Sequana Medical announces positive top-line results from SAHARA Ph. 2a study of DSR 1.0 in diuretic-resistant heart failure patients with persistent congestion and first patient dosed successfully with DSR 2.0 in YUKON

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by Sequana Medical on November 15, 2022

15 November 2022, 07:00 am CET

  • Data from SAHARA with first-generation DSR product (DSR 1.0) confirm:
    • Safe, effective and rapid elimination of persistent congestion following intensive DSR therapy
    • Considerable benefit in cardio-renal status maintained till end of study (16 weeks post-intensive DSR therapy)
    • Dramatic and sustained improvement in diuretic response up to 15 months post intensive DSR therapy
    • No congestion-related heart failure re-hospitalizations during entire study
    • One class improvement of NYHA status and 75% reduction in predicted one-year mortality based on Seattle Heart Failure model
  • First patient dosed successfully in YUKON, Ph. 1 study of second-generation DSR product (DSR 2.0)
  • MOJAVE, US Ph. 1/2a randomized controlled multi-center study of DSR 2.0, on track to start in H1 2023
  • Company presentation with webcast at Jefferies Healthcare Conference on 17 November 2022

Ghent, Belgium – 15 November 2022 – Sequana Medical NV (Euronext Brussels: SEQUA) (the “Company” or “Sequana Medical“), a pioneer in the treatment of drug-resistant fluid overload in liver disease, heart failure and cancer, today announces positive top-line results from SAHARA, the Phase 2a study using its first-generation DSR (Direct Sodium Removal) product (DSR 1.0). Data from ten[i] evaluable diuretic-resistant heart failure patients with persistent congestion who have completed the 16-week follow-up period after intensive DSR therapy confirm the previously reported strong interim data[ii] showing important and long-lasting clinical benefits.

To evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of the Company’s second-generation DSR product (DSR 2.0), a single-arm, open-label, Phase 1 study has been initiated in Canada (YUKON) with up to 10 patients on peritoneal dialysis receiving a single treatment of DSR 2.0. The first patient has been dosed successfully and the results of this study will be used to determine dosing of DSR 2.0 in MOJAVE. Data from YUKON, together with CHIHUAHUA, a further Phase 1 study in Mexico intended to support the US IND[iii] filing of DSR 2.0, planned for Q1 2023. These replace the previously planned SAHARA extension study with DSR 2.0. Approval of the US IND will enable the Company to start MOJAVE, its randomized controlled multi-center Phase 1/2a US study of DSR 2.0, planned for H1 2023.

Dr. Jeffrey Testani, Associate Professor at Yale University and Heart Failure Scientific Advisor to Sequana Medical, commented“Congestion is a key driver of heart failure and remains the leading cause of morbidity and hospitalization in this large and growing patient population. Diuretic-resistance is widespread and the usual therapeutic approach is just adding more diuretics, further worsening the underlying issues. There are no therapies that seek to correct the cardio-renal pathophysiology causing the diuretic-resistance. The SAHARA results are highly encouraging and indicate the potential for DSR therapy to deliver clinically meaningful decongestion and durable improvements in cardio-renal function and thus diuretic response.”

Dr. Oliver Gödje, Chief Medical Officer of Sequana Medical, added: “These results are very positive and reinforce our view that DSR is a potential disease-modifying heart failure therapy. We are excited to have the first patient dosed with DSR 2.0 and we are confident that this second-generation product will deliver important therapeutic and safety benefits. I would like to thank the investigators, patients and care personnel involved in both SAHARA and YUKON, and we look forward to commencing MOJAVE, the first randomized controlled multi-center study in the US using DSR 2.0.”

SAHARA top-line results

At baseline, all teni evaluable patients with persistent congestion due to heart failure were on high dose loop diuretics (mean furosemide equivalent dose of 360 mg/day) and had an overall high disease severity, including a mean left ventricular ejection fraction of 23% and mean NT-proBNP of 6,628 pg/mL. At the start of the study treatment period, loop diuretics were withheld, and patients underwent intensive DSR therapy with DSR 1.0 for two weeks (phase 1) which was repeated up to two times depending on patients’ euvolemic state (i.e., normal amount of body fluids), diuretic response and stable DSR dosing at the end of phase 1. Patients who achieved euvolemia and had adequate diuretic response entered the maintenance DSR treatment phase with monthly DSR dosing for 16 weeks (phase 2).

