AtriCure Inc was incorporated in the State of Delaware as AtriCure, Inc. on October 31, 2000. It is a medical device company and engaged in developing, manufacturing and selling cardiac surgical ablation systems designed to create precise lesions, in cardiac, or heart, tissue for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, and systems for the exclusion of the left atrial appendage. It has two primary product lines for the ablation of cardiac tissue. Its primary product line for the ablation of cardiac tissue is the AtriCure Synergy Ablation System ('Synergy System'), a bipolar ablation clamp system and related radiofrequency ('RF') ablation devices. It also offers a cryoablation product line, which features reusable and disposable cryoablation devices. Additionally, the Company offers the AtriClip Gillinov-Cosgrove Left Atrial Appendage System ('AtriClip System'), which is designed to safely and effectively exclude the left atrial appendage. Its products are utilized by cardiothoracic surgeons during concomitant open-heart surgical procedures and also during sole-therapy minimally invasive cardiac ablation procedures. During a concomitant open procedure, the surgeon ablates cardiac tissue and/or excludes the left atrial appendage, secondary, or concomitant, to a primary cardiac procedure such as a valve or coronary bypass. Additionally, cardiothoracic surgeons have adopted its products as a treatment alternative for AF patients who may be candidates for sole-therapy minimally invasive surgical procedures. Its Synergy System, which includes its Isolator Synergy clamps, a radiofrequency generator and related switchbox, is cleared by the FDA, for the treatment of patients with persistent and long-standing persistent AF during open-heart concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting and/or valve replacement or repair procedures. In the United States it primarily sells its products to medical centers through its direct sales force. AtriCure Europe, B.V., its wholly-owned subsidiary incorporated and based in the Netherlands, markets and sells its products throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, or EMEA, primarily through distributors, while in certain markets, such as Germany and the Benelux region, it sell directly to medical centers. Additionally, it sells its products to other international distributors, mainly in Asia, South America and Canada. The Company's competitors include Biosense Webster, Inc. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), St. Jude Medical, Inc., and Medtronic, Inc. Its products are medical devices and are subject to regulation by the FDA, as well as other federal and state regulatory bodies in the United States and comparable authorities in other countries.
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