Sinus pain is just the beginning for Tivic Health’s CEO

Tivic Health CEO Jennifer Ernst [Image courtesy of Tivic Health]

Tivic Health CEO Jennifer Ernst thinks the bioelectronic medicine space is ready to explode.

When serial inventor John Claude showed Jennifer Ernst an early prototype of what would become Tivic Health’s ClearUp device, she thought the 9-in.-long black wand looked like a rectal thermometer for a cow. But Claude said his wife agreed that running it over her face to deliver ultra-low current electrical waves cleared up sinus congestion.

Ernst — a Xerox veteran who went on to grow the U.S. business of flexible electronics company Thinfilm (now Ensurge Micropower) — was intrigued. It was her introduction to bioelectronic medicine. She compares the field to semiconductors, personal computers or online retail in their early days.

“This has all the markings of an industry that is going from the esoteric science to being ready to explode in the …

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Tivic sinus pain relief device lands expanded indication for common cold, flu

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Tivic Health Systems today said the FDA expanded the indication for use of its ClearUp Sinus Pain Relief to include congestion from allergies, the flu and the common cold.

The expanded indication is an addition to the device’s FDA clearance for treating allergy-related sinus pain caused by seasonal and year-round allergies.

ClearUp is a small handheld device that offers a non-invasive and drug-free treatment using gentle microcurrents to relieve sinus and nasal congestion and allergy-related sinus pain. It is available at major online retailers in the U.S.

“Bioelectronic devices stimulate the body to produce factors that it very tightly regulates. In the case of ClearUp, it stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for sensing pain and pressure of the face, and also sympathetic fibers of the autonomic nervous system, which can induce vasoconstriction and reduced swelling,” chief medical offic…

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