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Angiotech and Rex Medical announce exclusive licensing and distribution agreement for the "Option(TM)" inferior vena cava filter
Date:3/13/2008

filter is designed with symmetric flared struts to direct clot volume into the center of the vessel for maximum dissolution and preservation of blood flow allowing for capture of clinically significant clot and protection against PE. Designed as both a permanent or retrievable IVC filter, the self-centering filter promotes optimal positioning and stability within the inferior vena cava. Its intuitive, easy-to-use design makes the Option(TM) IVC filters' deployment and retrieval both safe and effective.

About Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

PE is an extremely common and highly lethal condition that is a leading cause of death in all age groups. PE is the sudden blocking of an artery of the lung (pulmonary artery) by a collection of solid material brought through the bloodstream (embolus) - usually a blood clot (thrombus) or rarely other foreign material. PE occurs when these clots break loose and embolize to block pulmonary blood vessels in the lungs. PE affects an estimated 600,000 to 1,000,000 people in the US, and its incidence is increasing annually due mainly to the aging population. According to clinical research, if left untreated, PE has a mortality rate of 30% and is a leading cause of in-patient deaths in U.S. hospitals. Emboli dislodgement can be caused by peripheral vascular disease (PVD), severe deep vein thrombosis (DVT), trauma and, prolonged immobilization often following major surgical procedures.

About Angiotech

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company with over 1,600 dedicated employees in 18 different countries. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ:

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