AngioDynamics’ APEX-AV Trial Results Assessing AlphaVac F18⁸⁵ System in Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism Presented at SCAI 2024 Scientific Sessions

May 6, 2024 at 4:45 PM EDT

New data finds AlphaVac F1885 System safe in patients with acute intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) and provides significant improvement in right ventricular function and reduction in clot burden

LATHAM, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2024-- AngioDynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANGO), a leading and transformative medical technology company focused on restoring healthy blood flow in the body’s vascular system, expanding cancer treatment options and improving patient quality of life, today announced that results from the Acute Pulmonary Embolism Extraction Trial with the AlphaVac System (APEX-AV) were presented at The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) 2024 Scientific Sessions hosted in Long Beach, California on May 3, 2024.

Co-Principal Investigator William Brent Keeling, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, at the Emory University School of Medicine, and Immediate Past President, The PERT Consortium™, gave a presentation titled “Evaluating the safety and efficacy of the AlphaVac F1885 System in acute intermediate risk PE patients: APEX-AV trial” as part of the of the featured clinical research session.

The APEX-AV trial showed a mean decrease in the RV/LV ratio from baseline to 48 hours post-procedure of 0.45 (significantly greater than the pre-defined performance goal of 0.12 (p < 0.001)) and a Major Adverse Event (MAEs) rate of 4.1% (significantly lower than the pre-defined performance goal of 25% (p < 0.001)). The study also showed a 35.5% mean reduction in clot burden from baseline to 48 hours post-procedure1 and a mean procedure time of 37.2 minutes.1

“The impressive reduction in clot burden, in addition to the safety and efficacy results observed in the APEX-AV trial, underscore the importance of integrating this technology into the treatment of acute PE,” said Dr. Keeling. “Pulmonary emboli can be extremely dangerous and require effective and prompt action. We thank SCAI for the opportunity to share the study findings in detail.”

PE affects approximately 900,000 people in the United States every year and is the third leading cause of cardiovascular mortality in the nation.2,3 Patients with sub-massive or intermediate-risk PE account for 35% to 55% of hospitalized patients with PE and have a mortality rate of 3% to 14%.3,4

In December 2023, AngioDynamics announced the completion of patient enrollment in its APEX-AV trial, a single-arm Investigational Device Exemption study that enrolled 122 patients with confirmed acute, intermediate-risk PE across 25 hospital-based sites in the United States to assess the AlphaVac F18⁸⁵ System for the treatment of PE. In April 2024, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the AlphaVac F1885 System for the treatment of PE.

“The results of the trial highlight the unique features of the AlphaVac device,” said Juan Carlos Serna, AngioDynamics Senior Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs. “The reduction in clot burden of 35.5% compares favorably to the 9.3% reduction reported in the current market leader’s IDE data. The mean procedure time was 37 minutes compared to 57 minutes as reported by the current market leader. These results were achieved while maintaining a clinically equivalent primary efficacy and safety comparison.”1,5,6

The APEX-AV trial was initiated in partnership with the widely respected Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) Consortium™ and was led by co-Principal Investigators William Brent Keeling, MD, and Mona Ranade, MD, Assistant Professor, Interventional Radiology, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“After demonstrating safety and effectiveness in patients, the FDA clearance of AlphaVac 1885 System for PE thrombectomy marks a significant milestone in interventional medicine,” said Mona Ranade, MD, Assistant Professor, Interventional Radiology, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "The innovative system's overall ease of use with its steerable cannula and ability to navigate without a wire between the pulmonary arteries promises to enhance patient outcomes by providing a minimally invasive solution to a critical medical challenge and demonstrates a commitment to advancing cardiovascular care."

The primary efficacy endpoint of the APEX-AV trial was the reduction in RV/LV ratio between baseline and 48 hours post-procedure. The primary safety endpoint was the rate of MAEs, including events such as major bleeding and serious device-related clinical deterioration, pulmonary vascular injury and cardiac injury within the first 48 hours. Patients were followed for 30 days post-index procedure.

About the AlphaVac F1885 System

The AlphaVac F1885 System is an emergent first-line device that is currently cleared for the removal of thromboemboli from the venous system and for the treatment of PE. The System includes an ergonomic handle, an 18F cannula with an 85-degree angle, an obturator and a waste bag assembly. The APEX-AV Study was designed to provide safety and efficacy data for a clearance specific to PE. For risk information, visit

About SCAI

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) is the leading nonprofit medical society representing invasive and interventional cardiology. Founded in 1978, SCAI’s mission is to lead the global interventional cardiovascular community through education, advocacy, research, and quality patient care.

About The PERT Consortium™

The purpose of The PERT Consortium™ is to serve the general public by undertaking activities to advance the status of PE care and promote research in the treatment of PE. Specifically, the Consortium’s purpose is to:

Promote the adoption of the PERT model in healthcare institutions across the United States to ensure the prompt diagnosis and treatment of PE.

Expand the current body of scientific literature on the diagnosis and treatment of PE through the funding of scientific endeavors.

Educate the general public and healthcare professionals regarding PE diagnosis, treatment and care.

By focusing solely on the entirety of PE – its etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, management approach, outcomes of specific treatments and follow-up pathways – it is the intention of the Consortium to increase awareness of treatment options available to patients with PE, to reduce its incidence worldwide, to improve health outcomes and to positively influence the impact of this terrible disease.

About AngioDynamics, Inc.

AngioDynamics is a leading and transformative medical technology company focused on restoring healthy blood flow in the body’s vascular system, expanding cancer treatment options and improving patient quality of life.

The Company’s innovative technologies and devices are chosen by talented physicians in fast-growing healthcare markets to treat unmet patient needs. For more information, visit

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5 The comparisons reported here are from two separate trials and not a head to head comparison. The FLARE trial (FlowTriever Pulmonary Embolectomy Clinical Study) was a prospective, single-arm, multicenter investigational device exemption trial in which patients with acute intermediate-risk PE were treated with the FlowTriever Retrieval/Aspiration System (Inari Medical, Irvine, California).
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