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PolyTouch Medical Ltd. Receives FDA Clearance to Commercialize PatchAssist(TM) - an Innovative Surgical Instrument Intended to Facilitate the Delivery of Soft Tissue Prosthetics During the Laparoscopic Repair of Soft Tissue Defects
Date:6/21/2010

MISGAV, Israel, June 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyTouch Medical Ltd., a leading developer of laparoscopic soft tissue prosthetic placement technologies, today announced that it has received broad FDA 510(k) clearance to commercialize PatchAssist(TM). PatchAssist is an innovative laparoscopic surgical instrument that enables accurate and rapid delivery and placement of soft tissue prosthetics for a variety of procedures, including laparoscopic ventral hernia repair (LVHR).

PatchAssist(TM) is a stand-alone surgical device that is compatible with all currently commercialized soft tissue prosthetics. PatchAssist enables surgeons to rapidly deliver and position soft tissue prosthetics over the defect potentially reducing operation time by 30% - 50%.

Arik Levy Founder and Chief Technical Officer of PolyTouch commented, "PatchAssist is compatible with all currently commercialized soft tissue prosthetics, a technically challenging design requirement. We are pleased that the FDA has granted broad commercial clearance to PatchAssist."

"We are thrilled to have reached this value-creating milestone with the FDA clearance of PatchAssist," said Ofek Levin, CEO and Founder of PolyTouch Medical. "According to the Millennium Research Group, surgeons will perform over 160,000 laparoscopic ventral hernia repair (LVHR) procedures this year in the U.S. We believe PatchAssist has the potential to shorten the procedure time for all these cases." Mr. Ofek continued, "Clinical and commercial interest in PatchAssist is extremely high. Recent clinical surveys conducted during the American Hernia Society Congress in Orlando, suggests that nearly half of surgeons performing LVHR will switch from current to alternate soft tissue Pr
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