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Xvivo gets FDA approval for lung perfusion system


The company has received approval from the FDA for the products XPS and STEEN Solution for sale on the American market.

The approval, which is the first in the USA for warm perfusion of organs outside the body pending transplantation, means that STEEN Solution, XPS and the accompanying single-use articles are the only medical device products that may be legally sold for Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) of initially unacceptable donated lungs at body temperature, states Xvivo. The products have already received a CE mark and are approved for sale in the European market.

The work on obtaining market approval from the FDA was started in 2009 and an HDE application was submitted in July 2012. During the process, clinical studies have been carried out to demonstrate product and patient safety, and in March 2014 the FDA’s Advisory Panel voted unanimously that XPS and STEEN Solution meet the requirements for HDE approval. After the new approval, the products may now be sold in the American market, and together will be labeled for the warm perfusion of initially unacceptable donated lungs.

“It is a breakthrough for XVIVO that we have now received approval from the FDA and can initiate sales of STEEN Solution and XPS in the American market after a time-consuming and comprehensive process with high patient and product safety requirements. The XPS machine and STEEN Solution mean that XVIVO now has a clinically proven method that is both CE marked and approved by the FDA. This method allows more lungs to be used for transplantation, which will potentially enable more patients with severe lung disease to achieve a greater quality of life as well as a longer life,” says Dr. Magnus Nilsson, CEO of XVIVO Perfusion AB.

Source: Xvivo