BOSTON, MA - (NewMediaWire) - September 09, 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 that the United States Patent & Trademark Office has allowed claims for its United States Patent Application, published as US2014/0309725 and entitled "Optimized Drug Eluting Stent Assembly." This patent covers any stent assembly with the Company's proprietary MicroNet™ technology that employs the use of a drug.
InspireMD continues to expand its intellectual property portfolio, including claims that cover its proprietary MicroNet™ technology, CGuard™Embolic Prevention System for the treatment of carotid artery disease, and MGuard™ for coronary applications, in addition to several pending applications directed to its neurovascular and peripheral vascular platforms. To date, the Company's patent rights in the United States include 2 issued patents and 12 pending applications. Foreign patent rights include 13 issued patents focused in Israel, Canada, and China, and 16 pending patent applications.
Jim Barry, Ph.D., the COO of InspireMD, commented, "We are pleased to see continued improvements in our patent portfolio. These allowed claims in the United States have applications across our commercial and pipeline products. As previously noted, we continue to execute on our new "neck-up" strategy with CGuard™ and our neurovascular flow diverter, in addition to enabling new solutions in peripheral embolic protection. These claims will not only support product development with our current portfolio, but will also support opportunities we are exploring with our coronary platform."
About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD (www.inspiremd.com) seeks to utilize its proprietary MGuard™ with MicroNet™ 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 (CGuard™), 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.
About MGuard Prime™ EPS
MGuard Prime™ EPS, integrated with MicroNet™, is designed to trap and seal thrombus and ruptured plaque, preventing distal embolization. While offering superior performance relative to standard stents in STEMI patients, MGuard Prime™ requires no change in current physician practice -- an important factor in time-critical settings.
MGuard Prime™ is a Cobalt Chromium stent wrapped in MicroNet™.
MGuard™ EPS and CGuard™ EPS are CE Marked and are not approved for sale in the U.S. by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at this time.
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