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NovaShunt Starts its Pivotal Clinical Study "PIONEER" to Demonstrate the Clinical Value of the AFS System
Date:2/11/2010

lly and continuously collects fluid as it forms in the abdominal cavity and moves it to the bladder, where it is naturally passed from the body. The patient can wirelessly recharge the battery through the skin, using a simple charger. This charger also collects pump and patient data which can be easily downloaded to a computer and reviewed by the patient's physician.

About Ascites

The number of people with ascites will grow substantially over the next decade due to accelerating incidence of hepatitis and obesity-related liver disease (NAFLD). The current standard treatment for these patients is called 'paracentesis', a procedure in which a large bore needle is inserted into the patient's abdomen, sometimes weekly or bi-weekly, to remove between 5-10 liters of accumulated ascites. The cumulative cost of repeat paracentesis for these patients often exceeds EUR25,000 each year.

About NovaShunt

NovaShunt is a privately owned Swiss medical device company that is dedicated to improving patient lives through the development, manufacture and commercialization of automated implantable pump systems to manage fluid balance within the body. NovaShunt is focused on areas of unmet clinical need where its products can significantly improve clinical outcomes, reduce health care costs and improve patient quality of life.

Patient's statement:

"For a long time now I have been feeling much better. I have not had any paracentesis procedures since the implant and need much less, sometimes even no diuretics. In summer I went on vacation where I enjoyed swimming and the Mediterranean Cuisine. I'm active every day and I enjoy my new life."

    Liver Patient, Prague, Czech Republic, Implant date: End of March 2009

    Contact:

    Carina Bossi Suess
    Director Marketing&Communications, Investor and Public Relations
    +41-78-609-56-49
  
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