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Concentric Medical Announces Product and Procedure Reimbursement as Well as Full Commercialization of the Merci Retriever® in Japan
Date:10/4/2010

opportunity for growth for our company.  With over 1,300 patients enrolled in clinical studies, we believe Merci has been proven to be a very effective tool in revascularizing stroke patients."

Akira Hoshino, President and CEO of Century Medical, Inc. said, "Century Medical is extremely excited to bring such a valuable and innovative therapy to Japan.  The reimbursement for both the Merci Retriever and procedure related to mechanical thrombectomy with the Merci Retriever are an essential part of the introduction of this new treatment.  Century Medical is committed to pioneering stroke treatment in Japan by working closely with physicians and hospitals to make the Merci Retriever widely available for Japanese stroke patients."

About Concentric MedicalConcentric Medical is located in Mountain View, California and is the global leader in the development of endovascular devices for revascularizing stroke patients.  The company manufactures and markets solutions for ischemic stroke: minimally invasive devices that are delivered into the brain to restore blood flow by removing blood clots that cause ischemic stroke.  Concentric Medical's devices are available in over 500 leading stroke centers around the world, and have been the subject of several clinical studies.  For more information about Concentric Medical, please visit www.concentric-medical.com.

About Acute Ischemic StrokeStroke is the third leading cause of death in the developed world and the leading cause of serious long-term disability. Ischemic stroke represents over 85% of strokes and occurs when a blockage or clot develops in one of the arteries supplying blood to the brain. In 2004 the FDA cleared Concentric Medical's Merci Retriever for use in stroke patients who are ineligible for IV-tPA or who fail to respond to IV-tPA therapy. This pioneering device created a departure from the historic method of c
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