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Clinical trial assessing wireless anastomotic leak sensor for rectal cancer

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 09:17
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Exero Medical, a developer of a wireless sensor for early detection of anastomotic leaks following gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, has completed the first human implantation of its sensor. The implant procedure was conducted at Rabin Medical Center led by Professor Nir Wasserberg, chairman of the Israel CRS society and director of colorectal division. The study team reported the successful placement of the sensor and data collection during low anterior resection surgery for rectal cancer.

"The initiation of clinical data collection is a critical step towards providing a reliable detection tool for surgeons," explained Wasserberg. "The fear of anastomotic leak is the one that keeps GI surgeons up at night and one that represents a true clinical need. Exero's sensor is designed to provide surgeons with insight on patients' healing processes so they can determine the best course of action and improve clinical outcomes."

Exero Medical’s patent-pending implantable biodegradable wireless sensor designed to continuously monitor the GI tract near the surgical site, alerting physicians to potential anastomotic leakage post-operation and also enabling early patient discharge by identifying proper tissue healing.

The surgeons involved in the trial have also reported positive feedback on the Exero sensor's easy integration into the patient workflow during the procedure. As a result of the sensor's design and materials, surgeons are able to add the sensor implantation to current operating procedure with minimal added time and negligible added risk to the patient.

"We are extremely encouraged by this successful first case and the technical performance of the device in the operating room,” said Dr Erez Shor, CEO of Exero Medical. “This is a significant milestone for Exero Medical. We look forward to developing a reliable anastomotic leak detection system, that will save lives, reduce suffering and address a challenge currently costing billions of dollars for payers and providers."

Exero Medical is backed by seed investment from the MEDX Xelerator, Boston Scientific, MEDX Ventures and Intellectual Ventures.