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December 15, 2021

Bentley and its employees donate to children suffering from cancer

Although not without its challenges, medical technology company Bentley has had an extremely successful 2021. As in previous years, Bentley’s management and staff are equally keen to donate part of what they have earned together to a good cause.

CEO Sebastian Büchert kicked off this year’s fundraising campaign at the start of December in a hybrid information session for all Bentley employees. Büchert looked back on a second year in a row that had to be managed under more difficult conditions than usually, and expressed his thanks and respect to all employees for the way they had all worked together to keep Bentley on the path to success. A 25 percent increase in sales and the corresponding increase in profitability have allowed the company to pay out the highest employee bonus to date: a €4,250 bonus per person will be transferred along with the December salary.

“We all worked together to pull through,” Büchert said. “But we should not forget that having job security is anything but a given, especially during the pandemic. There are a lot of people much worse off than we are.” And it’s with this spirit that he called on all employees to participate in the fundraising campaign. This followed the same pattern as last year: overtime, days of holiday and monetary donations could be made on a voluntary basis. Each donated overtime hour was translated into €20 each, and for each full day of holiday €160 was donated. The sum of the donations, including the cash donations, was then doubled again by Bentley. 147 of the current 217 Bentley employees participated in this year’s campaign, donating a total of 823.5 hours of overtime, 567.8 hours of leave (which is equivalent to approximately 71 leave days) and €6,084 in cash, which ended up in a total of €67,821.20.

The recipient of the donations is once again the Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder Tübingen e.V., whose chairman Anton Hofmann was a guest at the pre-Christmas Bentley staff meeting this Wednesday (15 December) to receive the donation cheque. When handing over the cheque, Bentley CEO Sebastian Büchert said: “I am touched by the commitment and compassion of our employees. Once again, they have proven that they have a big heart for children and their families who are in a very difficult situation.”

Anton Hofmann expressed his sincere thanks and was overwhelmed by “how much Bentley and its employees have already done for us and our important work for children suffering from cancer”. The entire company displays “a great attitude” and has been supporting the Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder e.V. in an extraordinary way for years.

As Hofmann explained, the donations will be used for three permanent projects of the sponsoring association: the survivor consultation, in which children and adolescents recovering from cancer receive competent specialist medical help with late health effects even as adults; the project “Sports with Cancer”, which helps children during the illness and in the recovery phase to gain a new body awareness and new-found self-confidence; and the “Back to a New Life with Mental Strength” programme, which prepares children for embracing life after cancer.

The Bentley employees are convinced that their donations will be used in the right place. 

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Mr. Büchert (left) presents the donation cheque to Mr. Hofmann (right)

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November 8, 2021

Over half of patient recruitment already complete for the FEVAR study with Bentley bridging stent

On-label use of the Bentley (Bentley InnoMed, Hechingen, Germany) BeGraft peripheral balloon expandable covered stent in complex aortic aneurysms is a step closer with more than 50 patients now enrolled into the fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR) study, which is designed to provide clinical evidence for on-label use in this indication.

The study aims to investigate the safety and performance of the BeGraft peripheral Stent Graft System as the dedicated bridging stent in FEVAR procedures for complex aortic aneurysms.

If data are forthcoming, Bentley aims to be the first company to apply for on-label approval of the BeGraft stent as a bridging stent in FEVAR, and shift from off-label to on-label use in complex aortic aneurysms.

Coordinating investigator and study lead, Professor Eric Verhoeven, Professor of Vascular Surgery at the General Hospital Nuremberg, Paracelsus Medical University, Nuremberg, Germany, remarked:

 “Recruitment has been excellent so far. Study investigators and patients have grasped the opportunity to help build an evidence base to support use of this intervention. To date, over 50 patients have been recruited from nine centres across Germany. If we continue at this pace, we are confident that we will complete patient enrolment in the first quarter of the coming year.” said Professor Verhoeven.

“The Bentley BeGraft stent fills an unmet medical need in the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms,” said Professor Verhoeven. “FEVAR is currently a well-established, minimally-invasive option for people with abdominal aortic aneurysms who are not eligible for a traditional endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR), but the usage of the bridging stents have always been done off-label in these procedures.” 

Christian Bader, Director of Quality & Market Access at Bentley is pleased about the speed of progress with patient recruitment for the study, and says: “We look forward to being able to offer an on-label solution for this important area of application after approval.”

Eventually, a complete cohort of 100 patients will be included to generate data on approximately 250-300 BeGrafts in fenestrations. Recruitment should be completed in the first quarter of 2022 with 24 months of follow-up.

Participating centres in the study include Nuremberg, Munster, Munich, Hamburg, Regensburg, Aachen, Stuttgart, Freiburg, and Giessen, all in Germany. To date, the majority of patients have been treated in Nuremberg by Professor Verhoeven, and by Professor Nikolaos Tsilimparis at Klinikum der Universität München (LMU).

The main outcomes will be technical success (successful introduction and deployment), bridging stent patency at 12 months, as well as the absence of procedure-related complications and bridging stent-related endoleaks at 12 months. Overall clinical outcomes including 30-day mortality, and health-related quality of life will also be assessed alongside adverse events.

The Foundation for Cardiovascular Research and Education (FCRE) is conducting the study, which is approved by the German competent authority BfArM, in collaboration with Bentley. Identifier: NCT03987035

FCRE is also conducting a prospective, single arm, multi-centre clinical study in collaboration with Bentley to obtain an indication for the use of the BeGraft peripheral PLUS Stent Graft System as a bridging stent in branched endovascular aortic repair (BEVAR) for the treatment of complex thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms. This trial began in September 2020 and also aims to carry out 100 BEVAR procedures with an average of 2.5 bridging stents per procedure. Identifier: NCT03982940

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September 30, 2021

Prime Minister heavily impressed by Bentley

Never before in its 12-years history, a head of government was a guest at Bentley! On 23rd of September the Minister President from Baden-Württemberg*, Winfried Kretschmann, was warmly welcomed by CEO Sebastian Büchert and company founder Lars Sunnanväder at the Bentley headquarters in Hechingen.

However, since such a top politician does not have much time in the final phase of the election campaign, the programme of the visit had to be tightly pulled through in a little more than an hour. Sebastian Büchert presented the Bentley success story to Mr Kretschmann, who was accompanied by Chris Kühn, member of the Bundestag (the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany), and Cindy Holmberg, member of the Landtag (federal state parliament). Among other topics, the presentation also covered the "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" award, which Bentley recently won (see press release of September 20th, 2021) as well as the new building plans at the site, which are to be implemented from October. The presentation of the award-winning corporate movie "For Peter", which shows that Bentley has the right stent for every patient, also highly impressed the visitors.

The politicians were also able to have a look how the Bentley products are manufactured during a 20-minute tour of the production facilities. "We are impressed," said Minister President Kretschmann afterwards. In the exchange that followed, the mayor of Hechingen Philipp Hahn said the city was "proud of medical technology companies like Bentley", which provide the city with a trade tax surplus worth millions. "We will invest this money in childcare and in new residential areas."

