Cardica Develops the Cardica Microcutter, The First True Multi-Fire Endolinear Cutter
- Represents Company’s Planned Expansion Beyond Cardiac Surgery into Other Major Surgical Markets with Large Potential –
- New Form Factor Also Would Be Smallest Available, Enabling Single-Site and Natural Orifice Surgery -
The Cardica Microcutter is designed to cut and staple continuously, without needing to replace a spent cartridge with a new one after each deployment. The Cardica Microcutter would be fully articulating. The device is 8 mm in diameter, compared to commercialized products that are at least 12 mm in diameter, allowing access through smaller, less-invasive ports. Variants of Cardica’s technology could enable shaft diameters as small as 5 mm. Because of the small size of Cardica’s device, it also could enable port-access surgeries, including robot-assisted surgery, Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) and Single-site surgical interventions, which are rapidly emerging interventional areas.
“We believe that our true multi-fire endoscopic microcutter product could redefine minimally invasive surgery, potentially resulting in significant improvements in surgical techniques, time and cost savings and ultimately in improved patient outcomes,” said
Potential advantages of the Cardica device include the ability to:
- Place up to seven successive staple deployments without needing to remove the Microcutter from the surgical site; in contrast, currently available devices require the deployment tool to be removed from the surgical site for cartridge reload after each deployment; this requires 11 individual steps for replacement of each cartridge;
- Facilitate less invasive laparoscopic surgical approaches through a significant size reduction and ability to access difficult-to-reach areas via a flexible shaft design; and
- Dissect, clamp, coagulate and cut like conventional closure devices when combined with bi-polar coagulation technology; this could result in giving surgeons the option to switch between stapling and sealing with the push of a button and could reduce the need for surgeons to use as many as three different modalities during surgery, thereby reducing costs and significantly improving ease of use.
“Improvements in endoscopic linear cutters have been very limited since these instruments were introduced more than 15 years ago. We believe that the use of Cardica’s multi-fire technology in our practice could result in significant time and cost savings. A smaller, true multi-fire endocutter would also greatly enhance our ability to advance emerging fields of less invasive surgery, such as Single-Site Laparoscopy and NOTES procedures”, said
About Surgical Stapling Devices and Cardica’s Technology
Today, general surgeons extensively use stapling devices to dissect and connect tissue in bowel, abdominal and pulmonary surgical procedures. In contrast, 20 years ago, hand-sewn sutures were used for virtually all of these procedures.
The worldwide market for laparoscopic surgery products is estimated at
Cardica has developed products that could revolutionize revascularization through the adoption of Cardica systems that use an automated device to deploy tiny, stainless steel staples to attach the end of a bypass vessel graft to a coronary artery, a connection known as an anastomosis. This connection is often considered the most critical step of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Cardica has developed automated anastomosis systems for use in the most difficult settings, including robot-assisted, minimally invasive closed-chest cardiac bypass surgery. In this surgery, anastomoses are completed using Cardica’s system inserted through small incisions in the chest cavity that create finger-size ports. Cardica is now applying this technology to the broader surgical market.
Cardica is a leading provider of automated anastomosis systems for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. By replacing hand-sewn sutures with easy-to-use automated systems, Cardica’s products provide cardiovascular surgeons with rapid, reliable and consistently reproducible anastomoses, or connections of blood vessels, often considered the most critical aspect of the CABG procedure. Cardica’s C-Port(R) Distal Anastomosis Systems are marketed in
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements, including all statements with respect to the future development and therapeutic and commercial potential of the Cardica Microcutter. Any statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. The words “planned,” “potential,” “would,” “seeking,” “could,” “believe” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause Cardica’s results to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including that Cardica may not be successful in its efforts to develop the Cardica Microcutter and expand its product portfolio, that Cardica’s current and any future products may never gain any significant degree of market acceptance, that any future Cardica products face regulatory, reimbursement and manufacturing risks, that Cardica’s intellectual property rights may not provide adequate protection and that Cardica will need substantial additional funding and may be unable to raise capital when needed, which would force Cardica to delay, reduce or eliminate its research and development programs or commercialization efforts, as well as other risks detailed from time to time in Cardica’s reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended
SOURCE Cardica, Inc.