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12-Month ATLANTA Trial Data Show Sustained Benefit of Catania(TM) Stent in Treatment of De Novo Coronary Lesions
Date:10/13/2008

struts) by investigators using Optimal Coherence Tomography at baseline and again at 6-month follow-up in a subset of 15 randomly selected patients revealed complete endothelialization and 99.5 percent stent strut coverage.

"Every clinician is aware of the questions and issues surrounding drug-eluting stents and the increased risk of late and very late stent thrombosis, malapposition, inflammatory or hypersensitivity reactions, as well as the economic impact of maintaining long-term dual antiplatelet therapy," said Corrado Tamburino, MD, PhD, FESC, FSCAI, FSICI-GISE, Professor of Cardiology and Chief of the Cardiovascular Department, Ferrarotto Hospital, Catania, Italy, and lead investigator in the ATLANTA Trial. "The 12-month ATLANTA data indicate that the CATANIA(TM) stent with Polyzene(R)-F is truly a new and promising class of stent. Further, the CATANIA(TM) stent may offer an improved safety profile as evidenced by the fact that there were no deaths, myocardial infarctions, or stent thrombosis in a significantly complex patient population. Economically, this stent has merit, because it does away with the costs associated with long-term dual antiplatelet therapy."

The rapid-exchange, cobalt-chromium CATANIA(TM) stent carries a CE Mark and is currently available for sale outside of the United States in 60 sizes, in lengths from 8-38mm and in diameters from 2.0-4.0mm. "The CATANIA(TM) stent represents the next evolution in angioplasty treatment," said Thomas A. Gordy, President and Chief Executive Officer, CeloNova Biosciences, Inc. "Physicians, health care systems, and insurance programs need breakthroughs, not devices that are marginally better than what already exists. Marginal improvements advance competition; we need to be advancing medicine first."

The CATANIA(TM) stent surface has a thin (35-40 nanometers) surface treatment of highly lubricious Polyzene(R)-F, a synthesized, inorganic, biocompatible polymer that is anti-thrombotic, anti-
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