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InspireMD's MGuard Embolic Protection Stent (EPS) Shows Lower Mortality Rate In STEMI Patients At Six Months Compared To Control Group

PARIS, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

InspireMD, Inc. ("InspireMD" or the "Company") (NYSE MKT: NSPR), the leader in embolic protection stents, today announced new 6-month results from the MASTER ( MGuard for Acute ST Elevation Reperfusion) trial demonstrating that the MGuard Embolic Protection Stent (EPS) outperformed bare metal and drug eluting stents in all-cause mortality in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients.  Results from the trial were presented at the InspireMD STEMI Symposium at EuroPCR, the official annual meeting of the European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) taking place in Paris from May 21-24, 2013.

In addition to the symposium, the Company reported that another fourteen presentations and three abstracts highlighting the MGuard EPS technology were presented over the 4-day conference.

With its proprietary micro-net mesh sleeve, MGuard EPS addresses an unmet need by preventing unstable arterial plaque and thrombus (clots) that cause heart attack blockage from breaking off and exacerbating damage.

The MASTER trial achieved its primary endpoint (p value = 0.008), in complete ST-segment resolution at 60-90 min post-procedure (a strong predictor of mortality). Secondary endpoint clinical outcomes continue to show a lower mortality rate with MGuard EPS compared to control (0.5% vs. 2.8%, P=0.06) at 6 months.  These findings corroborate the previously announced 30-day results showing that all-cause mortality with MGuard EPS was lower than bare metal and drug eluting stents used as a control (0% vs. 1.9%, P=0.06).  Additional 6-month results are available at http://www.inspiremd.com.

"The initial MASTER trial results published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology [1] in October 2012 demonstrated the acute benefits of the embolic protection stent, as MGuard EPS outperformed drug-eluting and bare metal stents in complete ST-segment resolution," said Professor Dr. Sigmund Silber, Director of the Heart Center at the Isar Academic Teaching Site of the University of Munich. "The six-month MASTER results highlight the enduring benefits of the MGuard EPS, with a consistent trend in lower mortality."

In the MASTER trial, a total of 433 patients with STEMI presenting within 12 hours of symptom onset undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention were randomized at 50 sites in 9 countries to the MGuard EPS (n = 217) or commercially available bare metal or drug-eluting stents (n = 216).

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