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NeoVista, Inc. Announces the Launch of VIDION ANV Therapy System in UK for Treating Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Date:11/16/2009

very impressive. My experience in our own trials of this device has also been encouraging and it is a big step forward to be able to offer patients this new treatment throughout the UK, within a large randomized controlled clinical trial.”

Unlike previous radiation therapies for wet AMD, NeoVista’s innovative epimacular brachytherapy delivers the peak dose of strontium-90 beta ionizing radiation directly to the lesion, minimizing exposure to the surrounding tissue. The device includes a delivery tip similar in size to a needle, and delivers a highly targeted dose of radiation directly to the area of the retina affected by wet AMD. Importantly for patients, the systemic radiation exposure is minimal, as the effective dose to the entire body from NeoVista’s device is less then a routine chest x-ray.

“This is a big step forward for NeoVista and for those suffering from Wet AMD in the UK,” stated John N. Hendrick, President and CEO of NeoVista. “To date over 400 patients have been treated safely with epimacular brachytherapy in our comprehensive clinical program. Today, with the launch of our proprietary VIDION® ANV® Therapy System, we offer hope to thousands of patients in the UK who require ongoing and frequent injections to treat their Wet AMD. We are looking forward to bringing VIDION® to millions of European patients with wet AMD who are seeking a more cost-efficient option that we expect will be as effective, if not better, than the current standard of care.”

About Wet AMD:
Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels behind the retina start to grow under the macula, where they leak blood and fluid, causing scar tissue to form and vision to become impaired. With wet AMD, vision loss may occur faster and be more noticeable than with dry AMD. The longer the abnormal vessels leak or grow, the more vision will be lost. The earlier wet AMD is diagnosed, the better the patients’
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