Endologix LLC said Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of Pq Bypass Inc., a privately held company developing a novel technology for treating severe peripheral artery disease (PAD). Pq Bypass’ Detour system is currently being studied in a U.S. and European clinical trial, DETOUR2.
TORONTO – Soundbite Medical Solutions Inc. has received Health Canada approval for a shock wave device that jackhammers its way through calcified, chronic total occlusions (CTO) in life-threatening critical limb ischemia (CLI), a severe form of peripheral artery disease. This comes after the Active Wire 0.014” was used for the first time in late January to successfully treat five patients.
HONG KONG – Votis Subdermal Imaging Technologies Ltd. is developing a diagnostics solution that could prevent the loss of feet among India’s impoverished due to affects of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The company has entered an agreement with India’s Ii Ventures Pte. Ltd. (iiV) to develop a system to screen the largely rural Indian population for PAD.
Alucent Biomedical Inc., which is developing a restorative therapy for peripheral artery disease (PAD), completed a $35 million series B financing led by a multinational strategic investor. The funds will be used to complete clinical studies of the Alucent Natural Vascular Scaffolding (AlucentNVS) vessel restoration system with photoactivated linking, the company’s first product.
Avinger Inc. has received U.S. FDA clearance for a its Ocelaris next-generation, image-guided chronic total occlusion (CTO) crossing system for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). The catheter-based system, which will be sold under the brand name Tigereye, provides real-time imaging from within the vessel during a CTO-crossing procedure. It will be available on a limited basis beginning later this year.
Pq Bypass Inc. received breakthrough device designation from the FDA for its Detour system, the first to permit fully percutaneous femoropopliteal bypass to treat extremely long, complex blockages in the superficial femoral artery (SFA). “This designation is a major milestone for Pq Bypass, and we expect this technology to change the paradigm for complex SFA treatment in the way EVAR and TAVR changed the paradigm for aortic repair,” said Rich Ferrari, chairman and CEO of Pq Bypass.
Transit Scientific LLC’s XO Cross Microcatheter platform was used in its first cases worldwide last week following its May 2020 clearance by the U.S. FDA and showed improved control and imaging. The company designed the platform to facilitate guidewire support, guidewire exchange, and contrast media injection during complex peripheral vascular interventions such as late-stage peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI).
Pq Bypass Inc., of Milpitas, Calif., said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to cover its TORUS 2 investigational device exemption (IDE) clinical trial, which is evaluating the Torus stent graft in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the superficial femoral artery (SFA).
The recent controversy over the use of paclitaxel in the peripheral vasculature has clouded the larger debate over whether bypass is superior to endovascular therapies for the lower limbs. However, a new study suggests that nitinol stents provide a feasible alternative to bypass even for lesions of the femoropopliteal artery that are 30 cm in length.
LONDON – There is no evidence for increased mortality in patients receiving paclitaxel-eluting stents and drug-coated balloons (DCBs) to treat peripheral arterial disease, according to the largest real-world safety analysis to date. The findings may come as a relief to many, particularly after a meta-analysis published in December 2018 led to safety warnings and restrictions on the use of coated and drug-eluting devices.