WINNER FOR BEST MEDICAL DEVICE:
Watchman, left atrial appendage closure device
The Watchman from Boston Scientific is a left atrial appendage closure device that helps reduce stroke risk. It’s a
first-of-its-kind, proven alternative to long-term warfarin therapy for stroke risk reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. It’s delivered through a transfermoral approach that is designed to close the left atrial
appendage (LAA) to prevent migration of blood clots. By preventing blood clots, the device reduces the risk of
stroke and systemic embolism. WATCHMAN is engineered to conform to the unique anatomy of the LAA.
Tim Lane, Manager,
Business, Boston Scientific,
accepting the award.