Emeryville, California, November 14, 2016. Channel Medsystems, the developer of an innovative, physician office-based therapy for heavy menstrual bleeding, announced the treatment of the first subjects in the US phase of its CLARITY Pivotal Study. CLARITY is a multicenter study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Cerene™ Cryotherapy Device for endometrial ablation in women with heavy menstrual bleeding who are finished with childbearing.
In addition to demonstrating safety and effectiveness in reducing monthly bleeding, the CLARITY Study is designed to demonstrate outcomes across several key parameters including patient comfort, recovery time, and uterine healing. “We expect that the CLARITY study will confirm that the Cerene device can support a comfortable procedure without the need for IV sedation or narcotic pain medication,” said Ric Cote, President and CEO of Channel Medsystems. “This is the first endometrial ablation technology that was designed to deliver reproducible, successful outcomes in the comfort of the physician’s office — a lower-cost setting of care that both women and gynecologists prefer.”
In contrast to the heat-based endometrial ablation technologies available today, the Cerene device was designed and engineered from inception with patient comfort in mind. In addition to providing an analgesic effect, treatment with cryothermic energy has been shown to reduce the likelihood of scarring and intrauterine adhesions that are often associated with heat-based endometrial ablation. Intrauterine scarring and adhesions may contribute to the development of long-term complications and, ultimately, the failure of endometrial ablation.
“Cerene is different from other endometrial ablation technologies I routinely use,” said Dr. Jose Garza Leal, a leading Investigator at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico. “Unlike current heat-based ablation devices, my patients actually relaxed once the two-and-a-half-minute treatment was initiated. This was a completely different treatment experience for me, my patients, and my staff.”
The CLARITY Study includes clinical sites in the US, Mexico, and Canada.
About the Cryothermic Technology: The Cerene Cryotherapy Device was developed with feedback from leading clinicians and biomedical engineers. Cryoablation, the use of extreme cold to destroy tissue, is a well-characterized, durable therapy routinely used to ablate malignant and benign cardiac, liver, breast, and prostate tissue, among others. The team at Channel Medsystems has integrated the cryothermic energy delivery system and the user controls into a disposable, self-contained, handheld device, eliminating the need for capital equipment.
About Channel Medsystems: Channel Medsystems is a privately-held company that was spun out of the incubator TheraNova. The Company was founded to bring innovation to the delivery of women’s healthcare. The Company strives to develop treatments to meet the unique needs of female patients and the high standards of their healthcare providers. Channel Medsystems is committed to ensuring that women have access to high quality outcomes that can be delivered in the convenience and comfort of their healthcare provider’s office. For more information, please visit www.channelmedsystems.com.
CAUTION: This device is limited to investigational use in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Ric Cote, President & CEO
Rhonda Bracey, VP Finance
San Francisco, California, August 31, 2015. Channel Medsystems today announced a $22 million Series C financing led by Third Point Ventures. Additional participants in the round included new investor Longwood Fund, joined by insiders Scientific Health Development, Aperture Venture Partners, InCube Ventures and Boston Scientific. Per the terms of this financing, Jason Hong, Ph.D., of Third Point Ventures will join the Company’s Board of Directors.
Channel Medsystems’ unique solution for heavy menstrual bleeding allows women to receive treatment in the comfort of their gynecologist’s office rather than in a hospital or surgery center. “Today, it is estimated that 85% of endometrial ablation procedures are performed in a hospital or surgery center,” said Ric Cote, President and CEO of Channel Medsystems. “Our technology has the potential to shift this procedure exclusively to the office setting and make the current, heat-based ablation technologies obsolete.”
The Company has completed extensive clinical evaluations of its cryothermic technology, including a 40-patient feasibility study in Canada, which demonstrated that gynecologists can successfully and comfortably deliver the endometrial ablation procedure in their office without the need for conscious sedation. “We have an opportunity to deliver tremendous value to healthcare’s three key stakeholders: patients, physicians and payers,” said Dr. Daniel Burnett, the Company’s Chairman. “The technology provides an effective treatment for women in the familiar and convenient setting of their gynecologist’s office; it does not require capital equipment, enabling gynecologists to treat women in any exam room; and it is well known that the office is the least-expensive setting of care for patients, physicians and payers.”
Channel Medsystems will use the Series C funds to initiate the pivotal study of its cryothermic technology and move closer towards commercialization of the first true, office-based endometrial ablation procedure.
About the Cryothermic Technology Platform: Channel Medsystems’ novel cryothermic technology and streamlined delivery system were developed with feedback from leading clinicians and biomedical engineers at the healthcare incubator, Theranova. The technology integrates cryothermic energy and the user controls into a self-contained, handheld device, eliminating the need for a separate control unit or capital equipment.
About Channel Medsystems: Channel Medsystems is a venture-backed company that was founded to bring innovation to the delivery of women’s healthcare. The Company strives to develop treatments to meet the unique needs of female patients and the high standards of their healthcare providers. Channel Medsystems is committed to ensuring that patients have access to high quality outcomes that can be delivered in the convenience and comfort of their healthcare provider’s office. For more information, please visit www.channelmedsystems.com.
CAUTION: This device is available for investigational use in Canada. It is not available for sale or
investigational use in the United States.
Christine Greenspan, Operations Manager
Ric Cote, President & CEO
San Francisco, California, November 18, 2013. Results from histopathology and initial tolerability studies of Channel Medsystems’ novel technology for endometrial ablation were presented at last week’s AAGL Global Congress in Washington, D.C. The findings represent a first indication of the safety and effectiveness of this device, which is intended for use in the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding, a condition that affects one in five women in the United States. The published data demonstrate that the Company’s cryothermic therapy had preliminary safety, created a favorable ablation profile, and was well-tolerated by subjects. Evidence from these initial studies forms the foundation of a data set designed to prove that Channel Medsystem’s device is an appropriate technology for the physician office setting.
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San Francisco, California. November 11, 2013. Channel Medsystems has received investigational testing authorization from Health Canada to begin enrolling patients in the Cryoablation Feasibility Trial (CRYSTAL), a multi-site clinical trial designed to evaluate its innovative cryothermic treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding due to benign causes. The CRYSTAL study is designed to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of Channel Medsystems’ in-office cryothermic procedure. The Company expects to enroll its first patient in November.
One in five women suffers from heavy menstrual bleeding, impacting both their health and quality of life. In the US, global endometrial ablation (GEA) is the most common procedure for treating heavy menstrual bleeding. Existing GEA procedures are typically performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical center and often require general anesthesia or conscious sedation to reduce discomfort during treatment. Recovery times and outcomes are often highly dependent on the technology used, the skill of the physician and the anesthesia regimen elected.