All ten evaluable patients safely, effectively and rapidly eliminated the persistent congestion and achieved euvolemia within one week of commencing intensive DSR therapy, resulting in a mean weight loss of 7kg at the end of phase 1. During the intensive DSR period (phase 1), the diuretic response of the kidney was near-normalised, with mean six-hour excretion of sodium increasing more than 160% vs. baseline, as well as a considerable improvement in cardio-renal health, with a mean reduction in NT-proBNP[iv] of 38% vs. baseline and a mean improvement in eGFR[v] of 7% vs. baseline despite the dramatic fluid loss.

The improvement in cardio-renal health was broadly maintained at the end of phase 2 (16 weeks post intensive DSR period) demonstrated by a mean 33% reduction in NT-proBNP and a stable eGFR.

The need for loop diuretics was dramatically reduced for many months following completion of the intensive DSR therapy (see table below), which the Company believes is a demonstration of the durable improvement in cardio-renal health.

Evaluable patientNo. of months post intensive DSR periodReduction in diuretic dose vs. baseline
01-011590%
01-0313100%
01-041290%
01-0512100%
01-0610100%
01-081090%
01-09967%
01-10995%
01-11693%
01-126100%

No clinically relevant changes in serum sodium levels or progressive hyponatremia were observed in any of the evaluable patients. There were three serious adverse events in three of the evaluable patients, including two having a blocked peritoneal catheter (both during phase 2) and one with stable angina (started post phase 2, ongoing). The Data Monitoring Committee assessed both peritoneal catheter blockages as definitely related to the study device but unrelated to the implant procedure or study treatment, and the stable agina as unrelated to the study device, implant procedure, or treatment.

All evaluable patients treated with DSR therapy in the RED DESERT and SAHARA clinical studies experienced no congestion-related heart failure hospital re-admissions during the entire study period and all patients improved their NYHA[vi] status by at least one class. The clinical benefits observed in RED DESERT and SAHARA resulted in a 75% reduction in predicted one-year mortality of patients pre- vs. post-intensive DSR therapy based on the Seattle Heart Failure Model[vii].

On track to start MOJAVE with DSR 2.0 in H1 2023

The Company is progressing development of its proprietary DSR 2.0 product, a sodium-free dextrose / icodextrin solution expected to have an improved therapeutic and favourable safety profile and with a robust intellectual property protection. Data from two interventional, single-centre, single-arm studies, one in Canada (YUKON) and one in Mexico (CHIHUAHUA) will evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of DSR 2.0. Both studies will enroll up to ten stable peritoneal dialysis patients who will receive a single treatment of DSR 2.0, administered through their peritoneal dialysis catheter. The first patient has been treated successfully in YUKON and data from both studies intended to support the filing of the US IND, planned for Q1 2023. The choice of peritoneal dialysis patients is driven by their pre-existing peritoneal dialysis catheter.

Following initial discussions with the FDA, MOJAVE, a randomized controlled Phase 1/2a US study of DSR 2.0, is on track to start in H1 2023 assuming FDA approval of the US IND.  The intention is to enrol 30 diuretic-resistant chronic heart failure patients with persistent congestion, with 20 patients randomised to DSR 2.0 administered via a peritoneal catheter on top of usual care for congestive heart failure (CHF) for up to four weeks and ten patients randomised to usual care for CHF alone. Following four weeks of DSR therapy there will be a three-month safety follow-up period. Prior to enrolment of these 30 patients, three additional patients will be enrolled in a non-randomized safety cohort and will receive DSR 2.0 administered via a peritoneal catheter on top of usual care for CHF for up to four weeks. Progression to the enrolment of the 30 randomized patients will be dependent upon DSMB[viii] approval following their review of the initial three patients. More details on the final study design will be announced following FDA approval of the US IND. Interim data of MOJAVE are planned for H2 2023 and top-line results are expected in mid 2024.

About fluid overload in heart failure (AKA congestion)

Heart failure is the leading cause of US hospitalizations in patients over 65 years old and 90% of these admissions are due to fluid overload, which is recognized as the primary driver of morbidity and hospitalization. Standard of care includes treatment with diuretic drugs, but these have well recognized toxicity and resistance issues. Half of the heart failure patients admitted for fluid overload are discharged with no clinically relevant loss of fluid and one in four is re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. It is estimated that 200,000 US heart failure patients have drug-resistant congestion requiring repeated hospitalization, severely impacting their survival and quality of life and creating a heavy financial burden.

