The first drug-eluting stent made by an Irish company was successfully used in a coronary artery surgery in Dublin today.
67-year-old Edward Rogers, from Clondalkin in Dublin, became the first patient in Europe to have the drug-coated stent Intrepide inserted during a 30-minute operation at St James's Hospital.
A stent is a tiny metal support used to keep a blocked artery open in order to prevent a potentially fatal heart attack.
Intrepide releases Trapidil, an anti-blood clotting drug.
Around 1,000 operations using the new device are being planned around Europe next year.
Information from those surgeries will be collected by the St James's Hospital team which includes consultant cardiologists Niall Mulvihill and Peter Crean.
Intrepide is made by the Wexford-based firm ClearStream Technologies.