Corindus touts first Japanese CorPath GRX procedures

Corindus Vascular Robotics (NYSE:CVRS) said today that the first Japanese procedures using its CorPath GRX robot-assisted device took place as part of a post-market surveillance study.

Waltham, Mass.-based Corindus, which last June won clearance from Japan’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Agency for CorPath GRX, inked a distribution deal for Japan in February 2017 that included a $2 million advance and provision for 12 of the devices; the system used in the initial cases there was the first placement of that deal and followed A1 technical fee reimbursement approval last month, Corindus said today.

CorPath GRX is used to assist cardiologists during percutaneous coronary interventions including stenting procedures.

“The acceptance of robotic-assisted PCI in Japan is an important next step for Corindus to bring this critical medical advancement to additional markets across the globe. Japan represents one of the largest markets for PCI globally, with over 1,200 hospitals performing nearly 250,000 PCI procedures annually,” president & CEO Mark Toland said in prepared remarks.

“After completing the first cases with CorPath GRX, I am impressed with the capabilities of the system, including the level of precision and control during complex procedures,” added Dr. Takafumi Ueno of Kurume University Hospital. “Robotics will provide Japan with cutting-edge technology in interventional medicine, and we are pleased to be one of the first facilities in the Asia-Pacific region to offer this treatment to our patients.”

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Dr. Ueno, Kurume University Hospital, and Japan Medicalnext to launch the first vascular robotic program in Japan, offering these patients the benefits of robotic-assisted PCI,” Toland said.


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