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Lumicell™ DVS Pivotal Trial Results Published in NEJM Evidence and to Be Presented at ASBrS Assess Safety and Effectiveness of System for Identifying Residual Breast Cancer During Lumpectomy

  • INSITE Trial included more than 400 patients at 14 leading academic and community cancer centers
  • Intracavity visualization system uses fluorescence imaging designed to identify residual cancer and enable a more complete cancer resection following removal of the primary specimen during initial breast cancer lumpectomy
  • New Drug Application (NDA) and Premarket Approval (PMA) applications submitted to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March and April of this year, respectively 

NEWTON, Mass., April 27, 2023—Lumicell, Inc., a privately held company focused on innovative fluorescence-guided imaging technologies for cancer surgery, today announced that results of the Investigation of Novel Surgical Imaging for Tumor Excision (INSITE) pivotal trial have been published online in NEJM Evidence and will be presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) annual meeting. The results highlight the safety and effectiveness findings of the company’s pivotal trial of its investigational Lumicell™ Direct Visualization System (DVS) to identify residual breast cancer following removal of the primary specimen during initial lumpectomy.

In the INSITE trial, the Lumicell DVS identified cancer remaining after the standard of care lumpectomy procedure in approximately 8% of patients. In the majority of these patients, standard pathology assessment had deemed margins negative and would have left this tumor behind. The additional residual cancer identified by the Lumicell DVS measured 1-13 mm and included areas of low- and high-grade tumor in patients across all tumor types. In addition, 14.5% of patients with positive margins were converted to final negative margins, potentially avoiding a second surgery. The study also evaluated the safety of Lumicell’s investigational optical imaging agent LUMISIGHT™ (pegulicianine), with a serious adverse event rate of 0.5%, similar to that of other contrast agents.  

“The results of the INSITE trial suggest that a more complete breast cancer resection may be achieved with the Lumicell DVS,” said Barbara Smith, MD, PhD, director of the Breast Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and lead investigator of the INSITE clinical trial. “Given the low complication rate, minimal added operative time and, most importantly, the discovery of additional cancer left behind after a lumpectomy, the Lumicell DVS has the potential to be a critical adjunct to enhance standard practice for breast cancer patients.” 

The standard of care for lumpectomy surgery involves breast surgeons and pathologists examining the margins of excised tissue to infer whether any residual cancer remains in the breast cavity. Until now, surgeons have had no way to look inside the lumpectomy cavity to find and remove residual cancer during the initial lumpectomy, making it challenging to consistently achieve a complete cancer resection. As a result, 20-40% of lumpectomies have positive margins only identified days after surgery, necessitating a second surgery to obtain clear margins.[1],[2]

“The Lumicell DVS is the first technology designed to enable intracavity examination during the initial lumpectomy surgery, and results of the INSITE study provide evidence of its ability to enable removal of additional residual cancer,” said Jorge Ferrer, PhD, senior vice president, clinical research and strategy at Lumicell, and co-inventor of the technology used in the Lumicell DVS. “We believe that publication of this study in a leading medical journal like NEJM Evidence is a testament to the quality of the research and potential of the Lumicell DVS to improve care and outcomes for breast cancer patients.”

The FDA granted LUMISIGHT Fast Track designation and the Lumicell DVS Breakthrough Device designation in recognition of the potential important benefit of identifying residual cancer during the initial lumpectomy. The New Drug Application (NDA) for LUMISIGHT was submitted to the FDA in March 2023 and the Premarket Application (PMA) for the Lumicell DVS was submitted to the FDA in April 2023.

About INSITE Results

The Investigation of Novel Surgical Imaging for Tumor Excision (INSITE) pivotal/Phase 3 trial (NCT03686215) enrolled 406 patients with primary invasive breast cancer and/or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) across 14 hospitals in the U.S. In 27 of 357 patients randomized to the treatment arm (7.6%; 95% CI [5.0%, 10.8%]), Lumicell DVS-guided margins removed tumor left behind after standard lumpectomy, 22 from cavity orientations deemed negative on standard margin evaluation. Conversion from initial positive margins to final negative margins occurred in 9 of 62 (14.5%) patients with positive margins by removing a Lumicell DVS-guided margin, potentially avoiding a second surgery in these patients. On per-margin analysis of residual cancer, Lumicell DVS specificity was 85.2% (95% CI [83.7%, 86.6%]) and sensitivity 49.3% (95% CI [37.0%, 61.6%]). LUMISIGHT was generally well-tolerated with a serious adverse event rate of 0.5%, similar to that of other contrast agents.

Full INSITE results are available in NEJM Evidence and will be presented by Dr. Smith at ASBrS on Saturday, April 29, from 1:45-3 p.m. ET in Scientific Oral Presentations II: “Intraoperative Pegulicianine Fluorescence Guidance for Tumor Detection During Lumpectomy Surgery for Stage 0-III Breast Cancer.”

About the Lumicell Direct Visualization System 

The Lumicell™ DVS is an investigational system designed for use in patients with breast cancer to assist in the detection of residual malignant tissue within the lumpectomy cavity following removal of the primary specimen during breast conserving surgery. The Lumicell DVS is intended for use with LUMISIGHT™ (pegulicianine) for fluorescence imaging of the lumpectomy cavity.

The investigational Lumicell Direct Visualization System (DVS) is intended for use with the investigational LUMISIGHT Optical Imaging Agent and features a hand-held imaging probe that is designed to go inside the breast cavity and a patient-calibrated cancer detection software to assist in the detection of residual cancer, thereby enabling a more complete resection. The safety and efficacy of the Lumicell DVS in detecting residual cancer left behind by standard of care surgical procedures has been evaluated in two studies: INSITE (pivotal study) and a feasibility study of 234 patients at 16 sites, results of which were published in JAMA Surgery.

The Lumicell DVS and LUMISIGHT are limited by Federal (or United States) law to investigational use only. The Lumicell DVS and LUMISIGHT are not commercially available.

About Lumicell, Inc. 

Lumicell is a privately held company focused on improving surgical outcomes and reducing healthcare costs by utilizing its innovative fluorescence-guided surgical technologies to enable a more complete resection of cancer that may have otherwise been left behind. The company’s first product in development is the Lumicell Direct Visualization System, designed to illuminate residual cancerous tissue within the breast cavity during the initial lumpectomy procedure. Lumicell’s proprietary, pan-oncologic optical imaging agent LUMISIGHT is also being explored across a wide variety of solid tumor indications. For more information, please visit and follow the company on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn

[1] Wilke L, Czechura T, Wang C, et al. Repeat surgery after breast conservation for the treatment of stage 0 to II breast carcinoma: a report from the National Cancer Data Base, 2004-2010. JAMA Surg. 2014;149(12):1296-1305. 

[2] McCahill L, Single R, Aiello Bowles E. Variability in Reexcision Following Breast Conservation Surgery. JAMA. 2012;307(5):467-475.