LATHAM, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AngioDynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANGO), a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, peripheral vascular disease, and oncology, today announced that the Company received central Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct its NanoKnife® Irreversible Electroporation “Direct IRE Cancer Treatment” clinical study (DIRECT). The IRB approval closely follows the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of AngioDynamics’ investigational device exemption (IDE) application announced on April 1.
Today’s approval enables AngioDynamics to accelerate its engagement with local IRBs and marks a significant milestone in the process of making Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) available to patients through the DIRECT clinical study. The Western IRB (WIRB) will serve as AngioDynamics’ IRB of record for the DIRECT clinical study.
“AngioDynamics is committed to providing physicians and patients with additional options for the treatment of Stage III pancreatic cancer. The DIRECT IRB approval demonstrates our commitment to initiating this next-generation clinical study as quickly as possible to advance our pursuit of innovative, lifesaving treatments,” said Brent Boucher, AngioDynamics Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oncology.
AngioDynamics’ DIRECT clinical study features a comprehensive data collection strategy that will provide meaningful clinical information to healthcare professionals, support a regulatory indication for the treatment of Stage III pancreatic cancer, and facilitate reimbursement for hospitals and treating physicians. The next-generation study is classified as a Category B IDE by the FDA, allowing participating sites to obtain coverage for procedures performed as well as related routine costs.
The DIRECT clinical study comprises a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) at up to 15 sites, as well as a Real-World Evidence (RWE), next-generation registry at up to 30 sites, each with a NanoKnife System treatment arm and a control arm. AngioDynamics expects each NanoKnife arm to consist of approximately 250 patients with an equal number of control patients. The primary endpoint of the study is overall survival.
As part of the DIRECT clinical study, AngioDynamics launched AngioDIRECT.com to facilitate the enrollment of participants. The online platform provides patients and their families with information about pancreatic cancer and details about the study. It also features a physician locator to help prospective participants and referring healthcare professionals identify clinical study locations.
The DIRECT clinical study supports a proposed expanded indication for the NanoKnife System in the treatment of Stage III pancreatic cancer.
About AngioDynamics, Inc.
AngioDynamics, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices used by professional healthcare providers for vascular access, peripheral vascular disease, and oncology. AngioDynamics’ diverse product lines include market-leading ablation systems, fluid management systems, vascular access products, angiographic products and accessories, drainage products, thrombolytic products and venous products. For more information, visit www.angiodynamics.com.
About the NanoKnife System
The NanoKnife System has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the surgical ablation of soft tissue. The NanoKnife Ablation System utilizes low energy direct current electrical pulses to permanently open pores in target cell membranes. These permanent pores, or nano-scale defects, in the cell membranes result in cell death. The treated tissue is then removed by the body's natural processes in a matter of weeks, mimicking natural cell death. Unlike other ablation technologies, the NanoKnife Ablation System does not achieve tissue ablation using thermal energy.
The NanoKnife Ablation System consists of two major components: a Low Energy Direct Current, or LEDC Generator and needle-like electrode probes. Up to six (6) electrode probes can be placed into or around the targeted soft tissue. Once the probes are in place, the user enters the appropriate parameters for voltage, number of pulses, interval between pulses, and the pulse length into the generator user interface. The generator then delivers a series of short electric pulses between each electrode probe. The energy delivery is hyperechoic and can be monitored under real-time ultrasound.
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In the United States, the NanoKnife System has received a 510(k) clearance by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the surgical ablation of soft tissue and is similarly approved for commercialization in Canada, the European Union, and Australia. The NanoKnife System has not been cleared for the treatment or therapy of a specific disease or condition.