Stereotaxis Receives FDA Clearance of Vdrive(TM) with V-Sono(TM) System
Strengthens Niobe(R) Adoption and Opens Growing ICE Catheter Market to Company
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stereotaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq:STXS)
announced today that it has been granted 510(k) clearance by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) to market its Vdrive™ Robotic Navigation System with
V-Sono™ Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) catheter manipulator in the U.S.
This represents the first FDA clearance for the Vdrive family of products,
which has been utilized in Europe since 2011.
"This is an exciting milestone for Stereotaxis," said William Mills,
Stereotaxis Board Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer. "The Vdrive
platform has added significant clinical value to a growing number of Niobe® ES
labs in Europe, and this V-Sono clearance should accelerate procedure growth
in our U.S. installed base as well as open up an untapped, expanding
electrophysiology (EP) market where ICE catheters are widely utilized.
"More than 68,000 ICE catheters are used in U.S. EP labs each year, a number
that is growing at an annual rate of 15%," Mr. Mills added.
The Vdrive with V-Sono system is indicated for the remote control of
compatible ICE (or ultrasound) catheters inserted into the right atrium. For a
Niobe ES remote magnetic navigation procedure, the Vdrive with V-Sono system
can improve efficiency by enabling a single-operator workflow through
eliminating the need for manual ICE manipulation inside the sterile and
radiation field.In addition, procedural outcomes can be improved with more
precise, stable ultrasound imaging, and radiation exposure to the clinical
team can be further reduced.Based on preliminary clinical input received, the
Company believes that the Vdrive with V-Sono system can bring similar benefits
to additional types of procedures (beyond Niobe) that utilize ICE catheters.
First released in Europe in 2011, the Vdrive system has been utilized in over
2,000 clinical cases to date, of which 100 have utilized the V-Sono
disposable, which was launched in Europe in 2012. The Company's Vdrive with
V-Loop™ circular catheter manipulator is undergoing a five-center
Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study as part of a 510(k) submission to
the FDA.This 120-patient IDE study has completed 60% of enrollment.
Stereotaxis is a healthcare technology and innovation leader in the
development of robotic cardiology instrument navigation systems designed to
enhance the treatment of arrhythmias and coronary disease, as well as
information management solutions for the interventional lab. With over 100
patents for use in a hospital's interventional surgical suite, Stereotaxis
helps physicians around the world provide unsurpassed patient care with
robotic precision and safety, improved lab efficiency and productivity, and
enhanced collaboration of life-saving information. Stereotaxis' core
technologies are the Niobe^® ES Remote Magnetic Navigation system, the
Odyssey^® portfolio of lab optimization, networking and patient information
management systems and the Vdrive^™ Robotic Mechanical Navigation system and
The core components of Stereotaxis systems have received regulatory clearance
in the U.S., Europe, Canada and elsewhere. The V-Sono™ ICE catheter
manipulator has received U.S. clearance, and the V-Loop^™ circular catheter
manipulator is currently in clinical trials in order to obtain clearance by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, please visit
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