Concentric Medical(R) Announces Co-Marketing Agreement With InTouch Health(R) to Advance Acute Ischemic Stroke Care

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 General News
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 12 Concentric Medical, Inc.,the global leader in devices for clot removal in ischemic stroke patients,announced today that it has entered into a co-marketing agreement with InTouchHealth to facilitate the advancement of stroke care in the U.S. ConcentricMedical and InTouch Health will work with hospitals to create centers ofexcellence for treating acute ischemic stroke, developing comprehensiveprograms that offer patients the broadest range of options in acute strokeintervention.

Concentric Medical provides Merci Retrieval Systems(TM), as well as tools,resources and physician training to help hospitals provide state-of-the-artcare for patients suffering from ischemic stroke. InTouch Health providesRemote Presence technology, which is a next generation telemedicine solutioncombining the power of robotics, wireless, and the Internet to achieve fullphysician coverage for patients that present to the hospital with acute strokesymptoms.

Maria Sainz, President and CEO of Concentric Medical said, "ConcentricMedical is excited to team with InTouch Health to bring about real change inthe way hospitals address the care of acute ischemic stroke and extends thereach of their growing stroke networks. Prompt access to physicians who canprovide all interventional options including Concentric's Merci RetrievalSystem is a critical component in the effective treatment of this disease."

Yulun Wang, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of InTouch Technologies said, "I amvery pleased to announce this agreement with Concentric Medical. Together wehave an opportunity to give stroke patients everywhere a better chance ofsurvival by delivering faster and more efficient access to state-of-the-artstroke expertise and care through our Remote Presence telestroke networks."

About Concentric Medical

Concentric Medical is located in Mountain View, California, and wasfounded in August 1999. The company manufactures and markets the MerciRetrieval System, which is a minimally invasive device that is delivered by aneurointerventionalist into the brain to restore blood flow by engaging,capturing and removing blood clots that cause ischemic stroke. The MerciRetrieval System is available in over 250 leading stroke centers around theworld, and has been the subject of two successful clinical trials, MERCI andMulti MERCI. Concentric Medical estimates that over 8,000 patients have beentreated with its devices. For more information about Concentric Medical,please visit

About InTouch Health

InTouch Technologies, Inc. (d.b.a. InTouch Health) is a privately heldcompany based in Santa Barbara, CA. The company has pioneered Remote Presencetechnology for healthcare providers. Through its RP-7 Remote Presence RoboticSystem, a proprietary mobile robotic and communications platform, doctors areable to consult with hospital-based patients and staff more easily andfrequently. The InTouch Health solution leverages the time and expertise ofhealthcare professionals across multiple care facilities, improving theefficiency and effectiveness of care delivery. The Company now has over 200RP-7 systems deployed in acute care settings that are utilized for a range ofclinical applications including stroke and multidisciplinary outreach, remotecritical care coverage, on-call services and rounding. For more informationabout InTouch Health please visit

Media Contact: Andrew Gordon (650) 810-1701

SOURCE Concentric Medical, Inc.

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