A. Soufiane, Full Spectrum Inc., (515) 292-4444
Gerald Shirk, M.D., Full Spectrum Inc., (319) 368-5500
Robert Harris, Center for Advanced Technology Development, (515) 294-5808
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917
SECOND GENERATION LASER SURGERY FIBER GETS FDA APPROVAL
AMES, Iowa -- A second generation laser-fiber developed by Full Spectrum, Inc., Ames, and Iowa State University has received Food and Drug Administration 510K pre-market approval.
The new fiber is an improvement to the company's first fiber, an ultra low expansionTM (ULE) product designed to withstand the rigors of laser surgery. The new ULE fiber can be used with more types of lasers than the first generation fiber.
The ULE fibers overcome the material failure typical when traditional glass laser-fiber comes in contact with human tissue. The first generation fibers, developed by Full Spectrum and ISU, received an R&D100 Award from Research and Development magazine in 1995 as one of the top technologies marketed that year. Iowa State's Center for Advanced Technology Development guided the collaborative project with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Full Spectrum was formed in 1990 and now has five employees. The Center for Advanced Technology Development is a member of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, a federation of research, technology development and technology transfer entities at Iowa State University.
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