Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Commercial Launch of the Tan Endoglide(TM) Endothelium Insertion System in the United States at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting
VANCOUVER, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , today announced the commercial launch of the Tan EndoGlide(TM) Endothelium Insertion System in the United States. Angiotech holds exclusive U.S. distribution rights to market and distribute the Tan EndoGlide Endothelium Insertion System, which it obtained in a supply agreement with privately held Network Medical Products, Ltd. Angiotech will launch the product during the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, to be held in San Francisco, CA on October 24-27, 2009.
"As less invasive cornea transplant techniques continue to evolve, new devices are needed to safely deliver donor tissue. The Tan EndoGlide is one of the first new devices on the market designed to help surgeons handle and insert endothelial cell tissue with minimal cell loss," said Steve Bryant, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Angiotech. "We are excited to announce that the Tan EndoGlide Endothelium Insertion System is now available throughout the U.S. through our Ophthalmic Distributor Specialties Sales Team."
The Tan EndoGlide is a device used to facilitate insertion of a donor endothelium during Endothelial Keratoplasty. The device is used by Ophthalmologists adapting to newer techniques to replace diseased corneal endothelium. The Tan EndoGlide is specifically designed for use in Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) and Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) surgical procedures.
About the Tan EndoGlide Endothelium Insertion System
The Tan EndoGlide, developed by Network Medical Products, Ltd., is a medical device specifically designed to offer surgeons support in reducing iatrogenic damage of donor endothelium caused by manipulation and insertion of the donor through a small incision. The device allows the surgeon to maintain full control of the donor lenticule at all stages of insertion. The patent pending cartridge design produces a "double-coil" loading of the donor tissue for minimal endothelial touch.
About Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK)
Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK) procedures allow surgeons to preserve the majority of a recipient's cornea while replacing the non-functioning or diseased inner portion of the cornea with a healthy donor tissue. EK procedures require small incisions and are more minimally invasive than Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) procedures. The primary advantages of EK procedures over PK procedures are minimal astigmatism associated with the surgery, and more rapid visual recovery.
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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 , please visit our website at www.angiotech.com.
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