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Acclarent, Inc. is a medical device company in Menlo Park, CA that was established in June of 2004. The company is dedicated to the development of innovative devices providing new technologies to further meet the needs of ENT patients.

 

Acclarent's initial focus is on achieving the goals of sinus surgery with novel, endoscopic, catheter-based tools - Balloon Sinuplasty devices. Through the Balloon Sinuplasty technology and our RELIEVA® Product Portfolio we offer ENT patients another option to conventional endoscopic surgical technologies. FDA clearances for these devices were completed in 2005 and the products were commercially launched in the US that same year.

 

Through our core technologies and commitment to innovation, Acclarent will continue to advance novel devices in all areas of ENT.

 

Overview of Sinusitis
Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year,1,2,3 making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. It is more prevalent than heart disease and asthma1 and has a greater impact on quality of life than chronic back pain or congestive heart failure.4 Sinusitis is also responsible for $8 billion*5 in direct healthcare expenditures and a significant loss of workplace productivity.5

 

The most frequently used treatments for chronic sinusitis are medical therapies and / or conventional sinus surgery. Medical therapies are often successful, but for more than 20% of patients, they are not adequate.7,8,9,10 In these cases, conventional sinus surgery is the patient's next hope for finding relief. However, conventional sinus surgery is a major operation that may require bone and tissue removal in order to open up blocked sinuses. For this or other reasons, approximately 900,000 patients that could benefit from surgery continue to live with their sinus condition and do not have surgery every year.11

 

The Balloon Sinuplasty System
Acclarent has developed the Balloon Sinuplasty system: a novel, endoscopic, catheter-based technology used by surgeons for sinusitis patients. This system is a family of proprietary products and is currently being used in endoscopic surgical procedures throughout the U.S. and select countries worldwide. Balloon Sinuplasty products are specifically designed to navigate the tortuous sinus anatomy. The Sinus Balloon Catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal sinus drainage and function. Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty instruments.

 

*Inflation adjusted

1. National Health Interview Survey, 2006.
2. US Census 2007.
3. Lusk, R., et al, "Long-Term Follow-Up for Children Treated With Surgical Intervention for Chronic Rhinosinusitis." Laryngoscope 2006; 116: 2099-2107.
4. Gliklich RE, Metson R. "The health impact of chronic sinusitis in patients seeking otolaryngologic care." Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;113:104–109.
5. Ray, N., et al, "Healthcare expenditures for sinusitis in 1996: contributions of asthma, rhinitis, and other airway disorders." J Allergy Clin Immunol 1999; 103: 408-414.
6. Collins, J., "Prevalence of selected chronic conditions: United States, 1990-1992." Vital Health Stat 1997; 10: 1-89.
7.  Hamilos, D., J "Chronic Sinusitis." Allergy Clin Immunol 2000; 106: 213-227.
8.  Stankiewicz, J., et al, "Cost Analysis in the Diagnosis of Chronic Rhinosinusitis." Am J Rhinol 2003; 17(3): 139-142.
9. Subramanian, H., et al, "A Retrospective Analysis of Treatment Outcomes and Time to Relapse after Intensive Medical Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis." Am J Rhinol 2002; 16(6): 303-312.
10. Hessler, J., et al, "Clinical outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis in response to medical therapy: Results of a prospective study." Am J Rhinol 2007; 21(1): 10-18.
11. Acclarent, Inc. estimates based on National Health Interview Survey, 2006; US Census 2007; Lusk, R., et al, "Long-Term Follow-Up for Children Treated With Surgical Intervention for Chronic Rhinosinusitis." Laryngoscope 2006; 116: 2099-2107.; Hamilos, D., J "Chronic Sinusitis." Allergy Clin Immunol 2000; 106: 213-227.; Stankiewicz, J., et al, "Cost Analysis in the Diagnosis of Chronic Rhinosinusitis." Am J Rhinol 2003; 17(3): 139-142.; Subramanian, H., et al, "A Retrospective Analysis of Treatment Outcomes and Time to Relapse after Intensive Medical Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis." Am J Rhinol 2002; 16(6): 303-312.; Hessler, J., et al, "Clinical outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis in response to medical therapy: Results of a prospective study." Am J Rhinol 2007; 21(1): 10-18.; Millenium Research Group, USENT08, 2008; Medtech Insight, A600, 2002; Medtech Insight, A566, 2005.