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Laminate Medical Technologies Announces First Forearm Fistula Cases in Germany

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Laminate Medical Technologies (Laminate), a privately-held start-up
developing VasQ,
an implanted blood vessel external support device for patients requiring
arteriovenous fistula as vascular access for hemodialysis, today
announced the first forearm fistula cases in Germany.

The first surgeries were performed at six hospitals, by seven surgeons.

"As one of the worldwide first users of the VasQ external scaffold for
AV anastomosis for forearm fistula creation, I am very excited about the
device and the possible short, middle and long-term benefits it may
provide to patients. Its application is very easy and its handling adds
very little time to the fistula procedure. Since it is well established
that the geometrical configuration of the AV-anastomosis is crucial for
reducing the future risk of perianastomotic stenosis, in my personal
opinion it would be particularly advantageous to apply the VasQ device
in patients with significant distance between the radial artery and
forearm cephalic vein, and therefore avoid the related unnecessary and
sometimes inevitable kinking of the perianastomotic vein and associated
stenosis. With excitement I am awaiting the first results of the forearm
VasQ device", said Dr. Robert Shaverdyan, head of the Vascular Access
Center, Asklepios Clinic Barmbek in Hamburg, Germany.

"For me as a Vascular Access surgeon, keeping things simple is the key.
Using the VasQ Forearm device is as simple as the upper arm procedure,
with the same smooth and familiar handling. Therefore I am excited to
see the great results of the upper arm confirmed in forearm access
patients", added Dr. Christos Petridis, MD, FEBVS, FICS, head of the
Division of Vascular Surgery at Marienkrankenhaus Hamburg, Germany.

"The launch of our forearm devices is encouraging news for both patients
and physicians. These devices will enable patients to be implanted with
VasQ in more distal fistulas, which are the first choice according to
international guidelines. With over 50 hospitals already using the
technology routinely with compelling results, we are excited to
introduce the forearm devices which provide additional options and
benefits", said Tammy Gilon, Laminate's CEO.

Developed by Laminate, VasQ is intended for patients suffering from
kidney failure and in need of dialysis, which requires vascular access.
The most common and preferred method of vascular access is an
arteriovenous fistula, created by surgically connecting an artery to a
vein, usually in the region of the wrist or the elbow. This allows for
increased blood flow to pass through the vein which is necessary for
successful dialysis. Following a successful creation of an arteriovenous
fistula, two needles are inserted through the vein to remove the
patient's blood for filtration by the dialysis machine, and then return
it.

Unfortunately, narrowing and blockage of the vein occur in more than
half of newly created fistulae in response to increased pressure and
thickening of the vein wall, making the fistula unusable for dialysis.
As a result, the patient must undergo repeated interventions to salvage
the fistula or, in cases where the fistula cannot be salvaged, use less
common vascular access alternatives, affecting the ability to receive
dialysis and creating a burden on hospital resources.

VasQ is an external scaffold placed over the fistula, creating an
optimal geometric configuration with the artery and reducing the tension
in the vein. This allows proper blood flow during dialysis while
reducing vein blockage created by thickening of the vein wall. Studies
show VasQ has significant success. VasQ is a CE Marked device already in
use in hospitals in Europe and in Israel, with impressive results.

About Laminate Medical Technologies

Laminate Medical Technologies was founded in 2012 by Tammy Gilon and Dr.
Eyal Orion, who began their work in the Rad-Biomed incubator. Laminate
has developed VasQ, a blood vessel support device for patients receiving
dialysis. VasQ is CE Marked and used in hospitals in Europe and Israel.

To view a demonstration video of VasQ, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W3HoTH2x58.
Visit Laminate at www.laminatemedical.com.

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