Light-activated drug-coated balloon granted FDA approval for clinical study


Alucent Biomedical has announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an investigational device exemption (IDE) for a U.S. clinical study of AlucentNVS, a light-activated, drug-coated balloon catheter technology.

AlucentNVS combines an intravascular device with a photochemical process to link structural proteins in the wall of a blood vessel to control vascular remodeling. The intervention is designed to promote patency of the vessel’s lumen and establish sustained improvement of blood flow. AlucentNVS is also designed to retain the natural functionality and flexibility of the vascular wall, while avoiding traditional complications of inserting permanent implants.

AlucentNVS is currently being evaluated in two feasibility trials in Australia and Poland, also examining its use in treating peripheral artery disease (PAD) and promoting the maturation of arteriovenous fistulas (AVF) for patients requiring hemodialysis. Enrollment in those trials is expected to conclude by the end of 2023.


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