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April 25, 2014
14:25 EDTSTJ, STJ, STJ, ATRC, ATRC, ATRC, BSX, BSX, BSX, MDT, MDT, MDTLeerink's medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Medical Devices Analyst Antalffy provides a preview of the upcoming Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions Meeting and major CRM products including Boston Scientific's Watchman on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 30 at 3 pm.
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March 25, 2015
07:49 EDTATRCAtriCure remains a favorite small-cap stock for 2015, says Canaccord
Canaccord said AtriCure remains one of its favorite small-cap stock picks for 2015 following its inaugural analyst day. The firm sees accelerating growth and expanding gross margins. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $28 from $26 on AtriCure shares.
March 24, 2015
16:06 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces first commercial procedures with Watchman Device
This week, three patients in the U.S. received the first implants of the Boston Scientific Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure, or LAAC, Device. The WATCHMAN Device offers a novel stroke risk reduction option for high-risk patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, or AF, who are seeking an alternative to long-term warfarin therapy. The Watchman Device received FDA approval on Friday, March 13. The first Watchman Device procedures in the U.S. were performed by Shephal K. Doshi, M.D., director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, and Saibal Kar, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Intervention Center Research at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA.
March 23, 2015
16:19 EDTBSXBoston Scientific leads funding round for InterVene
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March 20, 2015
10:00 EDTBSXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:21 EDTATRCAtriCure to host analyst/investor meeting
Analyst/Investor Meeting to be held in New York on March 24 at 8 am. Webcast Link
08:32 EDTBSXBoston Scientific has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Weinstein will host a conference call with CEO Mike Mahoney on March 27 at 11 am.
06:44 EDTBSXBoston Scientific initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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March 18, 2015
10:00 EDTSTJOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:39 EDTBSX, STJ, MDTSt. Jude Medical downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded St. Jude Medical (STJ) to Market Perform saying competitive pressures will drive 2015 market share losses in the company's cardiac rhythm management business, which represents 50% of total sales. Wells believes the launch of CardioMEMS will not be strong enough to offset the headwinds in CRM unit. The firm thinks Boston Scientific's (BSX) earlier than expected approval for its next generation subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator called Emblem will drive share gains against St. Jude and Medtronic (MDT) in the single chamber ICD market. Wells cut its price target range for St. Jude shares to $69-$70 from $73-$74. The medical technology company closed yesterday down $2.01 to $65.45.
March 17, 2015
16:13 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces FDA, CE Mark approval of EMBLEM S-ICD system
Boston Scientific has received FDA and CE Mark approval of the EMBLEM Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator, or S-ICD, system. The EMBLEM S-ICD System is a treatment option that provides protection for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, yet leaves the heart and vasculature untouched, minimizing the risk of complications associated with conventional transvenous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. A controlled and limited market release has begun in a small number of European centers with a broad European launch scheduled for May and subsequent U.S. launch planned for the third quarter of 2015.
March 16, 2015
13:16 EDTSTJ, MDT, BSXAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
09:22 EDTBSXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:05 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical data 'impressive,' says BMO Capital
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07:30 EDTMDTAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:25 EDTBSXBoston Scientific Watchman indication 'very favorable,' says Bernstein
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07:22 EDTMDTMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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March 15, 2015
15:27 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils data from high risk study of the CoreValve U.S. pivotal trial
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15:23 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils preclinical outcomes of its novel Drug-Filled Stent
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15:20 EDTMDTMedtronic announces outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System
Medtronic announced initial clinical outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System. At 30-days, the new recapturable, self-expanding valve showed no incidents of all-cause mortality or stroke in a high and extreme risk patient population. Data from the Evolut R Study, which enrolled 60 patients from six centers in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, were unveiled today at the 64th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology. The CoreValve Evolut R System is not approved for commercial use in the United States where it is currently undergoing clinical trials. "Initial clinical experience with the Evolut R system is remarkable and ushers in a new era of TAVR technology that provides increased confidence with recapturability, excellent procedural results, and impressive clinical outcomes," said Ian Meredith, M.D., of Monash Heart - Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia, who is one of the investigators of the study. "The 14 French equivalent delivery system allowed transfemoral access for most patients and the recapturable technology enabled implanters to optimize valve placement for improved annular sealing and reduced conduction disturbances without compromise on mortality or stroke."
12:47 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical announces new data analysis from CHAMPION trial
St. Jude Medical announced a new data analysis from the CHAMPION trial showing that heart failure, HF, patients with reduced ejection fraction on optimal doses of guideline directed medical therapy, GDMT, managed by pulmonary artery, PA, pressure monitoring with the CardioMEMS HF System had a 57% reduction in mortality and a 43% reduction in HF hospitalizations compared with patients on GDMT managed by the standard of care, SOC. These data show a strong improvement for patients managed by optimal GDMT and the CardioMEMS HF System in both mortality and hospitalizations over currently defined best practices.
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