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Boston Scientific Vercise DBS System Demonstrates Improveed Motor Function in Parkinson's Patients

Patients with Parkinson's disease using the Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) Vercise™ DBS (deep brain stimulation) System showed a significant improvement in motor scores according to interim data from the VANTAGE DBS study.  Data from the six month follow-up of up to 40 participants enrolled in the VANTAGE trial were presented at the annual International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Sydney, Australia by Prof. Dr. Lars Timmermann, of University Hospital in Koln, Germany.

The Vercise DBS System incorporates multiple independent current control, which is designed to selectively stimulate targeted areas in the brain, providing physicians with fine control of stimulation.

Preliminary analysis of the VANTAGE study displays approximately 60 percent mean improvement in motor function at six months post implant, as assessed by UPDRS III1 when compared to baseline.  The Boston Scientific sponsored study was designed to document patient outcomes.  These include effectiveness, safety, and health economic data derived from bilateral stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in the brain using the implantable Vercise DBS System for the treatment of levodopa-responsive, moderate to severe idiopathic Parkinson's disease.

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