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Somanetics Acquires Exclusive Sublicense to Cerebral Autoregulation Monitoring Technology Developed at The Johns Hopkins University
Date:10/14/2009

ld can result in cerebral ischemia, while blood pressure above the patient's upper limit of autoregulation can result in cerebral bleeding.

Patients at highest risk of impaired cerebral autoregulation include those undergoing certain surgical procedures, such as cardiovascular, neurological and major orthopedic procedures, and liver transplants. Others at risk include patients with traumatic brain injury, those who have suffered a stroke, infants on ventilators and premature babies.

"Adding the ability to noninvasively assess the state of cerebral autoregulation to the INVOS System's existing measurement of brain oxygen saturation should enhance the value proposition for the INVOS System, increase our market potential by supporting entry into new clinical applications and strengthen our leadership position in the growing oximetry market," said Bruce Barrett, Somanetics' president and chief executive officer. "We believe the noninvasive approach of assessing cerebral autoregulation with the INVOS System may make the measurement simple enough to support routine clinical use and potentially prevent neurologic injury to patients."

Co-inventor of the autoregulation technology, Kenneth Brady, M.D., pediatric intensive-care specialist at The Johns Hopkins Children's Center and assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and Anesthesiology, has published his research findings on this topic in Stroke, Anesthesia & Analgesia and Contemporary Critical Care.

Brady's research findings demonstrate that the range of mean arterial blood pressure traditionally taught and associated with intact cerebral autoregulation does not apply to all patients.

"Physicians are largely taught that cerebral autoregulation is intact as long as mean arterial blood pressure remains between 50-150 millimeters of mercury," explains Michael D. Wider, PhD, Somanetics' vice president of technology and market development.
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