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 News Release - May 20, 2014

Proa(R) Medical Receives 510(k) Clearance from FDA for Brella-Spec(TM) Vaginal Speculum for Gynecological and Obstetrical Procedures

LOS ANGELES--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Proa® Medical, Inc., developer of innovative and practical medical devices for women’s health, today announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market its single-use device, the Brella-Spec™ Vaginal Speculum, for visualization and exposure of the interior of the vagina by a medical professional during gynecological and obstetrical procedures and examinations. The Brella-Spec Vaginal Speculum provides the light necessary to illuminate the field during procedures and examinations.

The 510(k) clearance of the Brella-Spec Vaginal Speculum follows the market launch of the original Brella® Vaginal retractor, a single-use device with a built-in light source designed to provide optimal visualization and access during vaginal or perineal wound repair. Both sterile devices feature a unique canopy design incorporating a bright, deep light source, providing a clear and unobstructed view of the vaginal walls and surrounding structures.

The original Brella Vaginal retractor is used in a hospital’s labor and delivery department for hands-free retraction and deep illumination, while the new Brella speculum version of the device was prompted by numerous physician requests to use the Brella during high-volume procedures in their offices and clinics.

“In clinical practice today, doctors come up with great ideas that may not be ‘big’ enough to justify creating a new company, but which have tremendous clinical value to enhance a procedure and its outcomes. Our company concept is simple – to serve as a channel to help these physician-inventors rapidly develop and commercialize their innovative, relatively quick-to-market, ideas in order to enhance clinical practice,” said Arman Nadershahi, Chief Executive Officer of Proa Medical.

“The Brella device is one such simple, but effective, improvement – it provides unobstructed access to the vaginal walls without staff assistance, along with hassle-free, direct illumination of the repair site. This solves the current clinical problem of obstructive retractors and external positioning of a light source,” he continued. “We have a pipeline of such devices in development – like Brella – that have the potential to significantly improve existing procedures to the benefit of patients.”

About Proa Medical, Inc.

Proa Medical provides a rapid and efficient channel to commercialize novel medical devices for women’s health that are easier to use, safer and more efficient. As a spin-out of the Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), the company was founded to help physician-inventors efficiently bring to market innovative, practice-enhancing technologies. For more information, please visit

Source: Proa Medical

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