SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwired - April 17, 2013) - Ventripoint Diagnostics (TSX VENTURE:VPT) (VPTDF) is announcing the granting of a CE Mark by the European Notified Body, Intertek Semko AB, for its NRV™ application for the analysis of 2-D ultrasound images for patients with non-specific heart disease. The NRV™ application will allow clinicians to rapidly and accurately assess the status of the right ventricle in all patients that do not have significant congenital heart defects or pulmonary hypertension, yet may have a variety of other conditions, such as left-heart failure or valve disease.
"Leading cardiologists, who have the VMS-2DE™ heart analysis system, have been requesting the NRV™ application so they can examine almost every patient they see," said Dr. George Adams, CEO of Ventripoint. "This approval will allow our sales force to offer this major expansion of the capability of the VMS-2DE™ to our existing and pending customers in Europe, where heart disease remains the leading cause of death at a financial cost of 196 billion Euros each year."
The NRV™ database will be used with the VMS-2DE™ heart analysis system for patients where knowledge of the function of the right heart would be useful in assessing the overall heart function and optimally treat the patient. It is estimated that 27 million people have some form of heart disease and the addition of this application to the VMS™ heart analysis systems will provide a direct avenue for clinicians to better evaluate and care for these individuals. It is anticipated that the NRV™ application can also be used to provide a reference baseline study for patients at risk for developing right heart dysfunction and would benefit from frequent monitoring.
The VMS-2DE™ is approved for clinical use in Europe and Canada and is available for investigational use only in the United States.
The company is also announcing it has passed the annual surveillance audit its quality management system and has received renewal compliance certificates for ISO 13485:2003/CMDCAS and MDD 93/42/EEC - Annex II standards. These certificates are required to maintain the Company's licenses to sell its medical devices in Europe and Canada.
About VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd.
VentriPoint has created a diagnostic ultrasound tool to monitor patients with heart disease, a leading cause of death in developed countries. VMS™ is the first cost- effective and accurate diagnostic tool for measuring right ventricle heart function. Congenital heart disease in children and adults and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension are the first applications in a suite of applications for all major heart diseases including cardiovascular disease and heart failure - a multi-billion dollar market potential. Canada and Europe (CE Mark) have granted approval for the sale of its VMS™ tool and the Company is pursuing the US-FDA marketing clearance through the 510(k) process.
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