IRIDEX Signs Global Licensing Agreement with QUANTEL Medical
IRIDEX' patented MicroPulse™ laser technology enables Fovea-friendly™ therapy
for sight-threatening eye diseases
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IRIDEX Corporation
(Nasdaq: IRIX) today announced that IRIDEX and QUANTEL Medical have signed a
global patent licensing agreement that gives QUANTEL access to IRIDEX'
MicroPulse technology. Our proprietary technology provides ophthalmologists a
noninvasive treatment for sight-threatening diseases of the eye, including
complications associated with diabetes. Unlike conventional laser therapy,
MicroPulse spares the eye tissue responsible for vision while producing
comparable clinical effect to traditional methods that destroy tissue.
"There is a significant need in the market place for efficient and durable
therapies for retinal diseases associated with the growth of diabetes and the
aging population," stated Will Moore, IRIDEX President and CEO. He continued,
"With 10-year follow up data, a growing global user base, and significant
patent protection, MicroPulse is emerging as a future standard of care."
The license agreement will allow QUANTEL to market and display IRIDEX'
MicroPulse technology for their range of high quality clinical lasers and is
the next step in gaining broad market availability of MicroPulse
photocoagulation lasers. Both QUANTEL and IRIDEX offer a full line of laser
systems that offer standard photocoagulation in addition to MicroPulse Laser
Moore continued, "Further establishing the MicroPulse brand and technology as
an IRIDEX property is critical as the market continues to recognize its broad
applicability for retina and other procedures. We look forward to working
with others in the industry as it migrates toward a new standard for laser
therapy in additional segments."
"The global clinical evidence supporting IRIDEX' MicroPulse laser technology
was an important factor in this decision," stated Mr. Jean-Marc Gendre, CEO of
QUANTEL Medical. He continued, "By aligning our market strategies with
another industry leader, we believe the ophthalmic community will have greater
access to MicroPulse technology, helping to improve the standard of care for
retinal diseases. We also believe that this collaboration will be the most
efficient method to standardize MicroPulse clinical protocols for our
About MicroPulse Technology
MicroPulse is a Fovea-friendly, tissue-sparing laser delivery therapy that
works by electronically "chopping" the laser emission into trains of
microsecond pulses. This enhances the physician's ability to more precisely
control the laser effects on target tissues, offering the potential for ocular
treatment with less collateral effects than conventional laser treatments.
IRIDEX Corporation was founded in 1989 and is a worldwide leader in
developing, manufacturing, and marketing innovative and versatile laser-based
medical systems, delivery devices and consumable instrumentation for the
ophthalmology market. We maintain a deep commitment to the success of our
customers, with comprehensive technical, clinical, and service support
programs. IRIDEX is dedicated to a standard of excellence, offering superior
technology for superior results. IRIDEX products are sold in the United States
through a direct sales force and internationally through a combination of a
direct sales force and a network of approximately 70 independent distributors
into over 100 countries. For further information, visit the IRIDEX website at
About QUANTEL Medical
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, QUANTEL Medical
is a global ophthalmic medical device company dedicated to developing leading
technologies to improve the treatment of ocular diseases. QUANTEL Medical has
a strong emphasis in research and development, resulting in many
first-to-market product introductions, and a comprehensive product portfolio
of diagnostic ultrasound and surgical lasers for ophthalmologists. The
products are available through direct sales operations in the U.S. and France,
and through independent distributors in over 90 countries.
QUANTEL Medical is a division of Quantel (QUA:EN), a world-wide leader in the
development of solid-state lasers for scientific and industrial applications.
Safe Harbor Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Act of 1934, as amended, relating to IRIDEX's strategy and its
ability to execute on that strategy, the ability to increase shareholder
value, the size and growth of markets in which IRIDEX operates, the success of
IRIDEX's marketing and sales efforts, and the effectiveness and market
acceptance of MicroPulse laser therapy. These statements are not guarantees
of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those
described in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of
factors. Please see a detailed description of these and other risks contained
in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011,
and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 31,
2012, June 30, 2012, and September 29, 2012, each of which was filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements contained in
this announcement are made as of this date and will not be updated.
Contact: Jim Mackaness, CFO & COO of IRIDEX, +1-650-940-4700; or Investor
Relations, Matt Clawson of Allen & Caron, +1-949-474-4300,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for IRIDEX
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