Merit Laureate® Hydrophilic Guide Wire and EN Snare® Endovascular Snare System Product Demonstrations Generate Interest at the 2012 TCT Meeting in Miami

The 2012 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Meeting took place Oct. 23-25 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Merit Medical’s booth was a frequently visited destination at the meeting. While many attendees enjoyed Merit Medical’s complimentary BowTie™ Guide Wire Insertion Device slush drink bar, the Merit Laureate, ONE Snare™*, EN Snare, Ostial PRO®, as well as the Radial Approach product demonstrations were the real draw.

Hands-on demonstrations of products provided attendees the opportunity to insert the Prelude® Sheath Introducers and to apply the Finale® Radial Compression Device on an anatomical model. The anatomical discovery models allowed attendees to see and feel the exceptional torque control and turn-for-turn responsiveness of the Merit Laureate Hydrophilic Guide Wire. The ONE Snare Single Loop Snare and the EN Snare Triple Loop Snare were demonstrated on a new discovery model with dual image screens and was a very popular demonstration.

Attendees showed a lot of interest in the Ostial PRO Stent Positioning System. This guide wire system is designed to provide consistent and precise stent placement in aorta-ostial lesions during coronary or peripheral interventional procedures.

Merit Medical had a great show and we are looking forward to continuing to provide product innovations and accessories designed to enhance the practice of interventional cardiology.

Patty Jabotte
Marketing Communications Manager

*510(k) Pending

Happy Thanksgiving From Merit Medical – Thank You for Being Part of Our World

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Merit would like to sincerely thank our investors, customers, vendors, employees and our wonderful friends worldwide. The company exists and is growing because of you!

John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” It is interesting to note that in many Latin languages “Happy Thanksgiving Day” is translated as a day of thankful “action.”

“¡Felíz día de Acción de Gracias!” (Spanish)
“Feliz dia de Ação de Graças!” (Portuguese)
“Bonne fête de l’Action de Grâces !” (French)

May our actions as a company always exemplify an attitude of gratitude for your contribution to our success!

Larry Tolman
Vice President, Business Analytics
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Introducing Merit Medical’s CentrosFLO® Chronic Dialysis Catheter Designed by Dr. Stephen Ash

Merit Medical is thrilled to announce the addition of the NEW CentrosFLO long-term hemodialysis catheter to its dialysis catheter line. This unique design features unique, preshaped, curved tips that automatically center the catheter ports within the middle of the vessel.

“The outward-curved limbs contact only one or two points within the lower SVC, minimizing the irritation of the SVC versus long straight-tip catheters,” Dr. Ash explained. The distal tip of the catheter has a unique curved configuration that keeps the ports of the catheter centered and away from vessel walls.

Initial in vitro bench testing showed minimal recirculation rates of less than 1% and flow rates well within the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Guidelines. The CentrosFLO can be placed through a split sheath introducer or over-the-wire to suit your specific insertion needs. A unique, non-barbed tunneler is included in the CentrosFLO.

The CentrosFLO is a tremendous addition to Merit Medical’s dialysis catheter and accessory product offering and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to market this new line!

The NEW CentrosFLO – Centered on Performance

To find out more about the CentrosFLO long-term hemodialysis dialysis catheter, please call Merit Medical Customer Service at 1-800-35-MERIT.

Lynette Torman
Senior Product Manager

Merit Medical Makes InformationWeek List of Top Technology Innovators

As the Director of Sales & Marketing Technology at Merit, I’m proud to announce that Merit Medical was ranked 195 out of 500 companies on the InformationWeek 500 Top Technology Innovators. This annual list identifies the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. InformationWeek tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of America’s best-known companies.

We earned this recognition for our work developing, implementing and integrating state-of-the-art web and mobile systems for marketing disposable medical devices for use in interventional radiology and cardiology. Our innovations include:

• A new company website www.merit.com, including an online catalog, blogs and award-winning product videos for HepaSphere™ Microspheres and the Blue Diamond™ digital inflation device among others.

• Custom mobile applications, including native iPad and iPhone apps and cross-platform HTML5 apps such as the EN Snare® endovascular snare system snare size selection chart.

• Cloud architecture with software services, including Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com, Google Apps, and eLeaP training, secured with Symplified single sign-on and unified with mashups.

• Social media outreach through a YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter feed, LinkedIn group, and Scribd library.

Learn more about the ranking by clicking on the following link:

http://www.informationweek.com/iw500/2012/viewList?sortby=Company&qNum=6

Lincoln Cannon
Director, Sales & Marketing Technology

Merit Medical to Exhibit at AIM VEITH in New York, November 14-17, 2012

Merit Medical is looking forward to exhibiting its innovative line of interventional radiology products when the Advanced Interventional Management (AIM) Symposium and VEITHsymposium™ are held in New York.

AIM is holding its 20th annual symposium on issues and techniques in interventional radiology and endovascular therapy. The VEITHsymposium™ provides Vascular Surgeons and Vascular Specialists the latest dialogue in clinical practice and research.

Merit Medical will be offering attendees hands-on demonstrations of the Merit Laureate® hydrophilic guide wire where physicians can experience true 1:1 torque.

Merit Medical will also highlight its suite of evidence-backed embolization products: Embosphere®, EmboGold®, and QuadraSphere® Microspheres, Merit Maestro® and EmboCath® Plus Microcatheters. The Tenor® and Sequitor® Steerable Guide Wires round out a portfolio that offers exceptional delivery systems for controlled, selective embolization.

On behalf of Merit Medical, I hope you’ll come to booth WP5 to learn more about our complete line of high quality interventional devices and accessories.

Sandra Anderson
Senior Product Manager

MAK-NV™ (Mini Access Kit Non-Vascular) Video Highlights Clinical Benefits of its Introducer System

I am pleased to announce the release of the MAK-NV Introducer System video.

Abscess, nephrostomy, biliary, cyst and other drainage procedure delays are often caused by:

· Introducer tip peelback,
· The inability to determine the exact location of the introducer tip, and
· Difficulty visualizing the needle tip.

The video highlights the clinical benefits offered by the MAK-NV introducer’s smooth transitions and radiopaque marker tip, as well as the MAK-NV needle’s echo-enhancement. The smooth transitions allow the MAK-NV Introducer System to track over the guide wire smoothly to minimize catching on tissue causing introducer peelback. The radiopaque marker tip on the introducer and echo-enhancement on the needle offer good visualization in the patient for accurate placement.

Visit www.merit.com to view the MAK-NV Introducer System video and for more information about our line of drainage products , which includes the ReSolve® drainage catheters, Revolution™ and StayFIX® catheter securement devices, Merit Drainage Depot™ drainage bag, and VacLok® vacuum pressure syringes.

Richard Collard
Senior Product Manager
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.