Pacemaker battery replacement procedures are extremely expensive, and cost upwards of $10,000 per operation. After every replacement, pacemaker patients cannot work and cannot provide for dependents who rely on them. The result is tremendous financial stress on patients who should be focused on their well-being and health, not matters of money.
Repetitive pacemaker surgery requires physical surgery, which strains the body, especially as patients get older. Recovery times and the chance of biological rejection also increase.
Pacemaker patients are not alone in their struggles. They have parents, siblings and children who accompany and support them through their recovery process. Families naturally agonize and fret over the treatment and care of their loved ones. Replacement surgeries, like any other surgery, can cause patients emotional harm and anxiety. This is especially the case in older patients, which comprises the majority of pacemaker users.
Pacemakers have not been changing.
The battery life and functionality of pacemakers have barely changed since 1960
Meet Ty'Meisha Sloan
Ty’Meisha Sloan is an 11-year old girl born with a slow beating heart. Doctors gave her a pacemaker at just five days old to regulate her heartbeat.
Since then, she has undergone 4 surgeries to replace the batteries of her pacemaker, each time more arduous than the last.
It is estimated she will have to endure 10 more surgeries in her lifetime, increasing the risk of complications and longer recovery times brought on by each successive surgery.
For Ty’Meisha and countless more, people who depend on pacemakers for their very lives, we desperately need to eliminate the undue suffering and pain.
Since the origin of implantable pacemakers in 1960, the industry has experienced little innovation. The battery life of pacemakers has remained in the same interval of between 5-7 years, while humanity has witnessed exponential technologies that have radically changed in a short period of time. We will not remain complacent in the face of patient suffering and hardship any longer because we believe that something as precious as our own health deserves our unparalleled efforts.
The vision of ThermoBeat is to create a disruptive change in the pacemaker industry that will bring the undue suffering of over 3 million pacemaker users to an end. As the pacemaker industry continues to grow at over 9% per year, and 600 000 surgeries are performed annually, now is the time to make an intervention. We believe this technology will change the future of pacemakers, enabling patients to return to a normal life without counting down to their next surgery.
They will no longer live on a timer.
ThermoBeat will harness the thermal energy of the body to continuously provide energy to the pacemaker, meaning that replacement is never required as long as the body produces heat energy. The technology consist of the use of a thermoelectric generator, which operates due to temperature differential between opposite sides of the conductor, resulting in the production of power. This power source is sufficient to provide energy to a pacemaker indefinitely, however, a battery will also be implanted in the event that a malfunction occurs.