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April 21, 2022

MicroVention begins subject enrolment in balloon guide catheter trial

The study will evaluate the safety and performance of the new balloon guide catheter to treat acute ischemic stroke.

Terumo’s wholly-owned subsidiary MicroVention has announced the enrolment of the first participant in the STRAIT study of its new BOBBY balloon guide catheter.

A multi-centre, prospective observational study, STRAIT is being conducted in the European Union (EU).

It has been designed to assess the BOBBY balloon guide catheter’s safety and performance for endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke.

The new balloon guide catheter has been designed for use in enabling insertion and intravascular catheter guidance into a selected blood vessel in the peripheral and neurovascular systems.

During these, and other angiographic procedures, the balloon provides temporary vascular occlusion.

MicroVention president and CEO Carsten Schroeder said: “The STRAIT trial is intended to provide clinical evidence that MicroVention’s new balloon guide catheter can effectively contribute to improved clinical outcomes.”

The BOBBY device streamlines the balloon preparation and improves navigability as well as compatibility with the SOFIA Plus 6Fr Aspiration Catheter.

It is currently approved in North America and Europe and is also indicated for use as a conduit for retrieval devices.

The SOFIA Aspiration Catheter is designed for removing/aspiration of emboli and thrombi from selected blood vessels in the arterial system, including the neuro and peripheral vasculatures.

It can be used to facilitate the introduction of diagnostic or therapeutic agents.

Last January, MicroVention’s WEB 17 System, a new addition to the WEB Aneurysm Embolization System, received FDA approval.

Designed with the latest microbraid technology, the WEB 17 System is intended for the treatment of intracranial wide-neck bifurcation aneurysms.

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