MediPines Releases COVID-19 Statement of Guidance for Pulmonary Gas Exchange Monitoring

MediPines, in Orange County, California, is a medical device manufacturer that focuses on respiratory diagnostics and therapeutic management solutions. MediPines provides medtech solutions for respiratory screening, diagnostics, and management. (PRNewsfoto/MediPines)


ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MediPines Corporation, in keeping with their mission of advancing respiratory medicine, has released a statement of guidance on the use of the MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor (AGM100®) in the monitoring of patients that have symptoms of suspected COVID-19 or other respiratory infections. The guidance was developed in collaboration with leading respiratory experts, and provides best practices, instructions, and clinical rationale.

The CDC recently outlined emergency warning signs for COVID-19 “including difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest,” among other potential symptoms. Furthermore, it is estimated that approximately 90% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract complications which results in inefficient pulmonary gas exchange.

The AGM100® is the first and only non-invasive device that allows comprehensive quantification of pulmonary gas exchange deficiencies associated with these types of symptoms, and thus has unique advantages in providing rapid measurements at multiple time periods over the progression of the disease.  The device and guidelines may assist clinicians in the implementation CDC and WHO recommendations, as well as recommendations provided by other health authorities.

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MediPines Corporation, based in Orange County, California is the manufacturer of breakthrough, portable respiratory monitoring devices designed to provide real-time, clinically actionable data.  

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MediPines a Featured Innovator at Emerging Medtech Summit 2020

30 Jan 2020 Medical

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MediPines Corporation announces its selection as a top medtech innovator at the Emerging Medtech Summit 2020. The event takes place February 18-20th, 2020 at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and features top strategists, investors, and innovators. MediPines CEO and founder, Steve Lee, will address the summit on February 18th in the afternoon and is meeting with institutional investors throughout the duration of the event.

MediPines will highlight its first commercially available respiratory medical device, the AGM100®. The AGM100® is the first portable and noninvasive respiratory device that measures pulmonary gas exchange, which is the primary function of the lungs. The device measures the degree of impaired gas exchange, along with other established respiratory parameters, within a few minutes, using an exhaled breath sampling method. The clinical applications and provider value are broad and promising. The device received FDA clearance in 2019, and it is currently utilized in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Over 30 million Americans, globally 350 million, suffer from respiratory illnesses such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and new emerging respiratory diseases. There are increasing healthcare shortages and over 70 million baby boomers retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day, many of whom suffer from respiratory illness due to aging and environmental factors. “Our hope is that the technological advances we are making can help address these rising healthcare challenges,” stated Lee.

About MediPines

MediPines Corporation, based in Orange County, California, is a pioneering medical device company established to advance respiratory medicine. MediPines was launched in 2015. The MediPines portable gas exchange monitor, AGM100® is the first FDA 510(k) cleared, commercially available portable respiratory medical device that measures oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange within the lungs.

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MediPines Oxistimulator® Demonstrates Reduced Oxygen Desaturations in Postoperative Patients

20 Nov 2019 Medical

Positive Clinical Trial Results Published

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MediPines announces the publication of the positive clinical study results on Oxistimulator®, a breakthrough technology designed to reduce postoperative hypoxemia in patients at-risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  The study demonstrated that the Oxistimulator technology decreases the duration and magnitude of hypoxemia, often referred to as oxygen desaturations. 

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The Oxistimulator is designed to continuously monitor patient oxygenation levels and reduce desaturations automatically.  Whenever dangerous oxygen levels are detected, the Oxistimulator provides an immediate therapeutic response, a mild electrical stimulation, which is just enough to reverse the deterioration without harm or discomfort to the patient.

