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Abbott Sees Absorb Bioresorbable Implant As Stent Market Game Changer

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Abbott will commence a 2,000-patient clinical trial by year end to support U.S. approval of its Absorb drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold as an alternative to conventional coronary stents following an initial European debut.

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