The FDA’s device center is required to develop and publish special controls for devices that are deemed class II items via the de novo petition process, and five such declarations were posted Dec. 1 to the Federal Register. One of these de novo classifications, for conditioning tools for eating disorders, was the subject of a de novo petition filed in 2007 and granted in 2011.
Patients and investors in Alung Technologies Inc. can breathe a little easier now that the company’s Hemolung respiratory assist system has won a de novo approval from the FDA. The FDA approval comes more than eight years after Hemolung received CE mark and Health Canada approval. Hemolung gained FDA emergency use authorization for patients with COVID-19 in April 2020.
Feops SA reported that its Heartguide product has received de novo authorization from the FDA for pre-operative planning of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAo) with the Boston Scientific Corp. Watchman device. The software platform is designed to help physicians virtually model clinical scenarios with different implant positions and sizes of the Watchman device using digital twin technology based on patient-specific virtual replicas of the heart. It is currently commercially available in the EU, U.K., Canada and Australia for transcatheter aortic valve implantation and LAAo workflows.