BOSTON, MA - (NewMediaWire) - November 20, 2015 - InspireMD, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NSPR) ("InspireMD" or the "Company"), a leader in embolic prevention systems (EPS), neurovascular devices and thrombus management technologies, announced today positive 12 month follow up data from its CGuardTM CARENET (CARotid Embolic protection Study using microNET) trial at the 42nd Annual Symposium on Vascular and Endovascular Issues (VEITH) in New York. Prof. Piotr Musiałek, Co-Principal Investigator for the CARENET study, from Jagiellonian University Medical College at John Paul II Hospital, Krakow, Poland, presented the 12 month follow up data, an industry first on a mesh covered carotid stent technology.
At the New Techniques, Technologies and Concepts session, Prof. Musialek presented the new data on the InspireMD CGuardTM Mesh Covered Carotid Stent Program. His lecture, entitled "MicroNet Covered Embolic Prevention Carotid Stent System: From CARENET And PARADIGM Studies To Routine Clinical Practice," focused on the CARENET 12 month results, which demonstrated zero strokes or stroke-related deaths at 12 months. Further, duplex ultrasound analysis confirmed no changes in the in-stent velocities between 6 and 12 months. This indicates no sign of vessel narrowing and is consistent with the durability of carotid artery treatment seen using CGuardTM. According to Prof. Musialek, previously demonstrated reduction in both the incidence and the volume of new ischemic lesions, together with the 12 month data that show minimal restenosis concern, suggests that the therapeutic benefits of the CGuardTM technology may extend well beyond the acute procedural period.
Prof. Piotr Musialek commented, "It is very exciting to present the 12 month follow up data from the CGuardTM CARENET study, which continues to validate the use of the MicroNetTM covered CGuardTM, with zero strokes at 12 months. In addition, the 12 month data showed no change in peak systolic velocity between 6 months and 12 months, suggesting no restenosis concerns. These findings, combined with the results from our recent all-comer single center PARADIGM trial, continue to show the increased therapeutic benefits of the CGuardTM technology in treating patients with carotid artery disease. This technology is a game-changer in today's practice of carotid revascularization and my colleagues and I look forward to continued use of this unique technology in routine clinical practice."
Alan Milinazzo, CEO of InspireMD commented, "Twelve month CARENET results further validate that the CGuardTM represents a superior next generation stenting technology, supporting broader application in carotid artery disease treatment, with physicians steadily impressed with its superior clinical data. We plan to leverage compelling CARENET and PARADIGM clinical evidence to expand upon our ongoing, active CGuardTM commercial activities."
PARADIGM, led by principal investigator Prof. Musialek, is an investigator-initiated Prospective evaluation of All-comer peRcutaneous cArotiDrevascularization In symptomatic and increased-risk asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, using CGuard™ Mesh-covered embolic prevention stent system, indicated that the CGuard™ system is appropriate for use in an all-comer carotid revascularization population and is associated with an extremely favorable angiographic and clinical outcome.
VEITH Symposium 2015 provides vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists and other vascular specialists with a unique and exciting format to learn the most current information about what is new and important in the treatment of vascular disease. The event features presentations from world renowned vascular specialists with emphasis on the latest advances, changing concepts in diagnosis and management, pressing controversies and new techniques.
About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD seeks to utilize its proprietary MGuard™ with MicroNetTM technology to make its products the industry standard for embolic protection and to provide a superior solution to the key clinical issues of current stenting in patients with a high risk of distal embolization, no reflow and major adverse cardiac events.
InspireMD intends to pursue applications of this MicroNet technology in coronary, carotid (CGuardTM), neurovascular, and peripheral artery procedures. InspireMD's common stock is quoted on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol NSPR.
About CGuard™ EPS
The proprietary CGuard™ Embolic Prevention System (EPS) uses the same MicroNet™ technology featured on the MGuard™ and MGuard Prime™ coronary Embolic Protection Systems. The CGuard™ EPS is designed to prevent peri-procedural and late embolization by trapping potential emboli against the arterial wall while maintaining excellent perfusion to the external carotid artery and branch vessels.
MicroNet™ is a bio-stable mesh woven from a single strand of 20 micron Polyethylene Terephthalate.
CGuard™ EPS is CE Marked and not approved for sale in the U.S. by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at this time.
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