BOSTON, MA- (NewMediaWire) - September 28, 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 the full market launch of the CGuard™ Embolic Prevention System for the treatment of carotid artery disease by its strategic distribution partner, Penumbra, Inc. (NYSE: PEN), at the CIRSE Annual Congress in Lisbon, Portugal. Penumbra, a global interventional therapies company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative medical devices to the neurovascular and peripheral vascular communities, leverages its direct European commercialization team to launch CGuard™ Distributed by Penumbra. The 2015 Congress marks the 30th year of CIRSE, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, which aims to be a leader in interventional radiology (IR) education, drawing over 6,500 attendees from the medical community across 90 countries.
At CIRSE 2015, Penumbra hosted a well-attended physician symposium titled, "CGuard™ - MicroNet Covered Embolic Prevention Stent System: A Game-Changer in CAS" led by Prof. Piotr Musialek on Sunday, September 27th. Dr. Musialek is principle investigator in the all comer PARADIGM study that continues to document both the short term and long term benefits of using the MicroNet covered CGuard technology in patients with carotid artery disease. In-booth demonstrations, teaching materials, and clinical case studies were also featured for conference attendees.
Alan Milinazzo, CEO of InspireMD, commented, "We are excited that our partner, Penumbra, has begun its full commercial launch of CGuard at CIRSE, a respected venue for learning about new technologies in the IR, vascular, and neurovascular community. Early feedback from physician attendees has been positive, with follow on meetings scheduled, in addition to discussions on additional possible uses of the MicroNet™ technology in the neurovascular space." Milinazzo continued, "The Penumbra commercial team is strong and growing, with a well-established footprint across all specialists that manage carotid artery disease. We are confident of successful commercial progress in the coming months and look forward to supporting Penumbra as we introduce this breakthrough technology to our customers."
In addition, Jim Pray, President, International of Penumbra, stated, "The Penumbra team believes that the CGuard technology will give our customers a new, proven alternative to traditional treatment options for patients with carotid artery disease. We have been trained on the CGuard technology and are officially launching it here at the CIRSE meeting this week. We look forward to working with our customers to provide them with this exciting new carotid embolic prevention system."
PARADIGM is an investigator-initiated "P"rospective evaluation of "All"-comer pe"R"cutaneous c"A"roti"D" revascularization "I"n symptomatic and increased-risk asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, using C"G"uard™ "M"esh-covered embolic prevention stent system. At EuroPCR 2015, Dr. Musialek summarized his clinical presentation of 71 CGuard procedures in unselected all-comer patients in the PARADIGM evaluation as: 1) stent system success and procedure success rate of 100%; 2) periprocedural complications of 0%, and remained at 0% at 30 days; and 3) no MACNE occurred periprocedurally or at 30 days, by operator-independent neurologist and non-invasive cardiologist evaluation.
About Penumbra, Inc.
Penumbra, Inc. (www.penumbrainc.com) is a global interventional therapies company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative medical devices. The company has a broad portfolio of products that address challenging medical conditions and significant clinical need across two major markets, neuro and peripheral vascular. Penumbra has approximately 1,000 employees and sells its products to hospitals primarily through its direct sales organization in the U.S., most of Europe, Canada and Australia, and through distributors in select international markets.
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.
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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