Last year was a big year for catheter innovation as medtech companies large and small received regulatory approvals for devices ranging from TAVR to single-use endoscopes.
Catheter innovations weren’t limited to just adults; Catheter-deployed devices for premature babies and toddlers were also approved and released.
And catheter-based devices made up nearly half of last year’s Prix Galien USA Awards nominees for the most innovative medical devices. Those devices included BD’s PureWick female external catheter and Venovo venous stent, Biotronik’s PK Papyrus covered coronary stent system, Boston Scientific’s HeartLogic heart failure monitoring device and Sentinel cerebral protection system, Edwards Lifesciences’ Sapien 3 Ultra transcatheter heart valve, Pulmonx’s Zephyr end-bronchial valve system and Baylis Medical’s VersaCross transeptal platform. (VersaCross, Venovo, PureWick and Sapien 3 Ultra are eligible for resubmission for the 2022 awards and are automatically in consideration for the Prix Galien USA awards later this year.)
Looking back at last year’s catheter coverage at Medical Tubing + Extrusion, we analyzed the most popular catheter innovations of 2021 based on reader interest. The list includes devices from other medtech giants like Stryker and Olympus, as well as smaller companies like EndoFresh and Preceptis Medical and a university-backed research team.
Here are the top 10 catheter-based innovations that dominated the news on our Medical Tubing + Extrusion sister site in 2021.