WAVRE, Belgium — 15 March 2023: iSTAR Medical, a medtech company delivering breakthrough eye care solutions to patients, today announced that the first patients have been implanted in its STAR-VI international trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of MINIject® in conjunction with cataract surgery in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma.
iSTAR Medical’s STAR-VI trial is a prospective, interventional, multi-center, single-arm study which seeks to implant a total of 30 patients at up to seven sites in Europe and in Central America. Patients will be followed for two years after their cataract surgery and concurrent MINIject® implantation. The primary endpoint of the trial is to measure the proportion of patients achieving a ≥20% reduction in diurnal intraocular pressure (IOP) from baseline to six-month follow-up, regardless of the use of IOP lowering medication.
MINIject® is iSTAR Medical’s minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device and is currently the only commercially available supraciliary MIGS implant.
Prof. Iqbal Ike K. Ahmed, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah (USA), and Chief Innovation Officer, Prism Eye Institute, Ontario (Canada), an investigator in the STAR-VI trial commented:
Mr Mahmoud Radwan, Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Colchester Eye Centre, Colchester (UK), an investigator in the STAR-VI trial commented:
Michel Vanbrabant, CEO of iSTAR Medical, commented:
About iSTAR Medical
iSTAR Medical is committed to delivering breakthrough eye care solutions. Our most advanced product, MINIject®, is approved in Europe for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma – the leading cause of irreversible blindness – and we are aiming to seek market approval in the US. We believe MINIject®’s distinctive tissue-integrating capabilities unlock a safer, and more effective option for patients. We are building an exceptional team and pipeline of potentially leading products such as MINIject® to establish new treatment paradigms in eye care conditions with the highest patient needs.
MINIject® is iSTAR Medical’s innovative MIGS device for patients with primary open-angle glaucoma. MINIject® combines the distinctive porous structure of its proprietary STAR material with the power offered by the supraciliary space. As a result, it is designed to enhance natural fluid outflow, reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) and the need for medication, while bio-integrating with surrounding tissue, limiting inflammation, fibrosis and subsequent complications.
Glaucoma is a progressive disease affecting over 100 million people globally, of which primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form.[2,3] IOP reduction, through medication or surgery, helps delay disease progression. Medication is generally the first line treatment, but the progressive addition of multiple drops can burden patients with side effects, compliance challenges and costs.[3,4] Invasive surgery can present risks with irreversible complications and often requires long-term patient management.[3,4] MIGS is the most promising and fastest-growing glaucoma therapy due to its enhanced safety profile. MINIject is potentially best-in-class for its promising long-term efficacy and safety.
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