debut leadless pacemakers

August 19, 2010 by MedCity News

Medtronic Inc. is quietly developing a wirelesss pacemaker, but several small companies are as well.

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Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) is quietly working on plans to develop a pacemaker that can deliver electricity to the heart without wires.

The Fridley, Minn.-based company confirmed to MedCity News that it's building a leadless pacemaker but offered no further details on the device, which reportedly can be implanted directly into the right ventricle.

Several medical device firms have been pursuing leadless cardiac devices in recent years.

San Clemente, Calif.-based Nanostim Inc. is also working on a wireless pacemaker system that protects the heart in case the device pops loose.

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