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Atrionix Inc.

Division of Cardinal Health Inc./Cordis Corp.
www.atrionix.com

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Device Companies Follow New Map To Atrial Fibrillation

Device therapies for atrial fibrillation (AF) have so far failed to result in compelling efficacy across all types of disease and patients. The rates of elimination of AF following a catheter ablation procedure range from 30% to 80% according to the type of patient and the definition of success. The question of why success rates aren’t yet sufficient after a great deal of investment is an area of active pursuit, and one that opens up the door for next-generation AF device companies seeking to improve upon the results achieved to date.

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Device Companies Follow New Map To Atrial Fibrillation

Three years ago, the FDA approved Johnson & Johnson’s ThermoCool, the first in a series of ablation catheters specifically designed to halt atrial fibrillation. Despite these advances, the long-term success rates of catheter ablation procedures remain low, opening the door for start-ups to devise new approaches.

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Keys To Creating Value for Early-Stage Medical Device Companies

Small cap firms that reach a successful exit via M&A tend to share a set of chacteristics that enable significant value creation. Start-ups can use them as a template to gauge their own potential for success. Indeed, those characteristics, which include the development of a novel, best-in-breed technology with significant clinical impact, having a set of products that deliver a competitive edge, and careful execution of their respective business plans (including managing capital and timelines), can serve as a template for early-stage medical device companies, and help define the parameters necessary for them to engineer their way towards an outcome that maximizes value.
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AtriCure: Making Order Out Of Chaos

Atrial fibrillation (AF), once thought of as a benign condition affecting a relatively small patient population, has recently been found to be a major contributor to stroke and congestive heart failure (CHF), and is expected to afflict a much larger patient pool, particularly as the population ages, making AF one of the largest unmet cardiovascular clinical opportunities. The only current cure for AF is a traumatic, rarely performed surgical procedure. Palliative treatments are limited to drug regimens that are often ineffective and can produce serious side effects; or electrophysiology and cardiac rhythm management procedures that are only used for a relatively small number of patients. The size of the AF patient market and the recent discovery that AF is a precursor to stroke and CHF have elevated the condition in importance to product companies, making it one of the most competitive areas for the next generation of cardiovascular devices, and attracting interest from all the major cardiology companies, as well as many start-ups. AtriCure is developing novel technology that for the first time enables surgeons to ensure they are producing lesions that are transmural, meaning they completely penetrate the cardiac tissue. Transmural lesions have been shown to provide the only effective means of curing AF. The company's first-mover advantage puts it ahead of the pack, at least for now. AtriCure's challenge is to expand the application of its technology to avoid being marginalized when the inevitable rush of big and small players enter the market.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Medical Devices
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Cardiovascular
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Senior Management
  • Michael Ross, MD, Chmn. & CEO
    Michael D Lesh, MD, CSO
  • Contact Info
  • Atrionix Inc.
    Phone: (650) 843-1980
    1820 Embarcadero Rd.
    Palo Alto, CA 94303-1213
    USA
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