|Medtronic Launches Two New Clinical Programs to Evaluate the Use of Symplicity™1 Renal Denervation System Across Multiple Conditions|
MINNEAPOLIS – February 13, 2012 – Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) announced today the start of two clinical initiatives evaluating the broader, real-world clinical use of the company’s Symplicity™ renal denervation system across multiple conditions. Furthering its leadership in the development of renal denervation therapy, Medtronic launched the Global SYMPLICITY Patient Registry, which will evaluate the real-world, long-term impact of renal denervation in more than 5,000 patients, as well as SYMPLICITY-HF, the first clinical trial to examine renal denervation in patients with chronic heart failure and renal impairment.
Renal denervation therapy is a minimally invasive, catheter-based procedure that modulates the output of nerves that line the walls of the arteries leading to the kidneys. These nerves impact the sympathetic nervous system, which affects the major organs that are responsible for regulating blood pressure: the brain, the heart, the kidneys and the blood vessels.
“These research initiatives represent part of Medtronic’s broad commitment to partner with the medical community to explore the use of renal denervation in a number of disease states characterized by hyperactive sympathetic nervous system drive,” said Sean Salmon, Senior Vice President and President, Coronary & Renal Denervation, Medtronic. “Data from the Global SYMPLICITY Registry and the SYMPLICITY-HF clinical trial will build upon the substantial renal denervation data Medtronic has generated in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension to date.”
ABOUT THE GLOBAL SYMPLICITY REGISTRY
“Having one comprehensive platform will allow researchers to efficiently and effectively collect robust clinical data and gain important insights into the effects of renal denervation in other disease processes where increased sympathetic tone is believed to be important,” said Michael Böhm, MD, PhD, President, German Society for Cardiology, Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Saarland, Homburg/Saar, Germany and Global SYMPLICITY Registry co-chair. “The Global SYMPLICITY Registry will allow clinicians worldwide to benchmark procedural practices in diverse patient populations, as well as better understand acute and long-term clinical, quality of life, and cost-effectiveness outcomes.”
ABOUT THE SYMPLICITY-HF CLINICAL STUDY
The principal investigators of the study are Professor Henry Krum, Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education at the Monash University, Victoria, Australia, and Professor Michael Böhm, Director of Klinik für Innere Medizin III and Chief of Cardiology at the University of the Saarland, Homburg/Saar, Germany.
“In heart failure, reduced cardiac output and renal function are associated with increased sympathetic activity, particularly in the heart and kidneys,” said Professor Henry Krum, Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education at the Monash University, Victoria, Australia. “The SYMPLICITY-HF clinical trial will examine whether regulating sympathetic activity through renal denervation may also provide benefit in patients with both heart failure and renal insufficiency, two other conditions characterized by hyperactive sympathetic nervous system drive.”
ABOUT HEART FAILURE AND RENAL DENERVATION
ABOUT THE SYMPLICITY™ RENAL DENEVERTION SYSTEM
The Symplicity renal denervation system has been successfully used since 2007 to treat more than 2,000 patients with treatment-resistant hypertension worldwide. It has been commercially available in Europe and Australia since April 2010. The Symplicity renal denervation system is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial distribution in the United States. The FDA granted Medtronic approval to conduct SYMPLICITY HTN-3, the company’s U.S. clinical trial of the Symplicity renal denervation system for treatment-resistant hypertension, in August 2011. More information about HTN-3 can be found at www.symplifybptrial.com.
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