Polarean, Inc., located in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, launched in January 2012, after securing all of GE Healthcare’s assets in the field of hyperpolarized gas MRI, including the exclusive rights to approximately 30 patent families. Although operating as a new corporate entity, the Polarean team has a combined 50 years of experience in the design, development, production and service of hyperpolarized equipment.
Polarean’s technology is currently for investigational use only. Polarean is pursuing regulatory approval for clinical use, and also sells its hyperpolarizers and related equipment to academic research institutions worldwide. Polarean systems are installed at academic research institutions worldwide, including the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, and Sweden. In addition to providing academic researchers with this equipment and support, Polarean offers access to the intellectual property that provides freedom-to-operate in this technology area.