Edwards Lifesciences has received the CE mark for the Cardioband tricuspid valve reconstruction system for the treatment of tricuspid regurgitation. The approval means that the system is the first commercially available transcatheter therapy for the treatment of tricuspid regurgitation—in the world as well in Europe.
The Cardioband tricuspid system is delivered via a transfemoral approach and is designed to reduce tricuspid regurgitation through annular reduction. It enables precise positioning to a patient’s specific anatomy and real-time adjustment with simultaneous confirmation of results. It is the same design and implant technique as is used for the Cardioband mitral system.
Georg Nickenig (Department of Cardiology, University Hospital, Bonn, Germany) comments: “Although open-heart surgical valve repair is practiced today, it has not been performed frequently for those suffering from tricuspid regurgitation, despite evidence of increased mortality in these patients. Now with the European approval of the Cardioband tricuspid aystem as the first transcatheter tricuspid therapy, patients can have access to a minimally invasive treatment designed to reduce tricuspid regurgitation and improve their symptoms and quality of life.”
Bernard Zovighian, corporate vice president, transcatheter mitral and tricuspid therapies, says: “We are very pleased to be developing the most comprehensive product portfolio to address both mitral and tricuspid valve disease and to demonstrate continued progress on this robust pipeline of innovative transcatheter therapies for patients in need. The clinical results of the TRI-REPAIR CE Mark study with the Cardioband tricuspid system demonstrate the promise of this treatment option for those with tricuspid regurgitation. We are committed to building a significant body of clinical evidence, including the collection of real-world data, on this important new therapy for patients who have few or no other treatment options.”
Data on the Cardioband tricuspid system will be presented in May at EuroPCR 2018. The Cardioband system is not approved for commercial sale in the USA.
Edwards acquired the Cardioband system from Valtech Cardio in January 2017, and the receipt of the CE mark is one of the pre-specified milestones that prompts a distribution of cash and stock totaling approximately US$50 million to the former investors of Valtech Cardio.