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After Drug-Eluting Stents: Making the Heart Smaller and the Market Larger

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

According to a recent report by Windhover/Medtech Insight, "Emerging US Markets for Myocardial Revascularization, Repair, and Regeneration Products and Technologies," drug-eluting stents achieved sales of $1.2 billion in 2003, and sales are expected to continue to grow at a compound annual rate of 27.5% to $4.1 billion in 2008. But revascularization technologies are only one category that offer grwoth opportunities for medtech companies. Another group of players hopes to address patients trending towards heart failure, as a result of heart scar formation or the death of heart muscle cells following a heart attack. New devices and device-enabled products have the potential to intervene in both of these structural processes in ways that existing heart failure drugs, which are merely palliative, can't. Medtech estimates that two strategies-cell therapies for heart muscle regeneration and remodeling devices for the heart--will serve a market that could grow to almost $190 million by 2008.

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