Acute Stroke Treatment, Trends to 2019

See also “Guidelines Urge New Approach to Treating Worst Strokes” (American Heart Association). 

Therapeutic management of stroke encompasses a broad scope of prophylactic, palliative and curative treatment modalities that are typically employed in some combinations during the preventive, acute and rehabilitation phases of stroke-related care delivery.

Historically, prevention has been universally regarded as the best form of medicine for dealing with any disease. This old wisdom is especially true in management of acute stroke, which represents a catastrophic event with a largely predetermined clinical progression and outcome that stem from the patient’s preexisting pathologies and can be only marginally altered with available emergent therapies.

Presently, the commonly accepted strategy of primary and secondary stroke prevention is focused on elimination or remedying of the modifiable risk factors that have been shown to create a general predisposition or directly contribute to the onset of acute cerebral ischemia or/and hemorrhage.

Within the context of general population, this strategy is targeting alleviation of certain lifestyle risk factors (such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, drug abuse, high-fat diet etc.), which could contribute to the development of cardiovascular and other pathologies associated with increased propensity to stroke.

In patient caseloads with preexisting medical conditions (AFib, mechanical prosthetic valves, recent AMI, stoke or TIA, hypertension, diabetes, etc.) which are characterized by a high risk of adverse vascular events potentially leading to stroke, preventive strategy is focused on reducing such risks via a strict control and monitoring of corresponding hemostatic and hemodynamic parameters.

Finally, in persons with diagnosed cerebrovascular pathologies (high grade carotid stenosis, intracranial aneurysms and AVMs) the first line preventive therapy involves their repair or eradication, when technically possible.

The scope of FDA-approved medical and interventional modalities commonly employed in preventive management of stroke includes oral anticoagulation, antiplatelet, and lipid-lowering drug therapies, cerebral aneurysm and AVM repair surgery, carotid endarterectomy, stereotactic radiosurgery, as well as endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms and AVMs, carotid artery stenting with embolic protection, left atrial appendage closure, along with  rarely used and likely to be abandoned intracranial stenting.

Global Projected Dynamics of Cerebral Endovascular Embolization Procedures 2013-2019 (#000)

Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #C310, “Emerging Global Market for Neurointerventional Technologies in Stroke, 2014-2019.”

In contrast to causes-oriented therapies used in stroke prevention, therapeutic modalities employed in the emergent management of acute stroke are focused almost exclusively on patients’ cardiopulmonary and hemodynamic support and ad hoc containment of dangerous complications and corresponding brain damage associated with stroke.

Technologies Gaining Nearly $600M Fundings in Medtech for October 2015

Fundings for medical technology reached $594 million for the month of October 2015. These are the technologies gaining funding In October 2015:

  • Tissue engineering in blood vessels, including for acellular vessels use for vascular access in ESRD
  • Magnetically adjustable spinal bracing system
  • Technologies to reduce the risk of stroke in transcarotid artery revascularization
  • Technologies to treat hearing loss
  • Surgical adhesives and sealants
  • Drug-device for novel treatment of urologic diseases
  • Drug delivery device technology
  • Minimally invasive device for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure
  • Diagnostics for acute kidney injury
  • Catheter-based, minimally invasive treatment of endovascular arteriovenous fistula
  • Minimally invasive, non-surgical technology for circulatory support
  • Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair
  • Non-invasive intracranial pressure measurement
  • Implantable pump technology for fluid management
  • Intraoperative imaging and navigation
  • Devices for dry eye, glaucoma, others.
  • Nonsurgical device for the treatment of chronic nasal obstruction
  • Focused ultrasonic surgical devices for hemostasis, cauterization, and ablation
  • Technology for drug delivery to brain
  • Technologies for robotically-assisted minimally invasive surgery
  • Catheter based therapeutic devices for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms
  • Neuromodulation technologies
  • Renal denervation
  • Device to provide rapid allergy relief and device to monitor neonatal end-tidal carbon monoxide

For details on these, including the companies and their funding amounts, see link.

Trend in Endovascular Acute Stroke Management Procedures

Therapeutic management of stroke encompasses a broad scope of prophylactic, palliative and curative treatment regimens that are typically employed in some combinations during the preventive, acute and rehabilitation phases of stroke-related care delivery.

