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Medtronic awarded industry’s highest honour for renal denervation system

12 November 2012
Medtronic renal denervation wins 2012 MTAA award

Medtronic has received the Medical Technology Association of Australia’s (MTAA) Kerrin Rennie Award for innovation in medical technology. The award was offered for our renal denervation system which is used to treat people with treatment-resistant hypertension.    

The award was presented during the MTAA’s annual conference dinner on Thursday 8 November as part of the MedTech 2012 conference in Sydney.

Medtronic’s renal denervation system is a minimally invasive, one-time procedure to disrupt the renal nerves and produce a reduction of blood pressure levels. It does not involve a permanent implant or invasive surgery. It consists of a flexible catheter that is inserted into the renal artery and generator to deliver controlled, low-power radio-frequency energy to deactivate the surrounding renal nerve. This reduces hyperactivation of the sympathetic nervous system, which is an established contributor to chronic hypertension.

Hypertension is the number one risk factor for premature death worldwide affecting more than 6 million Australians.

The first patient in the World to receive the therapy was treated at a hospital in Melbourne.

Anne Trimmer, Chief Executive Officer MTAA said, “I congratulate Medtronic Australasia as the recipient of this year’s Kerrin Rennie Award. Not only is the winning device a great example of how Australian patients have benefitted from the availability of this technology but Australian clinicians have played an important role in the clinical evaluation of the technology leading up to its worldwide adoption.”

The Kerrin Rennie Award for Excellence in Medical Technology recognises the innovative and extraordinary contribution of medical technology in improving health outcomes of Australians. Companies could enter products used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or management of disease and disability in Australia. Entries were judged by an independent panel.

The award is endowed by the family of the late Kerrin Rennie, who was a long standing member of the Australian medical technology community.

Pictured from left: Anne Trimmer CEO MTAA, Andrew Wiltshire Senior Director Corporate Affairs Medtronic, Kevin Barrow Chairperson MTAA.

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