01/14/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2020 16:21
BOSTON and SYDNEY - 15 January 2020 - GI Dynamics® Inc. (ASX:GID), a medical device company that is developing EndoBarrier® for patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity, is pleased to announce positive EndoBarrier data from the University of Freiburg in Germany showing improvements of cardiovascular risk (CV) biomarkers and predicted 4-year risk of major CV events.
The study 'Duodenal-Jejunal Bypass Liner (DJBL) Improves Cardiovascular Risk Biomarkers and Predicted 4-Year Risk of Major CV Events in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome,' published by Natascha Roehlen, MD, of the University of Freiburg, demonstrates CV risk decreased significantly during EndoBarrier implantation and sustained improvements within 6 months after explantation.
Between 2012 and 2017, 71 patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who presented with metabolic syndrome (MS) were implanted with EndoBarrier. Patient implant duration ranged from 9 to 12 months, with 45 patients completing a follow-up period ranging from 3 to 6 months after explantation. Results show a statistically significant improvement in HbA1c, BMI, fasting plasma glucose, HOMA score (insulin resistance), total cholesterol and Lp-PLA2 (cardiovascular biomarker) during the implant period.
At 6 months post-explant, HbA1c, BMI, fasting plasma glucose, HOMA score and Lp-PLA2 remained below baseline. Total cholesterol changed in a significant manner during the implant period and was slightly above baseline at 6 months post-explant.
Overall CV risk was estimated by the ADVANCE Risk Engine at the time of EndoBarrier implant, explant and 6 months post-explant. The data show overall CV risk decreased significantly following EndoBarrier implantation and remained stable at 6 months post-explant.
** = p Value<0.01; *** = p Value<0.001
Above data taken from the published study through Springer Science + Business Media, LLC
During the EndoBarrier implant period, ADVANCE Risk Engine values for risk prediction decreased significantly, leading to an absolute risk reduction of 1.5%, with a relative risk reduction of 16.2%. Most notably, the predicted 4-year risk of major CV events remained below baseline levels within the 6 months post-explant.
'The significant improvement in HbA1c, BMI and other health-related metrics shows positive outcomes for EndoBarrier in a clinical setting,' said Stephen Linhares, vice president of clinical and regulatory affairs of GI Dynamics. 'This data supports the efficacy of EndoBarrier for a multitude of health-related risks that are associated with the type 2 diabetes and obesity disease state.'
About GI Dynamics
GI Dynamics®, Inc. (ASX:GID) is the developer of EndoBarrier®, the first endoscopically-delivered medical device for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity. EndoBarrier is not approved for sale and is limited by federal law to investigational use only. EndoBarrier is subject to an Investigational Device Exemption by the FDA in the United States and is entering concurrent pivotal trials in the United States and India. Founded in 2003, GI Dynamics is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information please visit.
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 Referenced in this study, MS is a global health condition that emerges as the leading cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality, affecting 34% of the Western population.
 A recently developed cardiovascular risk prediction model that enables prediction of a four-year risk of major cardiovascular events by determination of clinical parameters as pulse pressure, lipid status and HbA1c.