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Novare Surgical Systems, Inc. Wins Medical Design Excellence Award


6/11/2008 8:37:34 AM

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Novare Surgical Systems announced that the company's RealHand High Dexterity (HD) instruments were recognized with a 2008 Medical Design Excellence Award. "Novare's design team did an excellent job thinking 'outside of the box' to develop this breakthrough technology and our manufacturing partners have made important contributions towards bringing it to market," stated David Danitz VP of R&D. "Our engineering team was highly motivated to deliver the promise of HD instruments, i.e. enabling hidden scar surgery. The entire R&D team and our partners are very grateful for this recognition."

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.

About RealHand(TM) High Dexterity (HD) Instruments for Minimally Invasive Surgery

RealHand HD instruments are the very first full range of motion hand-held laparoscopic instruments. Developed with the EndoLink(R) mechanism, RealHand technology is designed to mirror the surgeon's hand direction with the added benefit of tactile feedback. As such, when the surgeon's hand moves in one direction, the instrument tip exactly follows.

Unlike standard laparoscopic instrumentation, RealHand offers complete 7 degrees of freedom of movement in a hand-held instrument and with no need for additional hardware. Moreover, RealHand will enable surgeons to perform more difficult maneuvers that otherwise cannot be completed with traditional rigid instruments. RealHand HD instruments make it easy to actively manipulate and complete tasks regardless of whether the instrument is positioned over, under, or around structures.

RealHand HD instruments will provide for greater dexterity and control around critical structures and vasculature. The increase in range of motion will lead the way for development of new surgical approaches and techniques. RealHand instruments have received FDA 510(k) clearance.

About Novare Surgical Systems

Based in Cupertino, California, Novare Surgical Systems invented and developed RealHand HD instruments and the company is focused on devices for minimally invasive surgery. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.novaresurgical.com.

CONTACT: Kerry Pope, President and CEO of Novare Surgical Systems Inc.,
+1-408-873-3161, kpope@novaresurgical.com

Web site: http://www.novaresurgical.com/


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