Innovation breeds success

It’s been exciting to see all the new products recently launched here at Merit. At the recent Q1 2011 earnings conference call, CEO Fred Lampropoulos mentioned just a few of the “latest and greatest”. For more than 20 years, the name Merit Medical Systems, Inc. has been synonymous with innovative medical devices used in cardiology and radiology. From the first coronary control syringe launched in 1989 to the ASAP™ clot aspiration catheter that was recently launched in the USA, there has been a consistent flow of new products every year since the founding of the company. As a result of this continual innovation, sales revenues have responded by growing year after year without a single decline from a prior year. I’m even more excited about the new products in our product development pipeline . . . the best is yet to come!

Larry Tolman
VP of Business Analytics

Global Embolization Symposium & Technologies Trade Show

Merit will attend the Global Embolization Symposium & Technologies (GEST) trade show next week in Paris, France. With the acquisition of BioSphere, Merit is now a comprehensive resource for peripheral embolization technologies: embolic microspheres such as Embosphere®, EmboGold®, HepaSphere™ and QuadraSphere®, Merit Maestro® and EmboCath® Plus microcatheters, and a broad offering of specialty guide wires used for embolization procedures. These devices, as well as a comprehensive portfolio of supporting products like sheath introducers, color-coded syringes, needles and mini access kits, offer the dependability that has become the standard at Merit Medical. This trade show will be a valuable mechanism for capturing the interest of key physicians throughout the world.

Larry Tolman
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

A great loss – Bill Cook

Bill Cook, the founder of Cook Medical, is recognized by many as a pioneer for some of the core products commonly used in cardiology and radiology. His passing will be a great loss to his family, the company and to the entire medical device industry. I’d like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Bill Cook and the employees of Cook Medical. He will not be forgotten. Antoine de Saint-Exupery captured my thoughts when he said, “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”

Larry Tolman
VP of Business Analytics