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Angiotech showcases its Hemostream(TM) Dialysis Catheter at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting
Date:3/13/2008

An Innovative Chronic Dialysis Catheter With Patented Triple Arterial Lumen

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VANCOUVER, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP) today announced that it will introduce and exhibit its innovative HemoStream(TM) chronic dialysis catheter at the 2008 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Washington, DC from March 15-18, 2008.

"It's exciting to participate at SIR and showcase the addition of another 'best-in-class' device offered by Angiotech. We also anticipate that the HemoStream(TM) could be a great candidate for our combination drug-device technologies, such as Angiotech's innovative 5-FU anti-infective platform," said George Leondis, General Manager, Angiotech Interventional.

Incidences of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) requiring dialysis are a rapidly growing challenge in healthcare worldwide. When kidneys fail, function of the kidneys can be partially replaced using a process called hemodialysis. Hemodialysis involves drawing blood out of the body, filtering it through a large machine and then returning filtered blood back to the body. Chronic dialysis catheters, such as HemoStream(TM), are used as long term vascular access for hemodialysis. HemoStream may also be used as a temporary access while more permanent options mature or become ready for use, such as a surgically created AV fistula.

A dialysis catheter, such as HemoStream(TM), is used for vascular access and is a vital connection between the patient and the hemodialysis unit. When kidneys fail, the function of the kidneys can be partially replaced using a process called hemodialysis. Hemodialysis involves drawing blood out of the body, filtering it through a large machine that draws off the impurities and then returning the filtered blood to the body. When patients are placed on hemodialysis, they will require placement of a catheter into a large vein which is then connected to a hemodialysis machine.

Some of the potential benefits of the HemoStream(TM) catheter include:

- Patented Triple Arterial Lumen Design: Ensures functional flow rates

in the event that two lumens become completely occluded.

- Transition: Provides atraumatic over-the-wire insertion without the

need for a peel-away sheath.

- 360 degree Arterial Tip Configuration: Eliminates catheter "side-

walling" against vessel.

In April 2007, Angiotech entered into an agreement with Rex Medical, LP, which granted Angiotech an exclusive license to market and distribute the HemoStream(TM) catheter worldwide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to begin marketing the HemoStream(TM) chronic dialysis catheter in the United States.

Angiotech will be exhibiting in Booth #233 at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiologists to be held March 15-18th, 2008 in Washington, D.C. More information about the meeting can be found on the Society of Interventional Radiology website at:
http://www.sirweb.org/annualMeeting/annualMeetingHome.shtml

About Angiotech

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company with over 1,600 dedicated employees. 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: ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit http://www.angiotech.com.

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(TM)HemoStream is a trademark of Rex Medical, LP used under license by Angiotech.

CONTACT: Angiotech Contact: Deirdre Neary, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (604) 222-7056, dneary@angio.com


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