CERENOVUS Launches New Suite of Technologies to Advance Stroke Treatment

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IRVINE, CA – September 9, 2020 – CERENOVUS, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies* today announced that it has launched CERENOVUS Stroke Solutions™, which includes a suite of three devices designed to aid physicians in clot removal procedures. The announcement was made during the virtual European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT).

Strokes are the second leading cause of death globally,1 with estimates suggesting that by 2035 the number of stroke deaths across Europe will increase by 45%2. Over half of stroke survivors become chronically disabled,1 placing an economic burden on healthcare systems. In the European Union alone the total cost of stroke was estimated at €45 billion in 20152

CERENOVUS Stroke Solutions™ were designed with compatibility in mind to help physicians perform mechanical thrombectomy procedures. The suite of technologies includes:  

  • CEREBASE™ DA Guide Sheath, a long guide sheath, designed  with more trackability and support to allow physicians to navigate challenging anatomy and secure Distal Access for Geometric Anchoringǂ.  
  • EMBOVAC™ Catheter is designed for atraumatic vessel wall interaction to balance trackability with more durability and compatibility†. Featuring excellent distal kink resistance in a thin wall design‡, it allows rapid navigation to the middle cerebral artery based on anatomically optimized design.3,4,5 
  • EMBOTRAP® III Revascularization Device, the latest generation stent retriever, is designed to engage a wide range of clot types, improve procedural confidence and provide more tailored options to achieve the First Pass Effect (FPE).6,7 FPE is an independent predictor of good functional outcome and has resulted in faster patient recovery times, which may translate to lower healthcare costs.8

“Stroke is a silent killer that can take a life within minutes, and we designed CERENOVUS Stroke Solutions™ to support physicians in successfully treating their patients efficiently and effectively,” said Mark Dickinson, Worldwide President**, CERENOVUS. “We are committed to developing differentiated solutions based on physicians’ real-world experiences to change the trajectory of stroke care.”


Interim data from the EXCELLENT registry will be presented focused on the composition of the clots collected. This research on clot science continues to provide the foundation used to inform the design of CERENOVUS Stroke Solutions.

“Not all mechanical thrombectomy procedures are equal and the greatest benefits to patients are observed when reperfusion is achieved from the first pass,” said Professor Kyriakos Lobotesis**, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK, principal investigator in the EXCELLENT study. “The EXCELLENT registry is a unique study that goes beyond reporting patient outcomes and helps to understand more about clot composition, revascularization rates and clinical outcomes.” 
CERENOVUS will also host a virtual symposium on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 10:45 AM CET., “The quest for a total stroke solution. Now in sight?” moderated by Prof. Kyriakos Lobotesis, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK, with faculty presenters Dr. Fritz Wodarg, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany, and Dr. Hannes Nordmeyer, Radprax Neurocenter Solingen, Germany. Registration for the Congress is available at www.esmint.eu/esmint-congress/registration/

CERENOVUS, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is a global leader in neurovascular care. Our commitment to changing the trajectory of stroke is inspired by our long heritage and dedication to helping physicians protect people from a lifetime of hardship. CERENOVUS offers a broad portfolio of devices used in the endovascular treatment of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. For more information, visit www.cerenovus.com and connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies 
As the world’s most comprehensive medical devices business, we are building on a century of experience, merging science and technology, to shape the future of health and benefit even more people around the world. With our unparalleled breadth, depth and reach across surgery, orthopedics, vision and interventional solutions, we’re working to profoundly change the way care is delivered. We are in this for life. For more information, visit www.jnjmedtech.com

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* The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies comprise the surgery, orthopaedics, vision and interventional solutions businesses. CERENOVUS is part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies.
**Mark Dickinson is an employee of Biosense Webster, Inc.
*** Professor Kyriakos Lobotesis is a paid consultant to CERENOVUS
ǂ Not statistically significant in standard position. More trackability and more support than Neuron™ MAX, AXS Infinity LS™, Shuttle®, Fubuki™. More support than Ballast™. 
†More durability and compatibility than Sofia® Plus, Ace™68, Jet™7, React™71 Catheters. More durability than React™68 Catheters. 130658
‡Best Ovalization and kink resistance compared to Sofia® Plus, Ace™68, Jet™7, React™71 and React™68 Catheters. 130657

Important Information: Prior to use, refer to the instructions for use supplied with these devices for indications, contraindications, side effects, warnings and precautions. 

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