Over the past two decades, one could witness the advent and significant expansion of the neurointerventional armamentarium targeting management of acute stroke. In mid-1990s, endovascular coiling embolization tools and techniques for treatment of cerebral aneurysms and AVMs (arterio-venous malformations) were introduced as a less invasive alternative to craniotomy-based surgery in primary prevention of hemorrhagic stroke. Several years later, these techniques were supplemented with coil-containing stents, which enabled treatment of large, giant, and wide-neck aneurysms. The latter was followed by the launch of stent-based flow diversion systems, which allowed clinicians to hemoisolate such aneurysms without tedious and risky coil packing of the rupture-prone aneurysmal sac.

In primary ischemic stroke prevention, development of embolically-protected carotid stenting and left atrial appendage closure techniques provided clinicians with an option of using non-inferior transcatheter tools instead of customary surgical interventions.

Finally, a recent launch of the novel stent-based cerebral thrombectomy systems manifested a qualitative breakthrough in emergent treatment of acute cerebral ischemia, where marginally effective and severely caseloads restrictive intravenous tPA therapy represented the only available therapeutic option.

Presently, endovascular techniques are increasingly seen and used by practicing clinicians as preferred therapeutic modalities in prophylaxis and treatment of acute stroke and are likely to expand their role in the years to come.

Worldwide Trend in Endovascular Acute Stroke Management Procedures, 2014-2019

Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #C310, “Emerging Global Market for Neurointerventional Technologies in Stroke, 2014-2019”.

Medtech Startups, 2010-2015

From 2010 to present (Oct 2015), as included in the Medtech Startups Database, MedMarket Diligence identified 442 new (under one year old) medical technology startups whose businesses encompass, alone or in combination, medical devices, diagnostics, biomaterials, and the subset of both biotech and pharma that is in direct competition with medical devices, including tissue engineering and cell therapy. Of these, 74% were founded in the U.S., 5% were founded in Israel, and the rest were founded in 18 other countries.

Companies in the database have been categorized by clinical and/or technology area of focus, with multiple categories possible (e.g., minimally invasive and orthomusculoskeletal and surgery). Below is the composition of the companies identified from Jan. 2010 to Oct. 2015.

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Source: Medtech Startups Database

Below is a graphic on the companies by country. The U.S. (not shown) led with 327 companies.

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Source: Medtech Startups Database

In the U.S., the breakdown by state, other than California and its 466 companies (excluded only to show states with significantly lower numbers), is as follows:

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Source: Medtech Startups Database

 

Cerebral Endovascular Embolization Cases, Procedures Growth

In 2014, endovascular embolization techniques were employed in approximately 90.5 thousand cerebral aneurysm and AVM repair procedures worldwide, of which aneurysm targeting interventions accounted for about 89.2%, with the rest contributed by AVMs hemoisolation.

During the forecast period, the total global volume of transcatheter neurovascular embolization procedures is projected to grow 4% per annum to an estimated 109.9 thousand interventions in the year 2019. The largest absolute and relative gains in cerebral embolization procedure volumes are expected in the largest Asian-Pacific states (mostly China) and the Rest-of-the-World, where low relative usage of endovascular techniques (30-35% versus 65-75% in the U.S. and Europe) will continue to support their increasing penetration of clinical practices and serve as the primary locomotive of growth in the corresponding global product market.

Largely mature U.S. and West European market geographies are likely to register considerably more modest advances in cerebral embolization procedure volumes.  Below is compared the growth rates to 2019 for cerebral endovascular embolization in the major Asia-Pacific countries (Japan, India, and China) to the same in Western Europe.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #C310, “Emerging Global Market for Neurointerventional Technologies in Stroke, 2014-2019”.

 

Clinical procedure trends in the management of acute stroke

The scope of FDA-approved medical and interventional modalities commonly employed in preventive management of stroke includes oral anticoagulation, antiplatelet, and lipid-lowering drug therapies, cerebral aneurysm and AVM repair surgery, carotid endarterectomy, stereotactic radiosurgery, as well as endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms and AVMs, carotid artery stenting with embolic protection, left atrial appendage closure, along with rarely used and likely to be abandoned intracranial stenting.

In contrast to causes-oriented therapies used in stroke prevention, therapeutic modalities employed in the emergent management of acute stroke are focused almost exclusively on patients’ cardiopulmonary and hemodynamic support and ad hoc containment of dangerous complications and corresponding brain damage associated with stroke.

Among the life-threatening complications that commonly accompany acute cerebral hemorrhage or ischemia are cerebral edema; hydrocephalus; brain stem compression; vasospasm and pulmonary embolism.

