Venus Medtech Launches Global Advisor Board to Target for International Market

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Venus Medtech (Hangzhou) Inc., a Chinese medical device company specializing in transcatheter valve replacement therapy, has retained four world-renowned experts specialized in interventional cardiovascular to form a Global Advisory Board. The Board members will contribute their insights to Venus Medtech on global innovation of interventional cardiovascular and therapies for structural heart disease. The members of the Board, in alphabetic order by last name, are Ziyad M. Hijazi, Martin B. Leon, Horst Sievert and Ron Waksman.

The Board will meet several times a year at Venus Medtech's offices in China and the United States of America. Together, the Board members will contribute their innovation, technology, clinical trials and therapy expertise and insights to Venus Medtech's research, development and commercialization of its products globally.

The Global Advisory Board members:

-- Ziyad M. Hijazi, MD is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at
Sidra Medicine. Dr. Hijazi is also the Medical Director of the Sidra
Heart Center. As the Chair for the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Hijazi
drives the strategic direction of the Department and integrates research
and education priorities into a program of excellent clinical service
delivery. He also holds the position of Chair of Pediatrics at Weill
Cornell Medical College _ Qatar, Sidra's academic partner in medical
education. Dr. Hijazi is an interventional cardiologist who specializes
in treating congenital and structural heart disease in both children and
adults. He is a pioneer in the non-surgical repair of congenital and
structural heart defects. He is the Director and Founder of the
PICS/AICS meeting, a premiere meeting for interventional therapies for
children and adults with congenital and structural heart disease.
-- Martin B. Leon, MD is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University
Medical Center (CUMC). He is also Director of the Center for
Interventional Vascular Therapy (CIVT), Director of the Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratories, and on the Executive Board of the Columbia
New York Presbyterian Heart Valve Center. Dr. Leon has served as
principal investigator for over 50 clinical trials that have helped
shape the field of interventional cardiovascular medicine, including the
following studies: STRESS, STARS, Gamma-one, SIRIUS, ENDEAVOR, and most
recently, the PARTNER trial, studying the value of transcatheter valve
therapy for patients with aortic stenosis. Dr. Leon has co-authored over
1550 publications, has performed over 10,000 interventional procedures,
and has had a major impact as a thought-leader and innovator in the
expanding sub-specialty of interventional cardiovascular device and drug
therapies. Dr. Leon is the Director and Founder of Transcatheter
Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the world's premier interventional
cardiovascular meeting. Dr. Leon is the Chair, Director and Founder of
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the world's premier
interventional cardiovascular meeting.
-- Horst Sievert, MD is the Director of the CardioVascular Center
Frankfurt, Germany. He is also an Associate Professor of Internal
Medicine/Cardiology at the University of Frankfurt. He is the Chair of
CSI, the leading conference in the field of congenital, structural and
valvular heart interventions.
-- Ron Waksman, MD specializes in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Waksman is
the associate director of the Division of Cardiology at MedStar Heart
Institute. He is also the director of Cardiovascular Research and
Advanced Education at the Heart Institute. In addition, Dr. Waksman
serves as clinical professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Georgetown
University. He is editor-in-chief of Cardiovascular Revascularization
Medicine and on the editorial boards of a number of other publications,
including European Heart Journal and Journal of Interventional
Cardiology. Dr. Waksman publishes extensively and has authored or
co-authored more than 600 articles. He has been the principal
investigator for more than 100 research trials. Dr. Waksman serves on
the Cardiac Cath Laboratory Peer Review Committee at MedStar Washington
Hospital Center and is a MedStar Heart Institute board member.
"The Global Advisory Board is an unrivalled team of interventional cardiovascular and structural heart disease therapies, whose insights into these fields will be a valuable input to our innovation and globalization of our products," said Eric Zi, CEO and Co-founder of Venus Medtech.

"I am truly delighted to be the member of Global Advisory Board of Venus Medtech. Venus Medtech has progressed with Venus valve systems both aortic and pulmonary, retrievable versions, which represents an extraordinary advance for managing patients with critical valvular heart disease in China. I am so excited that China now has entered the world stage of transcatheter valve replacement therapy and Venus Medtech has led the way," said Martin B. Leon, MD the Chair of TCT.

About Venus Medtech (Hangzhou) Inc.

Venus Medtech (Hangzhou) Inc. was founded in 2009, located in Hangzhou National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone (Binjiang), committed to the development and commercialization of minimally invasive treatment of heart valve disease. Venus Medtech is a leading heart valve developer in China,the transcatheter aortic valve, VenusA-Valve is the first transcatheter heart valve system approved by the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). It has started a new era of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in China. Venus Medtech is also the first Chinese heart valve producer to carry out global research. The transcatheter pulmonary valve, Venus P-Valve's European Union (CE) clinical study was launched in September 2016 and will be completed within 2018. VenusP-Valve is expected to launch clinical research on FDA in 2019. Innovation leads the future, Venus Medtech will continue to focus on the research and development of structured heart disease medical device and market, accelerate China's innovation and benefit the world.

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