FDA 510(k) Clearance For Magellan™ Peripheral Vascular Robotic System

In short

Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in intravascular robotics and the developer of robotic technology for accurate 3D control of catheter movement, has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Magellan™ Robotic System, including catheter and accessories.

The Company will commence commercialisation at selected centres in the U.S. immediately, with a full launch expected later in the year.


The global vascular market is large and expanding rapidly, driven by an aging population, the prevalence of diabetes and obesity, and an increase in disease awareness. Of the more than 3 million vascular procedures done worldwide each year, Hansen reckons approximately one-third to one-half of them could be addressed using the Magellan Robotic System.

The system is intended to facilitate navigation to anatomical targets in the peripheral vasculature and subsequently provide a conduit for manual placement of therapeutic devices. The System has the potential to provide vascular surgeons and other interventionalists the ability to perform fast and predictable procedures, while allowing the physician to be seated comfortably away from the radiation source, which may reduce radiation exposure and physician fatigue.

The Magellan Robotic System is based upon the flexible robotic technology incorporated in the Sensei-X® Robotic Catheter System currently sold in the U.S. and Europe, which has been used in more than 8,000 patients, but includes a number of key enhancements.

Company comments

“Today’s announcement marks one of the most significant milestones in the Company’s history,” said Hansen Medical President and CEO Bruce Barclay. “Not only does the Magellan System have the potential to be a significant growth driver for Hansen, it also represents a fundamental step forward in the transformation of vascular intervention using intravascular robotics.”

“Hospitals today need to ensure not only quality patient care, but also sound fiduciary judgment in all purchase decisions. To remain competitive in the markets they serve, hospitals need to become more efficient, while also increasing their patient capacity. The Magellan Robotic System has the potential to help hospitals accomplish both of these goals.”

Clinician comments

Dr. Alan Lumsden, Chair of Hansen Medical’s U.S. Scientific Advisory Board, and Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Medical Director of Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at The Methodist Hospital, Houston, commented, “The Magellan Robotic System is a significant technological advancement that may offer important clinical benefits for physicians performing peripheral interventions. The System provides physicians with independent robotic control of both catheter tips to navigate efficiently through a variety of anatomies and lesions. Our in vitro and in vivo animal studies indicate that using this platform has the potential to increase efficiencies in the interventional lab by shortening procedure times and allowing more predictable interventions. Ultimately, we believe this System may facilitate alternative patient treatment options by enabling robotic endovascular interventions.”

Dr. Jean Bismuth, a leading vascular surgeon at the DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at The Methodist Hospital, Houston, said, “Since the Magellan Robotic System was designed specifically for vascular interventions, it offers excellent catheter stability and precision during the delivery and placement of a variety of therapeutic devices in different anatomic conditions, including various peripheral vascular diseases with tortuous anatomy. Additionally, the Magellan Robotic System may offer physicians less radiation exposure and reduced procedural fatigue due to the remote workstation that allows the physician to be seated comfortably outside the imaging suite.”

Regulatory status

The Magellan System received a CE Mark in the European Union last year, and the Company has already commenced a commercial launch in that region. In addition, the System has been approved in Australia, and is pending approval in Canada.

Note: The product will be presented at the 66th Vascular Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery at National Harbor, Maryland from June 7-9.

Source: Hansen Medical Inc., Marketwire