FDA grants Breakthrough Device designation status for Hancock Jaffe’s VenoValve


Hancock Jaffe Laboratories today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device designation status to the VenoValve, the company’s lead product, which is currently set to begin its US pivotal trial.

The VenoValve is a potential treatment for chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a disease that afflicts approximately 2.4 million people in the USA. According to a Hancock Jaffe press release, there are currently no effective treatments for deep venous CVI.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the FDA on an expedited basis as we try to bring relief to the millions of patients who suffer from deep venous CVI and who currently have no effective treatment options,” said Hancock Jaffe CEO Robert Berman. “The VenoValve significantly improved the lives of the patients in our first-in-human study, and we hope to replicate that success in our SAVVE US clinical trial.”

Data from the VenoValve first-in-human study, presented in December 2020, indicated that average patient improvement in reflux was 54%, average improvement in disease manifestations (measured by revised venous clinical severity score [rVCSS]) was 56%, and average improvement in pain (measured by VAS scores) was 76%, all at one-year post-VenoValve surgery compared to pre-surgery levels. In addition, there were no material adverse events (MAEs) at 30 days post-VenoValve implantation.

The primary endpoints for the company’s SAVVE (Surgical anti-reflux venous valve endoprosthesis) US pivotal trial will be the same as for the first-in-human trial: the primary safety endpoint is the occurrence of MAE in less than 10% of patients at 30 days post-VenoValve implantation, and the primary effectiveness endpoint is improvement of reflux equal to or greater than 30% at six months following VenoValve surgery. MAEs are defined as the composite of all-cause mortality, deep wound infection, major bleeding, ipsilateral deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or pulmonary embolism. Improvement of VCSS and visual analogue scale (VAS) scores are also included in the SAVVE study as secondary endpoints.

Preparation to begin enrolment of 75 patients at up to 20 centres throughout the USA for the SAVVE pivotal trial is being finalised, with the first patient expected to be enrolled in the study within the next 60 days.


  1. How do I get involved in this study? I have had Open ulcers since 2017 till present Day. The valves in my right Leg are malfunctioning, I should be an excellent candidate for the study. Please contact me with more information . Thanks


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