Of course, the meeting also dealt with topics that are of particular concern to Bentley and the medical technology industry in the region, for example the recruitment of skilled workers. Bentley CEO Sebastian Büchert presented a concept drafted by Bentley for a new apprenticeship as “medical technician" to Mr. Kretschmann and asked for political support in its implementation. The Minister President referred to the responsibility of the federal government, but assured support together with Chris Kühn by taking the initiative to Berlin to further discuss the proposal.

*third-largest state (Bundesland) in Southwest Germany in which Bentley is located

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Lars Sunnanväder, Winfried Kretschmann, Sebastian Büchert, Cindy Holmberg, Chris Kühn & Philipp Hahn (from left to right)

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September 20, 2021

Bentley awarded with one of Germany’s top business awards for mid-sized companies

The developer and manufacturer of innovative vascular implants wins the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’ (“Grand Prize for Medium-Sized Enterprises”) award

The German national daily newspaper “Die WELT” has described the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’ award, which is yearly assigned by the Leipzig-based Oskar Patzelt Foundation since 1994, as the “most coveted business award in Germany”. Bentley has now received the prestigious award after its second go. Last year the specialist for vascular implants had already been among the eight finalists, but now CEO Sebastian Büchert was able to receive the coveted award winner statuette on behalf of Bentley. Bentley came out on top among 931 participating medium-sized companies from all across Baden-Württemberg*.

“We are over the moon and proud to receive this award,” says Sebastian Büchert, who was accompanied by Product Development Manager Carmen Panero and his deputy Christian Bader, Director of Quality and Market Access. “This is an award for all Bentley employees who are responsible for the great success of our company.”

The challenging thing about the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’ is that a holistic approach is taken, rather than the participating companies having to prove themselves in one special field. There are five criteria evaluated by the judging panel: the overall development of the company, the creation and securing of jobs, innovation and modernisation, commitment to the region as well as customer focus, service and marketing.

Bentley was able to impress the judges in all these areas. In his award speech, Dr Helfried Schmidt, Chairman of the Oskar Patzelt Foundation which assigns the awards, praised the rapid growth and fast pace of innovation of the company. Bentley is committed to “making a difference in the care and health of patients with vascular diseases with first-class medical products”. After having launched its first implant for minimally invasive vascular surgery in 2012, Bentley now markets six product families of innovative implants developed and manufactured in-house. In his speech, Schmidt said that Bentley now “enjoys the esteem of vascular surgeons in more than 80 countries”.

Bentley’s rapid global growth can also be seen in the fact that the company will exceed the €50 million turnover mark for the first time in 2021 and now employs 210 persons, 185 of them at the Bentley headquarters in Hechingen. The judges considered it a huge success for Bentley that this growth has been financed from its own resources and that all start-up loans have already been repaid. The quality feature “Made in Germany” of all Bentley products was also emphasised. The entire expertise, from research to quality assurance, production to sales, administration and training, is concentrated at the company site in Hechingen, which will soon be expanded with the addition of a new administration building.

The local roots, however, go hand in hand with global networking. Among others Bentley is working together with Stanford University, Stuttgart University and internationally renowned vascular surgeons to develop implants.

In addition to the successes on the market, for which Bentley has also developed the world’s first ordering app for medical implants, the judging panel praised the corporate culture in particular. It is characterised by diversity and gender equality. The Bentley team is made up of more than 30 nationalities of all ages. The judges saw a gender balance across all levels of the company. Huge importance is attached to social skills, so that new colleagues feel comfortable in Bentley’s start-up mentality with its familiar and open atmosphere.

And then there’s the social responsibility lived out in the region. Since 2018, the company has been cooperating with the Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder Tübingen e. V. (Association for Children with Cancer), whose chairman Anton Hofmann was one of five people and organisations to nominate Bentley for the 2021 ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’. The company was also nominated by one of the biggest local banks the Sparkasse Zollernalb, by the Mayor of Hechingen Philipp Hahn, by Dr Heiko Zimmermann, Managing Director of Medical Valley Hechingen e. V. (competence network of medical technology companies, its suppliers and service providers), and by Prof. Eric Verhoeven, Senior Physician of Vascular Surgery at Nuremberg Hospital.

Meanwhile, Bentley CEO Sebastian Büchert and his team are already looking to the future – not only to the new building in Hechingen, which should enable the company to double its turnover and workforce within the coming five years, but also to the National Gala for the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstands’, which will take place in Dresden, Germany on 30th October, where the nationwide “special prizes” will be awarded among the winners.

* third-largest state (Bundesland) in Southwest Germany in which Bentley is located

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Accepting the award on behalf of Bentley: CEO Sebastian Büchert (right), Christian Bader, Director of Quality and Market Access (left), and Carmen Panero, Product Development Manager (middle).

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July 7, 2021

Bentley plans to start construction of 2nd office building

The manufacturer of minimally-invasive vascular prostheses is planning to expand its Hechingen site

By the end of 2026, Bentley plans to create 200 new jobs worldwide, most of them in Hechingen, Germany. This will double the company’s current workforce. The construction plans look impressive and are well thought out – Bentley is aiming high. After all, creating jobs for so many people requires space. Company founder and building owner Lars Sunnanväder is planning to put up a five-story building for his young, successful company. Bentley has only been around for 12 years, yet its products are already available in 80 countries worldwide – in some of them Bentley already became the market leader.

The company develops, manufactures and markets implants for the treatment of vascular diseases. These are, for example, stents covered with an ePTFE/Teflon tube that permanently widen constricted blood vessels or reliably cover weak points in the vessel wall. However, approvals that are essential for all medical devices are still missing for two of the most important markets: the USA and China. But these approvals are already in the pipeline, which is why Bentley needs to hire so many new employees. Managing Director Sebastian Büchert: “Although we’ve already created additional office space in our production hall, we’re just about to run out of room again. We’ve therefore rented additional office space in the building of a neighbouring company and set up office containers as well to accommodate all employees. But even these measures can only temporarily cover our continuously increasing space requirements.”

The basic principle for the new building, which will be built on the company’s previous parking lot, is ‘high is better than wide’. The plan is to build high, as further utilisation of green areas for flat new buildings would not be in keeping with the spirit of the times. The ground floor will house the finished goods warehouse, from where the products will be shipped all over the world. The upper levels will have a spacious canteen and three floors of offices for administration, regulatory affairs, marketing and sales. A suspended glass walkway will connect the old and new building. In addition, a photovoltaic system will be installed on the roof of the new building.

To ensure that the completion will be finished as planned in the second quarter of 2023, Bentley was approaching the city’s political bodies. There Managing Director Sebastian Büchert explained why Bentley is so keen to expand at the existing site. “For a medical technology company, a change of address is not a minor inconvenience of just ordering new stationery or business cards. In some countries we would have to go through parts of the approval process again, and Bentley would be unable to sell products in those countries for a year or two. Needless to say, this is a situation we want to avoid.”

