Innovative medical devices

A handful of exciting studies using new innovative medical technologies (valves and coils) are now being rolled out for NHS patients to access. The BeLieVeR-HIFi study and a new phase IV trial are using these new innovative medical devices as alternative life-long treatments for COPD patients that can help manage their disease for a better quality of life.

On this page you will find an interviews with a patient who took part  in the BeLieVeR-HIFi study, Nick Hopkinson, an active researcher in the COPD field and Mark Chambers, Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland at PneumRx Inc who explains how the RePneu coil works and why it is bringing hope to patients with advanced emphysema.

Researcher's perspective 

Nick Hopkinson

Nick Hopkinson is an active researcher in the COPD field. He’s recently completed a study using endobronchial valves to treat patients with advanced emphysema.

Nick explains why this kind of research is so important and how this cutting edge technology is changing the lives of patients.

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Life-sciences industry perspective

Mark Chambers

Mark Chambers is Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland at PneumRx Inc.

He has worked in the Medical Device Industry for just over 20 years across numerous therapy areas including critical care, interventional cardiology, radiology and pulmonology, haematology, oncology, neonatal and operating theatres. Consequently, he has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to innovative medical technology.

His company PneumRx has developed the RePneu endobronchial coil. Mark explains how the coil works and why it is bringing hope to patients with advanced emphysema.

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The patient's perspective


Fran is 60 years old. She found out she had COPD, (specifically emphysema), 23 years ago and has struggled with it all her life.

Over the years she has looked into various treatments and clinical trials to try and find the best solution to help her manage her condition – but with no success.

Just when everything seemed at a loss, there was light at the end of the tunnel. In 2014 Fran was offered the opportunity to take part in the BeLieVeR-HIFi study, a novel, and exciting study using a new innovative medical technology.

The experience has been life-changing, literally.

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