Voyager Biomedical, Inc. is committed to improving the lives of dialysis patients through the development of a novel vascular access device known as the ARK. The ARK has been designed to facilitate targeted needle placement and strengthen the vein by serving as a supportive exoskeleton. In addition, the ARK will increase patient comfort, and reduce stress and increase efficiency for caregivers, while benefiting the payer system by decreasing the surgeries necessary to enable long-term vascular access.
There are over half a million patients in the US who depend on dialysis treatments to stay alive. Long term dialysis requires vascular access which is most commonly achieved with a fistula. However, 30-50% of all new fistulas fail and existing fistulas fail on average every 3 years. With a limited number of sites available for vascular access, it is important to properly care for those sites to maintain its patentabilty. The numerous, repeat needle punctures required for dialysis treatment can damage fistulas over time. This can lead to expensive surgical interventions to restore access or the need to create a new fistula in a new location.
Building on the buttonhole technique, the Ark is a multifunctional device poised to be a game changer for multiple aspects of the current standard of dialysis care. The Ark serves as both a target and guide for needles while protecting the fistula, enabling “One stick, No miss” access that management believes will increase the life of the fistula. Second, the ARK will reduce the number of surgical failures by enhancing the diameter of the fistula, thereby creating a better target. And finally, the ARK will increase the chances of restoring the usefulness of an existing fistula that has failed.