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BIOTRONIK is proud of its more than 50-year history and many innovations.

OUR HISTORY

BIOTRONIK from 1963 to Today

BIOTRONIK is proud of its more than 50-year history and consistent development of life-changing innovations. Our commitment to excellence for life has made us what we are today: a leader in cardiovascular and endovascular medical technology with more than 2.5 million products improving patient lives to date.


1963
Founded in Berlin

Physicist Max Schaldach and electro engineer Otto Franke develop the first German pacemaker at the Technical University of Berlin in 1963 and found BIOTRONIK. In the 1970s, BIOTRONIK opens its headquarters in the Berlin district of Neukölln, where it remains today.

1963
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BIOTRONIK location 1970
Founded in Berlin

Physicist Max Schaldach and electro engineer Otto Franke develop the first German pacemaker at the Technical University of Berlin in 1963 and found BIOTRONIK. In the 1970s, BIOTRONIK opens its headquarters in the Berlin district of Neukölln, where it remains today.

Berlin, Neukölln 1970.
Berlin, Neukölln 1970.
1979
International Growth

Due to exceptional technological and commercial success, the company expands throughout Europe and to Asia, North America and South America. BIOTRONIK opens a new production facility in the United States in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

1979
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BIOTRONIK globe
International Growth

Due to exceptional technological and commercial success, the company expands throughout Europe and to Asia, North America and South America. BIOTRONIK opens a new production facility in the United States in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Expansion throughout Europe and to Asia, North America and South America.
Expansion throughout Europe and to Asia, North America and South America.
1982
Expansion in Brazil

BIOTRONIK opens its Brazil office in Sao Paulo, where it remains today. The company further expands its international presence in Europe, South America and Asia.

1982
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BIOTRONIK worldmap
Expansion in Brazil

BIOTRONIK opens its Brazil office in Sao Paulo, where it remains today. The company further expands its international presence in Europe, South America and Asia.

Expansion Brazil.
Expansion Brazil.
1993
The First German Implantable Defibrillator

BIOTRONIK expands therapy solutions with the first German implantable defibrillator (ICD): Phylax 06, the smallest ICD in the world.

1993
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BIOTRONIK defibrillator Phylax 06
The First German Implantable Defibrillator

BIOTRONIK expands therapy solutions with the first German implantable defibrillator (ICD): Phylax 06, the smallest ICD in the world.

BIOTRONIK Phylax 06.
BIOTRONIK Phylax 06.
1993
Fractal Coating – Modeled after Nature

BIOTRONIK models unique fractal lead coating after nature. Fractal coating creates a snowflake-like pattern that expands the lead’s electrical surface, optimizing its sensing and pacing capabilities.

1993
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BIOTRONIK Corox, Linox, Protego, Solia, Setrox, Safio
Fractal Coating – Modeled after Nature

BIOTRONIK models unique fractal lead coating after nature. Fractal coating creates a snowflake-like pattern that expands the lead’s electrical surface, optimizing its sensing and pacing capabilities.

Unique fractal lead coating.
Unique fractal lead coating.
1995
Manufacturing in Switzerland

Business operations expand to include vascular intervention. BIOTRONIK opens a site in the Swiss town of Bülach, outside Zurich, which manufactures guide wires, stents and balloon catheters for the treatment of cardiovascular and endovascular disease.

1995
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BIOTRONIK production Switzerland
Manufacturing in Switzerland

Business operations expand to include vascular intervention. BIOTRONIK opens a site in the Swiss town of Bülach, outside Zurich, which manufactures guide wires, stents and balloon catheters for the treatment of cardiovascular and endovascular disease.

Production Switzerland, Bülach.
Production Switzerland, Bülach.
1995
The First “Empathetic” Pacemaker

Another breakthrough: Closed Loop Stimulation, a groundbreaking technology, is the most advanced system to regulate and optimize heart activity based on neurological information. Part of the Inos pacemaker, CLS allows patients’ heart rates to react to physical as well as mental activity and emotion.

1995
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BIOTRONIK pacemaker Inos CLS
The First “Empathetic” Pacemaker

Another breakthrough: Closed Loop Stimulation, a groundbreaking technology, is the most advanced system to regulate and optimize heart activity based on neurological information. Part of the Inos pacemaker, CLS allows patients’ heart rates to react to physical as well as mental activity and emotion.

