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Uptake Medical Announces First Commercial Use of InterVapor for Patients With Severe Emphysema
Date:11/29/2011

moval. Results from the VAPOR trial demonstrated clinically significant improvements in lung function and quality of life for patients with severe emphysema.

"This has been a year of milestones for Uptake Medical," said R. King Nelson, president and chief executive officer, Uptake Medical. "This first commercial patient case is the culmination of multiple successes including the completion and subsequent publication of the positive results from the VAPOR trial and receipt of the CE Mark for the InterVapor System. The interest in our approach to treating emphysema continues to build and we are enthusiastic as we continue the launch of the InterVapor System."

About Emphysema/COPD
The global incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which includes emphysema, is on the rise and will become the third leading cause of death by 2030. In the U.S., where nearly 5 million people are diagnosed with emphysema, it already holds this position with one person dying every 4 minutes from COPD. Debilitating and costly, nearly $50 billion was spent addressing the direct and indirect costs associated with COPD in the U.S. in 2010.

About Uptake Medical
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Uptake Medical® develops innovative medical technologies for the treatment of lung diseases. InterVapor™, the first product from Uptake Medical, is the first and only approach to endoscopic lung volume reduction for people with severe emphysema that uses the body's natural healing process without leaving any foreign materials in the lung. In clinical studies, InterVapor has demonstrated clinically meaningful improvements in breathing function, exercise capacity and quality of life. InterVapor received the CE Mark in September 2011 and plans to commercialize (in Europe and Australia) over the coming months. More information can be found at www.uptakemedical.c
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