Management of the aforementioned acute complications relies on a few proven treatment regimens, including (but not limited to):

  • medical therapy and catheter-based ventricular drainage of cerebrospinal fluid to control intracerebral pressure in patients at risk of edema, hydrocephalus or brain stem compression;
  • hypertensive hypervolemic hemodilution (or “triple-H” therapy) to treat ischemic neurological deficit from vasospasm following subarachnoid hemorrhage;
  • subcutaneous anticoagulation (with heparins or heparinoids) for prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism (which accounts for approximately 10% of deaths following stroke); and
  • elective hypothermia for temporary salvaging brain cells from necrosis due to hemorrhagic trauma or acute ischemia (although the latter technique has not been proven efficacious in clinical trials and was not endorsed in the latest, 2007 versions of the AHA hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke guidelines).

The currently available curative treatment options for acute stroke are limited to intravenous t-PA therapy (which has about 30% efficacy and is indicated for a very narrow cohort of eligible ischemic stroke patients only), investigational intra-arterial thrombolytic therapy, transcatheter cerebral thrombectomy (in patients who did not qualify for or failed t-PA therapy), and emergency craniotomy-based or endoscopic removal of stroke-related hematoma (which carries a 50% to 80% risk of mortality and is reserved for rapidly deteriorating young patients with large lobar hemorrhages).

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Source Report #C310

The rehabilitation phase of stroke management relies on general physiotherapeutic techniques commonly used in patients with various physical and neurological disabilities. Prophylactics of recurrent cerebrovascular events in stroke survivors employs medical and interventional regimens referred to in the overview of primary and secondary stroke prevention.

At right are the key metrics in the management of acute stroke in the U.S., Western Europe, Asia/Pacific and the rest of the world, as detailed in the MedMarket Diligence report #C310.

Procedures in the management of acute stroke are detailed in the MedMarket Diligence report #C310, with current/forecast procedure volumes for carotid artery stenting, embolization of cerebral aneurysm & AVM, left atrial appendage closure, and cerebral thrombectomy.

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Source Report #C310

 

 

Management of Acute Stroke

strokeStroke is a life-threatening medical condition characterized by a sudden catastrophic breakdown in the brain-supporting cerebrovascular system and blood supply, which, in many instances, is followed by an irreversible injury to the brain cells and severe neurological impairment or death.

Notwithstanding a remarkable progress in medical science and technology and associated improvements in clinical practices, stroke continues to constitute the major public health problem in the U.S. and overseas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), OECD, and governments’ data, approximately 12.0 million to 13.0 million people worldwide suffered a stroke in 2014, of which roughly 75% represented first attacks and 25% were qualified as recurrent attacks. Based on the same sources, almost 3.5 million acute stroke episodes result in death within one year globally, which makes it the third most common cause of death, behind diseases of the heart and cancer.

Stroke is also a leading cause of serious and lasting disability and long-term institutionalized care.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #C310.

Management of Stroke
Therapeutic management of stroke encompasses a broad scope of prophylactic, palliative and curative treatment modalities that are typically employed in some combinations during the preventive, acute and rehabilitation phases of stroke-related care delivery.

Historically, prevention has been universally regarded as the best form of medicine for dealing with any disease. This old wisdom is especially true in management of acute stroke, which represents a catastrophic event with a largely predetermined clinical progression and outcome that stem from the patient’s preexisting pathologies and can be only marginally altered with available emergent therapies.

Presently, the commonly accepted strategy of primary and secondary stroke prevention is focused on elimination or remedying of the modifiable risk factors that have been shown to create a general predisposition or directly contribute to the onset of acute cerebral ischemia or/and hemorrhage.

Within the context of general population, this strategy is targeting alleviation of certain lifestyle risk factors (such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, drug abuse, high-fat diet etc.), which could contribute to the development of cardiovascular and other pathologies associated with increased propensity to stroke.

In patient caseloads with preexisting medical conditions (AFib, mechanical prosthetic valves, recent AMI, stoke or TIA, hypertension, diabetes, etc.) which are characterized by a high risk of adverse vascular events potentially leading to stroke, preventive strategy is focused on reducing such risks via a strict control and monitoring of corresponding hemostatic and hemodynamic parameters.

Finally, in persons with diagnosed cerebrovascular pathologies (high grade carotid stenosis, intracranial aneurysms and AVMs) the first line preventive therapy involves their repair or eradication, when technically possible.

