WEBINAR REPLAY: "Chest Tube Management in Cardiac Surgery" | ERAS Cardiac Society Webinar in collaboration with CTSNet

Key speakers Marc Gillinov, MD, Jurij M. Kalisnik, MD, and Lenard Conradi, MD discuss the clinical implications of retained blood, current strategies in chest tube management, and the benefits of posterior pericardiotomy.
Webinar moderated by Kevin Lobdell, MD, and Marc Gerdisch, MD.


Scientific Advisory Board meeting at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Annual Convention

The company held its annual Scientific Advisory Board Meeting at the STS in San Diego in late January.  The event included leading surgeons from Cleveland, LA, Minneapolis, Houston and Milwaukee representing some of the top heart surgery programs in the world.  Also attending were current and prospective distribution partners as well as two board members (George Trutza and Jim Fee).  This was an important opportunity to obtain clinical…

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Regulatory Update

2010 was a big year for regulatory approvals. The company announced in Q3 that it had received European and Canadian Regulatory approval, and in December, the company was granted a Class II FDA 510(k) clearance to allow us to market our device in the US as well. The difficult regulatory environment was a hot topic in the medical device industry in 2010 and this represents a major milestone…

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PleuraFlow® wins international design and manufacturing awards

Building on our innovation award from the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons award in 2009, the company received additions awards in 2010. PleuraFlow® was awarded an international industrial design distinction award from I.D. Magazine. In addition, PleuraFlow® was awarded a manufacturing excellence award as the top innovation of the year from Fenner, a $1B international manufacturing giant that bought our manufacturing partner, MRI, in 2010.

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PleuraFlow® Publications and Studies

The company continues to have a strong R & D effort to support the commercial roll out of the PleuraFlow® product. Two of our pre clinical studies were published in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals. In a head to head comparison with a same sized conventional chest tube in the setting of heavy bleeding, the PleuraFlow® drained far more, and significantly prevented residual hemothorax. This article, entitled, “Improved…

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Initial Commercialization Efforts

Our lead product, the PleuraFlow® Active Tube Clearance® System is now available for marketing in the US, Canada and Europe. The board has worked with the executive team to lay out a strategy for the commercial roll out in 2011. The interest level by the surgeons and nurses is strong. The interest level by prospective distribution partners has been large and our global director of sales and marketing…

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Clear Catheter completed a $1.2M series B preferred financing in Q4, 2010

In October, 2010, the company announced it closed an equity financing round with total proceeds of $1.2 million. The financing was led by the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF), joined by additional Oregon based angel investors. The financing will support the clinical launch of the company’s lead product, the PleuraFlow® Active Tube Clearance® System and continued technology development.

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