WAVRE, Belgium — 29 September 2020: iSTAR Medical, a medtech company developing minimally invasive ophthalmic implants for powerful, safe and enduring treatment of patients with glaucoma, announced today that its micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device MINIjectTM showed consistently positive safety and efficacy outcomes in a larger patient population from ongoing trials. The pooled analysis reviewed data from over 130 patients implanted with MINIject into the supraciliary space in stand-alone procedures across 11 trial sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
The final two-year data from the STAR-I trial and the six-month follow-up data from the STAR-II European trial, which are comprised in the pooled analysis, will both be presented at the upcoming European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) meeting on October 2-4. The six-month primary endpoint results from the STAR-II trial of MINIject have recently been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Glaucoma, the official publication of the World Glaucoma Association.
According to the pooled data analysis, only 5 percent of patients implanted with MINIject have required secondary glaucoma surgery to date. Considering that a third of patients have already completed 18 and 24-month follow-up, the reintervention rate is very low compared to standalone trials for other MIGS devices.1,2,3,4 Minimising the number of repeat surgical interventions for glaucoma while preventing disease progression may help improve visual function and quality of life at a sustainable personal and financial cost, which are key patient management goals long-term.5
Moreover, mean central corneal endothelial cell density (ECD) loss at six months was only 2 percent and there was no occurrence of ECD loss greater than 30 percent in patients analysed per protocol from all MINIject trials followed-up at six months. In patients from the STAR-I trial, which concluded at two-years, mean ECD loss remained low (5 percent), with no patient having ECD loss greater than 30 percent at study completion. High ECD loss levels can cause corneal edema and loss of transparency, which disrupt vision. MINIject’s low ECD loss outcomes are very promising for a MIGS device.7,8
Pooled data from patients implanted with MINIject in the STAR-I and STAR-II trials showed a mean IOP reduction of 40 percent and mean IOP 14.5±5.4 mm Hg at six months, from 23.9±3.4 mm Hg at trial start (p<0.0001). Eye pressure is considered normal up to 21 mm Hg. In addition, a remarkable 70 percent of patients became and remained medication-free six months after intervention, from a mean 2.4±1.1 medications used per patient before trial start.
Two-year data from the STAR-I trial showed that mean IOP remained low (13.8±3.5 mm Hg) and nearly 50 percent of patients remained medication-free.
About iSTAR Medical
iSTAR Medical SA is a medtech company developing minimally invasive ophthalmic implants for powerful, safe and enduring treatment of patients with glaucoma. iSTAR Medical has exclusive rights for ophthalmic use of the STAR® biomaterial developed by the University of Washington, Seattle (USA). STAR has outstanding anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory properties and a unique porous structure that enhances natural fluid outflow. iSTAR Medical was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Wavre, Belgium.
MINIject is iSTAR Medical’s revolutionary Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) device for patients with primary open-angle glaucoma. MINIject combines the unique porous structure of the proprietary STARâ material with the power offered by the supraciliary space. As a result, it is designed to enhance natural fluid outflow while bio-integrating with surrounding tissue, reducing IOP and need for medication, as well as inflammation, fibrosis and complications.
Glaucoma is a progressive disease and the second leading cause of adult blindness, affecting over 100 million people globally. IOP reduction, through medication or surgery, helps delay disease progression.5 Medication is generally the first line treatment, but the progressive addition of multiple drops can burden patients with side effects, difficulty with compliance and costs.5,6 Invasive surgery can present risks and irreversible complications for patients.5,6 The enhanced safety profile makes MIGS the most promising and fastest-growing therapy for glaucoma,6 with MINIject potentially best-in-class for its promising longer-term efficacy and safety profile.
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