Cook Medical and Zelegent Inc have entered into an agreement to enhance treatment options for patients suffering from snoring. Working together, the two companies will market Zelegent’s new minimally invasive technology for snoring. The Elevo Kit Snoring Intervention Device allows physicians to perform Elevoplasty in an office-based setting with no general anesthesia.
Headquartered in La Jolla, Calif, Zelegent is a medical device manufacturer dedicated to creating patient solutions for sleep disorders. In 2017, physicians in 8 US medical centers completed a Zelegent-sponsored multi-center clinical trial. The trial evaluated a snoring intervention via Elevoplasty, a procedure created by Zelegent and performed in an office setting. The S.I.L.E.N.C.E. clinical study included both academic institutions and private practitioners, including several thought leaders of sleep disorder treatments and international lecturers on sleep surgery in the field of otolaryngology.
“This collaboration with Cook Medical is the next step in bringing Elevoplasty to the offices of both sleep disorder specialists and otolaryngologists,” says Alexander K. Arrow, MD, Zelegent CEO, in a release. “We are pleased that the value of this innovative procedure has attracted such a well-trusted company in the ENT device space.”
As part of the collaborative effort, Cook Medical will provide global sales, marketing, and distribution support. The company’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) team currently provides minimally invasive products to treat obstructive salivary gland disorders, as well as head and neck advanced tissue repair grafts. This agreement allows Cook Medical to expand its product portfolio to include treatment options for snoring.
“We saw a need for new options to help patients struggling with snoring,” says Thomas Cherry, OHNS global business leader. “We found that Zelegent’s solution aligns perfectly with Cook Medical’s mission to support minimally invasive procedures, and we are excited to help bring this technology to patients in the near future.”
Indications for use of the Elevo Kit Snoring Intervention Device include symptomatic, habitual, and social snoring due to palatal flutter.