MolecuLight® Inc.’s first-of-its-kind handheld fluorescence imaging device receives FDA De Novo clearance for US wound care market

TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2018 /CNW/ – MolecuLight Inc. achieved a major regulatory milestone permitting expansion into the United States market. FDA has granted De Novo clearance for the ground-breaking wound fluorescence imaging device, the MolecuLight i:X. The device digitally captures and documents fluorescence information from wounds and surrounding tissue using still images and videos in real-time. This product is optimized for use at the point-of-care. It is compact and portable, with no requirement to use contrast agents.

The MolecuLight i:X platform is a significant advancement in the management of chronic wounds, that is already revolutionizing wound care practice in Canada and Europe” said Dr. Ralph DaCosta, Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of MolecuLight Inc. “Thousands of patients to date have already experienced a change in their assessment and treatment by clinicians who feel empowered by the wound fluorescence images they are seeing. As reported in multi-centered published clinical studies, clinicians used the images to inform their wound management practices in real-time, in particular, for guided wound sampling1, cleaning2 and debridement2,3. We’re very excited that US clinicians will soon have the same access to this device as their peers in Canada and Europe.’’

FDA marketing authorization of the MolecuLight i:X is a monumental milestone for the wound care industry” said Anil Amlani, CEO of MolecuLight Inc. “Thanks to continued clinical studies and 17 publications to date, the clinical evidence is rapidly accumulating that the MolecuLight i:X is a must‑have device in the hands of all wound care clinicians.’’

In the US, the MolecuLight i:X is indicated as a handheld imaging tool that allows clinicians diagnosing and treating skin wounds at the point of care, to (i) view and digitally record images of a wound, and (ii) view and digitally record images of fluorescence emitted from a wound when exposed to an excitation light. The MolecuLight i:X is for prescription use only.

The MolecuLight i:X received Health Canada Medical Device License in 2015 and European CE Mark in 2016.

About MolecuLight Inc.

MolecuLight Inc. is a privately owned, Canadian medical imaging company with applications of its proprietary imaging platform technology in multiple areas. Its initial product and accessories for the global wound care market delivers a real-time handheld fluorescence imaging solution that provides clinicians with new information about fluorescent characteristics of wounds to assist clinicians in making improved diagnostic and treatment decisions. MolecuLight currently has a global distribution agreement with Smith & Nephew to distribute the MolecuLight i:X Imaging Device product line in wound care. The company is also commercializing its unique fluorescence imaging platform technology for other markets with globally-relevant unmet needs including initially in surgical oncology, and further on addressing food safety and consumer cosmetics.

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1. Ottolino-Perry K et al.  International Wound Journal. 2017.

2. Hill R et al. Ostomy Wound Management. 2018.

3. Blumenthal E, Jeffery SLA. Military Medicine. 2018.