Boston Scientific Launches iCross
Coronary Imaging Catheter
Boston Scientific Corporation has launch of its iCross
Coronary Imaging Catheter, a product designed to improve the deliverability of
the company's market-leading intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) technology, the
iLab Ultrasound Imaging System. IVUS technology enables physicians to see
detailed images inside the heart and coronary arteries. The company said the
iCross Catheter would be available immediately in the United States.
"Boston Scientific's iCross Coronary Imaging Catheter is a
powerful tool for visualizing coronary intravascular pathology, especially in
patients with complex coronary artery disease," said Augusto Pichard, director,
Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Washington Hospital Center. "The combination of the
iCross' outstanding image quality and excellent deliverability should help
physicians better identify lesion characteristics."
"This latest advance builds on the success of our existing
Atlantis SR Pro Catheter," said Hank Kucheman, senior vice president and group
president, Cardiovascular for Boston Scientific. "We expect that the
improvements iCross offers to physicians and their patients will help further
solidify our leadership in intravascular ultrasound."
The iCross Catheter features a Bioslide Hydrophilic Coating
that has been shown in bench tests to provide a 28 per cent improvement in
pushability in challenging anatomy.
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and
marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of
interventional medical specialties.
(Ref : Chronicle Pharmabiz dated March 23, 2009)
Australian Medical Devices Cos Keen
To Enter Indian Market
The medical devices industry in Australia is set to explore
the Indian market on a big scale by entering into distribution arrangements with
local companies and also taking up manufacturing at a later stage.
While more than a dozen of the Australian medical devices
companies already commenced marketing operations in India, many others are
looking for distribution tie ups in the country. Three other companies and two
major states namely Victoria and Western Australia are exploring the Indian
healthcare market through the Australian Trade Commission. India's medical
devices market is placed at Rs 1500 crore.
Currently almost 13 companies from the state of Victoria
alone has shown their interest in exploring the Indian healthcare market,
informed Gopi Shankar, trade manager, Victorian Business Office India.
"Many of these companies have come to India earlier for
market expansion and some are already in the process of partnering with Indian
companies. On the other hand, some of these companies are looking for right
companies to tie-up with," said Gopi Shankar.
The establishments which are showing interest are Box Hill
Institute of Tafe and La Trobe University, a clinical trial management firm -
PulmoSonix Pty Ltd, imaging firms like Lake Imaging and Voyager Imaging,
diagnostic firms including Heart Smart Diagnostics and Compumedics. Consultancy
or management service providers like Matrix Health Pty Ltd, Padghams & Partners
Pty Ltd and Quality Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd are also planning to partner
with Indian companies to offer services.
Petal Black Clothing, a major supplier of assistive clothing
for hospitals is looking for manufacturing partners in India for its specialised
products catering to elderly and those with limited mobility, he added.
Similarly, the healthcare companies in Western Australia, a
state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent and the
second largest sub-national entity in the world, are also keen on exploring the
lucrative Indian medical devices and diagnostics market, said Paresh V Shah,
trade commissioner, Western Australia Trade Office - India.
At present, the A$ 4.75 billion Australian healthcare
industry is exporting A$1.75 billion worth products, almost 37 per cent of its
production, informed Vaibhav Kale, business development manager, Australian
Individual companies are also sending their representatives
to hold talks with Indian firms for tie up. Dynek Pty Ltd, a wound care
management products company and Heat Wheat Pty Ltd, offering natural pain
management products with a unique moist heat application technology, informed
that they are looking for setting up its marketing operations in India through
distribution tie up.
The Commission is interested in exploring partnership
opportunities for pharma companies of Australia, said Kale. He said that the
companies can also set up their operations in the Australian pharma market
either through collaborating with a local company or through direct investment.
(Ref : Chronicle Pharmabiz dated March 28, 2009)