Innovative Dermal Injector Technology Receives European Patent
RCI-02 injector device promises the potential for unparalleled injection precision, the use of less anesthetic per procedure, and the enhanced treatment of fine wrinkles of the face, décolleté and hands
Today (Jan. 11-16) RepliCel (OTCQB: REPCF / TSX.V: RP) announced that it has been granted a patent (EP2623146) by the European Patent Office for its injection device technologies. The first device being developed under this patent, RCI-02, is designed for injecting hyaluronic acid as a dermal filler. The device is also being developed for the injection of RepliCel’s RCH-01 hair restoration and RCS-01 skin rejuvenation products. Future iterations of the technology and device will be optimized for other injectables such as drugs, vaccines, fat grafts, etc.
Overall benefits of this next-generation dermal injector technology include improved handling, reduction or elimination of the need for local anesthetic, quicker procedure times, an expectation of more consistent clinical results because of the injector's controls, and a significant expansion of the areas that can be addressed with dermal fillers due to the ability to conduct broad, shallow, and evenly-dispersed injections. Additionally, it is expected that a whole new class of injection specialists may be enabled to perform certain dermal injection procedures due to the device’s simplicity and programmability.
The RCI-02 injector was designed with input from dermatologists, industrial designers, and electronic and medical device engineers to improve the delivery of a variety of injectables in a controlled, precise manner, removing the risks and uncertainties of injection outcomes currently resulting from manually operated, single-needle syringes.
RCI-02 is the world’s first motorized injection device with programmable depth and volume, a built-in Peltier element for pre-injection anaesthetising, and interchangeable needle head configurations. It is designed to deliver a variety of injectable substances including cells, dermal fillers, drugs or biologics intradermally (dermis), subcutaneously (fat) or intramuscularly (muscle) via an array of needle configurations ranging from a single needle to a 16 needle configuration (4x4) on one head. These interchangeable heads can be used to perform a variety of procedures, increase surface area coverage and speed-up procedure times.
By relying on electrical power (instead of thumb pressure) and digital controls, RCI-02 automates and simplifies the injection process. Equipped with a touch screen on its accompanying docking station, the device’s programmability allows for the delivery of precise quantities of material, at specific depths, through fine-gauge needles, on a single plain or trailing through multi-plains as the needle retracts through the skin.
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