Profile: Natus Medical Inc (BABY.O)
4 Dec 2013
Natus Medical Incorporated (Natus), incorporated in May 1987, is a provider of healthcare products used for the screening, detection, treatment, monitoring and tracking of common medical ailments in newborn care, hearing impairment, neurological dysfunction, epilepsy, sleep disorders, and balance and mobility disorders. The Company’s product offerings include computerized neurodiagnostic systems for audiology, neurology, polysomnography, and neonatology, as well as newborn care products, such as hearing screening systems, phototherapy devices for the treatment of newborn jaundice, head-cooling products for the treatment of brain injury in newborns, incubators to control the newborn’s environment, and software systems for managing and tracking disorders and diseases for public health laboratories. Natus categorizes its products into three categories: Hearing, Neurology and Newborn Care. On September 15, 2011, it acquired Embla Systems LLC. In July 2012, the Company acquired the Nicolet neurodiagnostic business from CareFusion.
Hearing includes products for newborn hearing screening and diagnostic hearing assessment. The Company’s newborn hearing screening techniques consists of auditory brainstem response (ABR) and otoacoustic emission (OAE). Its newborn hearing screening product lines consist of the ALGO, ABaer, AuDX and Echo-Screen newborn hearing screeners. These hearing screening products utilize signal detection technologies to provide non-invasive hearing screening for newborns and are designed to detect hearing loss at 35 decibel above normal adult hearing level (dB nHL) or higher. Its AABR devices deliver thousands of soft audible clicks to the newborn’s ears through sound cables and disposable earphones connected to the instrument. Each click elicits an identifiable brain wave, which is detected by disposable electrodes placed on the head of the child and analyzed by the screening device. These devices use its AABR signal detection algorithm.
The Company’s ABaer, which is a personal computer (PC)-based newborn hearing screening device, offers a combination of AABR, OAE, and diagnostic auditory brainstem response (ABR) technologies in one system. The automatic ABR technology utilizes its point optimized variance ratio (POVR) signal detection algorithm developed by the House Ear Institute. Like its ALGO newborn hearing screeners, this device delivers thousands of soft audible clicks to the newborn’s ears through sound cables and disposable earphones. Each click elicits an identifiable brain wave, which is detected by disposable electrodes placed on the head of the child and analyzed by the screening device.
The Company’s AuDX product is a hand-held OAE screening device that can be used for newborn hearing screening, as well as for patients of all ages, from children through adults. Its Echo-Screen product is a hand-held combination AABR and OAE device for newborn screening that can also used for children through adults in OAE-only mode. These devices record and analyze OAEs generated by the cochlea through sound cables and disposable ear probes inserted into the patient’s ear canal.
The Company’s Hearing Screening Supply Products used with its newborn hearing screening devices are designed as single-use, disposable products. Each screening supply product is designed for a specific hearing screening technology. Each ABR screen is carried out with single-use earphones and electrodes, which are alcohol and latex-free. The adhesives used in these supply products are specially formulated for use on the sensitive skin of newborns. Each OAE screen is carried out with single-use ear tips that are supplied in a variety of sizes and packaging options.
Natus designs and manufactures a range of products used to screen for or diagnose hearing loss, or to identify abnormalities affecting the peripheral and central auditory nervous systems. The technology used in these systems is either electrodiagnostic in nature or measures a response from the cochlea known as an OAE. Its Navigator PRO for hearing assessment consists of a base system that is augmented by discrete software applications that are marketed as enhancements to the system. The Navigator Pro System is a PC-based, configurable device that utilizes evoked potentials, which are electrical signals recorded from the central nervous system that appear in response to repetitive stimuli, such as a clicking noise. The Navigator Pro System can be used for patients of all ages, from children to adults, including infants and geriatric patients. The device can be configured with additional software programs for various applications. These additional software programs include ASTER, AEP, ABaer and Scout.
The Company’s Scout SPORT is a PC-based OAE system. The ultra-portable Scout Sport can be carried from one computer to another to test in different locations. For office-based environments, the Scout Sport can be used with a dedicated notebook computer to create an independent portable system. The AuDX PRO is a hand-held OAE screening device with a color display that can be used for patients of all ages. The AuDX PRO records and analyzes OAEs generated by the cochlea through sound cables and disposable ear probes inserted into the patient’s ear canal.
