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PDL BioPharma Completes Structured Financing and Royalty Transaction with Avinger
Date:4/22/2013

tinue to revolutionize the total occlusion and atherectomy space. We are excited to support their efforts."

"We are delighted to have chosen PDL as a partner," remarked Dr. Simpson, CEO of Avinger.  "We have been able to quickly and efficiently raise significant capital without diluting our existing shareholders, something we find very valuable.  We look forward to a strong, mutually-beneficial relationship with PDL."

About Avinger, Inc.
Founded in 2007 by renowned cardiologist and medical device entrepreneur Dr. John B. Simpson , Avinger seeks to radically improve the treatment of vascular disease through the development of new technology and a new approach to treatment called lumivascular (lumi = light, vascular = artery). Already commercially available is Ocelot, the first line of devices using lumivascular technology, used in procedures to open totally occluded arteries in the legs.  In addition, Avinger is currently developing a line of lumivascular atherectomy devices, called Pantheris, which will be used to remove plaque from the arteries affected by peripheral artery disease.

About PDL BioPharma
PDL pioneered the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and, by doing so, enabled the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases. Today, PDL is focused on intellectual property asset management, investing in new income generating assets and maximizing value for its shareholders. For more information, please visit www.pdl.com.

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