May 30, 2012 — MAQUET Cardiopulmonary, a business unit of MAQUET Cardiovascular and a leader in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and extracorporeal life support (ECLS) systems, announced that it has signed an agreement with Avalon Laboratories to acquire its Avalon Elite Bi-Caval dual lumen catheter and complimentary vascular access kits for use during ECMO and ECLS.
"It was our cardiopulmonary business unit which started a paradigm shift in moving extracorporeal life support into routine medical practice, most notably through the introduction of new products such as CARDIOHELP. Through the acquisition of the most advanced double lumen cannula we finally provide our customers a complete range of best in class products from tip to tip," said Christian Keller president and CEO of MAQUET Cardiovascular.
"The acquisition of the Bi-Caval dual lumen catheter complements our existing cardiopulmonary product line and strengthens our position as a leading global provider of ECMO and ECLS technologies," said Wolfgang Rencken, M.D., president and CEO of MAQUET Cardiopulmonary AG. "This product acquisition is just another example of our commitment to providing our customers with the most innovative and highest quality products available to treat critically ill patients."
"MAQUET's growing leadership in the cardiopulmonary space makes our Bi-Caval dual lumen catheter the ideal acquisition to further expand the number of patients globally who can benefit from this device," said Michael Janish, CEO of Avalon Laboratories.
The patented Avalon Elite Bi-Caval dual lumen catheter is indicated for simultaneous venous drainage and reinfusion of blood via the internal jugular vein during extracorporeal life support procedures. The catheter is designed to increase the efficiency of blood gas exchange by draining blood from both the upper and lower body while simultaneously re-infusing it directly into the heart. The catheter is also designed to minimize recirculation and maximize blood flow while providing a less invasive solution for patients. The Avalon Elite Bi-Caval dual lumen catheter has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the CE Mark from the European Medicines Agency.
The Avalon Elite Bi-Caval dual lumen catheter rounds out MAQUET's cannula product line which also includes the state-of-the-art HLS single lumen cannula line and conventional double lumen pediatric cannulae. The Avalon Elite product range will be available via the MAQUET global sales and distribution channels as well as through existing Avalon distributors and will be sold under the trademark Avalon Elite.
"With the addition of the Avalon Elite catheter line, we now offer the customers and patients we serve with a full range of minimally invasive venous or arterial cannulation techniques for ECMO and ECLS," said Rencken. "The Avalon Elite Bi-Caval Dual Lumen Catheter is a state of the art ECMO/ECLS technology that sets the standard for new MAQUET catheter offerings in the future and will play an integral role in new cardiopulmonary offerings from MAQUET."
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