Founder: Benjamin Merewitz
Location: Wellesley, MA
Agile Devices “is developing catheter deflection technology to reduce interventional procedure time, cost, and risk,” shared founder Benjamin Merewitz during his BIOMEDigital pitch
“Microcatheters are long, skinny tubes that interventional radiologists use to access small blood vessels to either diagnose, treat, retrieve, or deliver all kinds of therapeutic items,” he said. These microcatheters and the guidewires that travel through them often have preshaped tips to match the shape of a vessel branch turn, but physicians can get stuck “when the tip shape doesn’t match the turn,” he explained. The doctor then often needs to withdraw the devices, and these replacements and exchanges can lead to added time and cost along with increased risks from longer procedures, he added.
Agile Devices has “developed a microcatheter whose tip shape can be changed in real time to match the shape of any vessel branch turn,” Merewitz said. “Our device can deflect 180 degrees in both directions and be rotated 360 degrees. . . so you can enable one catheter to accommodate all turn shapes and eliminate those exchanges and replacements.” The technology doesn’t use any pullwires, he added.
The company is on track to submit a 510(k) to FDA in December 2020, he said.