Boston Scientific's Galway Site in Ballybrit Commercializes Innovative Mustang™ PTA Balloon Catheter

Galway, Ireland (July 5, 2011) -- Boston Scientific’s Galway site in Ballybrit is manufacturing and distributing the Company’s recently launched Mustang™ Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) Balloon Catheter, a highly deliverable 0.035 inch PTA catheter designed for a wide range of peripheral angioplasty procedures.  The Company has launched the product in the U.S., Europe and other international markets.

The Mustang PTA Balloon Catheter represents an advance in balloon technology for peripheral angioplasty procedures.  Staff at the Boston Scientific Galway site in Ballybrit have been working diligently to enable worldwide product distribution in advance of the recent market launch.  It is expected to be the site’s largest launch this year.

“We are pleased to play an important role in launching this innovative new product into the marketplace, and are particularly proud of the fact that it is being commercialised in Galway,” said Mike O’Flynn, Managing Director and Site Vice President for Boston Scientific.  “It’s a tremendous achievement for the local team, which has worked extremely hard to meet international distribution commitments for our diverse, geographically dispersed customers.”

Boston Scientific employs more than 2,500 people at its facility in Ballybrit Business Park, Galway. It is the Company’s largest manufacturing centre in the world, manufacturing a broad range of less-invasive medical devices such as stents and catheters for patients worldwide.

Boston Scientific developed the Mustang PTA Balloon Catheter to meet physician needs for a low-profile, high-pressure balloon catheter in a wide range of sizes.  It is the first to use Boston Scientific’s NyBax™ Balloon Material, a proprietary co-extrusion of nylon and Pebax® polymers engineered to provide high-pressure, non-compliant dilatation in a low-profile balloon.  The Mustang Balloon Catheter offers excellent rated burst pressure (up to 24 atmospheres) and is the only 7 x 200 mm balloon compatible with a 5 French introducer sheath.  Available in 203 sizes, it provides the broadest matrix of any available peripheral balloon.
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