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Biocoat and Agion to Develop and Co-market Coatings for Medical Devices.
Date:4/4/2009

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Coatings that release silver are used on catheters, particularly central venous and urological catheters, where they have been shown to reduce the amount of microbes found on their surfaces. Recently, Medicare declared it will no longer reimburse hospitals for the treatment of some preventable conditions. This is a strong incentive for companies to develop antimicrobial protected devices for prophylactic and therapeutic use.

Biocoat's HYDAK product line of lubricious hydrophilic coatings are based on hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and has non-thrombogenic properties. The hyaluronic acid in the coating can be crosslinked or non-crosslinked on a surface to varying degrees in order to control durability in applications where abrasion may occur.

The cornerstone of Agion technology is silver, a naturally occurring and highly effective antimicrobial agent. Silver has long been known for its antimicrobial properties and Agion's zeolite carrier provides many benefits over other antimicrobials that are alcohol-, chlorine-, or ammonium-based. Silver is proven to be safe with no toxic affects on people, plants or animals. Agion technology operates at the surface of a product through the controlled release of silver ions
which attack microbes and inhibit their growth in three different ways. They offer a variety of silver-based technologies to suit various manufacturing and product requirements.

About Biocoat, Inc.:
Biocoat, Inc., a leader in providing hydrophilic coating technology to medical device companies, is a privately-held corporation with administrative offices, manufacturing, and R&D labs in Horsham, PA. Biocoat develops practical applications of its technologies in partnership with established medical device companies, who license HYDAK and other coatings technologies from Biocoat.

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