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Cianna Medical Announces Issued Patents for SAVI Multi-Catheter Brachytherapy Device

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Aliso Viejo, CA -- Cianna Medical announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued two patents that are directly related to its SAVI™ multi-catheter brachytherapy device for the treatment of breast cancer. The patents, Nos. 7,497,819 and 7,497,820 and titled "Expandable Brachytherapy Device," represent the first patents issued for a family of applications focused in brachytherapy.

The SAVI multi-catheter open architecture design allows for the delivery of patient-specific radiation that minimizes the radiation dose to healthy tissue. Published reports and clinical experience show that most women who are excluded from balloon brachytherapy because of the location of the lesion or breast size can receive treatment with the SAVI delivery system.

"These two patents are the first of many we expect to secure through our comprehensive intellectual property portfolio," said Jill Anderson, President and CEO of Cianna Medical. "We are well positioned to protect our products and our leadership in the breast brachytherapy market. Strong IP and innovative, proven technology make Accelerated Partial Beast Irradiation (APBI) with SAVI a viable therapy for women suffering from breast cancer."

Cianna received 510(k) clearance for SAVI from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August 2007 for use during brachytherapy procedures. For appropriate patients, SAVI is an advanced technology that may reduce treatment time to just five days, versus six to eight weeks for traditional radiation therapy.

About Cianna Medical, Inc.

Cianna Medical, Inc. is a medical device company focused on women's health and dedicated to the innovative treatment of early-stage breast cancer. The company manufactures and markets the SAVI breast brachytherapy applicator, for the delivery of radiation after lumpectomy surgery. The SAVI applicator allows contouring of the radiation dose, and is designed to make the benefits of accelerated partial breast irradiation available to a greater number of women. For more information about the company, call (toll-free) 866-920-9444 or visit

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