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Boston Scientific Begins International Clinical Trial Enrollment for INNOVA™ Self-Expanding Bare-Metal Stent System
Date:4/5/2011

NATICK, Mass., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced the start of patient enrollment in the SuperNOVA clinical trial, an international, prospective, single-arm, non-randomized trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the INNOVA™ Self-Expanding Bare-Metal Stent System in patients with stenosis of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) or proximal popliteal artery (PPA).  Enrollment is planned for up to 300 patients at 50 sites in the U.S., Canada and Europe.  The first patient was enrolled in the trial last week by Subhash Banerjee, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at the VA Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

The INNOVA Stent System is designed to treat peripheral vascular lesions in arteries above the knee, specifically the SFA and PPA.  It consists of a nitinol, self-expanding bare-metal stent loaded on an advanced low-profile delivery system.  The innovative architecture features a closed cell design at each end of the stent for improved radial force and fracture resistance, and an open cell design along the stent body that doesn't compromise flexibility.  Stent deliverability is enhanced with a tri-axial catheter shaft designed to provide added support and placement accuracy as well as dual deployment options and radiopaque markers to enhance ease of use.  The INNOVA Stent is 6F compatible and ranges from 5 mm to 8 mm in diameter and 20 mm to 200 mm in length.

"Treating arteries above the knee is difficult because the challenging anatomy can lead to stent fractures and higher restenosis rates," said Richard J. Powell, M.D., Section Chief of Vascular Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, and Global Principal Investigator of the SuperNOVA trial.  "I believe the INNOVA Stent offers a unique design that provides excellent radia
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