Healthcare Industry News:  biliary strictures 

Devices Interventional

 News Release - November 30, 2010

IDEV Technologies Announces First U.S. Procedure With SUPERA VERITAS Transhepatic Biliary System

Commercial Launch of Stent Delivery System Planned for Early 2011

WEBSTER, Texas, Nov. 30, 2010 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- IDEV Technologies, Incorporated (IDEV), an innovative leader in the development and commercialization of minimally invasive medical technologies, today announced the first procedure in the United States utilizing the SUPERA VERITAS™ Transhepatic Biliary System, which was recently cleared to market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The SUPERA® wire interwoven nitinol stent is currently cleared in the U.S. for palliative treatment of biliary strictures produced by malignant neoplasms. biliary strictures involve a narrowing of the bile duct, the body's transportation system for fluid that is an essential aid to the digestion of food. Stents are commonly used to reopen the bile duct and restore the natural flow of fluids.

Mark Garcia, M.D., FSIR, is Chief of Interventional Radiology at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. He is the first physician in the U.S. to treat a patient's biliary stricture with the new SUPERA VERITAS system. "The Supera's high radial strength is uniquely suited for treating biliary strictures. Because of its characteristics, I've deployed a number of SUPERA stents over the past year. This new delivery system worked flawlessly. The driving mechanism was smooth and very responsive. The post-procedure images revealed optimal stent placement with excellent cholangiographic results and patency. I'm very pleased with the result."

"We're thrilled to get positive feedback on the initial deployment of the SUPERA VERITAS system in the U.S.," commented Christopher M. Owens, President and CEO of IDEV. "Dr. Garcia's experience mirrors that of our customers in Europe and Canada, where the SUPERA VERITAS system has been in use for the past year. The stent's radial strength and flexibility combine to produce extremely high fracture resistance, and may redefine how patients are treated."

Full commercial launch of the SUPERA VERITAS Transhepatic Biliary System is planned for the first quarter of 2011.

About IDEV Technologies, Incorporated

IDEV Technologies, Incorporated (IDEV) is an innovator and developer of next generation medical devices for use in interventional radiology, vascular surgery and cardiology. IDEV's worldwide headquarters is located in Webster, Texas and its European headquarters is located in Beuningen, The Netherlands. Please visit

The SUPERA stent is currently indicated in the U.S. for the palliative treatment of biliary strictures produced by malignant neoplasms and in Europe for the treatment of biliary strictures produced by malignant neoplasms and for peripheral vascular use following failed percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA).

Source: IDEV Technologies

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