The Company’s monitoring systems for neurology represent a line of products that are used by physicians, nurses and medical technologists to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system and as an aid in monitoring patients during surgery, while under sedation, or in post-operative care. Its product lines consist of Electroencephalography (EEG), Electromyography (EMG), IOM Polysomnography (PSG), Intra-operative Monitoring (IOM), and Balance and Mobility. EEG equipment monitors and visually displays the electrical activity generated by nerve cells in the brain for both diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disorders in the hospital, laboratory, physician office or patient’s home. EMG equipment measures electrical activity in nerves, muscles and the spinal cord. PSG equipment measures a variety of respiratory and neurological functions to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of sleep disorders, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes a person to stop breathing intermittently during sleep. IOM products assist surgeons in preserving the functional integrity of a patient’s nervous system during and after complex surgical procedures. Balance and Mobility systems diagnoses and assists in treating balance disorders in an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach.
Natus designs, manufactures, and markets a line of computerized instruments used to help diagnose the presence of seizure disorders and epilepsy, look for causes of confusion, evaluate head injuries, tumors, infections, degenerative diseases, and metabolic disturbances that affect the brain, and assist in surgical planning. This type of testing is also done to diagnose brain death in comatose patients. These systems and instruments work by detecting, amplifying, and recording the brain’s electrical impulses (EEGs). Its diagnostic EEG monitoring product lines for neurology consist of devices operating with its software augmented by signal amplifiers. These products are used in concert, as part of an EEG system by the neurology department of a hospital to assist in the diagnosis of assorted neurological conditions.
The Company’s computerized EEG Systems include a range of products, from software licenses and ambulatory monitoring systems to advanced laboratory systems with multiple capabilities for EEG, intensive-care unit (ICU) monitoring, long-term epilepsy monitoring of up to 256 channels, and physician review stations with quantitative EEG analysis capabilities. Its Spike and Seizure detection algorithm detects, summarizes, and reports EEG events that save health care professionals. Its signal amplifiers function as the interface between the patient and the computer, and are also known as the headbox. The headbox connects electrodes attached to the patient’s head to its EEG monitoring systems. Its headbox products are sold for a range of applications under the brand names: Bio-logic Netlink, Xltek Trex, EEG32, EMU128, EMU40, Brain Monitor, and Schwarzer epas.
The Company’s Xltek NeuroMax is an EMG device focused entirely on signal quality and clinical efficiency. The device gathers neurophysiological data that is saved to a customizable report. Xltek XCalibur is an EMG system that uses advanced circuit design and digital signal processing to deliver clean signals, making the process of acquiring patient data reliable and quick. The system provides enhanced data acquisition, reporting, and review capabilities. The Dantec Keypoint EMG and EP family of products feature superior amplifiers and stimulators. The Keypoint is used for advanced neurodiagnostic applications, such as single fiber EMG, visual and auditory evoked potentials, and in routine nerve conduction studies. The Dantec Clavis device is a hand-held EMG and current stimulation (STIM) device that provides muscle and nerve localization information to assist with botulinum toxin injections (such as Botox). The Topas system offers a range of EMG and evoked potential (EP) examination protocols, as well as an attractive and functional design.
The Company’s diagnostic PSG systems capture and store all data digitally and provide time-saving features and software for acquiring and analyzing the data. The systems enable users to specify rules and personal preferences to be used during analysis, summarizing the results graphically and incorporating them in detailed reports. Software packages include customized analysis, tools and interfaces with third party equipment. Its data acquisition systems incorporate recent developments in amplifiers for sleep analysis. It is sold under the brand names Embla N7000, S4500, SD32 and Embletta Gold, Xltek Trex and Connex, Schwarzer epas duo 44 and comlab PSG, its amplifiers are used in both hospitals and stand-alone clinics. Its Enterprise Practice Management Software provides a solution for institutions, as well as private labs and physicians to patient scheduling, inventory control, staff scheduling, data management, business reports and billing interfaces. Enterprise may be used across the entire Natus PSG family of Software solutions.
