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Integer Expands Relationship with Impulse Dynamics through New Agreement to Co-Develop its Next Generation Lead System

December 08 2016

FRISCO, Texas and MT LAUREL, N.J., Dec. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR), a leading medical device outsource (MDO) manufacturer, today announced that its Greatbatch Medical subsidiary has signed a development agreement with Impulse Dynamics to co-develop its next generation Lead System for Cardiac Contractility Modulation (CCM) therapy. In addition, the companies also have agreed to negotiate a supply agreement for the associated products under the development agreement.

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CCM is a unique and innovative method for treating moderate-to-severe heart failure by delivering non-excitatory electrical pulses to the heart. By leveraging Integer’s existing technology platform with Impulse Dynamics’ unique specifications, Impulse Dynamics will be able to deliver a fully customized lead solution to the CCM market 12 to 16 months earlier than developing one on their own. Clinical trials have shown that CCM treatment significantly improves exercise tolerance and quality of life in a subset of symptomatic heart failure patients. According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, heart failure is a global public health problem affecting an estimated 26 million worldwide. In the United States alone, the prevalence is 5.7 million with 670,000 new cases each year. More information about CCM therapy can be found here.

“We look forward to growing our cooperation with the Integer organization. We believe that Integer’s proven track record in implantable device development will accelerate the successful delivery of Impulse Dynamics’ next-generation cardiac stimulation lead specifically designed for the most effective delivery of CCM therapy to heart failure patients," said David Prutchi, executive vice-president, product development at Impulse Dynamics.

“This is an exciting collaboration for Integer and a successful expansion of our long-standing relationship with Impulse Dynamics,” said Tony Gonzalez, president of Integer’s Cardiac Rhythm Management & Neuromodulation product line. “This agreement further enhances Integer’s position as a key developer and manufacturer of Leads for our customers in the active implantable market and also speaks to our full systems capabilities to deliver innovative solutions efficiently that meet our customer’s needs quickly.”

About Integer™ 
Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) is one of the largest medical device outsource (MDO) manufacturers in the world serving the cardiac, neuromodulation, orthopedics, vascular, advanced surgical and portable medical markets. The company provides innovative, high-quality medical technologies that enhance the lives of patients worldwide. In addition, it develops batteries for high-end niche applications in energy, military, and environmental markets. The company's brands include Greatbatch Medical, Lake Region Medical and Electrochem. Additional information is available at www.integer.net.

About Impulse Dynamics
Impulse Dynamics N.V., a member of the Hobart Group companies, is focused on the development of electrical therapies for the treatment of chronic heart failure. As a global leader in cardiac medical innovation, Impulse Dynamics has operations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. For more information please visit www.impulse-dynamics.com.  CCM and Optimizer are trademarks of Impulse Dynamics N.V.

About the Hobart Group
The Hobart Group develops and commercializes medical technologies which target top healthcare markets with significant unmet needs. Its growing portfolio of companies covers the areas of cardiology, diabetes, oncology, neurology and rehabilitation. Together, Hobart Group companies have nearly 200 scientists, engineers, regulatory and business experts across four continents, benefitting from clinical expertise and extensive regulatory and international market knowledge across Europe, the United States and Asia. For more information, visit www.hobart-group.com.

Impulse Dynamics Contact
Media Relations
Sharon Alon
972 54 430 37 87

Integer Contacts
Investor Relations
Amy Wakeham

Media Relations
Jeannine Lee

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Source: Integer Holdings Corporation; Impulse Dynamics