Transcutaneous Auricular Neurostimulation (tAN™) for Opioid Withdrawal Selected as a Top Abstract by American Society of Pain and Neuroscience

Transcutaneous Auricular Neurostimulation (tAN™) for Opioid Withdrawal Selected as a Top Abstract by American Society of Pain and Neuroscience

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DALLAS, TX, [September 18, 2020] — Spark Biomedical, Inc, CARMAhealth, and Recovery Unplugged jointly developed abstract places second in the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) 2020 Annual Conference. The abstract entitled, Interim Results from a Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Trial Examining Use of Transcutaneous Auricular Neurostimulation (tAN) to Improve Symptoms Associated with Opioid Withdrawal, outlines initial results from the first 20 patients in the clinical trial targeting participants with opioid use disorder.

In addition to the recognition, this jointly developed abstract will be presented by Dr. Carlos Tirado, MD, along with others in the top three rankings during the virtual abstract session held Saturday, September 19, at 2:15 p.m. as part of the ASPN 2020 Virtual Conference.

Daniel Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Spark Biomedical, noted, “We’re proud to be acknowledged for our clinical advances by the marquee event for pain and neuroscience. We look forward to partnering with the pain and neuroscience community in the future to bring innovative solutions to the opioid epidemic.”

“Opioid tapering in patients that are physically dependent on opioid medications may result in serious harm, including withdrawal symptoms, psychological distress, uncontrolled pain, and suicide. We at Spark believe that transcutaneous auricular neurostimulation (tAN) can reduce or prevent withdrawal symptoms often present during the tapering process. We’re excited to have the opportunity to share our knowledge and findings with leaders in the pain management medical community,” said Navid Khodaparast, Chief Science Officer at Spark Biomedical.

About Spark Biomedical, Inc.

Spark Biomedical, Inc. is a Texas-based medical device company and developer of a wearable, over-the-ear, neurostimulation solution for opioid withdrawal and addiction relief. The Phoenix™ device delivers mild electrical stimulation to cranial nerve branches to treat symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. The company’s vision, to ignite a brighter future through neurostimulation, is fueled by its unique blend of scientific expertise, technical innovation, and deep medical device industry experience. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn.

About CARMAhealth

CARMAhealth is a full-service healthcare provider with locations in Austin, TX, and Pompano Beach, FL providing comprehensive primary and psychiatric care for individuals with substance use disorder. Our team of specialized doctors, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals provide stigma-free, evidence-based care to individuals in all stages of addiction, including withdrawal management, medication-assisted treatment, and primary and psychiatric medical care. CARMAhealth providers view addiction as a chronic condition that responds to treatment and improves over time and employ science and data in setting the standard for addiction medicine.

About Recovery Unplugged

Recovery Unplugged is a national addiction treatment organization, and the only addiction care provider to fully integrate music into our rehab programs. Combining traditional treatment resources like medical detox, comprehensive behavioral rehab, and aftercare with innovative and effective music-based therapies, Recovery Unplugged offers clients an effective, unique, and music-focused treatment experience. Our world-class doctors, therapists, and creative professionals leverage the power of music to help our clients heal from drugs and alcohol and reclaim their lives from addiction. This music-based treatment approach has helped clients from all over the country access their confidence, break down emotional barriers, and overcome their addictions.

Contact: Jackie Powell

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