We’re called Q’Apel for the Qu’Appelle River, a waterway that winds through Saskatchewan, Canada. Why? Because this pristine river charts a winding path, full of twists, turns, and straightaways alike. That’s what we do, too. Our cutting-edge products—neurological catheters, specifically—are designed to navigate the twists and turns of the brain’s neurovasculature, empowering therapeutic thrombectomy and cerebral aneurysm devices to deliver life-changing outcomes.Who We Are
I’m a balloon guide catheter specifically designed for stroke patients. Before I came along, balloon-based variable stiffness catheters weren’t used all that often, because all manner of technological constraints stood in the way. I’m here to change that.
My particular specifications are unique in this space—which means I’m ideally positioned to serve stroke patients and the caregivers who treat them worldwide. Yes, similar balloon guide catheters have promised superior functionality. But I was specifically and intentionally designed to banish those shortcomings once and for all.
So how do I deliver? My revolutionary 0.087-inch ID and 8F+ (OD) mean I’m just as suited to facilitate the insertion and guidance of an intravascular catheter as I am in my role as a conduit for clot retrieval devices. And my distinct construction means I deliver proximal support while maintaining distal flexibility. In short, I combine flow control, trackability, support, and access into one revolutionary solution.
I have an 0.087-inch ID, which pretty much blows other balloon guide catheters out of the water. And my large yet highly trackable size means I’m particularly effective in supporting mechanical thrombectomy.
My balloon component is built for enhanced performance and compliance. Not only am I highly reliable in the face of critical clots—I adapt to serve my surroundings so I can suit physician needs from start to finish.
Above all, I’m designed to flex and move. With my kink-resistant construction, I can shimmy and twist through the most challenging of neurovascular procedures, all the while staying the course with my monolithic wall and material transitions.
Ultimately, my physique comes down to the particulars. From my workhorse 95-centimeter usable length to my 0.087-inch ID—and let’s not forget my 11.1mm diameter compliant balloon—I’m made to track and support. Have a closer look.
For us, accolades matter little—but actions are everything. Read up on our most recent innovations, certifications, and the clinical results that continue to deliver on our promise of revolutionary answers in stroke care.
My FDA-cleared technology has been consistently supported in clinical literature—but I’m always eager to show what I can do firsthand.