Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in Intravascular Robotics, today announced the successful completion of the first clinical procedures in the United States using the Magellan™ 6Fr Robotic Catheter. Alan Lumsden, MD, treated two patients with the 6Fr Catheter at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. The cases included an endovascular aneurism repair (EVAR) to treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm and a lower extremity intervention for the treatment of peripheral artery disease.
These procedures at Houston Methodist follow last month's successful completion of the world's first clinical procedures using the Magellan 6Fr Robotic Catheter at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. The Pompidou procedures were part of an ongoing, 25 patient study to assess the use of the new Magellan 6Fr Robotic Catheter in a variety of embolization procedures.
The Magellan 6Fr Robotic Catheter is the latest addition to the growing family of catheters for use with the Magellan Robotic System. The 6Fr Catheter's design provides for precise robotic navigation and control in a single, 6Fr outer diameter catheter; enabling use of the Magellan Robotic System in smaller vessels in the peripheral vasculature.
"I am very pleased to have completed the first clinical procedures in the United States using the 6Fr Robotic Catheter," explained Dr. Lumsden. "As an existing user of the Magellan 9Fr Robotic Catheter, our team is very familiar with the Magellan Robotic System. The lower profile 6Fr catheter enables robotic procedures with a smaller access puncture. Further, the smaller diameter makes it likely to be very valuable for lower limb procedures, particularly when encountering tortuous anatomy."
"These initial cases in the United States and Europe demonstrate the potential for the Magellan 6Fr Catheter to expand the utilization of the Magellan Robotic System to treat a broader set of endovascular conditions, including smaller-vessel procedures," said Cary Vance, CEO of Hansen Medical. "We are very pleased by our partnership with Houston Methodist and are eager to continue our collaboration in the ongoing evaluation of this new catheter."
About the Magellan™ Robotic System
Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System is intended to be used to facilitate navigation in the peripheral vasculature and subsequently provide a conduit for manual placement of therapeutic devices. The Magellan Robotic System is designed to deliver improved predictability, control and catheter stability to endovascular procedures. Since its commercial introduction in the U.S. and Europe, the Magellan Robotic System has demonstrated its clinical versatility in many cases in a broad variety of peripheral vascular procedure types in centers across the U.S. and Europe. The Magellan Robotic System offers several important features including:
- Provides improved predictability, control and catheter stability as a physician navigates a patient's peripheral vasculature and then provides a conduit for manual treatment of vascular disease with standard therapeutic devices.
- Is designed to enable more predictable procedure times and increased case throughput potentially allowing hospitals to improve utilization within their vascular business line
- Employs an open architecture designed to allow for the subsequent use of many therapeutic devices on the market today.
- Is designed to potentially reduce physician radiation exposure and fatigue by allowing the physician to navigate procedures while seated comfortably at a remote workstation away from the radiation field and without wearing heavy lead as required in conventional endovascular procedures.
- The Magellan 9Fr Robotic Catheter for independent, robotic control of the distal tip of two telescoping catheters (an outer Guide and an inner Leader catheter), as well as robotic manipulation of standard guidewires.
- The Magellan 6Fr Robotic Catheter allows for independent robotic control of two separate bend sites on a single catheter, as well as robotic manipulation of standard guidewires. This smaller catheter design may be preferred by certain physicians who prefer a smaller diameter vessel access site, or in procedures in smaller vessels.
About Hansen Medical, Inc.
Hansen Medical, Inc., based in Mountain View, California, is a global leader in Intravascular Robotics, developing products and technology designed to enable the accurate positioning, manipulation and control of catheters and catheter-based technologies. The Company's Magellan™ Robotic System, 9Fr Magellan™ Robotic Catheter, Magellan™ 6Fr Robotic Catheter, and related accessories are intended to facilitate navigation to anatomical targets in the peripheral vasculature and subsequently provide a conduit for manual placement of therapeutic devices. The Magellan 9Fr Robotic Catheter has undergone both CE marking and 510(k) clearance and is commercially available in the European Union, and the U.S. The Magellan 6Fr Robotic Catheter has undergone 510(k) clearance in the U.S. and is in limited release for the next several months in anticipation of more wide-scale commercially availability later in 2014. In the European Union, the Company's Sensei® X Robotic Catheter System and Artisan® and Artisan Extend® Control Catheters are cleared for use during electrophysiology (EP) procedures, such as guiding catheters in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), and the Lynx® Robotic Ablation Catheter is cleared for the treatment of AF. This robotic catheter system is compatible with fluoroscopy, ultrasound, 3D surface map and patient electrocardiogram data. In the U.S., the Company's Sensei X Robotic Catheter System and Artisan and Artisan Extend Control Catheters are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for manipulation and control of certain mapping catheters in EP procedures. In the U.S., the Sensei X Robotic Catheter System is not approved for use in guiding ablation procedures; this use remains experimental. The U.S. product labeling therefore provides that the safety and effectiveness of the Sensei X Robotic Catheter System and Artisan and Artisan Extend Control Catheter for use with cardiac ablation catheters in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, including AF, have not been established. Additional information can be found at www.hansenmedical.com.