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International Robotic Urology Symposium Reports on Benefits of Cooling During Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery and Introduces InnerCool's New Investigational UroCool System
Date:1/14/2009

ry pads. The return to continence was faster for the hRLP (hypothermia) group versus the RLP (control) group: median 39 days versus 59 days, respectively (p=0.002).

As a result of these early positive results using manual cooling techniques, InnerCool's new UroCool Catheter System was developed and is being utilized in current studies to improve the ease of use and provide more cooling power, which may potentially further enhance clinical outcomes. It is believed that additional ongoing studies may offer the potential to demonstrate improved post-operative erectile function for patients as well. Drs. Ahlering and Finley's clinical data on hypothermic radical prostatectomy was recently presented with an award at the European Robotic Urologic Symposium in Prague and their findings are now being published as a Rapid Communication in the medical journal Urology (in press). Dr. Ahlering has also been invited to present his data on prostate cooling at the Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association to be held April 25-30 in Chicago, IL.

The Company recently announced the enrollment of the first patient in a study of Hypothermic Radical Prostatectomy being conducted by Dr. Ahlering and his colleagues at the University of California, Irvine. Patients are being cooled with the UroCool(TM) system in a study designed to further evaluate the potential safety and benefits of localized cooling during robotic-assisted prostatectomy, which is now the most common surgical technique for prostate cancer. A regulatory application for FDA 510(k) clearance of InnerCool's UroCool catheter is expected to be submitted in the first quarter of 2009.

The UroCool(TM) catheter is designed to be placed within the rectal cavity adjacent to the prostate during surgery and is used in conjunction with InnerCool's Celsius Control Console which circulates cold saline in a closed loop within InnerCool's UroCool ca
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