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Ultrasound Company SuperSonic Imagine Awarded Premier Breakthrough Technology Designation and Selected as 2014 Innovator
|By Business Wire
|June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
SuperSonic Imagine (Euronext: SSI, FR0010526814), the highly innovative
medical imaging company that invented ShearWave™ Elastography, announces
that its Aixplorer ultrasound system has been designated as a
Breakthrough Technology by Premier, Inc. In addition, Premier has
honored SuperSonic Imagine as a 2014 Innovator. Premier is a leading
healthcare improvement company, made up of approximately 3,000 U.S.
hospitals and 110,000 other healthcare providers.
Premier cited SuperSonic Imagine for its Aixplorer ultrasound system’s
innovative ShearWave Elastography, a mode which is used worldwide to
visualize and quantitatively measure (in kilopascals) tissue stiffness
in liver, breast, thyroid, prostate, and a variety of other organs.
Tissue stiffness often indicates pathology including cancers.
In its liver application, Aixplorer is used to measure liver stiffness
across the different stages of fibrosis. Precise, non-invasive
measurement of liver stiffness (kPa) is shifting the diagnostic paradigm
in chronic liver disease with potential to change medical procedures for
approximately 1 billion people with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and nearly
300 million with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Premier selected the Aixplorer system based upon a variety of criteria
including its impact on the unmet medical need of staging liver fibrosis
non-invasively, reducing the need for biopsies in both the breast and
liver, providing a non-invasive method to follow patients during
treatment from new HCV drugs as well as the associated benefits this has
on medical costs and patient satisfaction.
SuperSonic Imagine was one of 14 companies chosen to receive the 2014
Innovator Award from a field of many candidates.
Durral R. Gilbert, president of supply chain services at Premier stated,
“We believe these innovations can benefit providers as they work to
SuperSonic Imagine Director North America Alex Esposito commented, “We
are very honored to receive this kind of validation from an important
organization like Premier. It means a great deal to our team which has
been working very hard to create breakthrough technologies that
significantly improve the capabilities of diagnostic ultrasound and have
a major transformative impact on patient care and healthcare in general.”
SuperSonic Imagine was recognized at Premier’s Breakthroughs 2014
Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, TX on June 10. Following the
event, from today June 11th to 12th, an exhibition
is taking place with many of Premier’s vendors present including
About Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an
alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other
providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics,
collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services,
Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role
in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members
to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way
care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte,
N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare.
Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com;
as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare
and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.
About SuperSonic Imagine
Founded in 2005 and based in Aix-en-Provence (France), SuperSonic
Imagine is a company specializing in medical imaging. The company
designs, develops and markets a new generation ultrasound system,
Aixplorer®, with an UltraFastTM platform that can
acquire images 200 times faster than conventional ultrasound systems.
Aixplorer® is the only system that can image two types of
waves: ultrasound waves ensure excellent image quality and shear waves,
which allow physicians to visualize and analyse the stiffness of tissue
in a real-time, reliable, reproducible and non-invasive manner. This
innovation, ShearWaveTM Elastography, significantly improves
the detection and characterization of numerous pathologies in several
applications including breast, thyroid, liver and prostate. SuperSonic
Imagine has been granted regulatory clearances for the commercialization
of Aixplorer® on the main markets. Over the past years,
SuperSonic Imagine enjoyed the backing of several prestigious investors,
among which Auriga Partners, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners,
Bpifrance, Omnes Capital and NBGI.
For more information about SuperSonic Imagine, please go to www.supersonicimagine.com.
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