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Ist Patient Enrolled in Balloon-Guide Catheter Study

STRAIT will evaluate the safety and performance of Microvention’s BOBBY balloon-guide catheter for endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke.

MDDI Staff

April 22, 2022

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Microvention, a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corp., recently completed its first enrollment in the STRAIT study of its BOBBY balloon-guide catheter. “The STRAIT trial is intended to provide clinical evidence that Microvention’s new balloon guide catheter can effectively contribute to improved clinical outcomes,” said company president and CEO, Carsten Schroeder.

BOBBY is designed to streamline balloon preparation while improving navigability and ensuring compatibility with the company’s SOFIA Plus 6Fr aspiration catheter. It is currently approved in Europe and North America. The device is intended for use in facilitating the insertion and guidance of an intravascular catheter into a selected blood vessel in the peripheral and neurovascular systems. The balloon provides temporary vascular occlusion during these and other angiographic procedures. It is also indicated for use as a conduit for retrieval devices.

The first patient for the STRAIT study was enrolled at the site of principal investigator PD Dr. med Tobias Boeckh-Behrens, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuro Radiology.

“A severe stroke case with a left carotid occlusion was successfully treated with the use of BOBBY, resulting in a first pass TICI 3, 20 minutes after groin procedure,” commented Dr. med Christian Maegerlein, who treated the patient with BOBBY. “We were pleased with the excellent performance of the BOBBY BGC with the SOFIA Plus 6Fr aspiration catheter, Headway microcatheter, Traxcess EX guidewire, and the 6 x 40 stent retriever revascularization device.”

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