Expands the Company’s intellectual property estate to 20 issued US patents
SAN DIEGO, June 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OBLN), a vertically integrated medical technology company with the first and only FDA-approved swallowable, gas-filled intragastric balloon system for the treatment of obesity, announces the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 10,264,995, entitled SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOCATING AND/OR CHARACTERIZING INTRAGASTRIC DEVICES.
The first of its kind Obalon Navigation System provides the treating physician with the ability to place the Obalon Balloon without having to incur the costs and inconvenience of utilizing x-ray imaging. The Obalon Navigation System is portable, easy to use, non-invasive, radiation free, and provides dynamic tracking of the Obalon Balloon during placement.
The newly issued patent covers multiple aspects of the Obalon Navigation System, including dynamic tracking using internal and external sensors with an external electromagnetic field.
“We believe this patent provides protection against anyone else entering the market, either with a gas-filled or liquid-filled balloon, that wants to use a similar system to avoid the extra costs and considerable logistics of using x-ray during placement,” said Mark Brister, Obalon’s Chief Technology Officer.
Obalon now has 20 patents issued in the U.S. and 31 patents issued internationally that cover the Obalon Balloon System, with 25 and 55 pending patent applications in the U.S. and in international territories, respectively.
“We have used Obalons’ prior generation EzFill balloon, liquid filled balloons, and now the Obalon Navigation System,“ said Dr. Jeremias C. Tan, MD, Health and Wellness Services, Medical Director Gastroenterology Associates of Northern Virginia. “On average, Navigation balloon placements take about 15 minutes in our office. Automated inflation improves patient satisfaction and helps make placement of Navigation intragastric balloons more convenient for both the patient and the doctor. The Obalon Balloon System is a safe, effective and efficient solution for individuals with a BMI between 30 to 40 kg/m2 who are ready to lose weight and improve their overall health.”
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Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OBLN) is a San Diego-based company focused on developing and commercializing novel technologies for weight loss. For more information, please visit www.obalon.com.
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