The IMPEDE-FX Embolization Plug received CE marking in 2018 and has been used to treat patients in several EU countries. Commenting on this regulatory approval and ongoing clinical usage, Shape Memory Medical’s president and CEO, Ted Ruppel, said, “The IMPEDE-FX Embolization Plug is a valuable expansion to our IMPEDE product family offerings, allowing physicians to embolize in greater lengths with minimal radiographic artifacts.”
IMPEDE Embolization Plug has been used in nearly 100 cases worldwide, and IMPEDE-FX has been used in Germany and the Netherlands during its limited release.
The IMPEDE product family features a proprietary Shape Memory Polymer (SMP) technology. This SMP technology was initially developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Texas A&M University, and then at Shape Memory Medical, which was founded to commercialize stable, predictable embolization solutions for a variety of clinical applications. The SMP technology is a porous polymeric material capable of changing from a smaller, catheter-deliverable shape to a “memorized” larger, conformable shape when delivered into a blood vessel. The company continues to develop innovative materials, processes and applications, including neurovascular applications. Shape Memory has licenses to 30 issued patents for its Shape Memory technology, as well as 40 patent applications in process.