The scope of FDA-approved medical and interventional modalities commonly employed in preventive management of stroke includes oral anticoagulation, antiplatelet, and lipid-lowering drug therapies, cerebral aneurysm and AVM repair surgery, carotid endarterectomy, stereotactic radiosurgery, as well as endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms and AVMs, carotid artery stenting with embolic protection, left atrial appendage closure, along with  rarely used and likely to be abandoned intracranial stenting.

In contrast to causes-oriented therapies used in stroke prevention, therapeutic modalities employed in the emergent management of acute stroke are focused almost exclusively on patients’ cardiopulmonary and hemodynamic support and ad hoc containment of dangerous  complications and corresponding brain damage associated with stroke.

Among the life-threatening complications that commonly accompany acute cerebral hemorrhage or ischemia are cerebral edema; hydrocephalus; brain stem compression; vasospasm and pulmonary embolism.

Management of the acute complications of stroke relies on a few proven treatment regimens, including (but not limited to):

  • medical therapy and catheter-based ventricular drainage of cerebrospinal fluid to control intracerebral pressure in patients at risk of edema, hydrocephalus or brain stem compression;
  • hypertensive hypervolemic hemodilution (or “triple-H” therapy) to treat ischemic neurological deficit from vasospasm following subarachnoid hemorrhage;
  • subcutaneous anticoagulation (with heparins or heparinoids) for prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism (which accounts for approximately 10% of deaths following stroke); and
  • elective hypothermia for temporary salvaging brain cells from necrosis due to hemorrhagic trauma or acute ischemia (although the latter technique has not been proven efficacious in clinical trials and was not endorsed in the latest, 2007 versions of the AHA hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke guidelines).

The currently available curative treatment options for acute stroke are limited to intravenous t-PA therapy (which has about 30% efficacy and is indicated for a very narrow cohort of eligible ischemic stroke patients only), investigational intra-arterial thrombolytic therapy, transcatheter cerebral thrombectomy (in patients who did not qualify for or failed t-PA therapy), and emergency craniotomy-based or endoscopic removal of stroke-related hematoma (which carries a 50% to 80% risk of mortality and is reserved for rapidly deteriorating young patients with large lobar hemorrhages).

Rehabilitation phase of stroke management relies on general physiotherapeutic techniques commonly used in patients with various physical and neurological disabilities. Prophylactics of recurrent cerebrovascular events in stroke survivors employs medical and interventional regimens referred to in the overview of primary and secondary stroke prevention.


The above is excerpted from, “Emerging Global Market for Neurointerventional Technologies in Stroke, 2014-2019“, published September 2015. For details, see link.

 

Neurointerventional Treatments for Acute Stroke

Stroke is a life-threatening medical condition characterized by a sudden catastrophic breakdown in the brain-supporting cerebrovascular system and blood supply, which, in many instances, is followed by an irreversible injury to the brain cells and severe neurological impairment or death.

Notwithstanding the remarkable progress in medical science and technology and associated improvements in clinical practices, stroke continues to constitute the major public health problem in the U.S. and overseas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), OECD, and governments’ data, approximately 14 million to 16 million people worldwide  suffered a stroke in 2014, of which roughly 75% of the cases (10.5 – 12.0 million) represented first attacks and 25% (or 3.5 to 4.0 million cases) were qualified as recurrent attacks. Based on the same sources, about 5 million acute stroke episodes result in death within one year globally, which makes it the third most common cause of death, behind diseases of the heart and cancer.

Stroke is also a leading cause of serious and lasting disability and long-term institutionalized care.

Acute stroke – also known as “cerebrovascular accident” – represents a catastrophic manifestation of accumulated circulatory disorders that affect the vasculature of the brain. The two major subdivision of stroke are ischemia or lack of blood and oxygen supply typically resulting from occlusion of cerebral arteries, and hemorrhage or leakage of blood outside the normal cerebral vessel conduit. Both types of stroke cause necrosis of certain groups of brain cells, which leads to irreversible impairment of various neurological functions in about 22% to 25% of patients and death within one year in another 20% to 25% of stroke caseloads.

Acute stroke is managed by a broad scope of prophylactic, palliative and curative treatment regimens that are typically employed in some combinations during the preventive, acute and rehabilitation phases of stroke-related care delivery.

Treatments for acute stroke are the subject of the MedMarket Diligence report #C310, “Emerging Global Market for Neurointerventional Technologies in Stroke, 2014-2019” (see details)

Although sales are low now, one of the fast(er) growing areas in the neurointerventional management of stroke is technologies to provide closure of the left atrial appendage, a vestige of the embryonic left atrium which, for patients with atrial fibrillation, can result in the formation of blood clots in the relatively stagnant pooled blood in the appendage.

