BrainCool AB Announces Statistically Significant Late-Breaking Clinical Data at ESMO Virtual Congress 2020

RAYUS Radiology Quality Institute Distinguished Nationally by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Quality Institute Again Earns Certification as Provider-Led Entity for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Guidance to Clinicians.

LX1550 Multiparameter Remote Monitoring Platform Receives FDA 510 (k) Approval: Reports LifeSignals

Further validation of ability to deliver continuous remote patient vital signs monitoring within both hospital and home settings.

U.S. News & World Report Names Tampa General Hospital as Best in Tampa Bay

This is the sixth consecutive year that Tampa General has been named by U.S. News & World Report as Tampa Bay's top hospital.

October 16, 2020

BrainCool AB, a Swedish medical device innovator, and a world leader in medical cooling technology for therapeutic hypothermia (brain cooling) and oncology, today announced late-breaking clinical results of the Cooral® System, a novel cooling device for the prevention of Oral Mucositis (OM), at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020. 

BrainCool reported that the data was collected from a Nordic multi-center pivotal trial led by Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, that enrolled 182 patients with multiple myeloma or lymphoma who were scheduled to receive high-dose chemotherapy prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The abstract was presented at ESMO by Java Walladbegi, PhD, Oral Medicine, Department of Oral Medicine & Pathology, Institute of Odontology at The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Walladbegi was project manager for the blinded, randomized investigation, which compared the efficacy of ice chips (IC) and an intra-oral cooling device (ICD; Cooral) for cryoprevention of OM.

Results from the randomized trial proved that the Cooral® System was as effective as IC in terms of cryoprevention, with severe OM occurring in fewer than 10% of the cases tested. For patients with lymphoma, use of the Cooral® System showed vastly improved prevention of OM and was significantly more effective when compared to the conventional method with IC [Oral Mucositis Assessment Scale (OMAS) mean total 1.77 vs 3.08;  p = 0.047]. This finding is particularly notable because lymphoma patients are treated with longer courses of chemotherapy, making severe OM a life-threatening inevitability. As for patient-reported tolerability, both diagnostic groups (myeloma and lymphoma), reported a statistically significant higher degree of tolerability when Cooral was used as compared with IC [p = 0.020]. 

“This is a major breakthrough in patient-centered cancer care and treatment,” said Martin Waleij, CEO of BrainCool. “Not only was the Cooral® System shown to be safer and more feasible from the standpoint of infection control and comfort, our study shows that its use actually prevents OM occurrence. For patients faced with treatment times of up to six hours or more, that is a truly life-changing difference.”

In addition to cancer care improvements, the study indicates potential economic benefits as well. Costs for patients with severe OM in conjunction with stem cell transplantation have been estimated at more than $70,000 per patient. The data presented at ESMO are a clear indication that most of these healthcare costs can be prevented with use of the Cooral® System. 

Presentation of this data at ESMO paves the way for market introduction of the Cooral® System in the EU, following market clearance in early June 2020 as a class 2 invasive medical device. The device was CE marked for the EU / ESS markets as an invasive medical device this past June, and BrainCool is currently conducting a De Novo 510(k) process to obtain market clearance in the U.S. 

The Cooral® System features a disposable, thermostatically controlled intra-oral device that comprises closed conduits with continuously circulating water to evenly distribute the hypothermic medium to the oral mucosa.  As the hypothermic medium gradually reaches a steady temperature, that temperature is consistently controlled and maintained in the oral mucosa, which in turn leads to reduced blood flow and exposure of tissue to chemotherapeutic agents—thus preventing soreness, erythema and painful ulcerative lesions.  

“Oral Mucositis is among the most painful and debilitating adverse effects of both standard and high-dose chemotherapy within the field of oncology,” said Dr. Java Walladbegi. “The data speaks for itself, and represents an important milestone in the quest to prevent this potentially lethal side-effect.” 

“We are opening an important new door in cancer care and treatment,” adds Waleij. “Together with an anticipated scientific publication in early 2021, this ESMO late-breaking presentation marks the international launch of a groundbreaking improvement in cancer care that significantly improves quality of life for patients, and dramatically reduces the cost to deliver it.”



Mediclinic Appoints 2 New Independent Non-Executive Directors

Natalia Barsegiyan and Zarina Bassa will bring significant and diverse skills and experience, complementing those of existing Board members. I am confident they will both be great additions to our Board of Directors.”

Asensus Surgical Appoints Two New Board Members

Asensus Surgical, Inc. (NYSE American: ASXC), a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to pioneer a new era of Performance-Guided Surgery™, today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors, appointing...

Our Sister Publication: Biotechnology News Magazine

Subscribe to Medical Device News Magazine here.