"We believe that Diomed's strategic agreement with Med1Online will expand our market reach and help us accelerate revenue growth for EVLT(R)," stated James A. Wylie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diomed Holdings, Inc. "The execution of this distribution agreement creates a powerful combination of Diomed's patented technology and Med1Online's novel distribution approach to bring EVLT(R) to currently underserved market segments."
Under the terms of the three-year renewable distribution agreement, Med1Online acquired exclusive distribution rights to market Diomed's EVLT(R) product line to the OB/GYN and plastic surgery physician market segments, providing a superior adjunct technology to Toshiba America Medical Systems' Nemio ultrasound product, recently secured by Med1Online in a similar distribution agreement.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Diomed to expand this exciting technology," stated Scott Carson, President of Med1Online. "This product partnership further strengthens our position in the OB/GYN and plastic surgery markets while offering one-stop shopping for all of our customers' vascular product needs. Collaboration with market leaders in a specific segment is critical to driving rapid growth in that market. Diomed's clear leadership position in the endovenous laser treatment of varicose veins should only accelerate, with their operational focus on EVLT(R) and their solid intellectual property position."
"This is the first in a planned series of new sales and marketing initiatives by Diomed," added Mr. Wylie. "Med1Online will have an immediate positive impact on the business and we expect them to be a significant contributor to our future growth."
Diomed develops and commercializes minimally invasive medical procedures that use its proprietary laser technologies and disposable products. Diomed focuses on EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT(R)) for use in varicose vein treatments, photodynamic therapy (PDT) for use in cancer treatments, and dental and general surgical applications. The EVLT(R) procedure and the Company's related products were cleared by the United States FDA in January of 2002.
Along with lasers and single-use procedure kits for EVLT(R), the Company provides its customers with state of the art physician training and practice development support. Additional information is available on the Company's website, www.evlt.com. EVLT(R) is a registered trademark of Diomed, Inc., Andover, MA.
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