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Boston Scientific to Acquire Atritech
Date:1/19/2011

a of the heart known as the left atrial appendage.  If these clots dislodge and enter the bloodstream they may block circulation to the brain, resulting in a stroke.  The WATCHMAN device is designed to close the left atrial appendage, thereby preventing clots within the appendage from being dislodged into the circulation.  Atritech has completed PROTECT-AF, an 800-patient randomized clinical trial of its WATCHMAN device that demonstrated a 38 percent relative risk reduction for stroke, cardiovascular death and systemic embolism compared to long-term warfarin therapy.  Atritech is currently enrolling patients in the PREVAIL study, a confirmatory study designed to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.  The WATCHMAN device is CE Marked and was commercialized outside the United States in 2009.

"The acquisition of Atritech reinforces Boston Scientific's continued commitment to providing the broadest portfolio of less-invasive devices across the continuum of cardiovascular care," said Hank Kucheman, Executive Vice President and Group President, Cardiology, Rhythm and Vascular for Boston Scientific.  "The WATCHMAN device is implanted by both electrophysiologists and structural heart-focused interventional cardiologists.  We will leverage expertise from our Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology sales forces to drive commercialization of the WATCHMAN device.  Atritech will significantly strengthen our product offerings for patients with atrial fibrillation."  

"Both Atritech and Boston Scientific believe that the WATCHMAN device offers the best alternative to oral anticoagulation medication for patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation and are at high risk for stroke," said Jim Bullock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atritech.  "We look forward to working with Boston Scientific to expand the left atrial appendage closure market and to bring this technology to more patients worl
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