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Founded in 1992, the corporation is headquartered in Mountain View, California. The company began development of micro-catheter and guidewire systems that allowed physicians to access and navigate the fallopian tubes using a non-incisional approach. While this technology was first used in products to diagnose or treat infertility, in 1998 the company focused on the design, development, and clinical testing of Essure, a non-incisional alternative to tubal ligation. Essure showed promise by eliminating the cutting, clipping, and burning associated with tubal ligation. After clinical testing, Conceptus began marketing Essure commercially in Australia, Singapore, Europe, and Canada. In 2002 the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Essure in the United States.