NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM, PAVMW), a highly differentiated, multiproduct medical device company, today announced that it has filed a 510(k) premarket notification submission with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its CarpX™ minimally invasive device designed to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
“We are very excited to have reached this most important milestone in PAVmed’s corporate history,” said Lishan Aklog, M.D., PAVmed’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “CarpX has become the most commercially promising and clinically exciting product in our pipeline and we believe it will revolutionize the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, a widely prevalent condition that exacts a significant clinical and economic burden on society in the U.S. and worldwide. Based on epidemiological and market research data we estimate CarpX's addressable market opportunity to exceed $1 billion."
David A. Kelly, M.D., Co-Director of Plastic Surgery at the Center for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery in Gilbert, Arizona, concurred. “I have had the opportunity to use PAVmed’s highly innovative CarpX device in pre-submission testing and am very impressed with its performance. As a busy hand surgeon, I strongly believe that CarpX will be a game-changer in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, providing patients with a much less invasive option and significantly shorter recovery times than traditional open carpal tunnel surgery.”
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common cumulative trauma disorder. It accounts for over half of all occupational injuries in the U.S. and over $20 billion in annual workers’ compensation costs. The carpal tunnel is an anatomic space in the wrist through which tendons and the median nerve pass. Cumulative trauma from repetitive motion (e.g., typing) leads to inflammation, scarring and compression of the nerve, resulting in a syndrome of debilitating symptoms in the hands. It is estimated to affect 2.5% of U.S. adults with 600,000 undergoing invasive carpal tunnel surgery each year and many more choosing to defer surgery and suffer in silence. Traditional carpal tunnel surgery involves making incisions at the base on the hand through which the scarred ligament is cut to relieve compression of the nerve. Recovery times vary but can last many months.
“We designed CarpX to closely mimic the anatomic results of traditional invasive carpal tunnel surgery but to do so much less invasively, using catheters, balloons, radiofrequency energy and other established tools that have contributed to the percutaneous and minimally invasive revolutions in the treatment of other conditions,” said Brian J. deGuzman, M.D., PAVmed’s Chief Medical Officer. “Our balloon catheter device is designed to be inserted under the scarred ligament in a minimally invasive fashion, while pushing the nerve and tendons away. When activated, bipolar radiofrequency electrodes precisely cut the ligament from the inside out in a matter of seconds. The device design provides physicians with ongoing feedback to optimize the safety and completeness of the procedure,” he added.
“As with all of our products, CarpX’s development and regulatory testing were performed using our unique business model focused on speed to market and capital efficiency. We are proud to have achieved this milestone within a timeframe and with capital expenditures to date that beat our model’s benchmarks,” added Dr. Aklog. “We believe we have assembled a strong submission and are targeting clearance in the first half of 2018. Upon successful regulatory clearance, we anticipate an aggressive commercialization strategy using well-established independent sales channels targeting the appropriate physician specialties.”
“I eagerly await CarpX’s regulatory clearance and the opportunity to offer this ground-breaking innovation to my patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome,” said Dr. Kelly.
PAVmed Inc. is a highly differentiated, multiproduct medical device company employing a unique business model designed to advance products from concept to commercialization much more rapidly and with significantly less capital than the typical medical device company. This proprietary model enables PAVmed to pursue an expanding pipeline strategy with a view to enhancing and accelerating value creation. PAVmed’s diversified pipeline of products address unmet clinical needs, have attractive regulatory pathways and market opportunities and encompass a broad spectrum of clinical areas including carpal tunnel syndrome (CarpX™), interventional radiology (PortIO™ and NextCath™), pediatric ear infections (DisappEAR™) medical infusions (NextFlo™ and NextCath™), and tissue ablation and cardiovascular intervention (Caldus™). The Company intends to further expand its pipeline through engagements with clinician innovators and leading academic medical centers. For further information, please visit www.pavmed.com.
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