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Ellex 2RT Study Demonstrates Clinical Efficacy in Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema
Date:11/10/2007

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellex Medical Lasers Limited (ASX: ELX), a global leader in the design and manufacture of ophthalmic laser and ultrasound systems, announced today initial clinical results of an ongoing study for non-thermal Retina Regeneration Therapy (Ellex 2RT(TM)). Results demonstrate the therapy's potential to improve and stabilize visual acuity and to reduce retinal edema in patients with diabetic maculopathy and macular edema without causing any damage to the photoreceptors.

Peter Hamilton, MD, FRCOph, the principal clinical investigator in the Ellex 2RT research program at St. Thomas Hospital, London, presented the initial clinical trial results today at the Retina Subspecialty Day of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

"The first phase clinical outcomes have confirmed Ellex 2RT's ability to treat diabetic maculopathy without damaging the neuro-retina," commented Professor John Marshall, principal investigator of the Ellex 2RT research program. "This means that Ellex 2RT may change the way diabetic maculopathy patients are treated and it shows potential for intervention in early stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) before significant loss of vision has occurred."

"We are encouraged by the first patient data presented today as it provides the assurance we were looking for to expand Ellex 2RT research," commented Peter Falzon, Ellex CEO. "The next phase clinical trials will be essential in establishing Ellex 2RT's potential as an early stage therapy for retinal diseases."

ABOUT THE CLINICAL TRIAL

The clinical trials are conducted under the direction of Professor John Marshall, Ph.D., FRCPath, who is Frost Professor of Ophthalmology at the Rayne Institute and Head of the Academic Department of Ophthalmology at King's College, University of London.

The prospective study, which includes 18 patients (29 eyes) was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of sele
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