Currently, only the Watchman LAA Closure System is approved in the U.S. for left atrial appendage closure, but sales are now projected to grow at 13% annually through 2019. Consequently, the make-up of the market will change considerably from 2014 to 2019:

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #C310 (published September 2015).

Where will medicine be in 2035?

(This question was originally posed to me on Quora.com. I initially answered this in mid 2014 and am revisiting and updating the answers now, in mid 2015.)

An important determinant of “where medicine will be” in 2035 is the set of dynamics and forces behind healthcare delivery systems, including primarily the payment method, especially regarding reimbursement. It is clear that some form of reform in healthcare will result in a consolidation of the infrastructure paying for and managing patient populations. The infrastructure is bloated and expensive, unnecessarily adding to costs that neither the federal government nor individuals can sustain. This is not to say that I predict movement to a single payer system — that is just one perceived solution to the problem. There are far too many costs in healthcare that offer no benefits in terms of quality; indeed, such costs are a true impediment to quality. Funds that go to infrastructure (insurance companies and other intermediaries) and the demands they put on healthcare delivery work directly against quality of care. So, whether it is Obamacare, a single payer system, state administered healthcare (exchanges) or some other as-yet-unidentified form, there will be change in how healthcare is delivered from a cost/management perspective.

From the clinical practice and technology side, there will be enormous changes to healthcare. Here are examples of what I see from tracking trends in clinical practice and medical technology development:

  • Cancer 5 year survival rates will, for many cancers, be well over 90%. Cancer will largely be transformed in most cases to chronic disease that can be effectively managed by surgery, immunology, chemotherapy and other interventions.
    [View Aug. 2015: Cancer has been a tenacious foe, and remains one we will be fighting for a long time, but the fight will have changed from virtually incapacitating the patient to following protocols that keep cancer in check, if not cure/prevent it.]
  • Diabetes Type 1 (juvenile onset) will be managed in most patients by an “artificial pancreas”, a closed loop glucometer and insulin pump that will self-regulate blood glucose levels. OR, stem cell or other cell therapies may well achieve success in restoring normal insulin production and glucose metabolism in Type 1 patients. The odds are better that a practical, affordable artificial pancreas will developed than stem or other cell therapy, but both technologies are moving aggressively and will gain dramatic successes within 20 years.
    [View Aug. 2015: Developments in the field of the “artificial pancreas” have recently gathered considerable pace, such that, by 2035, type 1 blood glucose management may be no more onerous than a house thermostat due to the sophistication and ease-of-use made possible with the closed loop, biofeedback capabilities of the integrated glucometer, insulin pump and the algorithms that drive it, but that will not be the end of the development of better options for type 1 diabetics. Cell therapy for type 1 diabetes, which may be readily achieved by one or more of a wide variety of cellular approaches and product forms (including cell/device hybrids) may well have progressed by 2035 to become another viable alternative for type 1 diabetics. See pending report.]
  • Diabetes Type 2 (adult onset) will be a significant problem governed by different dynamics than Type 1. A large body of evidence will exist that shows dramatically reduced incidence of Type 2 associated with obesity management (gastric bypass, satiety drugs, etc.) that will mitigate the growing prevalence of Type 2, but research into pharmacologic or other therapies may at best achieve only modest advances. The problem will reside in the complexity of different Type 2 manifestation, the late onset of the condition in patients who are resistant to the necessary changes in lifestyle and the global epidemic that will challenge dissemination of new technologies and clinical practices to third world populations.
    [View Aug. 2015: Despite increasing levels of attention being raised to the burden of type 2 worldwide, including all its sequellae (vascular, retinal, kidney and other diseases), the pace of growth globally in type 2 is still such that it will represent a problem and target for pharma, biotech, medical device, and other disciplines. See pending report.]
  • Cell therapy and tissue engineering will offer an enormous number of solutions for conditions currently treated inadequately, if at all. Below is an illustration of the range of applications currently available or in development, a list that will expand (along with successes in each) over the next 20 years.

