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Peripheral DES

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Edwards will focus development of peripheral drug-eluting stents on "vessels where we think we can excel," CEO Michael Mussallem reports during Feb. 3 earnings call. "For example, we think we can do quite well in the SFA," or superficial femoral artery, he says. Edwards has several internal peripheral DES programs, including a research alliance with San Diego-based Happy Valley Medical, developer of the anti-proliferative drug Ceracor (C6-ceramide). HVM is also the "sister company" of stent developer Reva Medical. Meanwhile, Boston Scientific and J&J/Cordis will soon turn their attention to renal drug-eluting stents, Mussallem predicts. "The first target [for] the coronary players...will be the renals. That's a natural target for interventional cardiologists and a natural place for them to be effective"...

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