Current pre-operative screening practices have been shown to miss nearly 50% of patients with OSA. OSA places patients at-risk for serious postoperative desaturation events such as reductions in blood oxygen levels, which can lead to complications prolonging patient hospitalization, and in some cases, even death.  Currently, the burden of catching and reducing hypoxemia after surgery falls on the clinical staff, such as nurses, who manually intervene when they see a desaturation; however, this manual process has been demonstrated to be sub-optimal, resulting in patients experiencing more and longer desaturations than necessary.

Study Results

The study was a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of 106 post-operative patients at a major medical institution spanning multiple years.

The treatment group (with device) experienced a shorter duration of SpO2 <90% (median 0.0 seconds vs 19.1 seconds; p=0.01) compared to the control group (inactive placebo device), with no adverse events reported due to the mild electrical stimulation provided by the active device.

“Oxistimulator represents a breakthrough in the way that it empowers clinicians to automate their clinical response.  Faster response means that patients spend less time in the hypoxemia danger zone.  This is a novel solution to a serious clinical problem, and we are fortunate to be partnering with outstanding clinical partners to prove the clinical safety and efficacy as we bring this technology to market,” stated Steve Lee, CEO of MediPines.

Study results were published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.  Oxistimulator has not yet been approved by the FDA and is not available for commercial sale.

About MediPines:

MediPines is based in Orange County, California and manufacturer of the FDA 510(k) cleared AGM100®. The company focuses on respiratory diagnostics and therapeutic management solutions.

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MediPines AGM100® Launched for Perioperative Screening at 2 Leading Medical Centers

10 Sep 2019 Medical


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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Sept. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MediPines Corporation in Orange County, CA announces the launch of the MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor (AGM100) in two major East and West Coast hospitals. The AGM100 is being deployed to support screening and stratification of surgical patients for risks in perioperative settings. Postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC) are common and recent studies suggest that they occur in 33% of high-risk patients and result in an estimated increase of $25,000, per case, in hospital expenses.  

Clinical Value of the MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor (AGM100 ®)

A leading academic medical center director stated, “Quite frankly, over 15% of our surgical patients have COPD and many more don’t know they have respiratory issues. That is why we are using the MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor (AGM100) to efficiently help screen and risk stratify these patients, before surgery.”

Built on MediPines’ innovative technology and on respiratory concepts pioneered by Dr. John B. West, a world-renowned respiratory physiologist, the AGM100:

  • Provides a fast, objective measure of pulmonary gas exchange.
  • Provides unique and innovative measurements of Oxygen Deficit, calculated arterial blood oxygen level (gPaO2™), PETCO2, and other valuable parameters and indices.
  • Provides results in under 2 minutes from a patient’s normal breathing sample.
  • Is portable, noninvasive, and designed for point-of-care settings.
  • Is ideally suited for high throughput environments, such as the pre-operative evaluation area.

How Can the AGM100 ® Improve Practice?

“This device is as much about empowering patients as it is about empowering clinicians. It allows patients to make more informed decisions about their care choices and provides a better opportunity for patients and clinicians to have matching expectations about surgical risks,” stated Richard Hinds, MediPines’ Medical Director.

Clinicians across the country face growing surgical workloads and have limited time to evaluate a patient’s respiratory status. In the backdrop of outcome-based evaluation in healthcare, reducing post-operative pulmonary complications is a high-value priority for clinicians and hospital providers.

“We are very excited about partnering with leading hospitals on both coasts and providing clinicians with a more complete picture of a patient’s pre-surgical respiratory status, intended to improve patient outcomes,” stated Steve Lee, MediPines CEO.

To schedule a meeting tailored to your clinical situation and needs, and to learn more about how the AGM100® can benefit your practice, click here.

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MediPines Corporation, based in Orange County, California, and manufacturer of the FDA 510(k) cleared MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor®, is a pioneering medical device company established to advance respiratory medicine. For more information, visit  

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Respiratory Physiology – John B. West Lecture Series Launched by UC San Diego School of Medicine and MediPines

17 Jul 2019 Medical

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — UC San Diego School of Medicine and MediPines Corporation, a medical device company based in Orange County, California announce the establishment of the “John B. West Distinguished Lecture Series in Respiratory Physiology and Pathophysiology” to help advance the field of respiratory medicine. The inaugural lecture will feature noted scholar, Joe G. N. Garcia M.D., from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson and will take place on July 29th, 2019 at the T. Denny Sanford Medical Education and Telemedicine Center, UC San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla, California.