BIOTRONIK Inos CLS.
BIOTRONIK Inos CLS.
2000
Facing the Challenges of the Future

The company focuses on diagnostic and sensor technology. With the development of BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring®, we pioneer the ability to monitor patients outside the physician’s office, enabling early detection and treatment of critical events such as cardiac arrhythmias.

2000
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BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring external devices
Facing the Challenges of the Future

The company focuses on diagnostic and sensor technology. With the development of BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring®, we pioneer the ability to monitor patients outside the physician’s office, enabling early detection and treatment of critical events such as cardiac arrhythmias.

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring.
BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring.
2003
The First Implantable CRT Pacemaker in Germany

Therapy solutions expand to include pacemakers with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). These are the first worldwide to offer remote monitoring.

2003
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BIOTRONIK CRT-D Stratos LV-T
The First Implantable CRT Pacemaker in Germany

Therapy solutions expand to include pacemakers with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). These are the first worldwide to offer remote monitoring.

BIOTRONIK Stratos LV-T.
BIOTRONIK Stratos LV-T.
2003
The First Gold-Tip Ablation Catheter

Innovation in the field of electrophysiology: for the effective and safe treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation, BIOTRONIK launches AlCath Gold, the first ablation catheter with a gold tip.

2003
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BIOTRONIK ablation catheter AlCath Gold
The First Gold-Tip Ablation Catheter

Innovation in the field of electrophysiology: for the effective and safe treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation, BIOTRONIK launches AlCath Gold, the first ablation catheter with a gold tip.

BIOTRONIK AlCath Gold.
BIOTRONIK AlCath Gold.
2008
Pantera Coronary Balloon Technology

BIOTRONIK launches the Pantera coronary balloon to treat patients suffering from coronary artery disease.

2008
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BIOTRONIK Pantera
Pantera Coronary Balloon Technology

BIOTRONIK launches the Pantera coronary balloon to treat patients suffering from coronary artery disease.

BIOTRONIK Pantera.
BIOTRONIK Pantera.
2009
The World’s Smallest Pacemaker

BIOTRONIK’s Evia pacemakers offer patients the unique combination of small size and exceptional battery life that lasts more than a decade.

2009
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BIOTRONIK pacemaker Evia DR-T
The World’s Smallest Pacemaker

BIOTRONIK’s Evia pacemakers offer patients the unique combination of small size and exceptional battery life that lasts more than a decade.

BIOTRONIK Evia DR-T.
BIOTRONIK Evia DR-T.
2010
Pacemaker Patients Granted Access to Safe MRI Scans

BIOTRONIK pacemakers include ProMRI® technology for the first time, enabling patients to safely undergo MRI scans.

2010
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Patient and Physician, MRI
Pacemaker Patients Granted Access to Safe MRI Scans

BIOTRONIK pacemakers include ProMRI® technology for the first time, enabling patients to safely undergo MRI scans.

BIOTRONIK ProMRI.
BIOTRONIK ProMRI.
2010
DX-System – More Information, Less Hardware

The Lumax 540 VR-T DX implantable defibrillator comes with another innovation: the world’s first single-chamber ICD with complete atrial diagnostics.

2010
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BIOTRONIK defibrillator Lumax 540 VR-T DX with Linox smart lead
DX-System – More Information, Less Hardware

The Lumax 540 VR-T DX implantable defibrillator comes with another innovation: the world’s first single-chamber ICD with complete atrial diagnostics.

BIOTRONIK Lumax 540 VR-T DX.
BIOTRONIK Lumax 540 VR-T DX.
2010
A Trendsetter in Stent Technology

With Pulsar-18*, the world’s first 4 French-compatible self-expanding stent, BIOTRONIK sets new standards in minimally invasive treatment of peripheral artery disease.

2010
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BIOTRONIK 4 French-compatible self-expanding stent Pulsar-18
A Trendsetter in Stent Technology

With Pulsar-18*, the world’s first 4 French-compatible self-expanding stent, BIOTRONIK sets new standards in minimally invasive treatment of peripheral artery disease.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
*Not all products currently available in the US.
2010
BIOTRONIK’s First Drug-Eluting Balloon

BIOTRONIK launches the drug-eluting balloon Pantera Lux* to treat the re-narrowing of a coronary artery.

