Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award Conferred on AQTIS Medical BV for its Pioneering Ellansé™

The 2011 Frost & Sullivan European Technology Innovation of the Year Award in Dermal Fillers is presented to AQTIS Medical BV in recognition of its pioneering Ellansé.

"This novel range of dermal fillers supports safe and cost-effective treatments in aesthetic medicine and surgery, through immediate and sustained performance, tuneable longevity and total bioresorbability (STAT Technology™)," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Arjunvasan Ambigapathy. "Aesthetic surgeons have observed positive results from the use of Ellansé™, recommending it for most cosmetic applications."

Ellansé™ comes in four variants (S, M, L, and E) based on the polymer chain strength of poly-caprolactone (PCL), with the duration of action varying from 9 months up to 4 years. PCL, a primary component of Ellansé™, is in the form of smooth microspheres, suspended homogenously in a tailored carboxy-methylcellulose (CMC) gel-carrier and offers optimum viscosity, desired elasticity and uniform homogeneity.

Ellansé™ has been designed to suit a wide range of customer needs - based on the desired duration of action, clients can choose the appropriate Ellansé™ variant. This enables its use across a wide spectrum of treatment procedures.

"Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Ellansé™ offers superior bioresorption, coupled with maximum safety," states Ambigapathy. "Moreover, it delivers results that last twice as long as other leading fillers due to the fact that Ellansé™ acts as a biostimulator, helping patients generate their own new collagen (neocollagenesis). Importantly, during the final stages of bioresorption, the PCL microparticles lose mass and are completely resorbed by intracellular phagocytosis and excreted readily through the metabolic pathway."

Ellansé™ is indicated for a wide array of cosmetic (aesthetic) treatments, which include typical cosmetic thorns like volume-depleted areas and for soft tissue filling around nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The product is also widely used to enhance the zygomatic arch as well as soften wrinkles around the forehead and glabella.

The S,M,L and E strengths of Ellansé™ can be used to treat deep and profound wrinkles. In addition, they can be used to treat intense volumising issues such as lipoatrophy, cosmetic reconstructive surgery and can also be deployed for hand treatment.

The Technology Innovation Award is presented to the company that has excelled in the following criteria: uniqueness of technology, impact on functionality, impact on customer value and relevance of innovation to industry.

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About AQTIS Medical BV

AQTIS Medical BV, the Netherlands is a privately held, medical device company specializing in research & development, manufacturing and commercialisation of innovative injectable medical devices. Ellansé™ dermal filler developed by AQTIS Medical embeds proprietary STAT Technology that consists of a unique set of bioresorbable medical polymer and gel formulations. AQTIS Medical has a distinctive competence in the modification and functionalization of bioresorbable polymers and gels in relation to longevity and other desired performance specifications. Ellansé™ is currently CE approved and used widely in most regions worldwide; In North America FDA approval is expected by the end of 2012.

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