Kips Bay Medical Announces the First eSVS Mesh Implant by Lenox Hill Hospital of New York

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MINNEAPOLIS, July 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Manny Villafaña, Chairman and CEO of Kips Bay Medical Inc. (Nasdaq:KIPS), announced that on July 17, 2014, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City performed its first implant of an eSVS® Mesh. This implant was performed as part of the Kips Bay Medical eMESH I clinical feasibility trial currently being conducted for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a number of preeminent cardiac surgery centers in both Europe and the United States.

The procedure was performed by Nirav C. Patel, M.D., Associate Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, who commented, "We are excited to be enrolling patients in the eMESH I clinical feasibility study. The eSVS Mesh device, developed by Kips Bay Medical, is very easy to use and fits well within our normal CABG procedures. Saphenous vein grafts are the achilles heel of bypass surgery and I am hopeful this new device will give us the upper hand in improving outcomes for thousands of patients suffering from coronary artery disease."

Mr. Villafaña added "We are gratified by the continued interest and support of leading cardiac surgeons like Dr. Patel and are excited to be able to work with Lenox Hill Hospital, one of the truly outstanding clinical research facilities here in the United States."

The eMESH I clinical feasibility trial is a multi-center, randomized study of external saphenous vein support using Kips Bay Medical's eSVS Mesh in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the initial safety and performance of the eSVS Mesh for use as an external saphenous vein graft (SVG) support device during CABG surgery. The Company expects to enroll up to 120 patients at eleven European and seven U.S. sites and further expects to use the data from this study as the basis for the filing of a request for an investigational device exemption (IDE) to perform a pivotal trial in the United States.

About the eSVS Mesh

The eSVS Mesh is designed to be fitted like a sleeve on the outside of saphenous vein grafts to strengthen SVGs used in coronary artery bypass graft surgery. By strengthening the SVG and preventing the damaging expansion of the vein graft, the Company hopes to reduce or prevent the resulting injury which can lead to SVG failure and potentially costly and complicated re-interventions for patients undergoing CABG surgery. To strengthen an SVG, the eSVS Mesh is manufactured from nitinol wire which gives the eSVS Mesh considerable strength, while remaining highly flexible and kink-resistant. Kips Bay is currently conducting a feasibility trial for the FDA, the objective of which is to demonstrate the initial safety and performance of the eSVS Mesh. Kips Bay expects to enroll up to 120 patients at eleven European and seven U.S. sites and further expects to use the data from this study as the basis for the filing of a request for an IDE to perform a larger pivotal study which is required to demonstrate clinical effectiveness and support a request for approval to sell the eSVS Mesh in the United States. Additional information about the eSVS Mesh and the Company's feasibility trial are available at the Company's website at www.KipsBayMedical.com and in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About the Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan's Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments.

US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation's top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 "high performing" designations for its clinical performance in Cancer; Diabetes & Endocrinology; Ear, Nose &Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology and Urology. It is also recognized nationally as a leader in maternal/child health and offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties.

Lenox Hill Hospital, established in 1857, has proven to be an innovative leader in many fields. The Hospital and its physicians:

  • performed the first angiocardiogram in the U.S. in 1938
  • performed the first coronary angioplasty in the U.S. in 1978
  • established the first Lyme Disease Center in the City in 1989
  • inserted one of first coronary stents in the region in 1991

For more information about Lenox Hill Hospital, visit www.lenoxhillhospital.org.

About Kips Bay Medical

Kips Bay Medical, Inc. is a medical device company focused on manufacturing and commercializing its external saphenous vein support technology, the eSVS Mesh, for use in coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Kips Bay originally acquired the eSVS Mesh technology from Medtronic, Inc. in 2007. Additional information about Kips Bay is available at the Company's website at www.KipsBayMedical.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Safe Harbor

Statements contained in this release that relate to future events are forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations of future events and often can be identified by words such as "may," "expects," "may," "believes," "will," "could," "hopes," "continues," "objective," "potential," "future," other words of similar meaning or the use of future dates. Examples of forward-looking statements in this release include Kips Bay's expectations regarding number of patients and sites, enrollments, site activations and other aspects of its eMESH I clinical feasibility trial and the safety, performance and benefits of the eSVS Mesh. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Uncertainties and risks may cause Kips Bay's actual results to be materially different than those expressed in or implied by Kips Bay's forward-looking statements. For Kips Bay, such uncertainties and risks include, among others, the status of the eMESH I clinical feasibility trial, including enrollment, completion and the results; Kips Bay's future operating results and financial performance; market size and market acceptance of its eSVS Mesh technology; the ability of Kips Bay and its distributors to commercialize and sell the eSVS Mesh in Europe; its ability to obtain coverage and reimbursement from third-party payors for its eSVS Mesh technology and the extent of such coverage; the development of its distribution and marketing capabilities; its ability to attract and retain scientific, regulatory, and sales and marketing support personnel and its ability to obtain additional financing. More detailed information on these and other factors that could affect Kips Bay's actual results are described in Kips Bay's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Kips Bay undertakes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements.

Contact:
 
Kips Bay Medical, Inc.
Manny Villafaña, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, +1-763-235-3540
Email: Manny.Villafana@KipsBayMedical.com
or
Scott Kellen, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, +1-763-235-3540
Email: Scott.Kellen@KipsBayMedical.com