2010
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BIOTRONIK Pantera Lux
BIOTRONIK’s First Drug-Eluting Balloon

BIOTRONIK launches the drug-eluting balloon Pantera Lux* to treat the re-narrowing of a coronary artery.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
*Not all products currently available in the US.
2011
The World’s First Hybrid Drug-Eluting Stent

With Orsiro*, BIOTRONIK offers the world’s first hybrid drug-eluting stent with a bioabsorbable coating. With its unique design and exceptional deliverability, Orsiro marks a new era in the treatment of coronary artery disease.

2011
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BIOTRONIK hybrid stent Orsiro
The World’s First Hybrid Drug-Eluting Stent

With Orsiro*, BIOTRONIK offers the world’s first hybrid drug-eluting stent with a bioabsorbable coating. With its unique design and exceptional deliverability, Orsiro marks a new era in the treatment of coronary artery disease.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
*Not all products currently available in the US.
2012
Expansion into Singapore

BIOTRONIK strengthens its engagement in Asia, opening an office in Singapore to direct sales and marketing in the region.

2012
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BIOTRONIK worldmap
Expansion into Singapore

BIOTRONIK strengthens its engagement in Asia, opening an office in Singapore to direct sales and marketing in the region.

Singapore opening.
Singapore opening.
2012
The World’s First MRI Conditional ICD

With Lumax 740 ProMRI®, BIOTRONIK brings the world’s first ICD to the market that enables patients to safely access MRI scans.

2012
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BIOTRONIK defibrillator Lumax 740 ProMRI
The World’s First MRI Conditional ICD

With Lumax 740 ProMRI®, BIOTRONIK brings the world’s first ICD to the market that enables patients to safely access MRI scans.

BIOTRONIK Lumax 740 ProMRI.
BIOTRONIK Lumax 740 ProMRI.
2013
Presenting the Implantable Heart Monitor

BIOTRONIK launches BioMonitor – an implantable cardiac monitor – with ProMRI technology to reliably monitor patients with cardiac rhythm disorders long-term, while enabling access to MRI scans.

2013
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BIOTRONIK BioMonitor
Presenting the Implantable Heart Monitor

BIOTRONIK launches BioMonitor – an implantable cardiac monitor – with ProMRI technology to reliably monitor patients with cardiac rhythm disorders long-term, while enabling access to MRI scans.

BIOTRONIK BioMonitor.
BIOTRONIK BioMonitor.
2013
A Unique Covered Coronary Stent

The company unveils the PK Papyrus* covered single stent system to treat acute perforations in the coronary artery.

2013
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BIOTRONIK PK Papyrus
A Unique Covered Coronary Stent

The company unveils the PK Papyrus* covered single stent system to treat acute perforations in the coronary artery.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
*Not all products currently available in the US.
2014
The First Peripheral Drug-Coated Balloon

The drug-coated balloon Passeo-18 Lux* is indicated to treat peripheral artery disease in the lower limbs.

2014
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BIOTRONIK Passeo-18 Lux
The First Peripheral Drug-Coated Balloon

The drug-coated balloon Passeo-18 Lux* is indicated to treat peripheral artery disease in the lower limbs.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
*Not all products currently available in the US.
2015
Innovation in Home Monitoring

CardioMessenger Smart, the newest patient device for Home Monitoring, is the size of a smart phone. The device transmits data from a patient’s pacemaker or ICD to their physician, enabling patient monitoring anytime, anywhere.

2015
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BIOTRONIK patient device CardioMessenger Smart
Innovation in Home Monitoring

CardioMessenger Smart, the newest patient device for Home Monitoring, is the size of a smart phone. The device transmits data from a patient’s pacemaker or ICD to their physician, enabling patient monitoring anytime, anywhere.

BIOTRONIK CardioMessenger Smart.
BIOTRONIK CardioMessenger Smart.
2016
Magmaris – The First Clinically Proven Resorbable Magnesium Scaffold

Magmaris is the first resorbable magnesium scaffold on the market indicated for the treatment of de novo coronary artery lesions. The device provides novel benefits that only a magnesium scaffold can offer like fast resorption, compelling safety data and better deliverability.

