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|Boston Scientific Acquires Labcoat Limited|
Acquisition demonstrates Company's commitment to innovation in drug-eluting stent technology
Labcoat has developed a novel technology for coating drug-eluting stents that uses precisely metered droplets of a biodegradable polymer and drug formulation to create a thin (< 1 micron) coating confined to the outer surface of a coronary stent. This proprietary technology is designed to significantly reduce the amount of polymer and drug to which the vessel wall is exposed, while minimizing polymer and drug on the inner surface of the stent where endothelial cell growth is required for healing. Once the drug has been delivered, the biodegradable coating resorbs, leaving behind only the bare-metal stent. This approach is intended to provide the same degree of restenosis reduction as a conventional drug-eluting stent, but faster and more complete vessel healing after stent implantation.
Labcoat has successfully completed a clinical trial with its JACTAX(TM)
Stent, which consists of a
Paclitaxel is employed on the TAXUS(R) family of stents, which have been studied in thousands of patients in clinical trials and implanted in approximately four million patients worldwide.
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description of these and other important risks and uncertainties that may
affect our future operations, see Part I, Item 1A- Risk Factors in our most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the