Avinger Receives FDA Clearance of Ocelaris Next Generation Image-guided CTO Crossing System

REDWOOD CITY, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 11, 2020 / Avinger, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVGR), a commercial-stage medical device company marketing the first and only intravascular image-guided, catheter-based system for diagnosis and treatment of patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), today announced that the Company received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its Ocelaris next generation image-guided chronic total occlusion (CTO) crossing system. The new device will be marketed under the brand name TIGEREYE™ to reinforce its highly differentiated benefit of providing real-time imaging from inside the vessel during a CTO-crossing procedure.

TIGEREYE is a product line extension of Avinger's Ocelot family of image-guided CTO crossing catheters. Its design elements include an upgrade of the image capture rate to provide high definition, real-time intravascular imaging similar to the Company's Pantheris image-guided atherectomy system and a user-controlled deflectable tip designed to assist in steerability within the lumen. TIGEREYE also features a new distal tip configuration with faster rotational speeds up to 1000 RPM designed to penetrate challenging lesions. The TIGEREYE catheter has a working length of 140 cm and 5 French sheath compatibility for treatment of lesions in the peripheral vessels both above and below the knee.

"We are excited to receive U.S. pre-marketing clearance for TIGEREYE, which we believe will be a significant growth driver for our CTO-crossing business," said Jeff Soinski, Avinger's President and CEO. "Our Ocelot catheters have helped physicians cross thousands of CTOs since introduction of the product line in 2013. TIGEREYE brings compelling new features and benefits to expand upon this platform to help physicians safely cross challenging CTOs. We anticipate initiating a limited launch of TIGEREYE in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of this year, then leveraging our growing commercial infrastructure and installed base of Lumivascular accounts for national launch in early 2021."

Dr. Jaafer Golzar, Avinger's Chief Medical Officer, commented, "I believe that TIGEREYE represents a major advancement for patients with chronic total occlusions, which presents one of the most significant technical challenges to physicians treating peripheral artery disease. By combining real-time intravascular imaging and the ability to precisely control the device within the vessel, TIGEREYE provides an important new tool to help interventionalists stay within the true lumen while successfully crossing these challenging lesions. Intraluminal crossing provides for a wider variety of treatment options following crossing of the CTO and results in less potential for vascular injury, which has been shown to improve long-term clinical outcomes for patients."

Soinski continued, "The FDA clearance of TIGEREYE provides another market growth opportunity for Avinger, further building on the market gains we have made with our Pantheris Next Generation and Pantheris SV catheters. TIGEREYE will be the third new product released by Avinger in less than 3 years, putting us on the leading edge of innovation for PAD therapy. We have grown our commercial sales team and advanced our clinical studies to drive case activity and build data in support of our image-guided approach. The Company has a robust pipeline of new products and a strong balance sheet with more than $25 million in cash to fuel our product launch and growth plans."

Avinger's proprietary Lumivascular technology allows physicians, for the first time ever, to see from inside the artery during an atherectomy or CTO crossing procedure by using an imaging modality called optical coherence tomography, or OCT, that is displayed on Avinger's Lightbox console. Physicians performing atherectomy or crossing CTOs with other devices must rely solely on X-ray as well as tactile feedback to guide their interventions while treating complicated arterial disease. With the Lumivascular approach, physicians can more accurately navigate their devices and treat PAD lesions, thanks to the real-time OCT images generated from inside the artery, without exposing healthcare workers and patients to the negative effects of ionizing radiation.

About Avinger, Inc.
Avinger is a commercial-stage medical device company that designs and develops the first and only image-guided, catheter-based system for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). PAD is estimated to affect over 12 million people in the U.S. and over 200 million worldwide. Avinger is dedicated to radically changing the way vascular disease is treated through its Lumivascular platform, which currently consists of the Lightbox imaging console, the Ocelot family of chronic total occlusion (CTO) catheters, and the Pantheris® family of atherectomy devices. Avinger is based in Redwood City, California. For more information, please visit www.avinger.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding our future performance, the potential benefits of TIGEREYE, the potential of TIGEREYE to be a significant growth driver for our CTO-crossing business, the benefits of TIGEREYE in the treatment of CTOs, and the anticipated launch timing of TIGEREYE into the U.S. market. Such statements are based on current assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, include the resource requirements related to Ocelaris; the outcome of clinical trial results; competition from other products, and requirements to obtain regulatory approval to commercialize Ocelaris; as well as the other risks described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 6, 2020. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and should not be unduly relied upon. Avinger disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Investor Contact:
Mark Weinswig
Chief Financial Officer
Avinger, Inc.
(650) 241-7916

Matt Kreps
Darrow Associates Investor Relations
(214) 597-8200

SOURCE: Avinger, Inc.


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