Empower Therapeutics to bring out biomarker for pain sensitivity

Service Engineering

Empower Therapeutics, a new independent corporation, has been created by the University of Birmingham and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This has been done to bring out an electroencephalography (EEG)-based biomarker that measures the level of pain sensitivity.

It is essential to check the degree of pain experienced by a patient after surgery or after an injury because it is a signal that can tell whether they will have lasting pain in the future. It will also allow targeted therapeutic interventions to minimise the possibility of acute discomfort developing into ongoing, intense pain. Empower Therapeutics is thinking of taking this technology and changing it to digital therapeutic for people’s homes.

“While the main priority of lung surgery in cancer patients is to increase life expectancy and enhance the quality of life, the occurrence of chronic post-surgery pain is believed to be among medical interventions with the highest incidence of chronic pain“

Mr Babu Naidu and Professor Fang Gao, both professors who work at the University of Birmingham, are presently working together with Dr Mazaheri to adapt the biomarker to screen people during lung surgery and identify the individuals most at risk of developing pain.

Mr Naidu said, “While the main priority of lung surgery in cancer patients is to increase life expectancy and enhance the quality of life, the occurrence of chronic post-surgery pain is believed to be among medical interventions with the highest incidence of chronic pain.”

Professor Gao said, “The identification of high-risk for pain individual can enable the early implementation of pre-emptive pain relief strategies e.g. regional or peripheral nerve blockade combined with other multi-modal approaches for long term benefits.”

Steven Rothenberg said, “We have had a very encouraging response from the medical community and will welcome approaches from investors who are interested in our unique technology to improve the lives of those suffering from chronic pain.”

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