ATS 2019: Data from First-in-Human Study of Device-Based Therapy for Chronic Bronchitis

Gala Therapeutics, Inc. has announced that data from the first-in-human study of its investigational RheOxTM device will be presented at the 2019 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference, occurring May 17-22, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

The study is evaluating a new therapy for chronic bronchitis called Bronchial RheoplastyTMusing RheOx, a device designed to reduce cough and mucus production through a minimally invasive, bronchoscopic procedure. The first-in-human study is designed to assess safety and clinical utility. RheOx is investigational and is not yet approved for sale.

RheOx is a bronchoscopic therapy designed to deliver non-thermal energy to the airways to reduce mucus-producing cells in patients with chronic bronchitis. The technology consists of an electrosurgical generator and disposable catheter that together deliver non-thermal energy to the airways to reduce the number of abnormal mucus-producing cells in the lungs, making way for new normal cells to re-develop. RheOx is an investigational device. Limited by Federal (or United States) law to investigational use.

“ATS is a prestigious, international gathering of clinicians involved in advancing the care of patients with respiratory disease, and we look forward to sharing new data from our RheOx first-in-human study at this important meeting,” said Jonathan Waldstreicher, MD, CEO of Gala Therapeutics. “This study is a key element of our clinical program that aims to improve outcomes for patients with chronic bronchitis who are not well-served by currently available treatment options.”

The conference agenda includes the following presentations:

  • May 22, 2019, 1:30pm – 1:45pm CDT (Room C155-C156)
    • “First-in-Human Results of Bronchial Rheoplasty: An Endobronchial Treatment for Chronic Bronchitis”, presented by Arschang Valipour, MD, FCCP, Associate Professor, Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for COPD and Respiratory Epidemiology, Otto Wagner Spital, Vienna, Austria.Three-month and preliminary 12-month results will be presented from the first-in-human study of the investigational RheOx device in patients with chronic bronchitis.
  • May 22, 2019, 3pm – 3:15pm CDT (Room C155-C156)
    • “Histopathologic Results Post Bronchial Rheoplasty”, presented by Sebastian Fernandez-Bussy, MD, Interventional Pulmonologist, Mayo Clinic hospital in Jacksonville, Fl.
    • Histopathologic findings on the reduction of mucus-producing cells in the airways following treatment with RheOx will be shared.

Source: Gala Therapeutics

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