Paragonix Begins Full Commercial Launch for Donor Lung Preservation System

The device provides continuous data on the organ's condition.

Baro Guard Plane
Paragonix Technologies

Paragonix Technologies, Inc., a provider of organ transplant technologies and procurement services, announced the full commercial launch of its next-generation transport device, the BAROguard Donor Lung Preservation System. After a positive response and demand during its limited market release, the technology is now available to transplant centers and Organ Procurement Organizations across the United States.

The BAROguard system combines hypothermic preservation techniques alongside active airway management control to ensure that donor lungs maintain optimal conditions during transport for maximum protection. Equipped with built-in tracking and real-time reporting, the device provides surgeons and transplant teams with continuous data on the organ's condition throughout transit.

Paragonix Technologies received FDA 510(k) clearance for the device in August 2023, and conducted its first-in-human case at Duke University Medical Center in November 2023. Throughout its limited market release, five of the country’s top thoracic transplant centers (Duke Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, UCSF Health, UCLA Health) deployed the BAROguard System to safely place donor lungs for lung transplantation.

“Traditional lung preservation does not provide transplant teams with any information about the actual conditions experienced by the organ,” said Dr. Nathaniel Langer, MD, MSC, Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Unlike any other organ, lungs must hold air, so they are susceptible to damage from both over and under inflation during transport. The introduction of a device that both actively manages airway pressure and provides real-time data on internal temperature+- conditions during transport is an exciting advance that I hope will increase the availability of quality donor lungs to transplant programs around the country.”

The device launches in advance of the 44th ISHLT (International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation) Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, where it is available for demonstrations at the Paragonix exhibit at the Prague Congress Centre in Prague, Czech Republic, from April 10th to April 13th. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine the new technology and hear from clinical experts who participated in the limited market release, such as Dr. Jasleen Kukreja, director of the Lung Transplant Program at UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Kukreja joins a panel of preservation experts on Friday, April 12th, to lead an industry symposium entitled “Reimagined Clinical Standards: Transformative Innovations in Organ Preservation,” which will feature research showcasing the impact of the BAROguard System’s active pressure control.

“The commercial launch of BAROguard represents a significant breakthrough for the organ transplantation industry,” said Dr. Lisa Anderson, CEO and President of Paragonix Technologies. "We are immensely pleased with the success it has already achieved, and we are excited to offer this game-changing technology nationwide to help transplant surgeons and their teams to innovate the standard of care in transplantation."The valuable data collected from the commercial use of the BAROguard device will contribute to the renowned GUARDIAN-Lung study, a post-market observational registry intended to evaluate the clinical outcomes of patients who have donor lungs preserved with Paragonix lung preservation devices versus other storage methods.

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