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 News Release - July 21, 2009

Gore Receives FDA Approval for Next Generation of Large Diameter GORE VIABAHN(R) Endoprosthesis with Heparin Bioactive Surface

Improved Design Now Available with Lower Profile Delivery System for Use in Iliac Arteries

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced that it has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the most up-to-date design for the GORE VIABAHN(R) Endoprosthesis for device diameters 9 – 13 mm. The next generation of the large diameter product enables streamlined deployment on the same 0.035” guidewire and TIP to HUB direction as the 5 – 8 mm sizes. Additional modifications to the large diameter GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis include radial device expansion, a contoured proximal edge and a lower profile that is now available for most sizes.

“The self-expanding, covered, GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis offers elegant and versatile endovascular solutions to difficult vascular problems,” said Michael B. Silva, Jr., MD, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Professor of Radiology and Director of the Texas Vascular Center, University of Texas Medical Branch. “The latest improvements to the GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis with Heparin Bioactive Surface, including smaller delivery profile and 0.035” wire compatibility for the larger diameter endografts, will allow us to easily deliver the larger devices to more locations. Treating difficult vascular problems requires good skills and good equipment. We just got some cool new enhancements to our toys.”

The GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis family of devices is constructed with a durable, reinforced, biocompatible, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) liner attached to an external nitinol stent structure. The product’s flexibility enables it to traverse tortuous areas and to conform to the complex anatomy of the artery.

“The recent modifications to the GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis device underscores our commitment to continually provide our customers with next-generation, innovative products for the treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in the iliac artery,” said Erin Hutchinson with the Gore Peripheral Vascular Business. “Gore strives to be at the forefront of technology innovation and we’re pleased to provide interventionalists with an improved version of the large diameter devices that will allow more patients to receive safe and effective interventional therapies for the treatment of PAD in iliac arteries.”

The original device configuration in 6 – 8 mm sizes was initially approved by the FDA in 2005 for treating PAD in the superficial femoral artery (SFA). In 2007, Gore added a 5 mm size and made modifications to the device, including reducing its profile and adding a Heparin Bioactive Surface. In 2008, Gore received approval for large diameters of the GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis 9 – 13 mm for the indication of improving blood flow in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease in iliac artery lesions. Last month, Gore announced that the FDA approved a manufacturing change to the device in order to remove excess material at the device margin, resulting in a contoured edge at the proximal end. The device is the only stent-graft approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients suffering from PAD in superficial femoral and iliac artery lesions.


The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for three decades. During that time, more than 25 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide. The extensive Gore Medical family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia repair, soft tissue reconstruction, staple line reinforcement and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac and general surgery. Gore was recently named one of the best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine for the 12th consecutive year. For more information, visit

Products listed may not be available in all markets. GORE, VIABAHN(R), and designs are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates.

Source: W. L. Gore

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