Since private transport cannot be fully avoided in rural areas, the parking spaces eliminated by the new construction must be replaced. To this end, the medical technology manufacturer has acquired a neighbouring plot of land and, after demolishing the hall on it, will build a five-storey car park. This plan has already been put to the community. Charging stations for electric cars are also planned for the new car park. Completion of the 370 parking spaces is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022. Bentley is thus well equipped for further positive development – even beyond 2026.

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March 19, 2021

First patient treated in the BeGraft FEVAR study aimed at providing evidence for on-label use

HECHINGEN, GERMANY - The first patient to undergo fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR) with the Bentley (Bentley InnoMed, Hechingen, Germany) BeGraft peripheral balloon expandable covered stent in the BeGraft FEVAR Study is being treated today.

The patient was referred for FEVAR with a 6 cm juxta-renal abdominal aortic aneurysm, explained the coordinating investigator and study lead, Professor Eric Verhoeven, professor of vascular surgery at the General Hospital Nuremberg, Paracelsus Medical University, Nuremberg, Germany. “This patient has an absolute indication due to the diameter and we cannot use standard EVAR to seal below the renal arteries because there is no sealing zone available.

A further two patients are planned in the next week, added Professor Verhoeven, pleased to announce the launch of the open-label BeGraft FEVAR study.

The study aims to investigate the safety and performance of the BeGraft peripheral Stent Graft System as a bridging stent in FEVAR for complex aortic aneurysms. The study, which is approved by the German competent authority BfArM, is being run in collaboration with Bentley and the Foundation for Cardiovascular Research and Education (FCRE).

Participating centres in the study include Nuremberg, Munster, Munich, Regensburg, Aachen, Stuttgart, and Giessen, all in Germany.

A total of 100 patients will be included to generate data on approximately 250-300 BeGrafts in fenestrations. Recruitment is deemed to take 12 months, with 24 months follow-up.

Main outcomes will be technical success (successful introduction and deployment), bridging stent patency at 12 months, as well as the absence of procedure-related complications and bridging stent-related endoleaks at 12 months. Overall clinical outcomes including 30-day mortality, and health-related quality of life will also be assessed alongside adverse events.

There are numerous covered stents on the market, including the BeGraft, all used off-label as bridging stents in FEVAR. However, there is a lack of consensus around what to use and there is no gold standard or solid evidence to support their use.

“Bentley is the first company to try to obtain an on-label approval for the BeGraft stent in FEVAR, and shift from off-label to on-label use,” remarked Professor Verhoeven.

In the meantime, FEVAR is a well-established, minimally-invasive option for people with abdominal aortic aneurysms who are not eligible for a traditional endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).These patients, who represent around 10% of all patients, usually have an aneurysm that is too close to the renal arteries, and until recently, they would require open surgery or no treatment at all. 

Open surgery is more invasive, and mortality is higher. In 2016, Professor Verhoeven published results of a study that showed mortality in patients who undergo FEVAR at his centre was 0.7%[1]. There is also a reduced duration of recovery in hospital with FEVAR compared to open surgery.

“For me, it’s clear that the BeGraft has an advantage as it goes into a 6F guiding sheath rather than a 7F sheath. The slightly lower profile is important, as a 6F guiding sheath tracks difficult anatomy better than a 7F. Also, the BeGraft comes in many lengths, and in short intervals, like a 27/28mm length, which is often ideal for more difficult renal arteries,” added Professor Verhoeven.

Bentley is also conducting a prospective, single arm, multi-centre clinical study to obtain an indication for the use of the BeGraft Peripheral Plus as a bridging stent in branched endovascular aortic repair (BEVAR) for the treatment of complex thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms. This trial began in September 2020 and aims to carry out 100 BEVAR procedures with an average of 2,5 bridging stents per procedure.

Initial results of the BeGraft in FEVAR trial should be available around mid-2023. Identifier: NCT03987035

[1] Verhoeven EL, Katsargyris A, Oikonomou K, et al. Fenestrated endovascular aortic aneurysm repair as a first line treatment option to treat short necked, juxtarenal and suprarenal aneurysms. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2016;51(6): 536-42.

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Professor Eric Verhoeven and his team at General Hospital Nuremberg, Paracelsus Medical University, Nuremberg, Germany after the first BeGraft implantation for the FEVAR clinical trial study

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February 16, 2021

First patient enrolled in Post-Market Clinical Follow-Up study for the BeYond Venous Self-Expanding Stent System

Having launched the BeYond Venous Self-Expanding Stent System to a selection of renowned venous centres in Europe in late 2020, Bentley announced the successful enrollment of the first patient in their Post-Market Clinical Follow-Up (PMCF) study this week.

Dr. Michael Lichtenberg, Karolinen-Hospital Arnsberg, Germany, is the coordinating investigator of this prospective, single arm, multi-centre PMCF study. Also involved are seven other leading venous centres across Europe: Houman Jalaie (RWTH Aachen, Germany), Rick de Graaf (Friedrichshafen Hospital, Germany), Christian Erbel (Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany), Oliver Schlager (Vienna University Hospital, Austria), Prakash Saha (Guy´s and St Thomas´, London, UK) and Gerry O´Sullivan (Galway, Ireland).

110 patients will be enrolled with a 24M follow-up to assess long-term safety and efficacy of the BeYond Venous in acute and chronic venous settings.

“With the BeYond Venous another promising device is available now in the growing field of venous interventions. The study aims to prove not only good patency results in the long-term, but also to gain evidence that this dedicated venous stent withstands all challenging venous pathologies,”, he mentions. “There is no ideal venous stent yet, but every new device is a complementary addition to what is already available and gives us as users even more options to treat every patient´s anatomy individually,” Lichtenberg added.

The BeYond Venous Self-Expanding Stent System is the first Nitinol stent in Bentley´s product portfolio, indicated for acute and chronic symptomatic obstructions of the femoral or iliac vein. It comes with a wide range of diameters from 10 mm to 18 mm and lengths up to 150 mm. With its optimized balance between radial force and flexibility, the BeYond Venous Self-Expanding Stent System allows accurate positioning and exact landing zones in venous interventions.

“We are looking forward to another great cooperation with regards to clinical evidence. It is Bentley´s aim to ground the clinical success of every product on a solid base of proven data,” states Dr. Martin Schirling, head of Clinical Affairs department at Bentley. “Nowadays, it´s essential to make a product reliable by showing favorable long-term results. This is where we put our focus on.”

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December 11, 2020

Bentley and its employees show overwhelming social commitment

Zu Beginn des Jahres war wohl noch Niemandem bewusst, welche privaten und beruflichen Herausforderungen in diesem ungewöhnlichen Jahr bevorstehen würden. Auch für das Medizintechnikunternehmen Bentley und seine Angestellten waren und sind die Auswirkungen der COVID-19 Pandemie deutlich zu spüren. “Nur weil unsere Mitarbeiter alle getroffenen Schutzmaßnahmen stets unterstützt haben, konnten wir den Infektionsschutz wahren und gleichzeitig alle Betriebsabläufe aufrechterhalten.  Dass wir ihnen für ihre Unterstützung und ihr Durchhaltevermögen danken wollen, war eine einheitliche Entscheidung des Managements und unserer Gesellschafter.” so Sebastian Büchert, Geschäftsführer von Bentley.

