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Perivascular Drug Delivery Nanoplatform for Preventing Restenosis After Open Surgery

Healthcare Portfolios
Medical Devices
Heart & Vascular
College of Medicine (COM)
Kent, K. Craig
Chen, Guojun
Gong, Shaoqin
Guo, Lianwang
Shi, Xudong
Licensing Manager
Norris, Francis "Frank"

T2018-086 Pericelle: a nanoparticle based perivascular drug delivery system to prevent stenosis and failure in vascular reconstruction surgeries

The Need

Imaging and re-intervention procedures, necessary to maintain open blood vessels following vascular reconstruction surgery, are expensive. For example, the cost of maintenance for an atriovenous (AV) fistula used in hemodialysis access has been estimated at near a staggering $15,000/year. In bypass and AV fistula surgeries, veins are abruptly exposed to high pressures and flow rates of the arterial system and increased turbulence. In response, the vein undergoes intimal hyperplasia (IH), which can lead to stenosis and failure with failure rates for such grafts approaching 50%. Bypass, trauma reconstruction, and AV fistula surgeries are all categorized as open vascular reconstruction surgeries and are attractive targets for anti-stenosis technology. There are no FDA approved clinical options for preventing IH driven stenosis after open vascular reconstruction surgeries.

Over 400,000 open vascular reconstructions are performed in the US each year for heart and peripheral bypasses. As of 2013, 468,000 Americans received dialysis every year for end stage renal disease. Of these, vascular access was gained in 62.5% of patients via AV fistula surgery. It is likely that in 2017, nearly 750,000 patients in the US alone will have received open vascular reconstruction surgeries when all types are considered. Thus, the need for improved anti-stenosis technology is substantial.

The Technology

Drs. K. Craig Kent (OSU, College of Medicine), Lian-wang Guo (OSU, Dept. of Surgery), and Shaoqin Gong (UW Madison, Biomedical Engineering) have developed a novel anti-stenosis technology over a five year collaboration. Their product candidate (Pericelle, all-inclusive kit) combines 1) a unimolecular micelle nanoparticle and 2) a “triblock” hydrogel, which together facilitate localized and sustained delivery of the anti-stenotic drug, rapamycin. Rapamycin is an approved drug of demonstrated efficacy as an anti-stenotic agent in endovascular procedures, where the delivery mechanism is rapamycin-eluting stents. Such stents are not usable in open vascular reconstruction surgeries.

In brief, immediately following vessel anastomosis, rapamycin loaded nanoparticles suspended in a thermosensitive hydrogel are applied to the outside of the reconstructed vessel. Upon contact with the vessel, the gel warms and solidifies, thereby restricting nanoparticles and drug to the targeted vessel. Nanoparticles provide sustained local release of rapamycin for over three months, allowing prolonged effective dose delivery to the vulnerable vessel with minimal systemic exposure. The particles specifically target pathogenic smooth muscle cells to shield normal cells from toxicity. When loaded with anti-restenotic drugs, they inhibit initial hyperplasia, the major cause of restenosis.

The inventors foresee a spin-out company to pursue rapid commercialization in about one year, with IND submission in two years.

Commercial Applications

  • Enables vascular surgeons to prevent stenosis following open vascular reconstruction surgeries


  • Prolonged, effective dose delivery
  • Nanoparticles and anti-stenotic drug restricted to targeted vessel; minimal systemic exposure