Merit Medical’s ConcierGE® Has Better Kink Resistance and 1:1 Torque Than Leading Guiding Catheter Brands

THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED by Merit Medical with the introduction of the Merit ConcierGE Guiding Excellence Catheter.

In an independent survey, approximately 40% on Interventional Cardiologists indicated that their current guiding catheter does not meet their needs for kink resistance.

Designed in 5F, 6F, 7F, and 8F, ConcierGE is the first guiding catheter designed with a higher level of guiding excellence.

Kink Resistance
The ConcierGE has approximately
30% more kink resistance*
than the leading brands, facilitating
the advancement and withdrawal of
interventional devices.
1:1 Torque
The ConcierGE test results prove
that it has better 1:1 torque
response** than the leading
brands, promoting quicker catheter
seating with less whipping.*

Each feature of the guiding catheter is designed to give you added confidence in difficult cases by optimizing clinical benefits without compromise during coronary angioplasty.

To learn more about how Merit has raised the bar for guiding catheter performance, read the ConcierGE Brochure or watch the ConcierGE Guiding Catheter product video.

Tami Anderson,
Senior Product Manager

New Studies Highlight Benefits Of STAR Tumor Ablation System For Patients With Spinal Tumors

San Jose, Calif. – Feb. 18, 2014 –Two studies presented at the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) 2014 Annual Symposium in Miami highlighted the benefits of Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation™ (t-RFA) therapy with the DFINE STAR™ Tumor Ablation System. The studies demonstrated the ability of the STAR System to provide significant pain relief to patients suffering from painful spinal metatases; in many cases, these patients had not responded to standard therapies, such as radiation or chemotherapy. The first study, conducted by Bassem Georgy, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego, noted improvement in pain and functional status (quality of life) in all patients. The study also concluded that the targeted and minimally invasive nature of the STAR System allowed treatment of all of the studied tumors regardless of their location. The second study, conducted by Jack Jennings, M.D., PhD, Director of Musculoskeletal and Spine Interventions at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, demonstrated the value of the STAR System in treating patients who were not responsive to other standard treatments and who had tumors very close to the spinal cord (posterior lesions). In addition to relieving pain, the study concluded that the STAR System had successfully destroyed the lesions, and that in many patients no regrowth was observed during the study period.< “We are pleased with the continued success of STAR in providing pain relief to the many cancer patients suffering from spinal tumors,” said Greg Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of DFINE. “The therapy continues to gain momentum and we are gratified to see more clinicians embracing the technology to help their patients.” About STAR™ Tumor Ablation System The STAR Tumor Ablation System does not treat cancer. It was cleared by the FDA in 2010 for providing palliative treatment (e.g., pain relief) by ablation of metastatic malignant tumors in a vertebral body. With its use of targeted radiofrequency (RF) energy, the STAR System enables physicians to achieve pain relief through the use of a single, minimally invasive procedure that may be compatible with both chemo and radiation therapy. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks and contraindications associated with the STAR System which are described in the product labeling.  The STAR System is available at more than 200 institutions in the U.S. For more information regarding spinal tumors or to find a physician, visit About STAR™ Tumor Ablation System t-RFA with the STAR System does not treat cancer. It is cleared by the FDA for providing palliative treatment (e.g. pain relief) by ablation of metastatic malignant tumors in a vertebral body. For a complete list of indications, risks and contraindications, visit—SpineSTAR About DFINE, Inc.DFINE is dedicated to relieving pain and improving the quality of life for patients suffering from spinal diseases through innovative, minimally invasive therapies. The company’s flagship products, the StabiliT® Vertebral Augmentation System and STAR™ Tumor Ablation System, represent generational advancements in the minimally invasive treatment of spinal diseases. DFINE is based in San Jose, Calif. and is a privately held company. DFINE and StabiliT are registered trademarks and STAR and Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation (t-RFA) are trademarks of DFINE, Inc. Media Contact Susan Benton Russell T: 310-697-3488 [email protected]

Merit Medical Supports Utah’s “STEM Curiosity Unleashed” Campaign to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

Merit Medical joined Governor Gary Herbert and other business leaders at a recent news conference to kick off the State’s “STEM Curiosity Unleashed” campaign.


Merit and other Utah businesses donated $2.5 million dollars for an advertising campaign to encourage students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The future of companies like Merit Medical depends on more people having a better understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We support STEM education because the future of our country depends upon it.

We are proud to participate in this effort to educate young people on the value of STEM education and the bright future that STEM careers offer.


Merit Laureate Hydrophilic Guide Wire

Merit Laureate® Hydrophilic Guide Wire Available In New 0.018″ Diameter




I’m pleased to announce that Merit will be offering a 0.018″ diameter Merit Laureate Hydrophilic Guide Wire worldwide effective February 3, 2014. Smaller diameter guide wires are used in a number of different applications including standard arterial and venous angiography, PTA of chronic total occlusions, thrombolytic therapy, vena cava grams, and endovenous laser ablations.
The Merit Laureate is Merit Medical’s premier hydrophilic guide wire for the placement of devices during diagnostic and interventional procedures in radiology, cardiology, vascular surgery, nephrology, and urology.


  • True 1:1 torque control for greater turn-for-turn responsiveness and rapid vessel selection
  • Reliable and lasting lubricity to minimize surface friction for navigating highly tortuous anatomy and rapid catheter exchanges
  • Enhanced lesion crossability
  • Dependable visualization under fluoroscopy

Available now in 0.018″, 0.025″, 0.035″, and 0.038″ diameters, 80 cm to 260 cm lengths, standard and stiff body, with angled and straight tip configurations. Click here to watch our Merit Laureate Product Demonstration Video with side- by-side comparison to the market leader and a product feature animation.

Senior Product Manager