Und so konnten sich die Mitarbeiter von Bentley Mitte November über ein überraschendes Vorweihnachtsgeschenk in Form eines steuerfreien Corona-Bonus in Höhe von 1.500€ freuen. Die erfreuliche Nachricht wurde in einer der regelmäßig stattfindenden hybriden Informationsveranstaltungen überbracht. In derselben Veranstaltung war außerdem Anton Hofmann, der Vorsitzende des Fördervereins für krebskranke Kinder Tübingen e.V. als Gast eingeladen. Denn bereits seit 2018 sammeln die Mitarbeiter von Bentley durch den Verkauf von Glühwein und Waffeln auf dem Hechinger Weihnachtsmarkt ehrenamtlich Spenden für den Förderverein.   In seinem Vortrag gab Herr Hofmann nicht nur einen Einblick in die Verwendung der Spendengelder, sondern machte auch auf die geringeren Spendeneinnahmen durch die Pandemie aufmerksam.

Da leider auch der Waffel- und Glühweinverkauf von Bentley dieses Jahr nicht stattfinden konnte, ist es umso bedeutungsvoller, was das Hechinger Unternehmen und seine Mitarbeiter wenige Wochen später gemeinsam bewirkt haben: Auf freiwilliger Basis konnten Überstunden, Urlaubstage und Geldbeträge gespendet werden. Wie in den vorigen Jahren wurden alle gespendeten Stunden von Bentley zu jeweils 20,00€ verrechnet und die Endsumme der Zuwendungen, inklusive der Geldspenden, dann von Bentley nochmals verdoppelt. Das Mitgefühl und Engagement der mittlerweile 200 Mitarbeiter war so groß, dass sich mehr als zwei Drittel der Belegschaft, darunter auch internationale Kollegen aus Frankreich, den Niederlanden, Großbritannien und Kolumbien, an der Spendenaktion beteiligten. Insgesamt kamen dabei mehr als 63 Urlaubstage, fast 600 Überstunden und 4.185,00€ in Form von Geldspenden zusammen. Alle Erwartungen wurden deutlich übertroffen, denn am Ende kam der äußerst erfreuliche Spendenbetrag von 52.238,00€ zusammen, womit der Spendenbetrag der Belegschaft aus dem Vorjahr mehr als verdoppelt werden konnte.

“Die Großzügigkeit unserer Mitarbeiter berührt mich sehr.  Denn auch wenn die Medizintechnikbranche wirtschaftlich weniger stark von der Pandemie getroffen wurde als andere, so musste doch jeder unserer Mitarbeiter Einschnitte im Privat- und Berufsleben hinnehmen. Umso schöner ist es, dass sie dennoch nicht vergessen, dass andere Menschen noch weitaus größere Sorgen haben.” so Büchert.

Die Mitarbeiter waren selbst überwältigt, dass sie einen Spendenbetrag in dieser Höhe zusammentragen konnten und freuen sich darüber, dass der Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder Tübingen e.V. mit dem gesammelten Geld viel Wertvolles für die erkrankten Kinder und deren Familien leisten kann.

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Herr Anton Hofmann vom Förderverein für krebskranke Kinder Tübingen e.V., Frau Kirsten Laupp Personalleitung bei Bentley, Herr Sebastian Büchert Geschäftsführer von Bentley (v.l.n.r.)

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December 1, 2020

Bentley awarded as FOCUS Top Midsize Employer 2021

Das Magazin FOCUS Business und das Arbeitgeberbewertungsportal kununu verleihen jährlich die Auszeichnung als FOCUS Top Arbeitgeber Mittelstand. Das Hechinger Medizintechnikunternehmen Bentley konnte sich diese Auszeichnung sichern.

Hinter kununu verbirgt sich die größte und bekannteste Arbeitgeber-Bewertungsplattform im deutschsprachigen Raum. Angestellte, Auszubildende und Bewerber haben die Möglichkeit Unternehmen in verschiedensten Bereichen zu bewerten und dabei ihre Eindrücke für Außenstehende transparent zu kommunizieren. Die Bewertungsskala reicht dabei von 0 bis 5 Sternen und wird ergänzt von einer prozentualen Weiterempfehlungsrate.

Gemeinsam mit dem Magazin FOCUS Business verleiht kununu jährlich die Auszeichnung als FOCUS Top Arbeitgeber Mittelstand. Analysiert werden dabei mehr als 950.000 Unternehmen und mehr als vier Millionen Bewertungen. Um sich für den Preis zu qualifizieren, darf der Bewertungsdurchschnitt des Unternehmens nicht unter 3,5 von 5 möglichen Sternen liegen und die Weiterempfehlungsrate muss mind. 70% betragen. Berücksichtigt werden dabei ausschließlich Unternehmen, die ihren Unternehmensstandort in Deutschland haben. Folgende Kriterien werden für die Bewertung herangezogen: Die Unternehmensgröße, die Punktzahl und die Anzahl der Bewertungen sowie die Rate der Weiterempfehlungen.

Mit einem Ranking von 4,5 von 5 möglichen Sternen und einer Weiterempfehlungsrate von sagenhaften 100%, konnte sich Bentley die Auszeichnung zum FOCUS Top Arbeitgeber Mittelstand sichern und seinen Ruf als beliebter Arbeitgeber in der Region weiter ausbauen. Auch wenn Bentley innerhalb des deutschlandweiten Rankings im Bereich Medizintechnik auf Platz vier landet, kann sich das Hechinger Unternehmen durchaus als Gewinner bezeichnen. Denn hinsichtlich der Unternehmensgröße Kategorie M (51-200 Mitarbeiter) sichert sich Bentley den ersten Platz und lässt die Konkurrenz hinter sich. 

Für das erst 2009 gegründete Unternehmen, welches zwischenzeitlich den Kinderschuhen entwachsen ist und sich zu einem etablierten Mittelstandsunternehmen entwickelt hat, ist das eine wichtige Auszeichnung. Denn mit Sitz in Hechingen befindet sich der Stenthersteller Tür an Tür mit vielen anderen erfolgreichen Medizintechnikunternehmen. “Auf Grund der ländlichen Lage und der Konkurrenz direkt vor der Haustür, ist es nicht immer einfach, geeignetes Personal zu gewinnen.  Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass diese Auszeichnung sowie die ungefilterten Einblicke für potentielle Bewerber sehr wertvoll sind, um sich ein erstes Bild vom Unternehmen zu machen. Oft kommen die kununu-Bewertungen schon im Vorstellungsgespräch zur Sprache. Ich stelle dabei fest, dass die Bewerber bereits im Vorfeld ein Gespür für unsere Unternehmenskultur entwickelt haben und eine Vorstellung davon haben, wie wir uns von anderen Unternehmen abheben”, so Kirsten Laupp, Personalleitung bei Bentley.  