The Company’s Protector System is an IOM system that provides medical professionals with all information necessary to make immediate and critical surgical decisions. The system combines flexibility with multi-modality allowing coverage of IOM techniques. The Protektor is available in a 16 or 32 channel configuration. Its protocols in the EquiTest family of devices objectively quantify and differentiate among sensory, motor, and central adaptive impairments to balance control. This approach is commonly referred to as computerized dynamic posturography (CDP). Its family of devices providing objective assessment and retraining of the sensory and voluntary motor control of balance. Its inVision device incorporates a set of diagnostic tests that quantify a patient’s ability to maintain visual acuity and stable gaze while actively moving the head. The VSR provides objective assessment of sensory and voluntary motor control of balance with visual biofeedback.
Natus manufactures a range of products used in the medical care of newborns. These product lines include products to diagnose and treat newborn brain injury, as well as phototherapy lights to treat newborn jaundice. The Company also sells a range of newborn care products to meet the needs of clinicians in the nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Its newborn brain injury diagnostic products records and displays parameters that the neonatologist uses to diagnose neurological disorders or brain injury in the newborn. These devices continuously monitor and record brain activity, aiding in the detection and treatment of hyperimmunoglobulin e-recurrent infection (HIE) and seizures. The devices also monitor the effects of drugs and other therapies on brain activity and improve the accuracy of newborn neurological assessments.
The Olympic Brainz Monitor (OBM) is a Cerebral Function Monitor (CFM). The device can be used as a single channel, two-channel or three-channel device to continuously monitor and record brain activity. The Company’s OBM displays up to three channels of both aEEG and EEG data. The Brainz BRM3 is a bedside monitor that collects and measures electrical activity from both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The monitor presents a simplified 2-channel EEG display, along with the option to view three channels of time-compressed aEEG. The Olympic CFM-6000 is a single-channel aEEG/EEG system that allows the neonatologist to diagnose neurological disorders or brain injury in the newborn.
The Company offers thermoregulation products, such as Medix Incubators, Medix Open Warmers and Medix Transport Incubators. Medix incubators provide high thermal performance with a double wall design. The Natal Care line of incubators includes easy to use control panels and features, such as improved weighing functionality with automatic centering and an electronic tilting mechanism. Medix open warmers include a range of options, including Apgar timers and resuscitation systems. Medix transport incubators are light in weight and easy to clean.
The Company’s neoBLUE Product Family product line consists of its neoBLUE, neoBLUE Mini, neoBLUE Cozy, and neoBLUE Cozy devices, which utilize light emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate a high-intensity, narrow spectrum of blue light that is clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of newborn jaundice. Its Bili-Lite Product Family devices utilize fluorescent light bulbs for the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia. The Bili-Bassinet provides intensive phototherapy from both under and over the baby for maximum surface area coverage. The Bili-Lite pad is a product designed for both hospital and home-based phototherapy. Its Medix MediLED Product Family product line from Medix includes a full-size, free-standing LED phototherapy system and a MediLED mini light to be used on top of an incubator or attached to the Medix radiant warmer.
The Company’s Medical Devices products include devices, such as photometers, radiometers, patient warming lamps, neonatal heatshields, pediatric scales, blanket warming cabinets, exam lights, oxygen hoods, restraining boards, and its newborn circumstraint. Its Hawaii Medical Products single-use disposable products are sold into the Nintensive-care unit (ICU) and nursery in hospitals. The Hawaii Medical line includes Gumdrop pacifiers, TootSweet sucrose solution, and NeatNick heel lancets, among a range of positioning devices, electrodes, and other newborn care products. Its Disposable Supplies products include other disposable supplies, such as neonatal noise attenuators, phototherapy eye masks and x-ray shields for reproductive organs. Its suite of newborn screening data management products consists of software that collects, tracks, manages and reports newborn screening data to regional government health laboratories and national disease control centers.
Natus Medical Inc
1501 INDUSTRIAL ROAD
SAN CARLOS CA 94070