The gastroenterology field took a giant step forward when Given Imaging developed the PillCam™ capsule endoscope - the first ingestible camera in a pill for detection of GI disorders. The PillCam™ capsule is easily ingested by the patient and transmits high quality color images that enable physicians to directly visualize parts of the GI tract. Capsule endoscopy is the only available ingestible diagnostic tool that allows direct visualization of the small intestine.
While working in the missile division of Rafael, Dr. Gabi Iddan was the first to lay the foundations of this truly innovate RDC project, in which missile technology was miniaturized to create a medical product.
The project began as a wholly-owned subsidiary of RDC back in 1998 and is now worldwide market leader traded on the NASDAQ and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (GIVN).
"My research on missile technology at Rafael led me to an inspiration, But convincing to make an in-house investment in this dream turned out to be a challenge in itself. At RDC I found a team of dedicated people, who not only opened the door for the realization of this breakthrough application, but also built a comprehensive strategy and tirelessly worked through the entire process with the entire team. Their priceless advice, guidance and accessibility helped to accelerate Given Imaging's business all over the world."
Dr. Gabi Iddan, Co-founder and ex-CTO, Given Imaging
Given Imaging is a world leader in GI medical devices, offering the broadest portfolio of capsule solutions to visualize the gastrointestinal tract and, through its Sierra Scientific subsidiary, specialty GI diagnostic solutions and high-resolution manometry. Given Imaging pioneered capsule endoscopy, which is now the gold standard for small bowel visualization, and is supported by more than 1,200 peer-reviewed publications. The PillCam Platform is the recognized leader in this field and more than one million patients worldwide have benefited from PillCam capsule endoscopy. In 2008, Given Imaging added the Bravo pH Monitoring System to its line of GI diagnostic tools. Bravo is the only wireless (catheter-free) ambulatory pH test to help clinicians manage gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In April, 2010, Given Imaging acquired privately-held Sierra Scientific Instruments, the world leader in high-resolution manometry products and acid reflux monitoring solutions, including pH and impedance monitoring. Today Given Imaging continues to innovate and offer cutting-edge solutions to its customers.
Given Imaging is led by an international management team with extensive experience in endoscopy, medical technologies and imaging, drawn from global marketing and operations, regulatory affairs and finance.
The Company's corporate headquarters, research and development laboratories, and manufacturing facilities, are located in Yoqneam, Israel. With offices around the world, the Company's North American headquarters are located in Duluth, GA with European headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Additional sales and marketing offices for Given Imaging are located in France, Japan, Australia, and Singapore, and a production facility is located in Ireland. Given Imaging's wholly-owned subsidiary, Sierra Scientific Instruments, is located in Los Angeles, CA, with manufacturing operations in Vietnam. Given Imaging's technology is currently marketed in more than 60 countries.
Given Imaging is publicly listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market (GIVN) and on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.