The VTN Report
SVS REDESIGNS WEBSITE
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has launched its redesigned website, VascularWeb.org. The most significant upgrade is the improved navigation, which features vascular health resources for the public, medical professionals, medical students, residents, and the media. The site receives more than 3 million visitors annually.
“VascularWeb.org is the most comprehensive medical website for information about vascular health,” Robert Zwolak, MD, and SVS president, said. “We receive the most hits on our Conditions, Tests, and Treatments section, which offers detailed descriptions of the tests and treatments we perform for vascular conditions. We’ve expanded resources for medical professionals in the Practice Resources and Health Policy sections. Medical students and residents have access to current training programs at Medical Students, Residents, Trainees.”
The site serves as valuable background on vascular health to the media. Reporters may access current press releases on vascular research published in SVS’ Journal of Vascular Surgery and SVS News.
VASCULAR SOLUTIONS TO PRESENT AT CANACCORD GENUITY GROWTH MEETING
Vascular Solutions Inc. (vascularsolutions.com) will present at the 30th Annual Canaccord Genuity Growth Conference at 4 p.m. Aug. 10 in Boston.
Howard Root, chief executive officer of Vascular Solutions, will deliver the company’s presentation. To hear the live audio webcast and view the slides of the Vascular Solutions’ presentation, go to the investor relations page of the company’s website vascularsolutions.com and click on the “IR Conferences” icon a few minutes prior to start time to download any necessary software.
Canaccord Genuity (canaccordgenuity.com) is an independent financial services firm committed to fostering the entrepreneurial economy by bringing corporate and institutional clients a unique perspective on global investment opportunities.
GREATBATCH SUES PRESSURE PRODUCTS FOR UNFAIR COMPETITION
Greatbatch Ltd. has sued Pressure Products Medical Supplies Inc. in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, asserting that Pressure Products violated federal and state unfair competition laws by making deceptive public statements about the company and its introducer products.
In its complaint, Greatbatch states that on June 11, 2010, Pressure Products issued a false and misleading press release regarding a patent infringement case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint states that Pressure Products’ widely disseminated release was intentionally written to cause unfair market and consumer confusion, particularly regarding Greatbatch’s new and innovative OptiSeal valved peelable introducer and its FlowGuard valved peelable introducer. Greatbatch’s proprietary introducers are medical devices that are intended for use in the percutaneous insertion of pacing leads or catheters in the venous system.
The complaint further states: “Pressure Products has distorted both the facts and the law as to Greatbatch’s introducer products, and is now waging a public relations campaign based on false statements and innuendos. Greatbatch’s customers and the patients whose lives are protected through use of its introducers deserve to have the record set straight and to know that they have lawful access to the medical devices that best serve their medical needs.”
Greatbatch’s suit is brought for Pressure Products’ violations of the federal Lanham Act and New York’s General Business Law. Greatbatch is seeking damages, an injunction against further violations of these laws, attorneys’ fees and other relief.
C.R. BARD INC. COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF SENORX
C. R. Bard Inc. (www.crbard.com), which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., closed the acquisition of the outstanding shares of SenoRx Inc. in July.
With the transaction completed, the SenoRx organization is now part of Bard’s Peripheral Vascular division.
ALOKA PROSOUND ALPHA 6 WINS ULTRASOUND DESIGN AWARD
ALOKA Ultrasound (aloka.com) of Wallingford, Conn., has received the 2010 International Forum (iF) Design Award for its compact ultrasound system, the ProSound Alpha 6, which won in the category of Medicines and Healthcare. The ProSound Alpha 6 was recently introduced into the U.S. market.
The iF Product Design Award is based on an assessment of the product’s design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental friendliness, functionality, ergonomics, visualization of use, safety, brand value, branding and universal design.
COVIDEN ACQUIRES ev3
Covidien (covidien.com), a global provider of healthcare products, has completed the previously announced acquisition of ev3 Inc. for an aggregate consideration of approximately $2.6 billion, net of cash and short-term investments acquired. ev3 became an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Covidien.
This transaction further accelerates Covidien’s strategy of building a vascular platform addressing high-growth markets and positions Covidien with strong positions in both the peripheral vascular and neurovascular markets.
The acquisition brings Covidien a comprehensive portfolio of treatment options, including the primary interventional technologies used today: peripheral angioplasty balloons, stents, plaque excision systems, embolic protection devices, liquid embolics, embolization coils, flow diversion, thrombectomy catheters and occlusion balloons.
LECADA MEDICAL ARTISTRY OPENS TAMPA LOCATION
More than 100 attended the June open house to celebrate Lecada Medical Artistry’s grand opening in Tampa, Fla. Lecada offers innovative treatments for face and body that provide aesthetic and anti-aging solutions designed to affect appearance.
Information on the latest procedures, such as Collagen induction therapy and ultrasonic microdermabrasion, was provided and live demonstrations were presented by Dr. Leanne Cross and Dr. Caroline Lomboy.
Representatives from the makers of Sculptra, Artefill and Radiesse attended and were available to answer questions. Complimentary mineral make-up analysis was provided by representatives of Bare Escentuals.
The Tampa location of Lecada Medical Artistry is at 3710 W. Azeele St. For more information, call 813-874-2332 or see LecadaTampa.com.