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Sanofi Launches Breakthrough Technology for Cardiovascular and Vascular Surgery Procedures
Date:1/29/2013

p>LeGoo was approved in the United States in October 2011 for temporary atraumatic occlusion of blood vessels up to 4mm in diameter below the neck.  The need for temporary atraumatic vascular occlusion and a bloodless field exists in numerous surgical applications, though the current focus for LeGoo is in cardiac and peripheral vascular surgery. It is CE-marked and has been used in more than 3,000 procedures in Europe. In a randomized multicenter study of 110 patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery, LeGoo provided satisfactory hemostasis in a statistically significant higher percentage of vessel grafts.

"LeGoo has the potential to change the paradigm of vascular and cardiovascular surgical procedures through a completely new approach to a long-accepted standard of care," said Anne Whitaker , President, North America Pharmaceuticals. "The commercial launch of LeGoo is one of several innovations Sanofi is launching in 2013 and proof of our commitment to finding new health care solutions by putting patients first while also diversifying our Biosurgery portfolio."

Sanofi acquired Pluromed, the company that invented LeGoo, in March 2012 to add to its biosurgery portfolio and support its commitment to remain at the forefront of innovative approaches to drug discovery and surgical device development to help patients live longer, healthier lives.

About LeGoo
LeGoo® is a thermo-sensitive biocompatible and non-toxic liquid gel that forms a plug when injected into a blood vessel to temporarily stop blood flow. The plug dissolves rapidly via cooling or spontaneously after several minutes. Once dissolved, the plug cannot reform because the concentration is too low. In a prospective, randomized study, LeGoo was shown to provide better operating conditions than conventional occlusion techniques by limiting blood flow into
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