Oncology's Cutting Edge 4461

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Steve Halasey

May 1, 2008

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Oncology's Cutting Edge


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As AngioDynamics Inc. (Queensbury, NY) continues to grow its presence in the oncology device market, the company is investing heavily in a new nonthermal ablation technology called irreversible electroporation. Instead of searing or freezing targeted tissue like other ablation technologies, irreversible electroporation disrupts the cell membrane, which in turn destroys the targeted cell.

(click to enlarge)Irreversible electroporation probes

AngioDynamics recently completed its acquisition of the developer of irreversible electroporation technology, Oncobionic Inc. (San Francisco). To date, preclinical activity involving irreversible electroporation has focused on the focal treatment of various cancers and benign diseases. Based on preclinical trials, Oncobionic's technology has received 510(k) clearance from FDA for the surgical ablation of soft tissue, including cardiac and smooth muscle.

AngioDynamics is looking to take irreversible electroporation beyond its current indication to fully exploit the nonthermal and selective necrosis mechanisms apparent with the technology. In doing so, the company is assembling a comprehensive program to investigate and commercialize irreversible electroporation for some of the largest indications in benign diseases, malignant diseases, adjunctive intravascular procedures, and aesthetics. In its quest to fully understand, develop, and commercialize the potential of irreversible electroporation for combating cancer, AngioDynamics expects to leverage its strong existing physician relationships while also developing new investigator partnerships.

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