2016
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BIOTRONIK Magmaris
Magmaris – The First Clinically Proven Resorbable Magnesium Scaffold

Magmaris is the first resorbable magnesium scaffold on the market indicated for the treatment of de novo coronary artery lesions. The device provides novel benefits that only a magnesium scaffold can offer like fast resorption, compelling safety data and better deliverability.

BIOTRONIK Magmaris
BIOTRONIK Magmaris
Today

BIOTRONIK remains a privately owned and independent company that employs thousands of engaged workers from more than 50 countries. The firm boasts research and development and manufacturing sites in Germany, Switzerland and the US, and sells its innovative, widely-respected medical products in more than 100 countries, on every continent.

Today
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BIOTRONIK history wall

BIOTRONIK remains a privately owned and independent company that employs thousands of engaged workers from more than 50 countries. The firm boasts research and development and manufacturing sites in Germany, Switzerland and the US, and sells its innovative, widely-respected medical products in more than 100 countries, on every continent.

BIOTRONIK history wall.
BIOTRONIK history wall.
1963
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BIOTRONIK location 1970
Founded in Berlin

Physicist Max Schaldach and electro engineer Otto Franke develop the first German pacemaker at the Technical University of Berlin in 1963 and found BIOTRONIK. In the 1970s, BIOTRONIK opens its headquarters in the Berlin district of Neukölln, where it remains today.

Berlin, Neukölln 1970.
1963
1979
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BIOTRONIK globe
International Growth

Due to exceptional technological and commercial success, the company expands throughout Europe and to Asia, North America and South America. BIOTRONIK opens a new production facility in the United States in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Expansion throughout Europe and to Asia, North America and South America.
1979
1982
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BIOTRONIK worldmap
Expansion in Brazil

BIOTRONIK opens its Brazil office in Sao Paulo, where it remains today. The company further expands its international presence in Europe, South America and Asia.

Expansion Brazil.
1982
1993
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BIOTRONIK defibrillator Phylax 06
The First German Implantable Defibrillator

BIOTRONIK expands therapy solutions with the first German implantable defibrillator (ICD): Phylax 06, the smallest ICD in the world.

BIOTRONIK Phylax 06.
1993
1993
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BIOTRONIK Corox, Linox, Protego, Solia, Setrox, Safio
Fractal Coating – Modeled after Nature

BIOTRONIK models unique fractal lead coating after nature. Fractal coating creates a snowflake-like pattern that expands the lead’s electrical surface, optimizing its sensing and pacing capabilities.

Unique fractal lead coating.
1993
1995
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BIOTRONIK production Switzerland
Manufacturing in Switzerland

Business operations expand to include vascular intervention. BIOTRONIK opens a site in the Swiss town of Bülach, outside Zurich, which manufactures guide wires, stents and balloon catheters for the treatment of cardiovascular and endovascular disease.

Production Switzerland, Bülach.
1995
1995
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BIOTRONIK pacemaker Inos CLS
The First “Empathetic” Pacemaker

Another breakthrough: Closed Loop Stimulation, a groundbreaking technology, is the most advanced system to regulate and optimize heart activity based on neurological information. Part of the Inos pacemaker, CLS allows patients’ heart rates to react to physical as well as mental activity and emotion.

BIOTRONIK Inos CLS.
1995
2000
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BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring external devices
Facing the Challenges of the Future

The company focuses on diagnostic and sensor technology. With the development of BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring®, we pioneer the ability to monitor patients outside the physician’s office, enabling early detection and treatment of critical events such as cardiac arrhythmias.

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring.
2000
2003
Image
BIOTRONIK CRT-D Stratos LV-T
The First Implantable CRT Pacemaker in Germany

Therapy solutions expand to include pacemakers with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). These are the first worldwide to offer remote monitoring.

BIOTRONIK Stratos LV-T.
2003
2003
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BIOTRONIK ablation catheter AlCath Gold
The First Gold-Tip Ablation Catheter

Innovation in the field of electrophysiology: for the effective and safe treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation, BIOTRONIK launches AlCath Gold, the first ablation catheter with a gold tip.

BIOTRONIK AlCath Gold.
2003
2008
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BIOTRONIK Pantera
Pantera Coronary Balloon Technology

BIOTRONIK launches the Pantera coronary balloon to treat patients suffering from coronary artery disease.

