QUEBEC CITY, March 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Opsens Inc. ("Opsens") (TSXV:
OPS) is pleased to announce that an out-of-court settlement has been
reached in the lawsuit filed by ACIST Medical Systems Inc. ("ACIST").
A year ago, ACIST Medical Systems Inc. filed a lawsuit regarding Opsens'
EasyWire device for Fractional Flow Reserve ("FFR").
ACIST and Opsens mutually agreed to dismiss the action with prejudice
and on the merits, without costs or disbursements to any party.
FFR: OPSENS REPORT PROGRESS
Last year, Opsens announced it had designed two products to measure FFR,
the OptoWire and the EasyWire. After further R&D, Opsens decided to
focus exclusively on the development of the OptoWire because of its
mechanical performance, market opportunities and regulatory path.
OPTOWIRE - SOLVING PHYSICIANS' COMPLAINTS ALL AT ONCE
By design, the OptoWire is different from guide wires for FFR available
on the market. The embedding of Opsens' miniature patented fiber optic
pressure sensor leads to a unique efficient guide wire design. The
OptoWire aims to deliver improved trackability to navigate through the
human body to reach lesions with ease. In addition, the optical sensing
technology will allow doctors to connect and reconnect the guide wire
at will, while maintaining reliability of the measurement.
FFR, MAJOR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FOR OPSENS: MARKET RELEASE TARGET 2013
In the past few months, evidence supporting the practice of FFR has
The trend was initiated in early 2009 with the publication of the FAME
study, which outlined the positive results this cost effective
procedure has on patients' overall outcome.
The level of effectiveness of FFR is such that at the end of 2009, the
American Heart Association recommended its practice to improve
patients' outcome over traditional methods, elevating its level of
evidence to A - the highest possible.
In January 2012, recruitment for the FAME II trial was terminated as it
found a statistically significant reduction in the need for hospital
readmission and urgent revascularization when FFR guided assessment was
used to direct treatment in patients with coronary artery disease
compared with optimal medical therapy (OMT). In other words, the
advantage of receiving treatment based on FFR assessment improved
patients' outcomes so dramatically, it became unethical to patients who
were selected to be treated without FFR assessment.
Opsens' timing to access the market is ideal as several medical devices
companies want to add the FFR option to their offering to profit from
this new, fast growing market. Opsens is evaluating opportunities to
materialize value for shareholders in the medical devices field.
Opsens has accepted the resignation of Darren Wiltse, President of
Opsens Solutions, as he pursues other opportunities. His departure
will be effective March 2nd. Pierre Carrier, President and CEO of Opsens, was appointed interim
Pierre Carrier, President and CEO of Opsens said, "The Company and the
Board would like to thank Darren for his contribution and dedication
and wish him well in the future."
About Opsens Inc. (www.opsens.com)
Opsens is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of a wide range
of fiber optic sensors and associated signal conditioners based on
proprietary patented and patent pending technologies. Opsens' sensors
provide long-term accuracy and reliability in the harshest
environments. Opsens provides sensors to measure pressure, temperature,
strain and displacement to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and
end-users in the oil and gas, medical and laboratory fields. Opsens
provides complete technical support, including installation, training,
after-sales service, for its fiber optics systems that are regulated by
the ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 13485 norms.
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Forward-looking statements contained in this press release involve known
and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause
actual results, performance and achievements of Opsens to be materially
different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by the said forward-looking statements.
SOURCE OPSENS INC.
For further information:
Pierre Carrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, 418.682.9996
Louis Laflamme, CA, Chief Financial Officer, 418.682.9996