Bentleys Unternehmenskultur zeichnet sich durch ein abteilungsübergreifendes Wir-Gefühl und Miteinander aus. Und trotz des starken Wachstums auf inzwischen knapp 200 Mitarbeiter ist es dem Stenthersteller gelungen, seine wertschätzende Unternehmenskultur beizubehalten. Wertschätzendes Verhalten bedeutet hier unter anderem, dass die Einschätzungen und Meinungen von Mitarbeitern erwünscht sind und aktiv eingefordert werden. Dass Arbeitgeber und Arbeitnehmer dies tatsächlich leben und sich gegenseitig respektieren, zeigt die kununu Weiterempfehlungsrate von 100%.

Die Auszeichnung als Top Arbeitgeber belegt, dass Bentley hier auf dem richtigen Weg ist und sie ist nicht die einzige Auszeichnung, die Bentley vom FOCUS Business Magazin in diesem Jahr erhält. Erst im Oktober konnte das Unternehmen die Auszeichnung als FOCUS Wachstumschampion 2021 entgegennehmen. Mit einem durchschnittlichen, jährlichen Wachstum von 44% (2016-2019), konnte das Unternehmen sein starkes, jährliches Wachstum der vorangegangen drei Jahre von 45% (2015-2018) nahezu unverändert fortsetzen. Bentley konnte sich damit, wie bereits im vergangenen Jahr, zu den am stärksten wachsenden Unternehmen Deutschlands zählen. Für das bevorstehende Wachstum sollen auch weiterhin Mitarbeiter gefunden werden, die nicht nur fachliches Know-How mitbringen, sondern auch menschlich gut zu Bentley passen. “Bentley hat auch in Zukunft noch viel vor. Dabei gehört es zu unseren Zielen weiterhin stark zu wachsen und den Standort in Hechingen kontinuierlich auszubauen. Ohne den engagierten Einsatz unserer Mitarbeiter und dem Zugewinn von qualifiziertem Personal ist das nicht möglich. Entsprechend legen wir großen Wert darauf, unseren Mitarbeitern ein attraktiver Arbeitsgeber zu sein." ergänzt Sebastian Büchert, Geschäftsführer von Bentley.

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November 3, 2020

Bentley announces sale of the 100.000th BeGraft peripheral

In its relatively young existence, Bentley has gained a good reputation within the endovascular society. With the introduction of the BeGraft family, Bentley made its entrance in the covered stenting market and offered new and unique features compared to the already existing products on the market.

Within the BeGraft portfolio, it is the BeGraft peripheral, which stands out and has the most impressive records of accomplishment. Not only because of its sizing range from 5 to 10 mm, but also in terms of the length of the stent. It was the BeGraft peripheral that first provided the vascular society with the much-needed missing stent length of approximately 28 mm. This, along with its flexibility and low profile, made the stent a "first to pick" for many physicians to improve the clinical outcome of their endovascular procedure.

As a result of its outstanding product characteristics, Bentley announces that early November they will achieve another milestone for the BeGraft peripheral stent: 100.000 sold products! “This is a great achievement for us,” says Sebastian Büchert, CEO at Bentley. ”We launched the product in October 2013 and in the beginning it started slowly like with any other product, but now the stent is known globally and accepted by the endovascular society thanks to its outstanding clinical track record. And that is not all, there is so much more to come for the BeGraft peripheral stent and the rest of the Bentley product portfolio,” he continues. 


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October 16, 2020

Bentley named an award finalist for middle-sized companies for its medical innovations

The Baden-Württemberg-based company was a high flyer at Germany’s top business awards, the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’

With its ‘Made in Germany’ medical technology, the Hechingen-based company Bentley is held in high esteem by physicians around the world. So high, that the company, which was founded in 2009, was named a finalist in the prestigious ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’, one of Germany’s top business awards. Bentley boasts a successful history of developing and manufacturing products, vascular implants for treating vascular constriction and aneurysms, which are available in over eighty countries.

The stent producer currently employs over 190 employees, and one of its strengths is the fact that it pools all its expertise at its Hechingen headquarters. In keeping with its motto of ‘Engineered and Manufactured in Germany’, all products are exclusively developed and produced in Germany – a quality feature that will continue to be strictly adhered also in the future. Bentley also places great emphasis on feedback from the doctors using its products, and considers this in its product developments. Nearly a third of its total workforce operates in the areas of product development, quality assurance and market access. ‘This is an exceptional figure, and one that is nearly twice as high as what you would find at other medical-technology companies. It lays the foundations for our fast product development and the speed at which we launch new products on the market’, says CEO Sebastian Büchert.

‘We are pleased to see Bentley named a finalist in the “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes”’, Büchert adds. ‘Because this award serves as recognition for every single Bentley employee, who all play a key role in the company’s success. For this reason, the wellbeing of our staff is also our top priority. If things are going well at an individual level, they will also go well at a broader company level.’ Bentley identified this early on, maintaining a flat hierarchy despite its rapid growth.

The HR department is constantly coming up with new ideas in keeping with the motto of BeBentley to encourage a positive working environment. Moreover, staff health is of great importance at Bentley: In addition to the option of leasing a bike, they also offer massages, free fruit, water, coffee and, as of recently, a partnership with a local gym. In-house information events are held regularly to promote exchange and cohesion among staff. They are continuing to run even during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, with staff being kept informed of precautionary measures regularly and early on as part of online meetings.

‘It is a huge honour to be recognised at the “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes”, for which we have this year been nominated as a finalist for the first time. This drives us to keep going as we are, if not improving further’, says Christian Bader, Director Quality and Market Access. More than 4,970 companies across Germany have been nominated for the popular ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’ award, with over 1,110 just from the federal state of Baden-Württemberg alone. What makes this award ceremony unique is the fact that only companies that have been nominated by other companies can participate.

The judges who nominate the companies make their decision based on the criteria of ‘overall business development’, ‘creating and securing jobs and apprenticeships’, ‘innovation and modernisation measures’, ‘involvement in the region’, and ‘service, customer focus and marketing’. Only eight companies from Baden-Württemberg were chosen as finalists by the panel of judges from the Oskar Patzelt Foundation this year. Fortunately, Bentley was one of them and was able to shine in all of these areas, and accept the honours at the awards ceremony in Würzburg.

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Christian Bader, Director Quality and Market Access, and Carmen Panero, Product Development Manager
from Bentley at the award ceremony in Würzburg.

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September 21, 2020

First patient recruited into a study to obtain the indication for a bridging stent in BEVAR procedures

Last week, the first patient was recruited into a trial investigating the BeGraft Peripheral Plus Stent Graft System (Bentley InnoMed, Hechingen, Germany) as a dedicated bridging stent in BEVAR (branched endovascular aortic repair) for the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms. It is the first study of its kind worldwide.