BIOTRONIK Pantera.
2008
2009
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BIOTRONIK pacemaker Evia DR-T
The World’s Smallest Pacemaker

BIOTRONIK’s Evia pacemakers offer patients the unique combination of small size and exceptional battery life that lasts more than a decade.

BIOTRONIK Evia DR-T.
2009
2010
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Patient and Physician, MRI
Pacemaker Patients Granted Access to Safe MRI Scans

BIOTRONIK pacemakers include ProMRI® technology for the first time, enabling patients to safely undergo MRI scans.

BIOTRONIK ProMRI.
2010
2010
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BIOTRONIK defibrillator Lumax 540 VR-T DX with Linox smart lead
DX-System – More Information, Less Hardware

The Lumax 540 VR-T DX implantable defibrillator comes with another innovation: the world’s first single-chamber ICD with complete atrial diagnostics.

BIOTRONIK Lumax 540 VR-T DX.
2010
2010
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BIOTRONIK 4 French-compatible self-expanding stent Pulsar-18
A Trendsetter in Stent Technology

With Pulsar-18*, the world’s first 4 French-compatible self-expanding stent, BIOTRONIK sets new standards in minimally invasive treatment of peripheral artery disease.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
2010
2010
Image
BIOTRONIK Pantera Lux
BIOTRONIK’s First Drug-Eluting Balloon

BIOTRONIK launches the drug-eluting balloon Pantera Lux* to treat the re-narrowing of a coronary artery.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
2010
2011
Image
BIOTRONIK hybrid stent Orsiro
The World’s First Hybrid Drug-Eluting Stent

With Orsiro*, BIOTRONIK offers the world’s first hybrid drug-eluting stent with a bioabsorbable coating. With its unique design and exceptional deliverability, Orsiro marks a new era in the treatment of coronary artery disease.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
2011
2012
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BIOTRONIK worldmap
Expansion into Singapore

BIOTRONIK strengthens its engagement in Asia, opening an office in Singapore to direct sales and marketing in the region.

Singapore opening.
2012
2012
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BIOTRONIK defibrillator Lumax 740 ProMRI
The World’s First MRI Conditional ICD

With Lumax 740 ProMRI®, BIOTRONIK brings the world’s first ICD to the market that enables patients to safely access MRI scans.

BIOTRONIK Lumax 740 ProMRI.
2012
2013
Image
BIOTRONIK BioMonitor
Presenting the Implantable Heart Monitor

BIOTRONIK launches BioMonitor – an implantable cardiac monitor – with ProMRI technology to reliably monitor patients with cardiac rhythm disorders long-term, while enabling access to MRI scans.

BIOTRONIK BioMonitor.
2013
2013
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BIOTRONIK PK Papyrus
A Unique Covered Coronary Stent

The company unveils the PK Papyrus* covered single stent system to treat acute perforations in the coronary artery.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
2013
2014
Image
BIOTRONIK Passeo-18 Lux
The First Peripheral Drug-Coated Balloon

The drug-coated balloon Passeo-18 Lux* is indicated to treat peripheral artery disease in the lower limbs.

*Not all products currently available in the US.
2014
2015
Image
BIOTRONIK patient device CardioMessenger Smart
Innovation in Home Monitoring

CardioMessenger Smart, the newest patient device for Home Monitoring, is the size of a smart phone. The device transmits data from a patient’s pacemaker or ICD to their physician, enabling patient monitoring anytime, anywhere.

BIOTRONIK CardioMessenger Smart.
2015
2016
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BIOTRONIK Magmaris
Magmaris – The First Clinically Proven Resorbable Magnesium Scaffold

Magmaris is the first resorbable magnesium scaffold on the market indicated for the treatment of de novo coronary artery lesions. The device provides novel benefits that only a magnesium scaffold can offer like fast resorption, compelling safety data and better deliverability.

BIOTRONIK Magmaris
2016
Today
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BIOTRONIK history wall

BIOTRONIK remains a privately owned and independent company that employs thousands of engaged workers from more than 50 countries. The firm boasts research and development and manufacturing sites in Germany, Switzerland and the US, and sells its innovative, widely-respected medical products in more than 100 countries, on every continent.

BIOTRONIK history wall.
Today