Asher Holzer Retires as President of InspireMD
TEL AVIV, Israel, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — InspireMD, Inc. (OTC BB: NSPR) (the “Company” or “InspireMD”), a medical device company focusing on the development and commercialization of its proprietary stent platform technology for use in patients with Acute Myocardial Infarctions, announced that Asher Holzer, Ph.D., president and co-founder of the Company, is retiring as president of the Company. Dr. Holzer will remain a director of InspireMD and will also provide the Company with consulting services for a period of six months.
About MGuard(TM) Coronary Stent
MGuard(TM) combines a coronary stent merged with an embolic protection specifically designed for acute MI patients. The embolic protection is comprised of an ultra-thin polymer micron net that wraps the stent. The MGuard(TM) stent seeks to provide outstanding and lifelong embolic protection, without affecting deliverability. MGuard(TM) is CE Mark approved. Mesh-based protection is now recommended for use in the recent Guidelines of the Task force of Myocardial Revascularization of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
MGuard(TM) is currently being investigated in the multi-center international MASTER (MGuard(TM) for Acute ST Elevation Reperfusion) trial. This study has been designed to evaluate the MGuard(TM) stent compared to commercially-approved BMS or DES products in STEMI patients undergoing primary angioplasty. The trial is fully enrolled and preliminary top line results are expected in the third quarter of 2012. Plans for a registration study in the US are also at an advanced stage.
About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD is a medical device company focusing on the development and commercialization of its proprietary stent system technology, MGuard((TM)). InspireMD intends to pursue applications of this technology in coronary, carotid and peripheral artery procedures. InspireMD’s common stock is listed on the OTC BB under the ticker symbol “NSPR”.
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