About DSR® (Direct Sodium Removal) in heart failure

Sequana Medical considers its proprietary DSR to be a disease modifying therapy for heart failure. Fluid accumulation in heart failure patients is caused by the retention of too much sodium. The DSR drug-based approach directly tackles this key clinical problem of sodium overload, and works in partnership with the kidneys to safely and rapidly eliminate the excess fluid. Complementary to existing heart failure therapies, clinical proof-of-concept studies using the Company’s first-generation DSR product (DSR 1.0) have shown that DSR can i) safely, effectively and rapidly eliminate fluid overload in heart failure patients, ii) improve the health of the heart and preserve renal function, and iii) restore the ability of the kidney to manage the fluid and sodium naturally, resulting in a large and long-lasting reduction in the need for diuretic drugs. In DSR treated patients, there have been no congestion-related re-hospitalizations during the study follow-up period, all patients improved their NYHA status by at least one class and the clinical benefits observed in the clinical studies resulted in a 75% reduction in predicted one-year mortality of patients pre- vs. post-intensive DSR therapy based on the Seattle Heart Failure Model. The Company is currently preparing an IND application for its second-generation DSR product (DSR 2.0) in the US and plans to begin a US randomized controlled Phase 1/2a clinical trial in H1 2023. Composition of matter and method patents have been granted for DSR therapy in the US and Europe.

About Sequana Medical

Sequana Medical NV is a pioneer in treating drug-resistant fluid overload, a serious and frequent clinical complication in patients with liver disease, heart failure and cancer. Fluid overload is a well-recognized problem in these growing diseases, causing severe problems for the large number of patients for whom current medicines are no longer effective. These patients can have up to 15 liters of extra fluid in their bodies, causing major medical issues including increased mortality, repeated hospitalizations, severe pain, difficult breathing and restricted mobility that severely impacts daily life.

alfapump® and DSR® are Sequana Medical’s proprietary platforms that work with the body to remove this excess fluid, delivering major clinical and quality of life benefits for patients and reducing costs for healthcare systems. The Company has reported positive primary endpoint data from the North American pivotal POSEIDON study of the alfapump in recurrent or refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis, enabling the filing of a Pre-Market Approval (PMA) application with the FDA, planned for H2 2023. Having delivered clinical proof-of-concept for DSR as a disease-modifying drug program for the treatment of heart failure, the Company is planning to commence MOJAVE, a US multi-centered randomized controlled Phase 1/2a clinical study of DSR 2.0, in H1 2023.

Sequana Medical is listed on Euronext Brussels (Ticker: SEQUA.BR) and headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. For further information, please visit www.sequanamedical.com.

Important Regulatory Disclaimers

The alfapump® system is currently not approved in the United States or Canada. In the United States and Canada, the alfapump system is currently under clinical investigation (POSEIDON Study) and is being studied in adult patients with refractory or recurrent ascites due to cirrhosis. For more information regarding the POSEIDON clinical study see www.poseidonstudy.com. DSR® therapy is still in development and it should be noted that any statements regarding safety and efficacy arise from ongoing pre-clinical and clinical investigations which have yet to be completed. DSR therapy is currently not approved for clinical research in the United States or Canada. There is no link between DSR therapy and ongoing investigations with the alfapump system in Europe, the United States or Canada.

Note: alfapump® is a registered trademark. DSR® is a registered trademark in the Benelux, China, the EU, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.

Forward-looking statements

This press release may contain predictions, estimates or other information that might be considered forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements represent the current judgment of Sequana Medical on what the future holds, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Sequana Medical expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements in this press release, except if specifically required to do so by law or regulation. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of Sequana Medical only as of the date of this press release.

[i] In total, 12  patients were dosed in SAHARA but one patient died due to a cardiac arrest three days after study initiation and for one patient the study protocol was not correctly applied.

[ii] Interim data reported in Press release of 19 July 2022

[iii] IND: Investigational New Drug

[iv] NT-proBNP: N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide, a key cardiac function parameter

[v] eGFR: estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate, a measure of kidney function

[vi] NYHA: New York Heart Association classification, data collected outside study protocols of RED DESERT and SAHARA

[vii] Predicted one-year survival analysis using Seattle Heart Failure Model of seven patients from RED DESERT and ten patients from SAHARA pre- and post-intensive DSR therapy. Analysis includes physician-assessed data collected post hoc.

[viii] DSMB: Data and Safety Monitoring Board

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Maxwell Biomedical Completes First-in-Human Study Enrollment and Testing of Spatial Resynchronization™ Therapy

Successful Spatial Resynchronization™ Therapy (SRT) conversion of AFib to normal rhythm

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by Maxwell Biomedical on October 20, 2022

Spatial Resynchronization Therapy (SR™T) demonstrates proof-of-concept in repeatedly terminating atrial fibrillation (AFib) and restoring sinus rhythm

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Maxwell Biomedical announced today that it has successfully completed enrollment in its First-in-Human Clinical Trial “Initial Experience with Spatial Resynchronization Therapy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (NCT 05461612)” being conducted at the Tbilisi Heart and Vascular Clinic in Tbilisi, Georgia. SRT is a device-based approach that features a proprietary algorithm for diagnosing and treating AFib. The graphic is one of several successful conversions of AFib to normal rhythm demonstrated during the recent study.

