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Concentric Medical Reaches Important Stroke Milestone
Date:1/26/2009

ver 780,000 strokes occur in the U.S. alone each year. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. Stronger coverage by neurointerventionalists, increased patient awareness and faster development of comprehensive stroke center capabilities are all key components to ensuring these patients have access to high quality stroke care, including the Merci Retrieval System.

A milestone like this is only possible with close collaboration between industry and clinicians. It marks the closing of an initial phase in the development of a new therapy while opening an even more important phase to drive broad global adoption. "We are at the forefront of change in interventional stroke care," said Concentric Medical's President and Chief Executive Officer, Maria Sainz. "Concentric Medical is committed to bringing forward advancements in stroke intervention through ongoing clinical study and product innovation to broaden the reach of this breakthrough technology to stroke patients."

About Concentric Medical

Concentric Medical is located in Mountain View, California, and was founded in August 1999. The company manufactures and markets the Merci Retrieval System(TM), which is a minimally invasive device that is delivered by a neurointerventionalist into the brain to restore blood flow by removing blood clots that cause ischemic stroke. The Merci Retrieval System is available in over 300 leading stroke centers around the world, and has been the subject of two successful clinical trials, MERCI and Multi MERCI. Concentric Medical estimates that over 10,000 patients have been treated with its devices. For more information about Concentric Medical, please visit www.concentric-medical.com.

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