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Boston Scientific Announces European Approval and First Implants of New Defibrillation Lead System Designed to Simplify the Surgical Process
Date:5/12/2009

Company's new lead system reduces implant size of the world's smallest and thinnest high-energy devices

NATICK, Mass., May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced CE Mark and the first human implants of the Company's ENDOTAK RELIANCE(R) 4-SITE defibrillation lead system. Defibrillation leads are insulated wires that connect an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) to the heart and, when needed, deliver life-saving therapy.

The ENDOTAK RELIANCE 4-SITE lead system is designed to simplify the implant procedure by combining three terminals into one integrated connector, reducing the required implant area within the body. This system, combined with the new TELIGEN(R) ICD and COGNIS(R) CRT-D, is designed to comply with the forthcoming international connector standard(1). The new standard will permit product compatibility across manufacturers. The Company is working with physicians to launch the system in several phases with a focus on monitoring clinical performance through robust post-market analysis enhanced by the LATITUDE(R) Patient Management system(2).

"We are pleased to announce CE Mark and the first human implants of the ENDOTAK RELIANCE 4-SITE lead system," said Fred Colen, President, Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management. "This new system represents the next advance for the ENDOTAK RELIANCE lead family, which has demonstrated reliability in more than 350,000 implants worldwide."

This technology allows the world's smallest, thinnest high-energy ICDs and CRT-Ds to become even smaller. The connector reduces the volume of TELIGEN and COGNIS to 32 cc and 30 cc respectively, while maintaining a thickness of less than 10 mm.

Some models of the ENDOTAK RELIANCE
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