The idea of imperceptible stimulation to gain control of the arrhythmia and restore sinus rhythm in AFib patients is not new. The methodology, timing, and location of stimulus delivery represent the unique aspects of the Maxwell System. Once AFib is detected, instead of delivering pacing to a single site, SRT determines where to deliver stimuli across a spatially distributed network of electrodes placed on the epicardial surface of the left atrium. Pacing stimuli are precisely timed to be delivered within the excitable gap, allowing the system to capture and control the atrial tissue and restore the normal rhythm.

“We are extremely encouraged by the results from this most recent study,” stated Randy Werneth, CEO of Maxwell Biomedical, “These latest results will further advance our System and SRT algorithm bringing us closer to delivering a device-based treatment for patients with all types of AFib.”


Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia affecting over 33 million patients worldwide.1 It occurs when the upper chambers beat uncontrollably and are out of synchronization with the lower chambers of the heart. The lack of coordinated contractions during prolonged episodes of AFib increases the likelihood of blood clot formation and reduces the amount of blood available to pump to the body. AFib increases stroke risk five times2 increases mortality rates two-fold in heart failure patients3 and costs the United States healthcare system $26B annually1. Current AFib treatment options include outpatient cardioversion, rate or rhythm control medications, and catheter ablation. SRT would offer patients a non-destructive, minimally invasive option to treat their AFib.

About Maxwell Biomedical

We are a development-stage, science-driven, innovative medical technology company with outstanding people dedicated to advancing long-term solutions for patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Maxwell is developing a first-of-its-kind atrial pacing device that automatically detects AFib and imperceptibly delivers SRT to restore and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Device monitoring and cloud connectivity ensure active and continuous patient care and management. Founded in 2019, Maxwell Biomedical is based in San Diego, CA. www.maxwellbiomed.com

Sources
Maxwell Biomedical
1. Chugh SS et al. Worldwide epidemiology of atrial fibrillation. A global burden of disease study 2010. Circulation;129:2014.
2. Virani SS et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics – 2021 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation;143:2021.
3. Chamberlain AM et al. Atrial Fibrillation and Mortality in Heart Failure. Circ: Heart Failure;4(6):2011.

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Axon Therapies Announces Positive Early Clinical Data from REBALANCE-HF Randomized Clinical Trial

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by Axon Therapies on May 26, 2022

Late-breaking results presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s Heart Failure Association annual conference and simultaneously published online in the European Journal of Heart Failure

May 26, 2022 — Axon Therapies, a private company focused on addressing a root cause of heart failure, today announced positive early results from a roll-in cohort for their feasibility IDE trial, REBALANCE-HF. The study is evaluating a novel frontline therapy called Splanchnic Ablation for Volume Management (SAVM) that aims to rebalance volume distribution in heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The results support safety and efficacy of the SAVM procedure and signaled clinical improvements in key data including pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) with exercise and patient quality of life metrics. Data was presented at the European Society of Cardiology‘s Heart Failure Association 2022 annual conference in Madrid, Spain and simultaneously published online in the European Journal of Heart Failure.

“It is very promising to see the positive early dataset and improvement in key clinical outcomes.  HFpEF patients have few treatment options today, and SAVM offers a minimally invasive, implant-free procedure designed to treat a root cause of their symptoms and hopefully slow down or stop disease progression – it has the potential to be a very exciting approach,” commented Marat Fudim, MD, Advanced Heart Failure Specialist at Duke University Medical Center. “I’m eager to see the longer-term results and patient outcomes from the study as they become available.”

The REBALANCE-HF study is a prospective, multi-center, randomized, sham controlled, double-blinded study enrolling 80 patients at up to 20 U.S. sites and is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of the SAVM procedure. The trial included a cohort of 18 single-arm, open-label roll-in patients for interim analysis that provided early data on the SAVM procedure using the Axon Ablation Catheter. While the findings require additional confirmation, early results are very promising. The therapy had a solid safety profile—all patients were successfully treated and three non-serious device-related adverse events were reported (heart failure decompensation requiring an ER visit, transient hypertension during the procedure, and back pain following the procedure). Patients showed improvement in PCWP with exercise as well as improvements in functional capacity, symptoms, and overall health status.

