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 News Release - June 7, 2007

OmniGuide Announces Start of Clinical Trial Comparing the BeamPath Flexible CO2 Laser Fiber to the Pulse Dye Laser

The Trial Compares Disease Specific and Quality of Life Outcomes in an Awake Office Setting Based Treatment of Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis and Benign Tissue Disease

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 7 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- OmniGuide (www.omni-guide.com) announced today that the initial patients have been treated in a clinical study evaluating patient quality of life and airway patency. The patient's quality of life and airway patency will be measured during the time of treatment, and then at select post-operative intervals for four weeks, as well as during follow up treatments. The patients will be partially treated with the OmniGuide BeamPath system and then partially treated with the Pulse Dye Laser. The treatments will take place on awake patients under a local anesthetic in an outpatient clinic setting.

Patients treated recently with the OmniGuide BeamPath CO2 laser fiber that have previously been treated with the Pulse Dye Laser, report that the BeamPath fiber therapy provided a less frequent recurrence as well as less pain and a faster recovery. This initial study will evaluate and quantify in a standardized protocol these reported outcomes.

Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP) is a chronic disease which affects patients worldwide. Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), RRP is a serious disease, which may lead to respiratory failure when the airway is blocked by lesions. The disease may present in childhood (Juvenile Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis) or in adulthood (Adult Onset Recurrent Papillomatosis). Respiratory papillomas are the most common benign laryngeal tumors in children, and have a high recurrence rate. Additional information can be found at RRP International Information, Support and Advocacy Center www.rrpwebsite.org, or at RRP Foundation www.rrpf.org.

Traditional methods of treatment such as a micro-debrider involve excision of papillomas, as well as anti-viral agents in an operating room setting under general anesthesia. Newer technologies such as the OmniGuide BeamPath flexible CO2 laser fiber have allowed for treating of awake patients in an office or clinic setting, rather than being placed under general anesthesia. Many surgeons are treating more patients in an office setting, rather than in an operating room, and believe that newer technologies such as the OmniGuide flexible CO2 fiber technology will increase the applicability of office treatments.

Stacey L. Halum, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Indiana University School of Medicine is the primary investigator. For additional information on the clinical study or for possible enrollment consideration, contact Dr. Halum at email: shalum@iupui.edu. For information on the OmniGuide BeamPath RRP treatment options, contact the OmniGuide Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Yair Schindel, M.D. at email: yairs@omni-guide.com.

About OmniGuide

The OmniGuide BeamPath system is an FDA cleared device. OmniGuide offers the BeamPath flexible fiber for CO2 lasers. The CO2 laser offers unparalleled precision and a high degree of control over penetration into soft tissue. These attributes are critical in soft tissue procedures in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and pulmonology for which the potential damage to delicate untargeted structures and possible rupture of underlying blood vessels is a risk. 20,000 CO2 lasers have been deployed in operating rooms throughout the world. However, until now CO2 lasers have been precluded from minimally invasive surgery due to the absence of a fiber delivery system at their wavelength of operation.

The key to OmniGuide's technology is a revolutionary photonic bandgap fiber that was originally invented and developed at MIT. The company holds an exclusive license from MIT and has added an extensive portfolio of related US and international patents. The technology was first published in Nature in 2002.

For more information please contact:

Doug Hutchison, VP Sales and Marketing, dough@omni-guide.com


Source: OmniGuide

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