This distinguished lecture series, established in honor of Dr. John B. West, will bring together leading respiratory science researchers and physiologists to present their research findings to faculty-physicians within the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, as well as other local physicians-scientists and clinicians, for the purpose of understanding the latest research and its impact on respiratory medicine. For more information on the lecture series visit the UC San Diego John B. West Lecture Series page.

Dr. West is a world-renowned respiratory physiologist, who has contributed six decades of invaluable research to the field of respiratory physiology and medicine. He is the author of the widely respected medical textbook West’s Respiratory Physiology: The Essentialsnow in its tenth edition. He is also the creator of a series of YouTube videos on respiratory physiology that have influenced the study and clinical practice of many medical students and practitioners worldwide.

“It is a great privilege to establish this lectureship series in honor of Dr. John B. West and his lasting impact on respiratory physiology,” stated Dr. Jason Yuan, Professor and Director of the Section of Physiology, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC San Diego. “The field of respiratory physiology requires a multi-disciplinary translational approach to scientific advancement and UC San Diego is uniquely positioned to lead such efforts, as UC San Diego School of Medicine is home to Dr. West and several other renowned scientists in the field of respiratory physiology and pathophysiology.” 

UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Section of Physiology of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is home to several noted scholars:

The American Physiological Society Presidents

  • Dr. John B. West, 1984-85
  • Dr. Shu Chien, 1990-91
  • Dr. Peter Wagner, 2010-11
  • Dr. Kim Barrett, 2013-14

American Thoracic Society (ATS) Presidents

  • Dr. Atul Malhotra, 2015-16
  • Dr. Peter D. Wagner, 2005-06
  • Dr. Kenneth Moser, 1985-86 (Former chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,1929-1997)

In addition, the UC San Diego Section of Physiology is the home of the editorial office for the journal, Pulmonary Circulation (Sage), of which Dr. Jason Yuan is the founding Editor-in-Chief. UC San Diego is a leading research institution and clinical hub dedicated to respiratory physiology and lung disease. 

Advancement in respiratory medicine is a national health priority.  A few years ago, a chronic lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), was the fifth leading cause of death in the US. Today, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the US according to the American Lung Association and it is projected to become the world’s leading cause of death in the next 15 years.

COPD and Respiratory Challenges

  • Approximately 33 million Americans suffer from chronic or acute respiratory illness.
  • Respiratory disease accounts for ten percent of all emergency department visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • In the United States, the economic cost attributed to COPD is estimated to be about $50 billion a year according to the COPD Foundation.
  • Studies estimate that 328 million people worldwide have COPD and it is expected to become the leading cause of death by 2035.

Unfortunately, respiratory disease has received far too little attention and funding in comparison with other major causes of global morbidity and mortality. The result is that respiratory illness is developing into a major public health crisis.

“It is timely that UC San Diego School of Medicine, a scientific and medical authority, is establishing a global forum to discuss medical advancement in the field of respiratory physiology,” stated Steve Lee, CEO of MediPines. “We need a multifaceted approach to tackle this national problem, including medical advancement, industry innovation, and forward-looking government policy. MediPines is delighted to partner with UC San Diego School of Medicine to launch this all-important lecture series in respiratory physiology and medicine.”

MediPines Corporation was established to advance respiratory medicine and it recently launched a novel respiratory device called the MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor, which is based on UC San Diego’s innovative medical technology.