Key Results

  • Significant reduction in PCWP at 20 watts and peak exercise at 1-month (p=0.007 and p=0.013, respectively)
  • 33% of patients experienced improvement of at least one New York Heart Association (NYHA) class compared to baseline at 1-month (p<0.01)
  • Significant improvement in Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) (22.1 pts at 1-month, p <0.01; 18.3 pts at 3-months, p<0.01)

Sanjiv Shah, MD, who is the National Principal Investigator of the REBALANCE-HF trial, stated, “The SAVM procedure offers a novel approach to potentially improving outcomes in patients suffering from heart failure by reducing sympathetic nerve activity to restore volume balance within the circulation. The early data from the REBALANCE-HF trial, demonstrates the potential promise and importance of managing volume shifts in this underserved patient population.” Dr. Shah is Director of Research for the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

“The data for this first cohort of patients is very encouraging. We anticipate completing enrollment in REBALANCE-HF later this year and sharing the full results next year,” stated Chad Hoskins, CEO of Axon Therapies. “The data builds on the results of our pilot studies, which demonstrated a durable effect of SAVM at 1 year. We’re grateful for the work of our investigators, and we look forward to the culmination of these efforts in a pivotal trial beginning in 2023.”

For more information: axontherapies.com

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Maxwell Biomedical Receives NIH Small Business Innovation Research Grant

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by Maxwell Biomedical on September 15, 2022

Grant money will be used to support the research and development of Spatial Resynchronization™ Therapy (SR™T) to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib)

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 15 2022 Maxwell Biomedical announced today that is has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) to pursue development and testing of their proprietary SRT device designed specifically to diagnose and treat AFib. Phase I SBIR grants are awarded to small businesses to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed product.

SRT is a significant advancement of science that was published in 1997, in which single-site stimulation was able to locally capture tissue at specific locations in human right atria during spontaneous AFib.1 Once AFib is detected, instead of delivering pacing to a single site, SRT delivers pacing stimuli across spatially distributed electrodes placed on the epicardial surface of the left atrium. Pacing stimuli, which are imperceptible to the patient, are delivered within the excitable gap to capture and control atrial tissue for restoration of normal rhythm.

“Atrial fibrillation is debilitating and contributes to worsening health in patients with co-morbidities,” stated Randy Werneth, CEO of Maxwell Biomedical, “We are pleased that the NIH and it’s review committee have recognized the unique aspects and potential of our technology to provide a nondestructive treatment for patients with all types of AFib.”

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia affecting over 33 million patients worldwide.2 It occurs when the upper chambers beat uncontrollably and are out of synchronization with the lower chambers of the heart. The lack of coordinated contractions during prolonged episodes of AFib increases the likelihood of blood clot formation and reduces the amount of blood available to pump to the body. AFib increases stroke risk five times3, increases mortality rates two-fold in heart failure patients4 and costs the United States healthcare system $26B annually2. Current AFib treatment options include outpatient cardioversion, rate or rhythm control medications and catheter ablation. SRT would offer patients a non-destructive, minimally invasive option to treat their AFib.

About Maxwell Biomedical

We are a development stage, science driven, innovative medical technology company with outstanding people dedicated to advancing long-term solutions for patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Maxwell is developing a first-of-its-kind atrial pacing device that automatically detects AFib and imperceptibly delivers SRT to restore and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Device monitoring and cloud connectivity ensures active and continuous patient care and management. Founded in 2019, Maxwell Biomedical is based in San Diego, CA.

  1. Pandozi C, Bainconi L, Villani M et al. Local capture by atrial pacing in spontaneous chronic atrial fibrillation. Circ 1997. 95(10);2416-22.
  2. Chugh SS et al. Worldwide epidemiology of atrial fibrillation. A global burden of disease study 2010. Circulation;129:2014.
  3. Virani SS et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics – 2021 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation;143:2021.
  4. Chamberlain AM et al. Atrial Fibrillation and Mortality in Heart Failure. Circ: Heart Failure;4(6):2011.
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AtriAN Medical Completes Enrollment of Second Study on Cardioneuroablation using PFA

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by AtriAN Medical on September 06, 2022

This follow-up trial builds on AtriAN’s initial safety and feasibility study and aims to assess the efficacy of its cardioneuroablation treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation. 

GALWAY, Ireland, Sept. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — AtriAN Medical today announced that it has completed enrollment of a second study using its selective pulsed field ablation (PFA) technology for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

The Neural AF-2 study has enrolled cardiothoracic surgery patients with paroxysmal AF, utilizing AtriAN’s unique cardiac autonomic ablation technology to provide selective ablation of neuronal structures on the outside of the heart. A total of 12 patients were treated at Tbilisi Heart and Vascular Clinic (Georgia), with Prof Tamaz Shaburishvili as the Principal Investigator. Patients will be followed out to 1 year for AF recurrence.

