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Salient Surgical goes Dutch

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 10:34am
Mass Device

Salient Surgical Technologies Inc. is going Dutch, opening an office in Amsterdam to spearhead its international sales and marketing efforts.

The Portsmouth, N.H.-based company said it's had a presence in Europe since 2001, when it began marketing a line of surgical sealers, but wants to expand that footprint with its Aquamantys electrosurgical cautery system.

Citing positive results from clinical trials of the device in joint replacement and spine procedures, Salient Surgical said it's aiming to make the system the global standard of care for reducing bleeding during surgery.

Earlier this month Salient and Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) slapped Bovie Medical Corp. (NYSE:BVX) with a patent infringement lawsuit over the technology used in the Aquamantys system.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Delaware, accuses Bovie Medical of violating a trio of patents licensed to Portsmouth, N.H.-based Salient with its SEER fluid-assisted electrosurgical system. It seeks a jury trial, a permanent injunction on further infringement, damages on lost royalties and legal fees.

Salient, founded as TissueLink Medical in 1999, banked $15 million from its seventh funding round in January. Its backers include Medtronic — which owns a nearly 9 percent stake in the company — TLM Investors, QuestMark Advisors and the RiverVest Venture Fund.

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