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SANUWAVE Issued U.S. Patent for the Application of Acoustic Shock Waves Utilizing Its PACE Devices

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 5:48am
ALPHARETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SANUWAVE Health, Inc., an emerging medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of noninvasive, biological response activating devices in regenerative medicine, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued the Company patent number 8,088,073, titled "Device for the Application of Acoustic Shock Waves."

The patent has a term extending to June 2025 and is directed to an invention for an electrohydraulic shock wave device having novel features that may enhance the capabilities of the Companys Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression (PACE®) technology platform. This patented invention for delivering shock waves into living tissue includes a multi-adjustable reflector contained within a tissue-contacting treatment applicator that allows adjusting the positions where shock waves are generated and delivered into the body with modifiable tissue penetration depths. The patent also offers the improvement of a fastening or "pivot" point within the applicators housing to enable the reflector to tilt in any direction, thus increasing the volume of tissue treated from a single applicator position.

"We are delighted to add this patent to our growing intellectual property portfolio, which will extend and consolidate our leadership position in the use of PACE technology for tissue regeneration," stated Christopher M. Cashman, President and CEO of SANUWAVE. "This patent protects the capability of our proprietary technology and has the potential to expand our treatment options, including the ability to target a wider variety of tissues in the pursuit of new clinical applications."

About PACE

PACE, defined as Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression, delivers high-energy acoustic pressure waves in the shock wave spectrum to produce compressive and tensile stresses on cells and tissue structures which is designed to promote angiogenic and positive inflammatory responses, and quickly initiate the healing cascade. This is thought to result in microcirculatory improvement, including increased perfusion and blood vessel widening (arteriogenesis), the production of angiogenic growth factors, enhanced new blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and the subsequent regeneration of tissue such as skin, musculoskeletal and vascular structures. PACE procedures trigger the initiation of an accelerated inflammatory response that speeds wounds into proliferation phases of healing and subsequently returns a chronic condition to an acute condition to help reinitiate the bodys own healing response.

About SANUWAVE Health, Inc.

SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (www.sanuwave.com) is an emerging regenerative medicine company focused on the development and commercialization of noninvasive, biological response activating devices for the repair and regeneration of tissue, musculoskeletal and vascular structures. SANUWAVEs portfolio of products and product candidates activate biologic signaling and angiogenic responses, including new vascularization and microcirculatory improvement, helping to restore the bodys normal healing processes and regeneration. SANUWAVE intends to apply its PACE technology in wound healing, orthopedic/spine, plastic/cosmetic and cardiac conditions. Its lead product candidate for the global wound care market, dermaPACE®, is CE marked for treatment of the skin and subcutaneous soft tissue and recently completed its pivotal Phase III, Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical trial in the U.S. for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. SANUWAVE researches, designs, manufactures, markets and services its products worldwide, and believes it has demonstrated that its technology is safe and effective in stimulating healing in chronic conditions of the foot (plantar fasciitis) and the elbow (lateral epicondylitis) through its U.S. Class III PMA approved Ossatron® device, as well as stimulating bone and chronic tendonitis regeneration in the musculoskeletal environment through the utilization of its Ossatron, Evotron™ and orthoPACE® devices in Europe.

Posted by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT

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