Boston Scientific Adds Single-Shot AF-Ablation Balloon With Apama Acquisition
Boston Scientific will pay about $300m for the Campbell, California-based maker of the Apama radiofrequency balloon catheter system for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Boston Scientific plans to integrate Apama's technology with its Rhythmia HDx mapping system.
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Founded and led by serial entrepreneur Amr Salahieh, Apama Medical is developing a system that aims to combine the advantages of two approaches for treating atrial fibrillation: point-by-point radiofrequency-based ablation and cryoballoon ablation.