WAVRE, Belgium — 29 April 2020: iSTAR Medical SA, a clinical-stage medical device company pioneering truly biocompatible solutions for glaucoma, today announced positive results from two clinical trials of its micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) implant MINIject. Both studies showed consistently outstanding reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) and reduced need for IOP-lowering medication in over 50 patients with open angle glaucoma, following standalone MINIject implantation.
Two-year final outcomes from iSTAR Medical’s STAR-I trial and six-month results from its European trial STAR-II have been accepted for presentation at the European Glaucoma Society (EGS) meeting, now postponed to December 2020 following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The mean reduction in IOP in patients implanted with MINIject in STAR-I remained consistent around 40 percent throughout the study. Moreover, nearly half of the patients were medication-free at trial conclusion with a mean reduction of nearly one (0.8) IOP-lowering medication. A minimal reduction in corneal endothelial cell density (ECD) was observed.
A total of 29 patients have been implanted with MINIject in eight European centres in France, Germany and Spain as part of the STAR-II trial and will be followed-up for two years.
MINIject’s truly biocompatible, soft and flexible material is designed to conform to the eye anatomy and to enable bio-integration of the surrounding tissue. This sustains natural flow and drainage by minimising fibrosis. Implantation is a single-step procedure which is swift and predictable.
Results from the STAR-I trial will be presented at the upcoming virtual American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) annual meeting on 16 May.
About iSTAR Medical
iSTAR Medical SA, headquartered in Wavre, Belgium, is a private, clinical-stage, medical technology company pioneering novel, truly biocompatible ophthalmic implants for glaucoma. iSTAR Medical has exclusive rights for ophthalmic use of the STAR® biomaterial developed by the University of Washington, Seattle (USA). This material is the foundation of the first truly biocompatible MIGS device MINIject, designed to enhance longer-term efficacy with a minimally invasive procedure, to improve quality of life for glaucoma patients. For more information: www.istarmed.com
MINIject is the first truly biocompatible MIGS implant for the treatment of glaucoma. Its new approach to aqueous humour drainage represents a paradigm shift in glaucoma treatment with MIGS devices. Unlike other technologies, MINIject uses the innovative STAR® material, a soft and flexible, medical-grade silicone with a micro-porous, multi-channel geometry, which is truly biocompatible. In fact:
MINIject has been partially funded by the Walloon Region, Belgium.
A progressive disease, Glaucoma is the second leading cause of adult blindness,1 affecting over 92 million people globally.2 IOP reduction through medication or surgery helps delay disease progression.1 First line treatment is generally medication, but the progressive addition of multiple drops can burden patients with side effects, difficulty with compliance and costs.1,2 Invasive surgery can present risks and irreversible complications for patients.1,2 The enhanced safety profile makes MIGS the most promising and fastest-growing therapy for glaucoma,2 with MINIject potentially best-in-class for its promising long-term efficacy and safety profile.
 European Glaucoma Society Terminology and Guidelines for Glaucoma, 4th Edition: British Journal of Ophthalmology. 2017;101:1-195 https://bjo.bmj.com/content/101/5/73
 Glaucoma Surgical Device Market Report, published by Market Scope, August 2018. https://www.market-scope.com/pages/reports/120/2019-glaucoma-surgical-device-market-report-a-global-analysis-for-2018-to-2024-august-2019