Healthcare Industry News:  drug-eluting stent 

Devices Interventional Cardiology

 News Release - July 18, 2007

Angiotech's corporate partner, Boston Scientific, announces first human use of TAXUS(R) Petal(TM) Bifurcation Stent

VANCOUVER, July 18 (HSMN NewsFeed) - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, along with its corporate partner Boston Scientific Corporation "BSC" (NYSE: BSX ), announced the successful implantation of BSC's TAXUS® Petal(TM) Bifurcation Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent System (TAXUS Petal Stent) in a patient in New Zealand, marking the beginning of the TAXUS PETAL I First Human Use (FHU) Trial.

The trial is designed to evaluate the safety of a dedicated bifurcation paclitaxel-eluting stent platform for the treatment of coronary artery disease. The procedure was performed by John Ormiston, M.D., at Auckland City Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

A significant percentage of coronary artery disease - as much as 30 percent - occurs at a bifurcation, where one artery branches into two smaller arteries (one being the continuation of the main branch and the other often referred to as the side branch). Bifurcations present a common location for the build-up of plaque and are particularly difficult to treat with currently available stents. Conventional coronary stents were designed to treat tubular arteries and are considered less than optimal for the y-shaped anatomy of a bifurcation. The TAXUS Petal Stent is designed specifically to treat both the main branch and the side branch of a bifurcation.

The TAXUS Petal Stent consists of a traditional drug-eluting stent with an innovative side structure (the Petal Strut) in the middle of the stent that opens into the side branch. The TAXUS Petal is designed to provide access, coverage and support to the critical areas of the bifurcation and uses a proprietary platinum chromium alloy. Platinum chromium is designed to offer an improvement over stainless steel and cobalt chromium, enabling even thinner struts, increased flexibility and improved radiopacity. The TAXUS Petal Stent is coated with the proven, market-leading combination of the Paclitaxel drug and Translute(TM) polymer.

"The TAXUS Petal Stent enabled us to successfully treat a patient with a difficult bifurcation (coronary branch point) stenosis. Bifurcations are a major challenge in interventional cardiology, and the development of a dedicated drug-eluting bifurcation stent is an important advancement," said Dr. Ormiston, the principal investigator for the TAXUS Petal I FHU Trial. "A major strength of the TAXUS Petal Stent design is to provide consistent mechanical support and drug application not only to the main branch but also to the side-branch ostium, where renarrowing is common with other techniques used today."

The TAXUS PETAL I FHU clinical trial is a non-randomized study with an initial assessment of acute performance and safety (death, myocardial infarction, target vessel revascularization) at 30 days and six months, as well as continued annual follow-up for five years. TAXUS PETAL I FHU will enroll a total of 45 patients in New Zealand, France and Germany. Upon successful completion of this study, BSC intends to begin a pivotal trial to gain U.S. and international approval for the commercialization of the TAXUS Petal Stent.

"We are excited by the start of the TAXUS PETAL I FHU Trial and the fact that our paclitaxel technology may offer a solution to bifurcations, which is an area in coronary stenting that remains challenging for physicians," said Dr. William Hunter, President and CEO of Angiotech.

The TAXUS Petal Stent is under development and not available for sale.

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BSC acquired worldwide exclusive rights from Angiotech to use paclitaxel to coat its coronary stent products and has co-exclusive rights to certain peripheral vascular and non-vascular products.

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About Angiotech

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company with over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at www.angiotech.com.


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