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NeoVista, Inc. Announces Initial VIDION Shipments
Date:10/30/2009

Hospital in Pisa, Italy is First in World to Receive Revolutionary Epimacular Brachytherapy System

Fremont, CA and Pisa, Italy (PRWEB) October 30, 2009 -- NeoVista, Inc. announced today that the first VIDION® ANV Therapy System for epimacular brachytherapy has been sold and shipped. Unlike anti-VEGF therapy, which requires frequent costly eye injections for an indefinite period of time, NeoVista's novel therapy delivers a one-time dose of radiation via a very commonly used surgical procedure called 'vitrectomy'. NeoVista's epimacular brachytherapy has been shown to be safe and effective in preliminary clinical trials and may offer a cost effective solution to the current treatment burden posed by continuous injections of anti-VEGF therapy.

Dr. Stanislao Rizzo, a world-renowned retinal surgeon from S. Chiara Hospital, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana,Pisa, Italy, said, "We are very excited to be the first hospital to receive this innovative one time treatment procedure, which can help to treat a devastating disease that otherwise requires chronic treatment for an indefinite period of time. NeoVista's targeted epimacular brachytherapy treatment may provide us the ability to improve vision by offering a distinct mechanism of action to conventional anti-VEGF therapy that affects multiple disease pathways, and may dramatically change the patients' quality of life by eliminating frequent eye injections. This promising treatment could very well be a cost-effective alternative to treating neovascular AMD," continued Dr. Rizzo. "Monthly injections can become quite expensive for our health care system, whereas a single procedure will potentially allow our specialists to treat more patients and bring down the costs associated with ongoing treatments while still providing satisfactory outcomes."

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