Boston Scientific Launches Clinical Trial Of Innova Peripheral Vascular Drug-Eluting Stent System
Launching a key clinical trial expected to serve as the foundation for global regulatory approvals, a physician in Auckland, New Zealand has performed the first patient implant of the Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) Innova™ Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) System.
The MAJESTIC trial -- designed to evaluate the safety and performance of the first Boston Scientific peripheral drug-eluting stent system -- is projected to enroll 55 patients across 15 centers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Innova DES System reflects more than a decade of Boston Scientific experience in drug-eluting technologies.
The Innova DES System is designed to restore blood flow in arteries above the knee, specifically the SFA and proximal popliteal artery (PPA). The stent features a unique drug-polymer combination, intended to facilitate optimal release of the drug and prevent restenosis (narrowing) of the vessel. The first implant was performed by Andrew Holden, M.D., director of Interventional Radiology at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
"The complex anatomy of the superficial femoral artery above the knee and the dynamic forces created by flexion of the knee create a challenging environment for implants