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Bovie Medical Corporation Receives 510 K Clearances to Market Patented J-Plasma Technology

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 5:33am
MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bovie Medical Corporation ("Bovie" or the "Company"), a manufacturer and marketer of electrosurgical products, today announced that the Company received 510k clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its J-Plasma™ handpiece with retractable cutting feature for soft tissue coagulation during surgery. The handpiece will be powered by Bovies GS electrosurgical generator, which has prior 510k market clearance.

J-Plasma™ is formed by passing an inert gas, such as helium, over a sharp conductive point which is held at high voltage and high frequency, producing a luminous discharge beam. The sharp conductive point can also be in the form of a retractable surgical blade, providing multiple modes of operation in a single instrument. The extended surgical blade can be used for incisions and other cutting procedures, and when retracted, the blade is used to form the J-Plasma beam for coagulation. The extended blade can also be used in combination with the J-Plasma beam, providing an enhanced cutting capability with minimal impact on surrounding tissue.

The Company, assisted by leading surgeons, will introduce J-Plasma™ at selected hospital beta sites including several university teaching facilities, in preparation for a market launch later this year by its independent sales distribution network.

Bovie continues to explore and review added applications for J-Plasma™ which include gynecology, dermatology, plastic surgery, infection control, use in robotics and other surgical techniques.

Bovie Medical Corporation CEO Andrew Makrides commented, "This is a significant development toward Bovie becoming a leader in plasma surgery and achieving increased prominence in the electrosurgery marketplace."

Bovie recently announced the granting of a United States patent for a "Method to generate a plasma stream for performing electrosurgery", adding to the Companys J-Plasma™ patent portfolio. Bovie has four patents related to its J-Plasma™ technology with three additional patent applications pending.

For further information about the Companys current and new products, please refer to the Investor Relations section of Bovies website www.boviemed.com.

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

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