Guided Therapeutics Ships First Four LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scans
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Posted by: Angela King
25 units and 40,000 disposables expected by end of 2015
NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: GTHP), the maker of a rapid and painless testing platform based on its patented biophotonic technology, announced today that it has shipped the first four LuViva® Advance Cervical Scan units to its Turkish distributor for its order with the Turkish Ministry of Health (MOH).
In total, the company plans to ship 25 LuViva units and 40,000 disposable Cervical Guides before the end of 2015. In 2016, the company plans to sell 150 LuViva units and 275,000 disposable Cervical Guides. The entire order, covering four years, calls for 1.1 million disposable Cervical Guides.
Since April of 2013, the company has shipped 33 LuViva units and more than 14,500 disposable Cervical Guides to Turkey, generating approximately $588,000 in fully paid revenue.
“The Turkish MOH order shows the opportunity available to the company, following our strategy of working with government agencies focused on using LuViva to screen for cervical cancer,” said Gene Cartwright, CEO of Guided Therapeutics. “We continue to follow through on this strategy in countries that have a need for implementing point-of-care and cost effective screening programs.”
Worldwide, the market for cervical cancer screening and diagnostics, as currently practiced using cytology (Pap test) for primary screening, is estimated at $6 billion and is projected to grow to almost $9 billion by 2020. There are about 2.6 billion women aged 15 years and older who are at risk of developing cervical cancer worldwide.
About LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan
LuViva is a technologically advanced diagnostic device that scans the cervix with light and uses spectroscopy to measure how light interacts with the cervical tissue. Spectroscopy identifies chemical and structural indicators of precancer that may be below the surface of the cervix or misdiagnosed as benign. This technique is called biophotonics. Unlike Pap, HPV tests or biopsies, LuViva does not require laboratory analysis or a tissue sample, and is designed to provide results immediately, which may result in eliminating costly, painful and unnecessary additional testing. LuViva is intended for use with women who have undergone initial screening and are called back for follow up with a colposcopy examination, which in many cases, involves taking a biopsy of the cervix. It has also been used in clinical studies in Turkey and Nigeria as a means to screen women for cervical cancer where the availability of infrastructure necessary for Pap and HPV testing is restricted. The device is used in conjunction with the LuViva® Cervical Guide single-use patient interface and calibration disposable.
About Guided Therapeutics
Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: GTHP) is the maker of a rapid and painless testing platform based on its patented biophotonic technology that utilizes light for the early detection of disease at the cellular level. The Company’s first product is the LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan, a non-invasive device used to detect cervical disease instantly and at the point of care. In a multi-center clinical trial, with women at risk for cervical disease, the technology was able to detect cervical cancer up to two years earlier than conventional modalities, according to published reports. For more information, visit: www.guidedinc.com.
The Guided Therapeutics LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan is an investigational device and is limited by federal law to investigational use in the U.S. LuViva, the wave logo and "Early detection, better outcomes" are registered trademarks owned by Guided Therapeutics, Inc.
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