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Medtronic's Positive 2-Year SURTAVI Data Boosts Corevalve

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Medtronic plc MDT released the first-ever clinical data from the Surgical Replacement and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (SURTAVI) Trial. This provided a boost to its next-generation transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device – the CoreValve System and Evolut R System.

In this regard we note that, the SURTAVI trial is a global, prospective, multi-center, randomized study that evaluates superiority of the CoreValve System and CoreValve Evolut R System over open-heart surgery at two years. This SURTAVI trial enrolled intermediate risk patients and compared 863 TAVR patients to 794 surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) patients.

The data was presented simultaneously at the 66th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology and published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). It showed that Medtronic’s self-expanding TAVR platform met its primary endpoint of all-cause mortality or disabling stroke at two years.

Per the study, the two year rates of all-cause mortality or disabling stroke were similar to SAVR. Also the minimally-invasive TAVR procedure demonstrated significantly better mean aortic valve gradient at two years. The data also demonstrated that patients who underwent TAVR or SAVR have not displayed evidence of structural valve deterioration at two years.

Medtronic is optimistic about this positive outcome of SURTAVI trial which will help the company speed up the process to support an intermediate risk label expansion in the U.S. Notably, at present, the use of the CoreValve and Evolut R systems in intermediate risk severe aortic stenosis patients is investigational. It had acquired CE Mark in Europe for patients with intermediate risk severe aortic stenosis.

Globally, the heart valves market is estimated to grow at an impressive CAGR of about 14% by 2020, according to a Technavio report. There is a growing demand for less complicated cardiac treatment procedures as normal invasive ones cause complications in patients. The latest data can give a boost Medtronic’s global commitment to build a market-leading innovation pipeline in the transcatheter space.

Share Price Movement

Medtronic has been going through a smooth phase since it released better-than-expected third-quarter fiscal 2017 earnings in February. Share price has consistently remained above the broader Medical - Products industry, over this period. Per the latest movement, the stock is up 1.94%, ahead of the 1.16% gain for the broader industry.

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Medtronic currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better-ranked stocks in the medical product sector include Inogen, Inc. INGN, Bovie Medical Corporation BVX and ResMed, Inc. RMD. Inogen sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while Bovie Medical and ResMed carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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