MALVERN, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Essential Medical, Inc., a privately held medical device company addressing the rapidly growing large bore vascular closure market, announced today the first live MANTA case at the Transcatheter Therapeutics conference (TCT) in Washington DC. TCT is the largest annual interventional cardiology conference in North America. The case was performed live on Monday October 31st by Nicolas Van Mieghem, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Department of Interventional Cardiology and Professor dr PPT de Jaegere from Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands via satellite feed. After successfully implanting a 23mm Boston Scientific Lotus valve, the 22F arteriotomy was successfully closed with the 18F MANTA device, which provided immediate hemostasis and a clear patent vessel. TCT Course Directors moderated the live case streaming from Rotterdam to an audience of approximately 2000 in attendance in Washington DC. After reviewing the angiogram confirming a perfectly sealed and patent vessel, both moderators commented on the impressive results. Greg Walters, President and CEO of Essential Medical, commented on the live case results, "It was very rewarding for our team to see our MANTA device provide the patient with an excellent outcome and to hear the moderators comment on the impressive result with the MANTA device as a 'game changer'." Dr. Gary Roubin, Chief Medical Officer of the company, stated, "We are pleased with the outcome in this live demonstration case as it reflects the clinical results observed in the European Study. The Manta System will enable safer and more effective large bore closure with faster ambulation and discharge. Importantly, the case demonstration highlighted the ease of use of the device. We know that access site complications continue to limit the advancement of large bore procedures because vascular closure technology has not kept pace with valve and stenting technologies. This is no longer the case with MANTA." The MANTA live case may be viewed with a tctmd.com membership or attendance at the conference. MANTA is a novel CE Marked vascular closure device designed to close punctures ranging from 10F to 24F at femoral arterial access sites after cardiac catheterization procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA/EVAR), ventricular assist (VAD), and balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV). An IDE study is underway in the US.