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MediPines Corporation, based in Orange County, California, and maker of the FDA 510(k) cleared MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor, is a pioneering medical device company established to advance respiratory medicine. For more information, email, call (949) 398-4670, or visit

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FDA Cleared MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor Measures Freedivers’ Lung Efficiency in Ground-Breaking Study

12 Apr 2019 Medical

Successful Study Findings Unveiled by University of British Columbia Researchers at International Conference in Orlando, Florida

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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., April 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Novel physiologic results on world elite freedivers’ using the non-invasive MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor ( were presented at the Experimental Biology 2019 conference. Dr. Philip Ainslie, Co-Director of the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health at the University of British Columbia, with his research team, conducted the study in Split, Croatia.


The recently FDA 510(k) cleared, MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor is a breakthrough, portable respiratory monitoring device invented to provide real-time, clinically actionable data. This ground-breaking technology is transforming the approach to measuring pulmonary gas exchange in a wide variety of clinical settings, relevant for the 33 million patients in the US (350 million globally), who suffer from respiratory disease.

The physiological demands placed on these world-class athletes are tremendous. “The transient stress on their lungs is similar to what is observed in patients who suffer from cardiac and respiratory disease.” It has been challenging, in the past, to assess the consequences of deep dives on pulmonary gas exchange, especially during true field-based conditions. “Measuring oxygen deficit has allowed us to establish the impact of ‘lung squeeze’ on gas exchange inefficiency in elite freedivers,” stated Dr. Philip Ainslie.

Oxygen deficit was developed for detecting gas exchange inefficiency using a simple, non-invasive method.  “Understanding gas exchange inefficiency in respiratory patients is fundamental to improving patient outcomes,” according to Dr. John B. West, the world-renowned physiologist who pioneered the concept.

Freedivers place themselves in extreme conditions, which push the outer limits of human lung physiology and can lead to high oxygen deficit. The device provided rapid feedback to the research team tasked with assessing the freedivers’ gas exchange status. “We hope that our device will continue to aid clinicians by providing patients’ respiratory status rapidly and conveniently in situations where direct gas exchange measurement is either difficult or impossible; the device also has clear application to field-based conditions,” said Steve Lee, CEO of MediPines. 

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MediPines Corporation, based in Orange County, California, is a pioneering medical device company established to advance respiratory medicine. For more information, visit

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MediPines Announces FDA Clearance of Breakthrough Respiratory Device, the MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor

30 Jan 2019 Medical

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MediPines Corporation announced today it has received FDA 510(k) market clearance on its new non-invasive medical device, the MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor. The MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor provides clinicians with real-time pulmonary parameters and insights to support rapid triage and treatment decisions for respiratory conditions.

The MediPines Gas Exchange Monitor is the first technology of its kind to integrate a comprehensive set of respiratory parameters and innovative indices analyzed from a patient’s normal breathing samples in a simple, easy to administer breathing test in only a few minutes.


Medipines - Clinical Results

Positive Clinical Results Presented at American Thoracic Society (ATS) Conference in San Diego, California.

20 May 2018 Health Care, Medical

A group of physicians and researchers presented initial findings at recently held ATS event in San Diego, California where they presented clinical study results, clinical implications and ongoing research areas. Additional opportunities were debated with other medical researchers and broader medical community.

Positive Clinical Results Presented

American Thoracic Society (ATS) Background

American Thoracic Society (ATS) is a nonprofit organization focused on improving care for pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders. It was established in 1905. It is the largest gathering of physicians, researches and clinicians in the respiratory fields, and recent gathering had about 15,000 attendees from around the world in San Diego. For more on ATS, please visit

Clinical Trial Results Published in CHEST Demonstrate Feasibility for Non-Invasive Gas Exchange Concept.

13 Feb 2018 Health Care, Medical

Non-invasive way to measure the degree of impaired gas exchange has been proposed and published with supporting study results. CHEST is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering chest diseases and related issues including pulmonology, cardiology, breathing, airway diseases and emergency medicine. The journal was established in 1935. For more on CHEST,

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