The new study builds on AtriAN’s initial Neural-AF study that focused on safety, feasibility and acute outcomes, in twenty four patients undergoing concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting. The initial study was performed at Na Homolce Hospital in Prague (Czech Republic) and Tbilisi Heart and Vascular Clinic (Georgia). Data from that study was presented by Prof Vivek Reddy MD (Mount Sinai Hospital, NY) at the 2022 AF Symposium and by Prof Joris de Groot (Amsterdam UMC) at the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) 2022 conference. 

The original Neural-AF study was an all-comers design for CABG patients that did not focus specifically on patients with atrial fibrillation. The findings indicate that selective epicardial PFA of ganglionated plexi is feasible and safe.  An acute extension in atrial tissue refractoriness was also recorded; this is a well recognized indicator of resistance to atrial fibrillation.

 “The promising results from our first study have given us the confidence and momentum to expand into this second trial looking specifically at clinical outcomes in patients with AF” said AtriAN CEO Ken Coffey. “This will be a challenging cohort of patients but we look forward to providing them with improved outcomes and demonstrating the potential of our novel approach.”

The AtriAN system includes catheters designed for use within the pericardial space and a generator for providing low energy pulsed electric fields. In the near future, the company plans to conduct clinical studies to assess delivery of the treatment using sub-xiphoid minimally invasive access.

For more information about AtriAN Medical, please visit: www.atrianmedical.com

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Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. Announces First In-Human Experience With Company’s Propel™ Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. on March 16, 2022

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI®) (NASDAQ: CSII), a medical device company developing and commercializing innovative interventional treatment systems for patients with peripheral and coronary artery disease, announced today the first in-human experience with Propel™, its first-generation percutaneous ventricular assist device (pVAD), offering hemodynamic support for patients undergoing high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions (HR-PCI).

The first series of patients was treated by Dr. David E. Kandzari, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Chief, Piedmont Heart Institute and Cardiovascular Services, Atlanta, Ga., performed in Tbilisi, Georgia. Propel performed as intended, providing uninterrupted hemodynamic support leading to successful revascularization.

Propel is designed to meet the needs of the HR-PCI patient by providing clinically meaningful hemodynamic support while minimizing access site and procedural complications due to a small profile pump and smaller catheter body versus the current pVAD systems that are commercially available. Propel is percutaneously inserted, and the blood inlet portion of the device is positioned within the left ventricle below the aortic valve, and the outlet positioned above the aortic valve.

Propel was used at multiple support levels, with a hemodynamic power output and duration sufficient to maintain the stability of patients during their HR-PCI.

As one of the study investigators, Dr. Kandzari said, “This is a novel pVAD system that enables a 12 French in-body pump with a 7 French in-body catheter. This reduction in size may reduce the clinical complications associated with high-risk procedures while providing the clinically necessary cardiac support for the patient. The lower catheter profile may also increase the potential for use in patients with challenging anatomy that exclude treatment with current therapies.”

“Today’s announcement is another important milestone for CSI as we seek to develop an exciting pipeline of new products designed to improve the outcomes for patients with coronary artery disease,” said Scott R. Ward, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSI. “We appreciate Dr. Kandzari’s commitment and willingness to participate in these first cases. Conducting the first in-human cases outside the U.S. increases the confidence we have in Propel and furthers the development of this program. We continue to work closely with FDA, and the data from these cases will inform the design and conduct of an early feasibility study in the U.S.”

About Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

CAD is a life-threatening condition and a leading cause of death in men and women globally. CAD occurs when a fatty material called plaque builds up on the walls of arteries that supply blood to the heart. The plaque buildup causes the arteries to harden and narrow (atherosclerosis), reducing blood flow. The risk of CAD increases if a person has one or more of the following: high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, diabetes, or family history of early heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 million people in the United States have CAD, the most common form of heart disease. Heart disease claims more than 650,000 lives in the United States each year. According to estimates, arterial calcium is present in 38 percent of patients undergoing a PCI. Significant calcium contributes to poor stent delivery, expansion and wall apposition leading to poor outcomes and higher treatment costs in coronary interventions when traditional therapies are used, including a significantly higher occurrence of death and major adverse cardiac events (MACE).

About Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., based in St. Paul, Minn., is a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative solutions for treating vascular and coronary disease. The company’s orbital atherectomy system treats calcified and fibrotic plaque in arterial vessels throughout the leg and heart and addresses many of the limitations associated with existing surgical, catheter and pharmacological treatment alternatives. For additional information, please visit http://www.csi360.com and connect on Twitter @csi360.

