MONARCH Platform for Bronchoscopy Receives Regulatory License for China

The MONARCH™ Platform is the first minimally invasive, robotic-assisted technology approved for bronchoscopy in a country with significant burden of lung cancer.

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – Johnson & Johnson MedTech* today announced that the MONARCH Platform and MONARCH Bronchoscope have obtained regulatory approval in China. The platform is the first minimally invasive, robotic-assisted technology approved for peripheral lung procedures in China and the first J&J MedTech robotic-assisted technology approved in China. This also marks the first regulatory approval of the MONARCH Platform outside of the United States

The MONARCH Platform, used with the MONARCH Bronchoscope, is intended to provide bronchoscopic visualization of and access to adult patient airways for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The device enables physicians to use minimally invasive, robotic-assisted technology for peripheral lung procedures.

The ability to reach small, hard-to-reach peripheral lung nodules at an earlier stage and with greater precision is helping to transform the future of interventional care for patients because nodules from lung cancer are typically small, deep in the lungs and difficult to reach, making early-stage diagnosis and treatment difficult. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and early detection has been shown to increase survival rates if the disease is caught at a stage when it is more likely to be treated successfullyi.

“There are more than two million patients diagnosed with lung cancer each year around the world, and nearly 40% of them are in Chinaii,” said Will Song, President, Johnson & Johnson MedTech China. “With this approval, MONARCH is poised to aid physicians in China as they work with patients to fight one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the country.”

“The MONARCH team is committed to driving meaningful innovation that changes the way patients experience healthcare,” said Adrian Whitford, President, MONARCH. “Expanding the reach of flexible robotic-assisted devices for lung procedures to countries around the world is part of our vision to deliver breakthrough technology that improves clinical outcomes for patients fighting diseases like lung cancer.”

To date, The MONARCH platform has been used in more than 35,000 cases in the United States.