FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (September 6, 2018) – W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) a global leader in providing solutions for cardiovascular disease, announced the acquisition of Pipeline Medical Technologies, Inc., a privately held medical technology company focused on advancing chordal repair for degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR) via a transcatheter procedure.
“The addition of Pipeline's investigational technology and talented associates bolsters our continued ambition to improve patients’ lives by offering physicians innovative treatment solutions across the cardiac space,” said David Abeyta, Leader of Gore Medical Products Division. “Pipeline’s cutting-edge repair procedure, for patients with mitral valve disease, has the potential to expand Gore’s growing portfolio of treatments for structural heart disease, and it echoes our commitment to innovation across cardiac therapies.”
The Pipeline device is designed to replicate the outcomes of a highly effective surgical procedure via a catheter, avoiding the trauma and many of the risks associated with open heart surgery. “An entirely catheter-based, transfemoral and transseptal chordal repair will be an important tool for minimally invasive treatment of mitral regurgitation,” commented Paul Sorajja, MD, Director, Center for Valve and Structural Heart Disease, Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
“We see an array of synergies working with Gore. The company is well recognized for its advanced material capabilities. Its long history of designing solutions for DMR treatment challenges already includes the GORE-TEX® Suture for Chordae Tendineae, used in surgical chordal repairs and we are excited to collaborate on future innovations in transcatheter mitral chordal repair,” said Pipeline founder Steven Bolling, MD, a leading mitral valve surgeon. “Together we aspire to significantly advance DMR patient outcomes and improve recovery speed.”
The company will retain the Pipeline name and operate independently of Gore as a wholly owned subsidiary. Pipeline’s device is currently in development and not available for commercial use.
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