Angiotech's corporate partner, Boston Scientific, announces launch of third-generation TAXUS(R) Element(TM) Stent

    VANCOUVER, May 19 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:   ANPI,
TSX: ANP) today announced that its corporate partner, Boston Scientific
Corporation (NYSE:   BSX) has launched the platinum chromium TAXUS(R)
Element(TM) Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System in select markets
worldwide. The TAXUS Element Stent features a new platinum chromium alloy
engineered specifically for coronary stent applications and represents the
Company's third-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) technology.
    The TAXUS Element Stent is built on the advanced platinum chromium
platform and is designed to provide interventional cardiologists improved
performance in treating patients with complex coronary artery disease. Boston
Scientific has reported that it anticipates CE Mark approval for the TAXUS
Element Stent in the fourth quarter of this year.
    "Boston Scientific continues to make significant progress toward
improving the performance of TAXUS stents," said Dr. William Hunter, President
and CEO of Angiotech. "The launch of this third-generation TAXUS stent
demonstrates the efficacy and longevity of the paclitaxel platform in treating
patients with heart disease."
    The platinum chromium alloy used in the Element Stent System was
engineered specifically for coronary stenting, delivering both strength and
flexibility. The Element Stent System platform also features a new stent
architecture with thinner struts, increased flexibility and a lower profile,
designed to improve radial strength, recoil and angiographic visibility.
Deliverability to complex lesions is further enhanced through the
incorporation of a new highly deliverable dilatation catheter technology.
    "Our platinum chromium Element Stent series represents a significant leap
forward in drug-eluting stent innovation," said David McFaul, Boston
Scientific Senior Vice President, International. "This breakthrough technology
combines a new alloy designed for coronary stenting, an innovative stent
design and a new delivery system."
    The TAXUS Element Stent System is currently being studied in the PERSEUS
clinical trial program, which compares the TAXUS Element Stent System to the
TAXUS(R) Express(2)(R) Stent System. The program includes the PERSEUS
Workhorse and the PERSEUS Small Vessel arms. Both have finished recruiting
patients and are estimated to be completed by the end of the year.
    While the Element Stent platform represents Boston Scientific's
third-generation DES technology, the Company's fourth-generation DES is
currently under development. Initial clinical data were presented at the
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics scientific symposium in 2008; global
pivotal trials are expected to begin in 2010. This DES employs the Labcoat
technology, which has an ultra thin biodegradable abluminal polymer that
delivers a very low dose of paclitaxel to the wall of the treated vessel, and
no polymer or drug on the inner surface of the stent. Integrating the Element
Stent architecture and a platinum chromium alloy with an optimized drug
release, the "Labcoat Element" Stent is designed to deliver a powerful
combination of procedural and clinical performance.
    In the United States, the TAXUS Element Stent is an investigational
device and is limited by applicable law to investigational use only and is not
available for sale.

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    About Angiotech Pharmaceuticals

    Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and
medical device company with over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech
discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or
complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions
and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ:   ANPI, TSX: ANP),
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