VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V:AQS) (OTCQB:AQSZF) (“Aequus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce the first four cataract procedures in Canada using the Zepto® Capsulotomy System (“Zepto”), a precision pulse capsulotomy device, have been successfully completed this week by Dr. Ike Ahmed at the Kensington Eye Institute in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Ike Ahmed is world-renowned for his skills in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of highly complex eye diseases. He is recognized as being one of the most experienced complex eye surgeons in the world and has trained numerous surgeons in innovative surgical techniques.
“The creation of a consistent, circular, well-centered and sized capsulotomy for every patient is every cataract surgeon’s dream. Our first experience with Zepto was flawless with great intraoperative performance. We look forward to more experience and data in our evaluation of this promising technology,” said Dr. Ike Ahmed.
“We are absolutely delighted with the introduction of Zepto in Canada at a leading centre for cataract procedures in Canada, and thank Dr. Ahmed and his team for their remarkable enthusiasm,” said Doug Janzen, CEO and Chairman of Aequus Pharmaceuticals. “All four cases were performed with great outcomes: perfect capsulorhexis’ within the expected timeframe. We look forward to our continued introduction of Zepto to surgeons across Canada.”
About Zepto Precision Pulse Capsulotomy System
The Zepto capsulotomy system provides consistent, high quality anterior lens capsulotomies during cataract surgery in a convenient, cost-effective, disposable format. One of the key features is a collapsible super-elastic nitinol capsulotomy ring element with micron scale elements to create the unique and strong Zepto capsulotomy edge. It also has a clear silicone suction cup to enable suction and generate Zepto’s proprietary capsulotomy action and to allow Zepto capsulotomies on the patient’s individual visual axis. The AMA has recently given a category III code in the US as they see the distinctive application and benefit of aligning on the patient’s own visual axis.
Zepto integrates seamlessly into the routine steps of cataract surgery with phacoemulsification. The surgeon does not need to alter his or her normal routine. Instead of capsulorrhexis forceps or a cystitome, the surgeon simply reaches for Zepto.
The Zepto Capsulotomy System consists of a disposable Zepto capsulotomy handpiece that is attached to a small control console. Zepto uses the precision pulse capsulotomy method, a proprietary combination of calibrated suction and a 4-millisecond multipulse energy algorithm to produce highly accurate capsulotomies. Zepto’s unique single use hand piece can be inserted through incisions as small as 2.2mm, to create a perfectly circular and precisely placed capsulotomy that can be centred on the visual axis. Zepto is ideal for surgery using premium lenses as well as difficult cases and creates a capsulotomy with an edge strength greater than conventional methods or femtosecond lasers. For more information, please visit https://www.zeptocapsulotomy.ca.
About Aequus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V:AQS) (OTCQB:AQSZF) is a growing specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing high quality, differentiated products. Aequus has grown its pipeline to include several commercial products in ophthalmology and transplant, and a development stage pipeline in neurology and psychiatry with a goal of addressing the need for improved medication adherence through enhanced delivery systems. As a complement to its focus in neurology, our most recent addition to the development pipeline was a long-acting form of medical cannabis, where there is a high need for a consistent, predictable and pharmaceutical-grade delivery of products for patients. Aequus intends to commercialize its internal programs in Canada alongside its current portfolio of marketed established medicines and will look to form strategic partnerships that would maximize the reach of its product candidates worldwide. Aequus plans to build on its Canadian commercial platform through the launch of additional products that are either created internally or brought in through an acquisition or license; remaining focused on highly specialized therapeutic areas. For further information, please visit www.aequuspharma.ca
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Zepto® is a registered trademark of Mynosys Cellular Devices.
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