    [View Aug. 2015: Cell therapy will have deeply penetrated virtually every medical specialty by 2035. Most advanced will be those that target less complex tissues: bone, muscle, skin, and select internal organ tissues (e.g., bioengineered bladder, others). However, development will have also followed the money. Currently, development and use of conventional technologies in areas like cardiology, vascular, and neurology entails high expenditure that creates enormous investment incentive that will drive steady development of cell therapy and tissue engineering over the next 20 years, with the goal of better, long-term and/or less costly solutions. See Smithers Apex report.]
  • Gene therapy will be an option for a majority of genetically-based diseases (especially inherited diseases) and will offer clinical options for non-inherited conditions. Advances in the analysis of inheritance and expression of genes will also enable advanced interventions to either ameliorate or actually preempt the onset of genetic disease.
    [View Aug. 2015: It’s a double-edged sword with the human genome. As the human blueprint, It is the potential mother lode for the future of medicine, but it remains a complex set of plans to elucidate and exploit for the development of therapies. While genetically-based diseases may readily be addressed by gene therapies in 2035, the host of other diseases that do not have obvious genetic components will resist giving up easy gene therapy solutions. Then again, within 20 years a number of reasonable advances in understanding and intervention could open the gate to widespread “gene therapy” (in some sense) for a breadth of diseases and conditions.]
  • Drug development will be dramatically more sophisticated, reducing the development time and cost while resulting in drugs that are far more clinically effective (and less prone to side effects). This arises from drug candidates being evaluated via distributed processing systems (or quantum computer systems) that can predict efficacy and side effect without need of expensive and exhaustive animal or human testing.
    [View Aug. 2015: The development of effective drugs will have been accelerated by both modeling systems and increases in our understanding of disease and trauma. It may not as readily follow that the costs will be reduced, something that may only happen as a result of policy decisions.]
  • Most surgical procedures will achieve the ability to be virtually non-invasive. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) will enable highly sophisticated surgery without ever making an abdominal or other (external) incision. Technologies like “gamma knife” and similar will have the ability to destroy tumors or ablate pathological tissue via completely external, energy-based systems.
    [View Aug. 2015: By 2035, technologies such as these will have measurably reduced inpatient stays, on a per capita basis, since a significant reason for overnight stays is the trauma requiring recovery, and eliminating trauma is a major goal and advantage of the NOTES technology platform. A wide range of other technologies (e.g., “gamma knife”) across multiple categories (device, biotech, pharma) will also have emerged and succeeded in the market by producing therapeutic benefit without collateral damage.]
  • Information technology will radically improve patient management. Very sophisticated electronic patient records will dramatically improve patient care via reduction of contraindications, predictive systems to proactively manage disease and disease risk, and greatly improve the decision-making of physicians tasked with diagnosing and treating patients.
    [View Aug. 2015: There are few technical hurdles to the advancement of information technology in medicine, but even in 2035, infotech is very likely to still be facing real hurdles in its use as a result of the reluctance in healthcare to give up legacy systems and the inertia against change, despite the benefits.]
  • Systems biology will underlie the biology of most future medical advances in the next 20 years. Systems biology is a discipline focused on an integrated understanding of cell biology, physiology, genetics, chemistry, and a wide range of other individual medical and scientific disciplines. It represents an implicit recognition of an organism as an embodiment of multiple, interdependent organ systems and its processes, such that both pathology and wellness are understood from the perspective of the sum total of both the problem and the impact of possible solutions.
    [View Aug. 2015: This orientation will be intrinsic to the development of medical technologies, and will increasingly be represented by clinical trials that throw a much wider and longer-term net around relevant data, staff expertise encompassing more medical/scientific disciplines, and unforeseen solutions that present themselves as a result of this approach.]

The breadth and depth of advances in medicine over the next 20 years will be extraordinary, since many doors have been recently opened as a result of advances in genetics, cell biology, materials science, systems biology and others — with the collective advances further stimulating both learning and new product development. 

Wound Sealant and Securement Procedure Volumes by Clinical Area and End-Point

Sealants, glues, hemostats, and other products in wound closure and securement offer benefits that vary by clinical area, but the nature of that benefit also varies by the type of end-point (benefit) the product achieves — does it provide a life-saving benefit? A time-saving? Cost-savings? A cosmetic or aesthetic benefit?

Accordingly, by examining the volume of procedures for which closure and securement products provide which kind of benefit is crucial to understanding demand, especially between competitive products.

Below is a categorization of benefits ranging from the critical (I) to the aesthetic (IV).

Criteria for Adjunctive Use of Hemostats, Sealants, Glues and Adhesion Prevention Products in Surgery

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC (Report #S192)

Considering these different categories, below are the volumes of procedures distributed by category across each of the major clinical disciplines.

Surgical Procedures with Potential for the Use of Hemostats, Sealants, Glues and Wound Closure Products, Worldwide (Millions), 2014

 

 

 

 

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC (Report #S192)