Successful Telestenting Procedure from Remote Distance of 100 Miles at Spectrum Health
WALTHAM, MA. — July 20, 2018 — Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. [NYSE American: CVRS], a leading developer of precision vascular robotics, announced today that Ryan Madder, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Spectrum Health has successfully completed a remote percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a porcine model using the CorPath GRX System from a location greater than 100 miles from the catheterization lab. Working from a Spectrum Health facility in Ludington, MI, Dr. Madder leveraged the CorPath GRX System to remotely manipulate interventional devices through the subject’s coronary arteries while utilizing a telecommunications system to communicate with the bedside staff based in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dr. Madder has been exploring the feasibility of remote PCI since 2016 when he completed and published the REMOTE-PCI study. In that study, Dr. Madder and colleagues completed multiple robotic stent procedures from an isolated room outside the procedure room. Procedural success was achieved in 19 of 20 patients (95.0%).
"The REMOTE-PCI study previously demonstrated that remote PCI is feasible," stated Dr. Madder. "Our recent case completed over a distance of greater than 100-miles now demonstrates that remote robotic PCI can be successfully performed in vivo by a physician who is located at great distances away from the PCI recipient. This achievement is a significant milestone toward breaking down the geographic barriers that prevent many patients in remote regions of the world from undergoing coronary stenting."
The global shortage of PCI-capable operators is significant and continues to be a growing problem. Remote PCI has the potential to enable physicians to conduct procedures from virtually any location, opening opportunities for more patients globally to receive the benefits of this lifesaving procedure.
"We have made considerable progress in the realization of remote PCI capabilities through work with our clinical partner at Spectrum Health," stated Mark Toland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corindus. "Dr. Madder’s 100-mile case simply exceeds our expectations. His achievement allows our customers and partners to envision the possibilities of remote treatment and validates our broader vision of striving to apply remote technology to treat other vascular diseases such as acute ischemic stroke."
Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. is a global technology leader in robotic-assisted vascular interventions. The company's CorPath® System is the first FDA-cleared medical device to bring robotic precision to percutaneous coronary and percutaneous vascular procedures. During the procedure, the interventional cardiologist sits at a radiation-shielded workstation to advance guide catheters, stents, and guidewires with millimeter-by-millimeter precision. The workstation allows the physician greater control and the freedom from wearing heavy lead protective equipment that causes musculoskeletal injuries. CorPath GRX is the second generation robotic-assisted PCI technology offering enhancements to the platform by adding important key upgrades that increase precision, improve workflow, and extend the capabilities and range of procedures that can be performed robotically. With the CorPath System, Corindus Vascular Robotics brings robotic precision to interventional procedures to help optimize clinical outcomes and minimize the costs associated with complications of improper stent placement during manual procedures. Corindus stands behind its product with its unique $1,000 hospital credit "One Stent Program." For additional information, visit www.corindus.com, and follow @CorindusInc.
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