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First Patient Treated in Clinical Study of Cohera Medical's TissuGlu(R) Surgical Adhesive
Date:12/16/2009

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Cohera Medical Inc. today announced the treatment of the first patient in a study of its lead surgical adhesive product, TissuGlu®. Initiation of the study marks a major milestone in the company's progression of the lead product toward clinical practice.

The clinical investigation is a prospective, open-label, randomized study to investigate the safety of TissuGlu and its effect on wound drainage and associated complications in abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck," surgeries. The study will compare standard wound closure techniques to standard wound closure techniques plus the application of TissuGlu in 40 patients at three sites near Bonn, Frankfurt and Freiburg, Germany.

"We are delighted to have treated the first patient in the TissuGlu study," said Klaus Walgenbach, M.D., Ph.D., of the Universitatsklinikum Bonn and the principal investigator for the study. "We were very pleased with the procedure and look forward to enrolling more patients."

Currently, patients who undergo abdominoplasty require the insertion of drains to remove fluids that accumulate under the skin at the surgical site. In some cases, drainage is inadequate, and the excess fluid accumulation called seroma requires an additional procedure for removal. TissuGlu adheres the tissue flaps created during the procedure to reduce fluid accumulation, and, ultimately, the duration of use of the surgical drains. With the use of TissuGlu, patients may experience a significant reduction of fluid accumulation and a more comfortable recovery, which may lead to a quicker return to normal activity.

"Our transition into the clinical development phase brings us closer to helping plastic surgeons to address a critical unmet need and improve patient care," said Patrick Daly, president and chief executive officer of Cohera Medical. "Furthermore, the market opportunity for our company with TissuGlu is very significant,
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