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Clinical validation of the First Implantable Sensor System for Wireless detection of stent occlusion/ restenosis

Project description

Monitoring artery stents in real time

Peripheral artery disease is associated with narrowing of the blood vessels and reduced blood flow due to atherosclerosis or plaque buildup. Treatment involves the implantation of stents, but in 20 % of cases, the stent will reclog, leading to significant morbidity. Funded by the European Innovation Council, the StentGuard project introduces an implantable sensor system that can accurately diagnose vessel clogging in real time. It renders traditional clinical check-ups obsolete by allowing patients to monitor the status of their stents at a low cost. Importantly, the information can be processed by non specialist medical practitioners, facilitating the prompt diagnosis of restenosis, which improves patient health and reduces healthcare costs.


Globally, over 237 million people suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), an abnormal narrowing of the arteries. The implantation of stents (spiral wire protheses) is the first-line therapy for PAD with ~ 3.5M stents implanted worldwide every year. Restenosis, the gradual reclogging
of the blood vessel after stent implantation, is a major problem leading to high morbidity and mortality which occurs within 6 years after implantation in ~23 % of all cases and is often detected when it is too late. More frequent surveillance of PAD patients to avoid unnecessary amputations
and death is an unmet clinical challenge. VesselSens is developing the StentGuard, a smart therapeutic monitoring device that enables rapid, low cost, early diagnosis of restenosis non-invasively and reliably. This device allows stent monitoring at high frequencies with low cost by
non-specialist medical practitioners solving the problem of unchecked disease progression and saving the EU economy over €1bn/ year.



Net EU contribution
€ 2 500 000,00
Godesberger allee 139
53175 Bonn

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 8 806 517,50