Edwards Announces Start Of U.S. Study Of Self-Expanding Transcatheter Heart Valve

Posted on October 09, 2018

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), announced that it has commenced the U.S. pivotal trial that will study its self-expanding CENTERA transcatheter valve for severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients at intermediate risk of open-heart surgery.

The prospective, single-arm, multi-center study is expected to enroll approximately 1,000 patients and includes a bicuspid registry. The study has a composite endpoint of all-cause death and/or all stroke at 1 year.

"We are pleased to launch this rigorous study, which we believe will build a robust body of evidence to support the use of this feature-rich, self-expanding valve system in the treatment of patients with aortic stenosis," said Larry L. Wood, Edwards' corporate vice president, transcatheter heart valves. "We look forward to demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of this advanced transcatheter system."

Additionally, Edwards confirmed it has updated its regulatory filings and is now resuming the commercial introduction of the CENTERA valve in Europe after completing the previously announced minor modification to CENTERA's delivery system.

The CENTERA valve was approved in Europe in February 2018 for the treatment of high-risk patients suffering from severe, symptomatic AS. The CENTERA valve is not approved for commercial sale in the U.S.

The Edwards CENTERA valve can be delivered through a low-profile, 14-French, motorized delivery system. It is uniquely packaged with the valve fully pre-attached to the delivery system, which facilitates simple and rapid device preparation.