Vycor Medical, Inc. ("Vycor") (OTCBB: VYCO), a medical device company with a suite of FDA cleared products, announced that U.S. patent #12/545719, which relates to its ViewSite Brain Access System ("VBAS"), has been issued.
The claims of this patent cover methods for accessing a surgical worksite in a patient's brain using a transparent nested introducer/retractor assembly. The inventive method involves visualizing the brain tissue through the introducer and retractor assembly while the assembly is being advanced, permitting the surgeon to precisely direct movement to the surgical site and identify and address conditions that may exist or arise before the assembly is fully-inserted.
The addition of this patent brings Vycor's total patent portfolio to 35 issued and 20 pending. The Vycor Medical division now has 6 issued patents and 10 patents pending, while its NovaVision division has 29 issued patents and 10 patents pending. Vycor's Management believes that its significant patent portfolio is of strategic importance and believes it will help drive future revenues and underpin the Company's valuation.
VBAS is a suite of clear cylindrical disposable devices which provide neurosurgeons a stable, minimally invasive working channel to access targeted sites within the brain, such as tumors. The "blade retractor" has been the standard of care device for brain access and retraction for more than 50 years. VBAS is now approved in over 100 hospitals in the U.S. and the number continues to grow. To date, more than 4,000 surgeries have been performed utilizing VBAS. Vycor has a clear plan to continue to drive VBAS adoption with a goal of having the VBAS device become the new "Standard of Care" for brain access and retraction.
About Vycor Medical, Inc.With corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, FL, Vycor Medical, Inc. ("Vycor") is a publicly traded company (OTCBB: VYCO) dedicated to providing the medical community with innovative and superior surgical and therapeutic solutions and has a growing portfolio of FDA-cleared medical solutions that are changing and improving lives every day. The Company operates two business units: Vycor Medical and NovaVision, both of which adopt a minimally or non-invasive approach. Both technologies have exceptional sales growth potential, address large potential markets, have the requisite regulatory approvals and are commercialized and generating revenue. The Company has a strong patent portfolio with 35 granted patents and a further 20 patents pending.
Vycor Medical's flagship, ViewSite Surgical Access Systems (VBAS) is a suite of clear cylindrical minimally invasive disposable devices that hold the potential for speedier, safer and more economical brain surgeries and a quicker patient discharge. VBAS is designed to optimize neurosurgical site access, reduce patient risk, accelerate recovery and add tangible value to the professional medical community. Vycor Medical is ISO 13485:2003 compliant, has FDA 510(K) clearance for VBAS for brain and spine surgeries and regulatory approvals for brain surgeries in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Korea and Russia. For an overview of Vycor Medical's VBAS see http://player.vimeo.com/video/39766887
NovaVision develops and provides science-driven neurostimulation therapy and other medical technologies that help improve and partially restore sight in patients with neurological vision impairments. The company's proprietary Visual Restoration Therapy® (VRT) platform is clinically supported to improve lost vision resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury ("TBI"), or other acquired brain injuries. VRT is the only FDA 510(K) cleared medical device in the U.S. aimed at the restoration of vision for neurologically induced vision loss and can be prescribed by any ophthalmologist, optometrist, neurologist or physiatrist. VRT also has CE Marking for the EU. NovaVision also provides Neuro-Eye Therapy (NeET) in the EU, aimed at increasing visual sensitivity deep within the field defect. NovaVision also provides a fully portable and ADA-compliant Head Mounted Perimeter (HMP) which aids in the detection and measurement of visual field deficits. For an overview of NovaVision see http://player.vimeo.com/video/39765566
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