Safe Harbor

Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are provided under the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that Act. For example, statements in this press release regarding (i) the development of Propel; (ii) future clinical studies and regulatory submissions relating to Propel; and (iii) CSI’s product pipeline, are forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those projected, including, but not limited to, the ability of CSI to develop Propel; technical challenges; regulatory developments; clinical trial requirements and results; FDA clearances and approvals; the experience of physicians regarding the effectiveness and reliability of products sold by CSI; the reluctance of physicians, hospitals and other organizations to accept new products; the impact of competitive products and pricing; general economic conditions; and other factors detailed from time to time in CSI’s SEC reports, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. CSI encourages you to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this release. As a result of these matters, changes in facts, assumptions not being realized or other circumstances, CSI’s actual results may differ materially from the expected results discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The forward-looking statements made in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and CSI undertakes no obligation to update them to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Maxwell Biomedical Initiates First-in-Human Trial to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of а Novel Pacing Intervention in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Spatial Resynchronization Therapy™ (SR ™Т) Successfully Terminated Atrial Fibrillation

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by Maxwell Biomedical on July 14, 2022

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 14, 2022. Maxwell Biomedical announced today that it has initiated its First-ln­ Human Clinical Trial “Initial Experience with Spatial Resynchronization Therapy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (SR-TheAF)” at the Tbilisi Heart and Vascular Clinic in Tbilisi, Georgia. The study is designed to test the acute safety and efficacy of Spatial Resynchronization™ Therapy (SR™T) in patients with а history of atrial fibrillation (AF). The study will enroll up to 30 patients. During the initial studies, AF was successfully detected and termination with SRT pacing was demonstrated.

Spatial Resynchronization Therapy (SRT) is а Maxwell’s proprietary algorithm designed specifically to treat AF. Once AF is detected, SRT delivers pacing stimuli across а spatially distributed array of electrodes placed on the pericardial wall of the left atrium. Pacing stimuli, which are imperceptible to the patient, are precisely delivered to restore normal rhythm.

“We are very excited about the acute performance of SRT in this first series of patients,” stated Randy Werneth, СЕО of Maxwell Biomedical, “This represents а major milestone in our development pathway to bring а device-based treatment option to patients with AF.” Working alongside the surgical team in Tbilisi was Mehdi Razavi, MD, an entrepreneurial electrophysiologist from the Texas Heart Institute in Houston Texas, who has been working closely with the Maxwell Biomedical team to develop and pre­ clinically test the SRT concept. “In the past, pacing was tried with limited success to convert AF to а normal rhythm,” said Dr. Razavi, “SRT is а new methodology, based on insights gained from past experiences and rooted in the underlying biophysics of human fibrillatory conduction.”

AF is the most common heart arrhythmia affecting over ЗЗ million patients worldwide.1 It occurs when the upper chambers beat uncontrollably and are out of synchronization with the lower chambers of the heart. The lack of coordinated contractions during prolonged episodes of AF increases the likelihood of blood clot formation and reduces the amount of blood available to pump to the body. AF increases stroke risk five times2, increases mortality rates two-fold in heart failure patients3 and costs the United States healthcare system $26В annually1. Current AF treatment options include outpatient cardioversion, rate or rhythm control medications and catheter ablation. SRT would offer patients а non-destructive, minimally invasive option to treat  their AF.

About Maxwell Biomedical

We are а development stage, science driven, innovative medical technology company with outstanding people dedicated to advancing long-term solutions for patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

Maxwell is developing а first of its kind, non-ablative, atrial pacing device that automatically detects AF and imperceptibly delivers Spatial Resynchronization Therapy (SRT) to restore and maintain а normal heart rhythm. Device monitoring and cloud connectivity ensures active and continuous patient care and management. Founded in 2019, Maxwell Biomedical is based in San Diego, СА.

  1. Chugh SS et al. Worldwide epidemiology of atrial fibrillation. А global burden of disease study 2010.Circulation; 129:2014.
  2. Virani SS et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics 2021 update: а report from the American Heart Association. Circulation;143:2021.
  3. Chamberlain АМ et al. Atria/ Fibrillation and Mortality in Heart Failure. Circ: Heart Failure;4(6):2011.
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Clinical Accelerator announces collaboration with Argá Medtech – developers of a novel cardiac ablation system for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias

Clinical Accelerator, a full-service, medical device focused contract research organization, is excited to announce a new collaboration with Argá Medtech, on their feasibility study exploring the safety and efficacy of Argá’s non-thermal cardiac ablation system targeting Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

The system is a next generation of Pulsed Field Ablation and Irreversible Electroporation, offering an alternative to RF and Cryo – the most commonly used sources of energy for cardiac ablation. The system is hoped to result in a safer and faster procedure with improved clinical outcomes for AF patients.

