May 22, 2007
Nashville, May 22, 2007 – Veran Medical Technologies together with Chrish Fernando, M.D. and Aveneesh Gupta, M.D., at Boston University Medical Center, jointly announced today that the first patient was entered into a clinical trial focused on the precise delivery of therapy for lung cancer patients. Dr. Fernando, a thoracic surgeon, and Dr. Gupta, an interventional radiologist, will be working closely as a team to measure the clinical significance of utilizing multiple, four-dimensional (4D) image data to delivery ablation therapies. The Veran SPiN IR™ System will be used to import multiple image data sets, and subsequently guide ablation therapy devices to the physician’s planned target. “We are extremely energized here at Veran about the number of beneficial clinical applications and delivery options that physicians envision for our technology,” said Jerome R. Edwards, Veran president and CEO. “We believe that Dr. Fernando’s perspective as a thoracic surgeon will greatly enhance our clinical solutions.”
Veran is a privately held medical device company headquartered in St. Louis, MO. The company’s mission is to empower physicians to diagnose cancer earlier and to enable precision therapy to save lives. In the United States, lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, prostate, pancreatic and colon cancers combined.
Veran has developed and commercialized an FDA cleared, next generation electromagnetic thoracic navigation platform called the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System®. Veran’s breakthrough technology has been adopted by leading cancer centers throughout the United States. Veran provides physicians with a full line of bronchoscopic brushes, needles, forceps and steerable catheters with tiny electromagnetic sensors embedded in the tips for precise navigation. The combination of these proprietary Always-On Tip Tracked® instruments and Veran’s exclusive patient respiratory gating technology enables physicians to accurately access lung nodules by accounting for nodule movement during patient breathing, a common challenge for lung specialists.
Another challenge lung specialists face is that approximately 40% of lung nodules lie outside of an airway, making them very difficult to reach endobronchially, and traditionally requiring an additional procedure. Veran’s SPiN Thoracic Navigation System® is the first and only FDA cleared technology that enables Pulmonologists or Thoracic Surgeons to safely and accurately access lung nodules outside of an airway using SPiN Perc®, a navigated transthoracic needle. With SPiN Perc®, Veran combines endobronchial navigation with percutaneous navigation, allowing physicians to access all lung nodules in a single procedure, regardless of nodule size or location. This eliminates the cost and risk of unnecessary procedures and empowers physicians to provide a same day diagnosis for their patients. The early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer has been proven to save lives.