TOKYO, Japan, February 4, 2015 – BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardio- and endovascular medical technology, announced today that patient enrollment for the BIOFLOW-IV study has been completed. The study is intended to support Japanese government approval of the Orsiro hybrid drug-eluting stent (DES), which received CE mark in 2011.BIOFLOW-IV is an international, multicenter, randomized, controlled study for patients with coronary artery disease in which more than 40 clinical sites are participating. The study compares Orsiro with Abbott's Xience Prime and has a primary endpoint of target vessel failure at one year post enrollment.“With a thinner strut than conventional DES’s, Orsiro may have the advantage of being more rapidly covered by neointima. In addition, the unique proBIO passive coating on the surface of the stent has the potential to enhance its long-term safety,” commented one of the BIOFLOW-IV coordinating investigators, Dr. Shigeru Saito, Shonan Kamakura Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan.Orsiro has already achieved excellent results in a number of European trials including BIOSCIENCE1, results of which were presented in a Hot Line session at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in 2014 and published in the medical journal The Lancet. The study compared Orsiro with Abbott’s Xience Prime using a primary endpoint of target lesion failure (TLF) at 12 months.The large-scale, randomized, controlled, non-inferiority study involved more than 2,000 patients from a real-world population. After 12 months, Orsiro met its study objective of non-inferiority versus Xience Prime, hence performing as best in class and demonstrating its benefit in treating a large group of patients suffering from coronary artery disease.