QuiremScout awarded top 3 most innovative medical device in the 2019 Belgian Galenus prize

09/12/2020 – LEUVEN, BELGIUM

Quirem Medical, a Terumo company, is awarded top 3 innovative medical device in the 2019 Belgian Galenus prize with the innovative Holmium-166 SIRT diagnostic scout dose product QuiremScout.

The Galenus prize recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements that improve the global human condition through the development of innovative therapies1. It was created in France in 1970 by a pharmacist named Roland Mehl with the aim to advance pharmaceutical research. Recently, the Prix Galien award is also granted to innovative medical devices.2

The role of QuiremScout microspheres is to evaluate the expected safety and efficacy of the Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT). QuiremScout microspheres are based on the same Holmium-166 microspheres as the therapeutic treatment (QuiremSpheres). QuiremScout microspheres are intended to evaluate lung-shunt3 and extrahepatic deposition3 as part of the SIRT work-up. Moreover, they are intended for evaluation of the intrahepatic distribution3 during the work-up, which can be used to plan the SIRT treatment.4

Currently, 99mTc-MAA is most often used during the pre-treatment work-up of the SIRT treatment algorithm3.

However, QuiremScout has recently proven to be more accurate in terms of intrahepatic targeting5 and lung shunt assessment6 compared to 99mTc-MAA during the work-up. The usage of QuiremScout microspheres may allow physicians to improve their SIRT treatment planning.3

Recent clinical results continue to support the validation of QuiremScout microspheres in patient selection and planning as part of the Holmium Platform, such as the latest publication in the Lancet Oncology Journal from UMC Utrecht for the non-randomized HEPAR PLuS study7, which included Neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patients with liver metastasis after systemic radiation therapy with 177Lu-Dotatate.

The Holmium platform consists of three integrated products (QuiremScout, QuiremSpheres & Q-suite), which equips physicians with the necessary tools to optimize SIRT outcomes through more individualized treatment.

“QuiremScout is part of the Holmium platform that enables physicians to perform Selective intra-arterial radiation therapy. This technology uniquely allows a fine patient selection and individualized treatment for better outcomes. At Terumo, we are proud of this important recognition by the community.”, said Laurent Domas, Vice President Global Interventional Oncology & Therapy Development, Terumo Interventional Systems.

Learn more about SIRT, the Holmium Platform and how patients with non-resectable liver disease may benefit from QuiremScout microspheres.


Instructions for Use- QuiremScout (rev 05)
Chiesa & Maccauro, 2020 EJNMM
Smits et al., 2019 EJNMM
Elschot et al., 2014 EJNMM
Braat et. Al. 2020, Lancet Oncology

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