"The availability of i-lung will open the door to significant medical progress for respiratory support. For many patients in lung failure currently undergoing invasive mechanical ventilation, the use of i-lung is designed to avoid sedation and immobility, thus creating active, self-managed patients," said Georg Matheis, MD, Managing Director & Founder of XENIOS. "In addition, i-lung is designed to be used to bridge the waiting time for a donor organ (bridge-to-lung-transplant)."
"Of special note," added Juergen Boehm, MD, Managing Director of Xenios, "i-lung paves the way for XENiOS to continue development of a bioartificial lung for use by patients outside of a hospital environment analogous to current artificial heart protocols, which will represent a paradigm shift in the approach to long-term respiratory support."
i-lung is the result of the successful completion of the AmbuLung project, a three-year R&D consortium project funded by the European Union’s FP7 Program that developed the basis for i-lung, the world’s first-of-its-kind wearable artificial lung. In addition to XENiOS, the consortium included Fraunhofer IGB (Stuttgart, Germany); Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London, UK); and, the University of Florence (Italy).
"We are forever indebted to the vision and the work of Professor Dame Julia Polak, who passed away last year," said Dr. Matheis. "Julia and I co-founded the i-lung project, and because of her enormous contribution i-lung is now a reality, and a bioartificial next-gen of i-lung on the horizon." The author of some 1,000 original papers, 115 review articles and editor or author of 25 books, Julia Polak, MD, PhD, was one of the most widely cited researchers in her field, and had undergone a heart lung transplant. She served on several national and international tissue engineering and stem cell advisory panels, and was the European editor of the journal Tissue Engineering.
Funding for the commercialization of i-LUNG® has already been procured. XENIOS announced in September 2015 that it received an eight-figures cash infusion from existing investors, in part to fund CE-marking and launch of i-LUNG, led by ZFHN, one of the largest Single Family Offices in Germany investing in start-up companies.
XENiOS AG is a privately held medical technology company that is comprised of two product brands, novalung® and i–cor®, that run on a single XENiOS® console. The XENIOS platform is designed to provide at least four essential advantages with its minimally invasive lung and heart therapies: (1) patients are awake and mobile;(2) self-actuated patients facilitate improved outcomes; (3) there is no ventilator-associated lung injury or pneumonia; (4) additionally, the XENIOS platform maintains a physiologic natural pulse designed to protect the heart.