IR-Med Gains Momentum in 2022
Biotech company makes significant progress on its PressureSafe device, teeing up entry into U.S. market in 2023
ROSH PINNA, Israel, Feb. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- "IR-MED" or the "Company" (OTCQB:IRME), an innovative medical device company that develops non-invasive, real-time detection devices that utilize Infrared Light Spectroscopy (IR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for use by healthcare professionals, today recaps a successful 2022 and forecasts consistent momentum in 2023.
During 2022, the company made substantial progress in developing non-invasive devices for various medical indications by detecting and measuring various biomarkers and molecules in human tissue and in the blood in real-time. Some notable achievements include:
Enhancing the PressureSafe Device: The company has completed its first-generation model of PressureSafe, a portable, handheld device that uses infrared technology (IR), spectral analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect pressure injuries early. Early-stage detection of pressure wounds have the potential to reduce or prevent patient suffering, simplify medical treatment, lower healthcare costs in nursing homes, hospitals and homecare settings and improve health quality. The device also plays a key role in addressing health equity and ensuring minority groups receive equal care since pressure injuries are more difficult to detect on darker skin tones.
Preparing to Enter the U.S. Market: Pending regulatory approvals, IR-Med entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with PI Prevention Care LLC (the "Distributor"), a newly-formed entity focused on marketing to the senior care facility, hospital and homecare markets. Equipped with a team of renowned industry experts to help scale the company, the Distributor is obligated to comply with minimum purchase requirements of the device and accompanying disposables.
Adding "Nobiotics" to Its Product Pipeline: IR-Med made progress on its proof of concept for a second product, currently referred to as Nobiotics, which will be an advanced, handheld device that provides healthcare practitioners with real-time information about a patient's ear infections. Doctors do not currently have an in-office, immediate tool to discern whether the cause of a patient's infection is viral or bacterial, which could impact decision-making when deciding to use antibiotics as treatment.
Announcing an Advisory Board Member: As the company shifts toward its first sales approach, IR-Med strengthened its corporate and advisory team by announcing Dr. David Dalton to its Scientific Advisory Board. He is a hall of fame CEO, entrepreneur, pharmaceutical executive and founder of over 40 companies. In his role, Dr. Dalton will support IR-Med with analyzing the benefits of the PressureSafe device for Hispanic and African American populations in the United States, two groups that suffer from pressure wounds nearly twice as much as the Caucasian population due to late diagnosis.
Raising Additional Funds: In late 2022, the company completed a private placement with gross proceeds totaling $3.6M. To date, the total investment in the company is just over $9M.
Looking ahead to 2023, IR-Med expects to submit the PressureSafe device for FDA approval during the second half of the year and to move forward with the development of the Nobiotics device. The company is also planning to expand usability studies for the PressureSafe device to in both leading Israeli and U.S. hospitals.
For more information on the company or its PressureSafe device, please visit https://www.ir-medical.com/.
IR-MED Inc. is developing a non-invasive spectrographic analysis technology platform, allowing healthcare professions to detect, measure and monitor, in real time, different molecules in the blood, in human tissue, and in body fluids without any invasive procedures. The first product under development is a handheld optical monitoring device that is being developed to support early detection of pressure injuries (PI) to the skin and underlying tissue, regardless of skin tone as it calibrates personally to each patient's skin.
IR-MED's technology is being developed to allow accurate readings of biomarkers in a non-invasive method, that may provide caregiver the optimal decision support-system in cases where uncertainties disturb physicians in their decision processes.
IR-MED holds patents protecting its technology and innovations in the non-invasive tissue analysis, and in the modelling and analysis of subcutaneous tissue.
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