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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Innovative Medical Products Showcased at MD&M East Ceremony
35 winners of tenth annual awards competition honored

New York (June 14, 2007) – The winning products in this year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition received their gold or silver recognition at a ceremony held yesterday during the Medical Design & Manufacturing East 2007 Conference and Exposition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
MDEA is the premier awards program for the medical technology community. It recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare.  MDEA-winning entries excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering achievement, end-user benefit, and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing and healthcare delivery. A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine, and diagnostics.  The 2007 jury selected 35 winners in 10 medical product categories, as follows:

Critical-care and emergency medicine products

  • Cool-Cap neonatal head-cooling system (Gold)
  • Impella 2.5 circulatory support system (Gold)
  • Organ Care system (Silver)

Dental instruments, equipment, and supplies

  • EtchMaster dental air abrasive etching instrument (Gold)
  • Ezlase diode dental laser system (Silver)
  • Orthoralix 8500 panoramic dental x-ray unit (Silver)
  • Thermoplastic Drill Template Set (Gold)

Finished Packaging

  • Ospol dental implant system packaging (Gold)

General hospital devices and therapeutic products

  • Episure AutoDetect epidural syringe (Silver)
  • Mobile Clinical Assistant (Silver)
  • Odor Absorbing Hydrocolloid wound dressing (Silver)
  • Pinnacle total parenteral nutrition management system (Gold)
  • SureSkin central catheter and IV dressing (Silver)
  • Symbiq infusion system (Gold)
  • Vest airway clearance system, model 205 (Gold)

Implant and tissue-replacement products

  • Gynecare TVT Secur system for treating stress urinary incontinence (Gold)
  • OrthoGlide medial knee implant (Gold)
  • StimLoc deep-brain lead immobilizer (Silver)

In vitro diagnostics

  • Piccolo Xpress chemistry analyzer (Gold)
  • Symphony one-touch histology slide preparation system (Gold)
  • UltraCrit hematocrit measurement device (Silver)

Over-the-counter and self-care products

  • Conveen Optima silicone urisheath (Silver)
  • Easypod subcutaneous injection device (Gold)
  • Vicks Forehead thermometer (Gold)

Radiological and electromechanical devices

  • Halo360 esophageal tissue ablation system (Gold)
  • LandmarX Element endoscopic image guidance system (Silver)
  • RT Vue retinal imaging system (Gold)

Rehabilitation and assistive-technology products

  • Ness L300 leg neuroprosthesis (Gold)
  • Pilot Walker enhanced mobility aid (Silver)
  • Proprio Foot motor-powered prosthesis (Gold)
  • Xtensor upper extremity therapy device (Silver)

Surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies

  • Mammotome MR breast biopsy system (Gold)
  • NexFrame deep-brain trajectory guidance system (Silver)
  • Pascal photocoagulator (Gold)
  • Stryker Precision Saw (Gold)

The MDEA program is presented by Canon Communications and sponsored by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI)) magazine. For 2007, corporate sponsorship was provided by major industry suppliers Avail Medical Products, DuPont Medical Packaging, Dymax, Electrolizing Corp. of Ohio, GlobTek, Machine Solutions, The MedTech Group, Norman Noble, Sebra, and Sparta Systems.

For more information about the Medical Design Excellence Awards—including additional details about the manufacturers and suppliers that created the 2007 MDEA-winning products—visit the MDEA Web site at www.MDEAwards.com or e-mail: mdea@ubm.com.

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