Starts & Stops: ICS' Emblok Medtronic's Arctic Front, Abbott's Absorb, Boston Scientific's S-ICD
Starts & Stops is a regular feature highlighting Medtech Insight editors' picks of noteworthy medtech clinical trial initiations, completions and suspensions each month. Over the last month, 31 new trials started, 25 trial were completed, one trial was "reinitiated," and six trials were terminated or suspended, according to meddevicetracker.
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Abbott is giving up on selling its first-generation biosorbable coronary stent, which failed to match the performance of contemporary metallic drug-eluting stents in clinical trials. The company says it will continue working on the next-generation biosorbable stents and continue the ongoing trials of Absorb GT1 BVS.
The EuroPCR conference in Paris is the most important annual interventional cardiology conference in Europe and this year's edition brought more data from clinical trials of both established catheter-based technologies and innovative new devices.
April was a return to a more typical volume of medical device approvals outside the US after a particularly busy March. And the big names in medtech were mostly quiet in April's OUS approvals, according to Medtech Insight's Approval Tracker.