Asahi Intecc and MediGuide collaborate on guide-wire technology for cardiology

30 July 2008

Asahi Intecc and MediGuide have signed a collaboration agreement for the development and marketing of an innovative guide wire (G-Wire) using an integrated, sub-millimetre magnetic tracking sensor for the interventional cardiology market.

The G-Wire will enable physicians to visually track the actual orientation, as well as the 3D spatial tip position of the wire, while manipulating it in real time. In addition, it will enable marking and 3D visualisation capabilities also offered by the MediGuide technology.

These capabilities are achieved using MediGuide's Medical Positioning System (gMPS) technology, incorporated within various Cath Labs which has been recently approved for use in Europe. This new functionality is expected to be useful during procedures such as chronic total occlusion (CTO) as well as other complex operations that require accurate wire manipulation in the field of interventional cardiology.

Martin Leon MD, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and Founder of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in New York City, said: “This collaboration brings together the most advanced guidewires and sophisticated imaging and guidance technology, providing an exciting opportunity to improve CTO therapy in the future.”

Dr. Osamu Katoh, Director of Research Center at the Toyohashi Heart Center, said: "The integration of Asahi's one to one torque performance technology and MediGuide's gMPS navigation technology, will create a tremendous synergy effect that could dramatically improve the treatment options for complex lesions, including CTOs."

Dr Satoru Sumitsuji, Director of the Heart Center in Nozaki Tokushukai Hospital and Nagoya Tokushukai General Hospital said: "The integration of Asahi wire technology and the MPS technology by MediGuide will create a new imaging supported PCI. The combination of MediGuide’s three-dimensional imaging technology and Asahi’s wire technology will be an initiative to further integrate in the field of complex PCI, such as CTO".

Masahiko Miyata, Executive Vice President of Asahi Intecc said: "The integration of MediGuide's gMPS technology and Asahi wires is extremely challenging and we look forward to a successful result from our collaboration. We wish to put in all our efforts in developing a top of the line guidewire which will be utilized by physicians' worldwide challenging tough CTO cases".

Gera Strommer, President and CEO of MediGuide said: "We are excited about this new relationship with Asahi Intecc. Asahi is a world leader in the field of guide wires and the combination of gMPS with Asahi wire technology is a perfect fit to MediGuide's strategy to enable leading manufacturers of medical devices with the gMPS technology for better patient care".

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