Medtronic enters exclusive distribution agreement with Miami Instruments


Medtronic announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Miami Instruments a company focused on the design of innovative surgical instruments for minimally invasive cardiac surgery procedures and has introduced the company’s first two products in the USA. 

The first products launched are the Joseph Lamelas knot pusher, which is designed to simplify the delivery and tying of secure suture knots in the heart during minimally invasive cardiac surgery procedures, and the Joseph Lamelas atrial lift system, which is used to retract the atrial wall during limited-access cardiac surgical procedures. These products are registered with the FDA and are available for use in the USA.

“Medtronic is pleased to join with Miami Instruments to bring cardiac surgeons the specialised surgical instruments they need to perform minimally invasive cardiac surgery procedures on behalf of their patients,” said John Liddicoat, senior vice president, Medtronic and president of the Structural Heart business. “This agreement will allow us to continue providing physicians with the most innovative minimally invasive heart valve replacement and repair technologies.”

These, and other Miami Instruments products in development, are disposable, single-use, devices designed by Joseph Lamelas, cardiac surgeon and chief of cardiac surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, and a founder of Miami Instruments.

“Minimally invasive cardiac surgery procedures have become the preferred option for many patients who need heart valve repair or replacement surgery,” said Lamelas. “This new collaboration with Medtronic will enable cardiac surgeons to use our advanced surgical instruments during these complex but highly beneficial procedures.”