VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V:AQS) (OTCQB:AQSZF) (“Aequus” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce it will be formally launching the Zepto ® Precision Pulse Capsulotomy System (“Zepto”) in Canada on June 1, 2018 during the Canadian Ophthalmological Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibition. Aequus recently announced being appointed as the exclusive Canadian distributor for this product, under a commercial agreement with Mynosys Cellular Devices, an ophthalmology focused medical device company based in Fremont, California (“Mynosys”).
Zepto is a novel medical device used during cataract surgery to produce a consistent, high quality, round capsulotomy in milliseconds. Zepto will be marketed by Aequus’ current ophthalmology salesforce and is an attractive complement to its existing product offering.
“We look forward to this exciting cross-Canada launch of Zepto and have already received a high level of interest from our customers to have access to this device,” said Ian Ball, Chief Commercial Officer at Aequus. “We are delighted to be able to offer this innovative tool to physicians in Canada.”
“With this launch, we have further expanded the Aequus ophthalmology team by adding key personnel with extensive experience in launching ophthalmology devices in Canada. This rounds out our team’s therapeutic experience to ensure the successful execution of this and future anticipated launches in this field,” said Doug Janzen, CEO of Aequus. “The entire team has worked tremendously hard to get this product on the market for Canadian patients and physicians as quickly as possible, and for shareholders to realize the benefits through its accretive revenues.”
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.zepto-cataract.com/.
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.
About Mynosys Cellular Devices
Mynosys Cellular Devices Inc. is a medical device company providing innovative solutions to help surgeons achieve perfection in cataract surgery. Our product Zepto ®, is a unique micro-fabricated instrument that provides unmatched precision during surgery on a millisecond time scale to tackle routine and challenging cases with confidence and efficiency. Zepto technology is patented worldwide and is available in selected markets through local distributors.