BOSTON, MA - (NewMediaWire) - October 05, 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 it has received regulatory approval to commercialize the CGuard™ Embolic Prevention System for the treatment of carotid artery disease in Columbia. The approval was granted by the Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (INVIMA). The global carotid stent market is expected to grow at a compound average annual rate of 13% in 2014-2019, according to Research and Markets. By region, the Latin American market is expected to expand at a strong rate, driven by endovascular procedure volume growth and the adoption of premium priced products, according to Millennium Research Group.
Alan Milinazzo, CEO of InspireMD commented, "CGuard™ approval in Columbia is an important milestone for the Company and another critical validation for our technology. We are methodically, and successfully, bringing this important technology to key markets around the world."
As previously noted, six month results from the Company's CGuard™ clinical trial, CARENET (CARotid Embolic protection using MicroNET) showed a 100% procedural success rate with a 3.6% MACCE (major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular event) rate vs. comparative data of 8.09%. Six month ultrasound analysis also indicated healthy healing without restenosis concern with patent external and internal carotid arteries. In addition, the investigator-led all comer PARADIGM study continues to document both the short term and long term benefits of using the MicroNet™ covered CGuard™ technology in patients with carotid artery disease.
Mr. Milinazzo concluded, "We are well focused on driving our business forward, with other recent announcements that include the full commercial launch of CGuard™ in Europe with our strategic distribution partner, Penumbra, Inc. (NYSE: PEN), expanding intellectual property coverage, continuing broad collaboration discussions that leverage our MicroNet™ technology while advancing our development program for our neurovascular platform, and our highly disciplined cash management program."
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.
PARADIGM is an investigator-initiated "P"rospective evaluation of "A"ll-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.
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