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Brainlab and SurgiVision Announce Strategic Alliance in MRI-Guided Drug Delivery and Other Interventional MRI Technologies in Neurosurgery
Date:4/11/2011

MUNICH, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brainlab AG and SurgiVision, Inc. today announced a collaboration aimed at integrating SurgiVision's ClearPoint® product line with Brainlab's iMRI product line, with particular focus on local delivery of drugs and other therapeutic agents to precision targets in the brain under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance.

Brainlab and SurgiVision believe the integration of their technologies will allow patient-specific treatment planning, simplified clinical workflows and optimal delivery of drugs to the brain.  Under the terms of the agreement, Brainlab also received the right to sell SurgiVision's ClearPoint product line, including the right to exclusively sell ClearPoint products in the neurological drug delivery field, and Brainlab made an investment into SurgiVision.  SurgiVision will continue to sell its ClearPoint product line directly for all applications outside the neurological drug delivery field.

SurgiVision's ClearPoint system provides guidance for the placement and operation of instruments during neurological procedures performed within the MRI environment.  Using the ClearPoint system, a physician sees and selects a neurological target, aims SurgiVision's targeting device and watches via MRI as the surgical instrument is advanced to the target and the therapy is delivered.  SurgiVision's ClearPoint system has received both FDA clearance and CE Mark.  SurgiVision also recently received FDA clearance for its SmartFlow™ injection cannula.

Brainlab's Brainsuite® iMRI integrates intra-operative MRI with surgical planning and ceiling-mounted navigation, allowing full utilization of intra-operative data for making informed decisions  during the procedure.  iPlan® Flow enables neurosurgeons to optimize local drug delivery to the CNS, based on patient specific imaging.

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