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Boston Scientific Announces CE Mark and European Launch of Emerge™ PTCA Dilatation Catheter
Date:4/24/2012

NATICK, Mass., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces CE Mark and European market launch of the Emerge™ PTCA[1] Dilatation Catheter.  The Emerge Catheter is a next-generation pre-dilatation balloon catheter designed specifically to offer exceptional deliverability to address challenging lesions.  The company plans to launch the product immediately in CE Mark countries in both Monorail® and Over-The-Wire (OTW) options.  Commercial availability is expected in the U.S. and additional international markets later this year.

The Emerge PTCA Dilatation Catheter includes a 1.2 mm diameter balloon option that features an ultra-low 0.017" tip profile and low crossing profiles designed to cross tight lesions.  The Emerge 1.2 mm balloon also employs a durable balloon material that provides high rated burst pressure (18 ATM) for sizing flexibility.  The Emerge Catheter platform offers a reduced, low-friction shaft profile which allows for simultaneous use of two Monorail balloon catheters in a 6F guide catheter and two OTW balloon catheters in an 8F guide catheter.

"The Emerge Catheter combines several innovative balloon technologies in a single versatile platform," said Jean Fajadet, M.D., Clinique Pasteur, Toulouse, France, who performed the first procedure in Europe with the Emerge PTCA Dilatation Catheter.  "The result is a functional catheter with a low profile and excellent deliverability to facilitate the navigation and crossing of challenging coronary lesions."

The Emerge Catheter is available in a wide array of balloon diameters from 1.2 mm up to 4.0 mm, with balloon lengths ranging from 8 mm up to 30 mm.  Both the Monorail and OTW catheters are available with two distinct shaft technologies designed to provide versatility in addressing different clinical situations.  The
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