Neovasc Inc., a new specialty vascular device company, today announced that it has received CE mark approval for Peripatch™ Aegis, its biocompatible product designed to reduce complications from endoscopic surgery. This approval enables the company to begin marketing Aegis products for sale in the European Union. Peripatch Aegis is a buttressing material designed to reinforce the staple line and prevent bleeding and leaks during bariatric and thoracic endoscopic surgical procedures. Peripatch Aegis products will be marketed in Europe through Neovasc’s network of independent distributors.
“Leakage in endoscopic procedures can result in serious complications for patients, so we specifically designed Peripatch Aegis to enable endoscopic surgeons to reinforce surgical staple lines efficiently and effectively,” said Alexei Marko, chief executive officer of Neovasc. “We are pleased to have received regulatory clearance to now make this superior product available to surgeons in Europe.”
Separately, Neovasc also announced changes to its senior management team. The company is pleased to announce that Cynthia Roney has been appointed to the expanded role of vice president, sales and marketing, adding the responsibilities of the former position of vice president, sales to her portfolio. In addition, Neovasc named Fabio De Pasquale as director, regulatory affairs. Mr. De Pasquale brings over 18 years of industry experience to his new role.
In addition, Neovasc announced today that on February 2, 2009 it granted a total of 427,500 options to the directors and 60,000 options to the senior management of the company. Of these options issued, 312,500 have an exercise price of $0.40, expire five years from the grant date and vest over four years according to the following schedule: 20% vest on the grant date and 20% vest on each of the next four anniversaries of the grant date. The remaining 175,000 options are granted at $0.40, expire after five years and vest immediately. The market price at close of February 2, 2009 was $0.40. The grant of these options is in accordance with the existing stock option plan.