COLUMBIA, MD and TORONTO--(Marketwire - July 25, 2012) -
Medifocus Inc. (OTCQX: MDFZF
) (PINKSHEETS: MDFZF
) (TSX VENTURE: MFS
) is pleased to announce it has completed the purchase of all Prolieve® business assets from Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX
). Prolieve is approved by the FDA for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is caused by the enlargement of the male prostate gland which affects over 50 percent of men over the age of 50. The symptoms of BPH range from weak urinary stream and frequent urgency to the total inability to urinate.
Prolieve is a patent protected device that utilizes intra-cavitary catheters to deliver a combination of microwave heating and balloon dilatation of the prostatic urethra which leads to the relief of BPH symptoms. Treatment with Prolieve is a minimally invasive non-surgical in-office procedure which offers patients clinically documented immediate reduction of BPH symptom scores. Prolieve is the only microwave device to be randomized to drug therapy during its pivotal trial. The BPH drug market is an $8 billion and growing market. BPH patients can be treated using Prolieve in urologic offices throughout the United States. In addition, the Prolieve treatment is also made available to physicians using a nationwide mobile service provider, Rocky Mountain Mobile Services, which was part of the asset purchase.
Prolieve was originally developed and commercialized by the current Medifocus management, product development, clinical and regulatory teams. The assets acquired by Medifocus include all Prolieve hardware inventories, Rocky Mountain Mobile Services and its mobile distribution assets, as well as the intellectual property portfolio associated with the Prolieve technology. The Prolieve design is based on a platform technology from which other disposable microwave heating catheters for various deep seated anatomical sites can also be developed.
Dr. Augustine Y. Cheung, founder, President and CEO of Medifocus, stated, "The purchase of the Prolieve business assets is a significant business enhancement event for Medifocus. With Prolieve, Medifocus now transforms from a development stage cancer treatment medical device company to a mature medical treatment systems and devices company with a revenue-generating commercial product for treatment of BPH and an innovative focused-heat breast cancer treatment system in advanced phase III clinical development. Using the Prolieve technology platform and the APA focused-heat platform, the Company is well positioned to develop a rich pipeline of minimally invasive and side effect-free focused-heat treatment systems and devices for cancer and other diseases."
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Medifocus owns a patented microwave focusing technology platform (the Adaptive Phased Array ("APA") technology), which can precisely target and control microwave energy to cause heating in cancerous tumors anywhere in the body reliably and repeatedly. The ability to target tumors with a precision controlled dose of heat can be used to destroy tumors at higher temperatures, to treat tumors in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation at moderate temperatures for increased effectiveness and reduced toxicity and to trigger the targeted release of therapeutic drugs and genes at tumor sites at lower temperatures. While the core technology has been licensed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Medifocus has further refined the precision of the microwave focusing and control ability and developed a commercial system dedicated exclusively for the treatment of Breast Cancer. With the acquisition of Prolieve, Medifocus now owns in addition, a revenue generating commercial BPH heat treatment product generating cash flow to support the development and commercialization of other catheter based or APA based external focused heat systems for targeted thermotherapy of deep seated tumors anywhere in the body. Please visit www.medifocusinc.com for more details.
About Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.
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