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BlueWind Medical Reaches 100th Patient for the OASIS Study of the RENOVA™ iStim System

July 8, 2021

Park City based and BioUtah member, BlueWind Medical, has announced its 100th patient implant in their pivotal study – Overactive Bladder (OAB) Stimulation System Study (OASIS) – for treating overactive bladder symptoms using the company’s innovative medical device the RENOVA™ iStim. The milestone marks an important step towards FDA clearance for the device.

“The 100th patient is an important milestone for BlueWind since the pace of enrollment is indicative of a large unmet clinical need that our RENOVA system will address,” said Dan Lemaitre, Chairman and CEO of BlueWind Medical. “The company will receive $20 million in funding as a result of hitting this milestone which provides the capital needed to complete enrollment in the OASIS study this year and to prepare for a commercial launch in 2023.”

OASIS is a prospective, single arm, multi-site, international study. The study is enrolling female patients suffering from urinary incontinence and is testing the safety of the device, as well as the ability of Tribal Nerve Modulation (TNM) therapy to reduce and even eliminate incontinence episodes. At the conclusion of the study, BlueWind intends to submit the device for FDA clearance.

The 100th patient was enrolled at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, UK by Dr. Alex Digesu, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist. “I had the privilege of taking part both to the pilot and pivotal trials of the RENOVA iStim System” said Dr. Digesu. “I find the RENOVA iStim a device easy to implant for a surgeon and easy to operate for a patient.”

The RENOVA iStim System is composed of two parts: a miniature implanted stimulator and a mobile, wearable device. Patients undergo a simple procedure under local anesthesia implanting the stimulator, a tiny device just over an inch in length and the width of a matchstick.

“Several advantages (battery-less, leadless, miniature, closed loop stimulation) make RENOVA iStim innovative neuromodulation system an interesting option for patients with overactive bladder symptoms who do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, conventional medical therapy,” added Dr. Digesu.

“This is a significant achievement for BlueWind,” said Kelvyn Cullimore, president and CEO of BioUtah. “The company’s innovative technology has the potential to vastly improve the lives of so many suffering with overactive bladder.”

Results from BlueWind’s previously performed pilot clinical study have been optimistic, showing that over 70% of patients receiving treatment were responders as measured by composite OAB symptoms, with 28% of patients becoming fully “dry.”

According to the American Urological Association, OAB is a chronic, debilitating condition affecting over 33 million Americans.