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Sonitus Medical Secures Strategic Investment and Technology Advancement Agreement From In-Q-Tel
Date:5/25/2009

In-Q-Tel Investment in Sonitus Medical Accelerates Development of Removable Device Intended To Undetectably Transmit Sound Via the Teeth

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonitus Medical, Inc., a medical device company developing the world's first non-surgical and removable hearing device to transmit sound via the teeth, today announced a strategic investment and technology advancement agreement with In-Q-Tel, the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the CIA and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community.

Sonitus Medical is developing a nearly invisible In The Mouth (ITM) hearing and communication platform that relies on the principle of bone conduction to undetectably transmit sound via the teeth to the inner ear. Its SoundBite(TM) hearing system is designed to help people who are essentially deaf in one ear to rejoin the conversation of life.

"We are excited to join In-Q-Tel's notable portfolio of innovative technology companies," said Amir Abolfathi, CEO of Sonitus Medical. "This strategic partnership further legitimizes our SoundBite(TM) hearing system as a novel and non-surgical clinical treatment for patients who are essentially deaf in one ear. The investment by In-Q-Tel also allows us to take the logical next step toward developing our platform technology for a number of other non-medical communication applications."

"Sonitus Medical's technology capability is an important addition to our strategic investment portfolio," said Troy M. Pearsall, Executive Vice President of Architecture and Engineering at In-Q-Tel. "The advanced technology inside this removable, comfortable to wear, and discrete device employs the well understood principle of bone conduction in a unique form factor. We are also excited by the company's product roadmap, as it offers great promise for both the private and public sectors."


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