Professor Martin Austermann, vascular surgeon at St. Franziskus Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Münster, Germany, is the coordinating investigator of the prospective, single arm, multi-centre clinical study.

“Until now, we have not had a dedicated indicated bridging stent to connect branched endografts with renal and visceral arteries,” said Professor Austermann. “ There are many devices that could be used for this, but all in an off-label setting.”

“It’s great news that we could start a trial in collaboration with the Foundation for Cardiovascular Research and Education and Bentley for this indication, it has been an unmet need for such a long time,” he added. “We are very pleased to run this study, which is approved by the German national competent authority BfArM, together with some other colleagues working in high volume centres in Germany. For us, as endovascular specialists, it is key to work as much as possible with medical devices that are indicated for certain procedures.”

Eligible patients are those seeking elective repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) with BEVAR. The trial aims to carry out 100 BEVAR procedures with an average of 2,5 bridging stents per procedure.

The primary efficacy endpoint is comprised of a measure of technical success defined as the successfully introduction and deployment of the BeGraft Plus implanted as a bridging stent in BEVAR, with bridging stent patency at 12 months (absence of binary restenosis (≥50% stenosis)) or sole target vessel occlusion based on CT Angio at 12 months. The primary safety endpoint at 12 months relates to the absence of procedure-related complications and bridging stent related endoleaks.

“In one or two years the trial will provide us with valuable information on occlusions or stent fracture, for example. We will be able to let the patient know what to expect, and it will make the procedure more predictable,” Professor Austermann pointed out.

The BeGraft Plus uniquely combines an extraordinary radial force with a remarkable flexibility. It consists of two layers of micro-porous expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) tubing based on two cobalt chromium stents and has a ‘sandwich’ design. The outer ePTFE layer provides fixation of the outer stent and guarantees sealing properties. It also protects the inner ePTFE layer and prevents endoleaks. The inner PTFE layer provides a sealing of the aneurysm and the inner stent supplies fixation of the inner and outer ePTFE layer. Compared to the other available bridging stent grafts it has an up to 3.5 times higher radial force and is kink-resistant, making it an ideal bridging stent in BEVAR. 

“We believe that high-end medical technology is key to better patient care and health in vascular disease. This is Bentley´s vision and we always aim to prove the benefit of our products with clinical evidence,” said Dr. Martin Schirling, Clinical Affairs Manager, Bentley.

“Once again Bentley is pioneering the provision of safe and effective products to improve patient outcomes and to offer clinically proven solutions to our customers.”

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July 31, 2020

Bentley enters the venous world with the launch and First-in-Man of the BeYond venous

Bentley announces the receipt of the CE Mark for its BeYond venous Self-Expanding Stent System, launching it first for commercial sale and clinical use in Europe. The launch will be limited to an exclusive circle of leading venous experts to gain first-hand experience with this novel device. A full availability is expected for beginning of 2021.

The BeYond is an open-cell Nitinol stent, indicated for acute and chronic symptomatic obstructions of the femoral or iliac vein. It comes with a wide range of diameters from 10 to 18 mm and lengths up to 150 mm. With its optimized balance between radial force and flexibility, the BeYond allows accurate positioning and exact landing zones in venous interventions.

As a result of thrombosis, venous obstruction is a wide-spread disease. Together with heart attack and stroke, it is the leading cause of death in Western Europe. In Germany alone, more than 100.000 people die annually from the consequences of venous thrombosis. The endovascular therapy for venous disease has developed rapidly in the past few years, especially with the development of dedicated venous stent systems that meet the special requirements of the venous system.

“Although there are already products on the market that seem to be developed especially for veins, Bentley got the clinical feedback that these stents are not ideal yet – either they are too stiff or too flexible, both of which can reduce patient outcomes.” states Martijn Nugteren, Director Sales & Marketing at Bentley. “To overcome current shortcomings, we put the best of both worlds into the design of the BeYond venous.”

Venous stenting is proven to have a positive impact on the quality of life, especially of young and active people. The BeYond venous is designed to respect the natural venous anatomy to ensure the optimal balance between radial force, flexibility and deployment behaviour.

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First-in-Man of the BeYond Venous Stent performed in the European Venous Centre Aachen-Maastricht by Dr. Houman Jalaie, Mohammad Barbati, Dr. Long (China) & Philippe Charbonneau (Montréal/ Canada).

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March 13, 2020

Latest news on SARS-CoV2-Virus

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January 29, 2020

Bentley and Cook Medical announce collaboration

Bloomington, Ind./Hechingen – Cook Medical and Bentley InnoMed GmbH today announced that they are collaborating in clinical trials involving Cook’s fenestrated and branch stent grafts and Bentley’s covered stents!

Right: Mark Breedlove, Vice President Vascular Division, Cook Medical

Left: Sebastian Büchert, CEO, Bentley

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January 1, 2020

Bentley France gets dedicated direct to customer sales force this New Year

Bentley is marketing directly to its customers in France, moving from an agency arrangement to one with a dedicated team of seven sales representatives and a country sales manager, from January 1st, 2020.

Philippe Rozet, Country Sales Manager for France has 13 years of history working with balloon expandable covered stents in France. As well as Bentley’s range of peripheral covered stents, he will also oversee sales for the two other products in the portfolio: the BeGraft coronary stent and the BeSmooth peripheral stent (bare metal). Mr. Rozet is based in Paris and together with his team, he will nurture relationships with vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, pharmacists and financial management within hospitals.

In France more than 600 physicians are active with endovascular procedures. “Our agents did a great job giving Bentley’s product portfolio a good footprint within the French market but their sales team still had to split their time and focus between the Bentley products and the other medical products they are distributing. I strongly believe that with a dedicated team we can increase our service and have more focus on the exclusive product portfolio that Bentley offers,” said Mr. Martijn Nugteren, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bentley.

“The French market has one of the highest penetrations of covered stent use in the world,” remarked Martijn Nugteren. “This is one reason why we decided to go direct to this market. With a dedicated sales force there will be a greater focus with 100% of representatives’ time spent on Bentley products,” he added.

Physicians are pushing the boundaries of clinical practice with Bentley stents, so the team in the field needs to have a significant amount of expert knowledge making sure that the best possible service can be provided, he added.

Mr. Rozet also commented on the new arrangement: “Bentley products are growing quickly in France and by going direct to our customers we intend to be more present in the market and optimise the level of supply and services”.

France is being added to a growing list of countries with dedicated sales teams as Bentley grows in size. These countries comprise Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. “It is always foremost in our minds to maximise the contact interface with physicians” said Mr. Nugteren.

Pleased to welcome Mr. Rozet to Bentley, Mr. Nugteren said: “I know Philippe from the previous company where we worked together on covered stents, Philippe has a huge network, is a very strong team builder with a positive drive, and is dedicated to ensuring that his team works optimally and build success for Bentley and the brand in France,” he added.

