GE HealthCare Announces Completion of Phase I Subject Recruitment in Early Clinical Development Program for a First-of-its-Kind Macrocyclic Manganese-Based MRI Contrast Agent
Novel manganese-based macrocyclic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) agent could offer an alternative to gadolinium-based agents
Manganese is a trace element naturally occurring in, and efficiently eliminated from, the human body
The clinical trial program demonstrates GE HealthCare’s commitment to innovation in contrast media and to building a portfolio of MRI imaging agents to address radiologists’ needs for their patients
The clinical trial, based at the clinical research unit at the Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Norway, and overseen by Lead Investigator, Hasse K. Zaré, aims to investigate the safety profile and how this injectable manganese contrast agent is eliminated from the body in healthy volunteers. Previous manganese-based MRI agents have been reliant on a ‘free manganese’ release mechanism for their imaging efficacy. This novel investigational agent is tightly bound to the chelate, in a macrocyclic cage-like structure, so it is rapidly eliminated from - rather than actively released into - the body.
Dr Paul Evans, Head of Global R&D at GE HealthCare’s Pharmaceutical Diagnostics unit, said: “For many years we’ve been committed to investing in, and bringing to market, products to help solve some of radiology’s biggest challenges and unmet needs. This manganese-based MRI agent is one of a number of novel agents we have at various stages of development in our innovation pipeline, all of which aim to give practitioners more choice in delivering precision care for their patients.”
GE HealthCare’s Pharmaceutical Diagnostics unit is a global leader in imaging agents used to support around 100 million procedures per year globally, equivalent to three patient procedures every second. For more than 40 years, GE imaging agents have been routinely used across MRI, X-ray/CT and ultrasound to enhance clinical images and support diagnosis.
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