ALBANY, N.Y., June 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AngioDynamics (Nasdaq:ANGO), a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, announced that its BioFlo peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) was one of 14 medical innovations on display in front of thousands of healthcare providers and experts at the Premier healthcare alliance's 2013 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition. The BioFlo PICC was selected by clinicians and other members of Premier, a provider-owned performance improvement alliance of more than 2,800 hospitals and nearly 100,000 other care sites. It was highlighted during the conference's fifth annual Innovation Celebration, which took place on June 11, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. The event recognizes advances in healthcare while highlighting industry suppliers committed to innovation and improving patient outcomes. Selection criteria included the uniqueness of the product, its ability to have an impact on an unmet medical need and its potential to positively impact patient care. PICCs allow intravenous access for an extended period for chemotherapy, antibiotic delivery and other intravascular therapies. The BioFlo PICC is the only PICC manufactured with Endexo technology, a permanent and non-eluting integral polymer. Endexo is blended into the catheter shaft's polymer, creating a material that provides long-term durability. It is present throughout the catheter shaft material and is not superficial or transient like coatings or impregnated materials. The BioFlo PICC does not contain antibiotics or antimicrobials, agents potentially associated with bacterial resistance. "BioFlo technology has shown promise in decreasing the accumulation of catheter-related thrombus without incorporation of heparin, antibiotics, antimicrobials or any other transient materials typically associated with coated or impregnated technologies, making it a potentially disruptive product in this space," said Chuck Greiner, Vice President of AngioDynamics' Vascular Access Business. "We're pleased to see established providers like Premier acknowledge the product's potential. We believe that the BioFlo PICC's inclusion in Premier's Innovation Celebration demonstrates that the product is gaining traction in the market."