“I see this as a new and exciting challenge to build the Bentley brand by a direct approach” Mr. Rozet commented.  “With the team that we recruited I am more than positive that we will succeed and that we can show the society in France what we at Bentley have to offer.”

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December 20, 2019

Bentley employees donate to charity supporting children with cancer and their families

Last winter the Christmas market in Hechingen took place on the 3rd weekend of the Pre-Christmas season. Among all the colourfully decorated Christmas stands one was outstanding - the blue Bentley stand.

With joy, the Bentley employees voluntarily sold mulled wine, children's punch and waffles – and this was all for a good cause. Bentley did not only donate the proceeds, but the employees also made their contribution by donating their working hours. As in the previous year, the entire donation amount went to the Verein für krebskranke Kinder Tübingen e.V., which supports children with cancer as well as the families.

Thanks to a good suggestion from a Bentley employee, the fundraising campaign was extended to all other employees of the company. Everyone was able to donate part of his or her accumulated overtime hours or even vacation days on a voluntary basis. This summed up in more than hundred hours.

Inspired by the generosity of their own employees, the management decided to double the value of the donated hours. As a result, the donation was more than tripled compared to last year’s donation. At the end the amount rose to an impressive 21,888.68 €. On 20th of December, the donation cheque was handed over personally by the managing director Sebastian Büchert and Maria Linda Colucci, Assistant of Directors.

Knowing that the money will be used for a good cause, Bentley will certainly take part in the Christmas market again next year.

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October 15, 2019

Hechingen-based medical technology company Bentley is FOCUS Growth Champion 2020

HECHINGEN – The success story continues. Following on from Bentley celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer, the company is now marking the next highlight in its short history – the Hechingen-based medical technology company has been named FOCUS Growth Champion 2020. Together with Statista, one of the world’s biggest online statistics platforms, the magazine FOCUS searched for the top 500 companies to have achieved a high percentage of sales growth between 2015 and 2018. Only companies with their headquarters in Germany were considered in the ranking.

The stent producer Bentley took first place in the area of electrical and medical technology. ‘We are delighted to be awarded as FOCUS Growth Champion 2020. Being such a young company, we are very proud to have received this award,’ says Sebastian Büchert, CEO of Bentley.

Bentley has developed rapidly since being founded by Lars Sunnanväder and Miko Obradovic in 2009. A key growth driver has been the fact that doctors and hospitals are becoming more and more technically skilled in the area of minimally invasive surgery, with the ever older patients then having a greater chance of recovery and survival with endovascular treatment than with conventional open surgery.

Bentley develops and produces its products exclusively in Germany – a quality hallmark that is to be retained in the future. To this day, the stent producer has successfully launched five products that are distributed in more than 70 countries around the world.

Bentley owes its strong growth not only to its innovative products and demographic developments, but also and above all to its committed and talented employees. ‘We already have a workforce of more than 160 and have evolved into an attractive employer in the region. The employee headcount has increased almost fourfold over the past three years. The large number of new employee hires has allowed us to handle the high demand for our products and further increase our sales growth,’ emphasises Büchert. A key cornerstone of this success has been last year’s inauguration of the new production facility together with an administrative building. The new site reflects the company’s growth and success and serves as home to all the corporate functions, from R&D, quality assurance and production to administration, customer service and training.

Strong growth offers a company a lot of opportunities, but also presents it with unforeseen challenges. ‘It is important to us that we remain transparent on all levels and promote interaction in spite of our growing structures, as this is and will continue to be Bentley’s greatest success factor.’ The medical technology company is fully aware that happy employees are the key to its success. Bentley therefore offers its staff various benefits such as annual profit participation, inter-company team events, regular excursions and health promotion measures such as a gym, free fruit and subsidised massages.

The company, which sees further growth opportunities in the years to come, intends to remain focused on the well-being of its employees in the future in order to further establish itself as an attractive employer within the region.

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June 29, 2019

Bentley celebrates employee contribution on its 10th anniversary

HECHINGEN - Bentley, a global leader in the development of innovative treatments for vascular diseases, celebrated its tenth anniversary on June, 29th 2019.

It is a story of remarkable global expansion driven by a dedicated workforce and an innovative product base that has seen core endovascular staples, like the widely-used BeGraft peripheral stent, sit alongside niche products, notably the investigational BeGrow for treating newborns with pulmonary artery stenosis.

Started in 2009 by Lars Sunnanväder and Miko Obradovic, the company now has over 150 employees, and an enviable track record of product development and manufacture with five devices for endovascular intervention commercially available in over 70 countries.

Sunnanväder and Obradovic stepped away from operational roles last year, and now, together with other members, form the advisory board for Bentley InnoMed GmbH. Since this time, Sebastian Büchert, has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bentley.

“Employees are the lifeblood of this company, and the growth we have witnessed is down to their commitment,” Büchert said. “In the past couple of months, the company has hired three to seven new people every month reflecting the exceptional growth of the company in recent years.”

In fact, 33% of the total workforce works in product development, quality assurance and market access. “This is extraordinarily high and nearly double what is seen in other medical device companies. This is the reason for our rapid product development and speed at which we bring products to market,” emphasised the CEO.

Asked what he believed had contributed to Bentley’s rapid and robust growth, Büchert highlighted, “Bentley managed to attract highly qualified and talented staff to quickly develop, reliably manufacture, and successfully market a broad and innovative line of covered stents for various vascular afflictions.”

“I’ve been in the medical device industry for 25 years, but I have never experienced the level of team spirit seen here at Bentley, he remarked, adding that, “It’s never about blame, it’s about finding solutions and improving things.”

BeGraft coronary was the first product, launched in 2012, and this was followed by BeGraft peripheral in November 2013.  It was at this point that revenues really started to build and the company took off. “Even today, BeGraft peripheral remains our core product,” explained Büchert.

Since then, Bentley has launched three further products, totaling five on the market: BeSmooth peripheral (2014); BeGraft aortic (2016); and BeGraft PLUS (2017).

Bentley is the only company worldwide that offers a covered balloon expandable stent in a size range from 2.5 mm to 30 mm in diameter. “We are very successful in the development of covered stents for peripheral vessels and this is where we see the core focus of our company in the future and where we wish to expand on a global scale,” said Büchert.

Increasingly, clinics are becoming technically competent in performing endovascular surgery, explained the CEO, and with an ageing population living with multiple co-morbidities, such patients are better suited to endovascular surgery as opposed to open surgery in terms of recovery and survival. “This, together with the outstanding clinical evidence for covered stents, are the main drivers for the market growth,” noted Büchert.

In April 2018, Bentley opened new state-of-the-art headquarters marking a major milestone in Bentley’s young history and reflect its rapid growth and success. The new base houses all of Bentley’s operations, from research and development (R&D), quality assurance and manufacturing, to administration, customer service and training.

The company also has a reputation for launching products in fast sequence and in the future, it wishes to continue to stay agile and efficient in its development process. “We will continue to launch new products and this will continue to drive growth of the company,” said Büchert.

