ReShape Lifesciences Announces New Patent Grant Expanding its Gastric Vest Patent Portfolio
Sep. 06, 2018
SAN CLEMENTE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 6, 2018 / ReShape Lifesciences Inc. (NASDAQ: RSLS), a developer of minimally invasive medical devices to treat obesity and metabolic diseases, announced today that The State Intellectual Property Office of The People's Republic of China has granted a device patent to the Company that expands the patent portfolio for the ReShape VestTM. The Chinese patent number ZL201410538627.2, which is titled ''Gastric Restriction Devices for Treating Obesity'' is directed to a novel laparoscopic gastric restriction device to treat obesity.
''We are very excited about this patent that helps protect our proprietary, minimally invasive, novel technology to address the significant obesity market in China,'' said Dan Gladney, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of ReShape Lifesciences. ''Obesity has become a major concern in China, where obesity-related co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease are costing the country significant dollars and where the government's recently-released ''healthy China 2030'' blueprint is driving public health as a priority.''
Research by Imperial College London found that China's obesity rate has skyrocketed in the last 30 years to one of the highest obesity rates in the world. According to a publication in ''Obesity Surgery'', a total of 7,779 bariatric procedures were reported in China from 2001 to 2015, almost 90% of which were performed since 2010 and almost 90% of all operations were performed laparoscopically. The publication also cites that the absolute number of bariatric surgeries in China increased 148.7 times from 2010-2015 compared to the 2001-2005 period.
About ReShape Lifesciences Inc.
ReShape Lifesciences™ is a medical device company focused on technologies to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. The FDA-approved ReShape Balloon™ System involves a non-surgical weight loss procedure that uses advanced balloon technology designed to take up room in the stomach to help people with a 30-40 kg/m2 Body Mass Index (BMI) and at least one co-morbidity lose weight. ReShape vBloc™ Therapy, delivered by an FDA-approved pacemaker-like device called the ReShape vBloc System, is designed to help patients with a 40-45 kg/m2, or a 35-39.9 kg/m2 BMI and at least one co-morbidity feel full and eat less by intermittently blocking hunger signals on the vagus nerve. The ReShape Vest™ System is an investigational, minimally invasive, laparoscopically implanted medical device that wraps around the stomach, emulating the gastric volume reduction effect of conventional weight-loss surgery, and is intended to enable rapid weight loss in obese and morbidly obese patients without permanently changing patient anatomy.
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