Medtronic to choose up Avenu Medical and its outpatient process for creating dialysis fistulas


Medtronic has moved to amass Avenu Medical, builders of a minimally invasive technique of constructing the blood vessel entry ports utilized by sufferers receiving dialysis remedies.

Usually, sufferers with end-stage renal illness and kidney failure endure an open surgical process to create an arteriovenous fistulae—a connection that bridges an artery and vein within the arm that turns into sturdy sufficient to face up to the fluid pressures that include hemodialysis.

Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys vascular entry system as an alternative makes use of a single, ultrasound-guided catheter that fuses the 2 blood vessels collectively from inside, making a channel from contained in the arm’s radial artery.


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The 2 corporations say the outpatient process will be carried out rapidly inside a surgical heart or a physician’s workplace, and the system has acquired a CE Mark and was cleared by the FDA in 2018. The monetary phrases of the deal—anticipated to shut subsequent month—weren’t disclosed.

“Till lately, the one choice to create a fistula was by invasive surgical procedure, which is related to excessive failure charges,” mentioned Avenu co-founder Jeffrey Hull, who additionally serves as director of the Richmond Vascular Heart. 

“The Ellipsys system has proven sturdy outcomes out to 2 years and has the flexibility to shorten process occasions and probably cut back prices,” Hull mentioned. “Not like open surgical procedure, sutures aren’t required after the process and the affected person leaves with simply an adhesive bandage.”

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The tuck-in deal builds upon Medtronic’s advances within the house over the previous yr, together with the November 2019 FDA approval and subsequent industrial launch of its IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloon catheter, designed to reopen and clear collapsed fistulas—in addition to the current publication of its efficiency within the New England Journal of Medication. 

“Now with the acquisition of Avenu Medical, we will help procedures throughout the vascular entry care continuum, whereas persevering with to supply revolutionary endovascular therapies that can finally attain much more sufferers with [end-stage renal disease] all over the world,” mentioned Mark Pacyna, vp and basic supervisor of Medtronic’s peripheral vascular enterprise.


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