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November 12, 2018

New management for Bentley

New management for Bentley as current leaders adopt a role in the non-executive board

Both Lars Sunnanväder, existing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bentley, and Miko Obradovic, existing Technical Director and Site Manager, will adopt new advisory roles in a senior management reshuffle
Sebastian Büchert takes over as Bentley CEO; Rainer Bregulla becomes Director Research & Development; and Hartmut Grathwohl adopts the role of Director of Operations.

November 12, 2018 - Lars Sunnanväder, existing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bentley, and Miko Obradovic, existing Technical Director and Site Manager, announced today that adopting new advisory positions in the company. The changes come as Bentley moves into a new phase in recognition of a rapid and robust period of recent growth.

The changes are effective from today, and together with Annika Sunnannväder and Eurico Pacheco, Sunnanväder and Obradovic will form the executive advisory board for Bentley InnoMed GmbH, and will partially re-appoint the management and divisional management.

In an announcement to Bentley’s distribution partners and employees, Sunnanväder and Obradovic write that, “We have decided to move to a steering and advisory role and to place the operational responsibility for the company into trusted hands.”

Effective from today, Sebastian Büchert, the former Director of Sales & Marketing takes over the responsibility for the operational management of Bentley as CEO. Rainer Bregulla, will immediately adopt the position of Director Research & Development; and Hartmut Grathwohl, Bentley’s long-standing production manager, adopts the role of Director of Operations.

Sunnanväder and Obradovic were the founding members of Bentley nine years ago. They launched the company’s core product family known as BeGraft, the first product of which, the BeGraft coronary, was launched in 2012. BeGraft has been central to Bentley’s success over this time, with revenue and the number of employees having grown five-fold in the last four years alone.

Sebastian Büchert joined Bentley in November 2014, after starting his working life in Jostra AG in 1994. Jostra AG was the first of 12 companies that Sunnanväder founded. During his nine years there, he held various management positions in sales and marketing. After this Sebastian spent several different senior management roles in other companies before moving to Bentley.

Asked what he believed had contributed to Bentley’s rapid growth, Büchert said, “Bentley managed to attract highly qualified and talented staff to quickly develop, reliably manufacture and successfully market a broad and innovative line of covered and non covered stents for various vascular afflictions.”

Going forward, he highlighted that he wanted to further substantiate Bentley’s success and solid foundations, and secure the continuation of the company’s history of robust growth. “I want us to stay focused on the development of innovative products for endovascular challenges that doctors trust to improve both the clinical outcome and quality of life for the patient. Bentley shall also continue to be a company that employees enjoy working for.”

Bentley has undergone a lot of changes this year, with both a new head quarters and a state-of-the-art production facility, coupled with the significant growth in company turnover. As the new Director of Operations, Grathwohl commented on recent developments and how he planned to ensure a solid future for the company. “It has been an extraordinary year for Bentley with different operational challenges. We’ve managed to get through these with the team spirit of Bentley employees, and going forward we will continue to motivate the employees so they enjoy working for this great company,” he said. “The outlook is very good for operations, with the recent addition of people with extensive experience and talent in medical devices.”

As the company’s very first employee, Bregulla is stunned at how far Bentley has come in such a short time. “I never, in my wildest dreams, thought the company could achieve such success. It is partly scary, but also nice to see how fast Bentley it is growing, especially this past year.”

As new director of R&D, Bregulla says he will continue to work hard to ensure that they continue to bring highly innovative medical products to market in the near future, despite the increased regulatory requirements. “With this new role, I have the opportunity to use my experience in product development to best support Bentley in its global success.”

Contact: Martijn Nugteren, Director Sales & Marketing,, +31 6 188 428 91

From left: Rainer Bregulla (Director R&D), Andrew Brabner (Director of Finance & IT), Christian Bader (Director Quality & Market Access), Hartmut Grathwohl (Director Operations), Sebastian Büchert (CEO) and Martijn Nugteren (Director Sales & Marketing)

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January 31, 2018

European Launch of BeGraft Peripheral Plus Stent Graft System

Bentley is very happy to welcome the next member of the BeGraft family. The BeGraft Peripheral Plus is a covered, balloon expandable stent indicated for renal and iliac arteries. It uniquely combines an extraordinary radial force with a remarkable flexibility. Bentley is optimistic that the BeGraft Peripheral  Plus will perfectly complement its peripheral product portfolio and will  offer an additional option for doctors when choosing the best possible solution for their patients. For detailed information please access the product section.

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January 25, 2016

Bentley InnoMed becomes Bentley

Bentley Innomed has decided to market its products as Bentley in the future. The Bentley name better reflects the company’s maturing Corporate Identity and reinforces its strong-growing market position in the field of endovascular medical technology.

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January 25, 2016

New Website:

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October 1, 2015

BeGraft Peripheral Stent Graft System design modifications CE-marked

Keen to further improve the BeGraft Peripheral for its customers, Bentley implements the following design modifications for the full range.

Neither of these modifications have a negative affect on the valued features of the BeGraft Peripheral, such as its low profile (6F up to 8mm), flexibility, trackability and length control. Also, they entail no whatsoever impact on the safety and efficacy of the BeGraft Peripheral for its intended use.

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October 30, 2014

CE-mark of new product line BeSmooth Peripheral Stent System

The BeSmooth Peripheral Stent System is a balloon expandable stainless steel stent with superior features, similar to the already marketed BeGraft Peripheral. The BeSmooth excels with a high radial force while maintaining high flexibility and low profile. All available sizes (diameters 5.0 - 10.0mm) are 6F introducer sheath compatible. For detailed information access the product space. The BeSmooth line should make an important contribution to Bentley’s position in the global stent market. 

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October 17, 2014

Extension of product line BeGraft Coronary

Bentley has received the CE-mark for additional stent sizes (diameters 4.5 and 5.0mm) of the BeGraft Coronary Stent Graft System. The extended product matrix enables care providers around the globe a more customizable patient treatment. 

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October 31, 2013

CE-mark for BeGraft Peripheral Stent Graft System

Bentley expands its product portfolio with the BeGraft Peripheral Stent Graft System, a covered stent indicated for the intraluminal chronic placement in iliac and renal arteries. The single-layer cobalt chromium stent graft platform combines a low crimp profile with an extraordinary flexible design. Based on its unique nature, Bentley is optimistic that the BeGraft Peripheral has the potential to become the gold standard of covered stents. For detailed information access the product space. 

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June 25, 2012

First product launch: BeGraft Coronary Stent Graft System

With the CE-mark for the BeGraft Coronary line, Bentley reaches new highs in product development. The intricate craftsmanship and innovative design make this new generation of covered stents particularly flexible, whilst guaranteeing an unprecedented low profile delivery (5F). For detailed information access the product space. 

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November 22, 2011

Bentley InnoMed receives DIN EN ISO 13485 certificate

Bentley InnoMed is proud to announce its DIN EN ISO 13485 certification. The company is now in the right to develop, manufacture and market medical products and accessories. 

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