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Xenex strikes it lucky with FDA
The US Food & Drug Administration has granted Xenex Disinfection Services De Novo authorisation for the company's LightStrike+ device - a high-intensity, broad-spectrum ultraviolet light robot proven to reduce pathogens in healthcare environments.
'De Novo' authorisation creates a new medical device product classification under which the LightStrike+ robot is the first and only product of its type, setting the precedent for FDA regulation of UV robots intended for use in reducing pathogens on non-porous, high-touch surfaces in healthcare settings.
LightStrike+ devices are intended to perform microbial reduction on non-critical medical device surfaces free from visual soiling in the healthcare environment following manual cleaning and disinfection practices. They are authorised for use in healthcare facilities, including unoccupied operating rooms, hospital rooms, and other clinical settings where non-critical medical devices may be present.
More than 1,200 healthcare facilities worldwide have run LightStrike robots over 37 million cycles. With as low as a 2-minute run-time for microbial reduction, the new LightStrike+ device is built upon accumulated knowledge from more than a decade of best practices implemented at healthcare facilities, 45 peer-reviewed studies demonstrating safe and effective use, 193 patents, and industry leading technical and epidemiological expertise. Many of the world's leading hospitals, including HonorHealth, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ochsner Health System, Stanford Health Care and Texas Health Resources use LightStrike robots as part of their comprehensive disinfection strategy.
Dangerous pathogens can remain on surfaces in healthcare facilities, even after thorough manual cleaning efforts. The LightStrike+ robot uses a xenon lamp to create high-intensity pulsed UV light that reduces the number of those pathogens on surfaces and helps to break the chain of transmission from one patient or healthcare worker to the next. Xenex's FDA authorisation is supported by rigorous testing performed on over 10,000 samples of vegetative bacteria and Clostridiodes difficile spores.
"We have been working with our hospital partners for over a decade to support them in their mission to improve patient safety and public health," explains Dr Mark 'Tuck' Stibich, founder and chief scientific officer of Xenex.
"As an infectious diseases epidemiologist, I am highly concerned about antibiotic resistance in the hospital environment. I hope that FDA authorisation will allow hospitals to more easily use this tool in their fight against pathogens.
Xenex chief executive officer Morris Miller adds: "We understand that it can be challenging for hospitals to evaluate UV technologies, especially given the unverified and often exaggerated claims made by some manufacturers. FDA authorisation gives hospital decision-makers the confidence that Xenex's claims for LightStrike+ are accurate and validated."
7th September 2023