MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 1, 2013) - Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that it has recently filed 30 new patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office relating to flexible medical robotics, based on research and development activities conducted by the Company. With these new filings, Hansen Medical now owns or has exclusive rights to approximately 250 issued and pending patent applications relating to medical robotics, in addition to hundreds of other related patents and patent applications which the Company has the right to use under various third party license agreements.
"Thanks to our talented, innovative and dedicated engineers and scientists, the level of invention has never been higher at Hansen Medical than it is today," said Bruce Barclay, president and CEO of Hansen Medical. "These new patent applications relate to not only our core intravascular robotics technology, but also other possible clinical applications of our technology, and a number of different technical elements critical to the clinical success of medical robotics, including robotic systems, software, flexible instruments, sensing, navigation, and imaging. I am more confident than ever that our intellectual property portfolio, as supplemented by these new filings, will provide us an even stronger proprietary position for our current and future products, and increased potential to grow shareholder value, for years to come."
"The creativity consistently demonstrated by our technical teams, supported by our significant investment in R&D, which resulted in these new filings, has been exceptional," said Will Sutton, COO of Hansen Medical. "The Company has never filed this many new U.S. patent applications in a single year in its history, let alone this early in the year, making this accomplishment all the more impressive."
About Hansen Medical, Inc.
Hansen Medical, Inc., based in Mountain View, California, is the global leader in intravascular robotics, developing products and technology designed to enable the accurate positioning, manipulation and control of catheters and catheter-based technologies. The Company's Magellan™ Robotic System, Magellan Robotic Catheter and related accessories, which are intended to facilitate navigation to anatomical targets in the peripheral vasculature and subsequently provide a conduit for manual placement of therapeutic devices, have undergone both CE marking and 510(k) clearance and are commercially available in the European Union, and the U.S. In the European Union, the Company's Sensei® X Robotic Catheter System and Artisan Control Catheter are cleared for use during electrophysiology (EP) procedures, such as guiding catheters in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), and the Lynx® Robotic Ablation Catheter is cleared for the treatment of AF. This robotic catheter system is compatible with fluoroscopy, ultrasound, 3D surface map and patient electrocardiogram data. In the U.S. the Company's Sensei X Robotic Catheter System and Artisan Control Catheter were cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for manipulation and control of certain mapping catheters in EP procedures. In the United States, the Sensei System is not approved for use in guiding ablation procedures; this use remains experimental. The U.S. product labeling therefore provides that the safety and effectiveness of the Sensei X System and Artisan Control Catheter for use with cardiac ablation catheters in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, including AF, have not been established. Additional information can be found at www.hansenmedical.com.
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