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Surgical Systems & Instruments, Inc. (SS&II) Release: Generic Scoring (Cutting) Balloon Patent Allowed



10/19/2005 5:09:37 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SS&II today announced the allowance of all claims of US patent publication No. 20020151924 broadly covering an angioplasty balloon with ridges mounted on its outer surface for treating occluded coronary and peripheral arteries. The balloon also incorporates a proprietary folding mechanism that shields the ridges and protects the arterial wall during delivery and withdrawal of the catheter. The ridges can be economically made from a 0.01 inch high triangular plastic extrusion with a sharpened edge. The ridges concentrate the balloon's dilating force and enable the opening of resistant lesions. This new design minimizes balloon stiffness, preserves the maneuverability of the device as it negotiates curved vessels, and reduces several risks, drawbacks, and length limitations associated with the use of metal ridges in the presently marketed devices.

"Gaining a generic patent position in this rapidly growing and lucrative field is important as this field becomes increasingly more competitive," said John Cvinar, founder of Seedling Enterprises and business advisor to SS&II. "Balloons covered by this patent have a large commercial potential because the design satisfies an important unmet clinical need in both the coronary and peripheral angioplasty markets. SS&II's technology provides new hope for patients with re-occluded stents, difficult to dilate fibrotic lesions or long lesions."

SS&II develops and licenses minimally-invasive devices for treating occlusive vascular disease. For additional information, visit SS&II on-line at http://www.surgicalsys.com/ or contact jcvinar@comcast.net.

SS&II

CONTACT: To reach SS&II: jcvinar@comcast.net


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