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Gelesis Unveils Novel Non-Invasive Capsulated Device for Obesity and Presents Clinical Data; Appoints Former Pfizer R&D President to Board
Date:4/22/2010

BOSTON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston-based medical technology firm Gelesis, Inc. unveiled its capsulated device Attiva™, and presented data showing that Attiva™ significantly increased the post-meal feeling of satiety and reduced hunger between meals in obese patients.  This data was presented today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 19th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress.

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Attiva™, the first and only superabsorbent hydrogel composed entirely from food components, is administered in the form of small particles that are designed to swell after ingestion with water and occupy the gastric and intestinal cavities, inducing a feeling of satiety that lasts beyond its transit time in the stomach.  Afterwards, it safely degrades in the colon and releases absorbed liquids.  When fully swollen, the product creates very small and individual gel beads that are mixed homogenously with the food in the stomach and also have the same elasticity and viscosity as foods.

"For the first time a group was able to overcome the enormous technical hurdles in creating a super-absorbent polymer made entirely out of food," said Dr. Robert Langer, In
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