DENVER, United States and BUELACH, Switzerland,

TCT 2017: BIOTRONIK Symposium Highlights Differing Roles of Drug-Eluting Stents and Magnesium Scaffolds in Clinical Practice

BIOFLOW-V Trial Confirms Leading Clinical Performance for Orsiro; New Magmaris Data Presents Potentially Lower Risk of Neoatherosclerosis Formation

Data presented at the BIOTRONIK-sponsored symposium on the Orsiro1 drug-eluting stent (DES) demonstrate why Orsiro is gaining prominence in the crowded DES market. In addition, clinical and preclinical data presented about Magmaris2 reinforce the case that the magnesium-based resorbable technology does not share the same risk of acute and late scaffold thrombosis as the controversial poly-L-lactide (PLLA) alternative.

Dr. Jacques Koolen, cardiologist at Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, Netherlands, and co-principle investigator and steering committee member of the BIOFLOW-V study, presented the latest addition to Orsiro’s body of clinical evidence. In this large international study, Orsiro reached unequivocal non-inferiority in the primary endpoint of target lesion failure (TLF) at 12 months versus Xience3 (6.2 percent vs 9.6 percent, p=0.04). Furthermore a post-hoc superiority analysis demonstrated a 96.9 percent probability of Orsiro being superior to Xience in terms of TLF at 12 months.

Dr. William Wijns, professor of interventional cardiology at the Lambe Institute for Translational Medicine, Galway, Ireland, explored the question: why do we need scaffolds? ”While recognizing the limitations of currently available resorbable scaffolds, we must also acknowledge that DESs still show progression of events in the late follow-up,” Dr. Wijns stated. “The goal of resorbable scaffolds is not only to decrease or eliminate those late events but also to restore the vessel anatomy and functionality, to restore a low thrombogenic milieu and potentially eliminate neoatherosclerosis.”

Finally, Dr. Michael Joner, professor of interventional cardiology at the German Heart Center, Munich, Germany, presented new Magmaris pre-clinical results. As Magmaris still reports zero percent definite and probable scaffold thrombosis in clinical trials, Dr. Joner presented new results on the formation of neoatherosclerosis with Magmaris compared to a stainless steel equivalent with identical design. The results demonstrate that Magmaris shows significantly lower levels of lipid-laden foamy macrophages – a sign of early neoatherosclerosis, compared to the stainless steel version. “These results once more lead us to believe that the backbone material might be influencing the outcomes, and that vascular restoration occurs early in Magmaris allowing for compensatory vessel remodeling,” stated Dr. Joner.



1 CAUTION – Investigational device in the United States. Limited by US law to investigational use.

2 Not currently available in the United States.

3 Xience is a registered trademark of Abbott Cardiovascular Systems.


At BIOTRONIK, patient well-being is our top priority and has been for 60 years. BIOTRONIK is a leading global medical technology company with products and services that save and improve the lives of millions suffering from heart and blood vessel diseases as well as chronic pain. Driven by a purpose to perfectly match technology with the human body, we are dedicated innovators who develop trusted cardiovascular, endovascular and neuromodulation solutions. BIOTRONIK is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and is represented in over 100 countries.