Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. and Aerolase collaborate on laser atherectomy technology


Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), a medical device company developing and commercialising innovative interventional treatment systems for patients with peripheral and coronary artery disease, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Aerolase Corp. to co-develop a new laser atherectomy device for treating multiple forms of arterial disease.

Scott Ward, CSI’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “We believe there is an opportunity to leverage Aerolase’s innovative proprietary laser technology, which is FDA-cleared for dermatology and medical aesthetic uses, and supported by leading physicians in those fields. The collaboration project aims to create a significant improvement in the quality of care for patients suffering from peripheral arterial disease and in-stent restenosis.”

Said Pavel Efremkin, Aerolase’s chairman and chief executive officer, “We are excited to pursue the development of an atherectomy laser device with an industry-leading company like CSI. Our dermatology and aesthetic medicine customers appreciate the portability, reliability, ease-of-use and minimal set up time that our lasers offer in addition to high clinical efficacies. We look forward to demonstrating that our solid-state, patented, air-cooled laser technology can transfer to atherectomy and provide similar benefits to interventional cardiologists.”

Under the terms of the agreement, CSI made an undisclosed equity investment in Aerolase and will make additional equity investments as development milestones are met.

Concluded Ward, “The successful development and commercialisation of this laser atherectomy technology will expand the number of patients CSI serves. We are committed to transforming CSI into an innovative and global leader in the treatment of peripheral and coronary artery disease.”


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