The study is planned to enrol 10 patients and will be managed by Clinical Accelerator at our partner sites. It is currently in the set-up phase, and we are very excited to see its progression!

About Clinical Accelerator

Clinical Accelerator is an independent clinical trial management organisation operating principally in Central and Eastern Europe. The organisation offers a broad range of clinical trial services together with dedicated patient enrolment support to worldwide clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical device industries. Clinical Accelerator’s model of operation is designed to achieve significant cost savings for its clients and to guarantee compact timelines for patient enrolment with a firm focus on the quality of clinical trial data.

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BetaGlue announces the treatment of the first patient with BAT-90, taking radiotherapy inside solid tumours

Below, we are re-publishing with permission the press-release issued by BetaGlue Technologies on July 11, 2022

BetaGlue Technologies, a highly innovative company working in the Life Sciences sector, is glad to announce that the first patient has been treated in a clinical trial with BAT-90, the company’s cancer radiotherapy platform. The first clinical results have shown that BAT-90 makes it possible to treat only the area where the tumour is located, while avoiding the surrounding tissues, so as to combine treatment efficacy and patient safety.
 
The clinical trial in liver cancer patient has been coordinated by Professor Malkhaz Mizandari at the New Hospitals in Tbilisi (Georgia), an international centre of excellence affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia (USA).
 
BAT-90 (‘Beta Ablation Therapy with Yttrium-90’) consists of a β radiation-emitting biocompatible matrix, delivered to patients via percutaneous injection: the Yttrium-90-labelled microspheres present inside the matrix are injected into the tumour and, as the carrier takes only 120 seconds to reach full polymerisation, they are retained exclusively in the injected area. This prevents the microspheres from spreading to surrounding tissues or organs, so as to release their radiation energy only to the target tumour. In this way, a very low radioactive dose is needed, much lower than the one used with conventional radio-metabolic treatments, thus enhancing treatment efficacy and patient safety.
 
BAT-90 opens up important horizons in oncology, bringing benefits to both patients and the healthcare systems. Indeed, BAT-90 is a therapeutic nuclear medicine solution that is extremely precise (it only targets the tumour area), personalised (calibrated to the patient’s clinical situation), rapid (a single injection reaching full polymerisation in just a few minutes) and safe (the radiation energy is released where needed, avoiding exposure of surrounding tissues and organs, thus minimizing any risk to either patients or healthcare professionals).

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BetaGlue Technologies is a highly innovative company working in the Life Sciences sector.  The Company has developed BAT-90, an advanced radiotherapy platform targeting inoperable solid tumors and/or surgical resection margins. BetaGlue is also patenting a medical device that enables safe biopsies in oncology, preventing even severe complications after lung or liver procedures. BetaGlue enjoys the support of a highly qualified Scientific Advisory Board, as well as of leading national and international advisers, in the development of its solutions.
Web site: www.betaglue.com

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Clinical Accelerator announces collaboration with CryoTherapuetics – a medical device company focused on treating coronary artery disease

Clinical Accelerator, a full-service, medical device focused contract research organization, is pleased to announce a new partnership with CryoTherapeutics – an early-stage European medical device company which has developed a novel cryoenergy therapy for the treatment of inflamed atherosclerotic plaque, a major cause of heart attack.

Currently  there is no approved interventional treatment for this indication, but CryoTherapeutics hopes to change that with their therapy which will target areas of the coronary artery where there is inflammatory disease. The system consists of a console delivering a cryogen to the tip of a catheter which then delivers cryotherapy at below zero temperatures to the specific site in the coronary artery. The procedure is conducted with the assistance of invasive of non-invasive imaging to ensure precise placement

CryoTherapeutics’s feasibility study will be managed by Clinical Accelerator and we are thrilled to be a part of this project. We are looking forward to using our expertise in clinical trial management of FIH and early feasibility studies to result in a successful study.

About Clinical Accelerator

Clinical Accelerator is an independent clinical trial management organisation operating principally in Central and Eastern Europe. The organisation offers a broad range of clinical trial services together with dedicated patient enrolment support to worldwide clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical device industries. Clinical Accelerator’s model of operation is designed to achieve significant cost savings for its clients and to guarantee compact timelines for patient enrolment with a firm focus on the quality of clinical trial data.

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