News | May 20, 2007

New Interventional Devices Launched in Europe

May 21, 2007 — OrbusNeich announced today it has received CE Mark approval for three interventional cardiology products: the Blazer cobalt chromium stent, the Sapphire PTCA dilatation catheter and the Lumina 6F guiding catheter.

Featuring unique dual helix design and thin cobalt chromium stent struts, Blazer enables physicians to overcome the flexibility challenges associated with the slotted tube construction of most stents. In addition, Blazer provides unsurpassed sidebranchability of up to 4.5 mm for effective bifurcation stenting and for maintaining the patency of side branches.

Sapphire is a balloon that combines several advanced technologies to provide ultimate crossability. The soft, tapered Sunflex tip is engineered for smooth lesion accessibility and ultra-low tip profile. With a specially formulated Slidematrix dual coating and the enhanced Tight Fold (TiFo) processing, Sapphire is ideal for lubricious crossing.

Lumina is a catheter with a wide inner body — 0.071" diameter — that enables the passage of multiple devices and provides excellent visualization during procedures. Lumina's hybrid flat/round wire braid design and Quad system technology provide increased pushability, enhanced torque control, excellent back-up support and optimal overall performance.

OrbusNeich designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative medical devices for the treatment of vascular diseases. The company's product portfolio includes the Genous Bio-engineered R stent, an antibody-coated device that is the first-ever stent to capture a patient's endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) to accelerate the natural healing process following placement. Other products are stents, balloons and guiding catheters marketed under the names of Blazer, R stent, Sapphire, Avita, Avita HP, SafeCut, Lumina and Saffron.

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