FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TechniScan Completes Reverse Merger and Becomes a Publicly Traded Company
– Currently Testing 3-D Breast Imaging Device Using Warm Bath Ultrasound –
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 20, 2009 – TechniScan, Inc. (OTCBB: TSNI) (“TechniScan”
or the “Company”), a medical device company engaged in the development and
commercialization of an automated breast ultrasound imaging system, has become a publicly
traded company through a reverse merger with and into Castillo, Inc., a Delaware corporation.
In accordance with the merger agreement, which became effective October 9, 2009, the
surviving entity in the reverse merger will be known going forward as TechniScan, Inc., a
Delaware corporation. The Company’s common stock is now trading on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol “TSNI.”
TechniScan’s imaging system, named Svara™, after the Hindu Goddess of Sound, surrounds
the breast in a warm bath of water, which allows ultrasound transducers to transmit sound
waves into and through the breast, capturing 3-dimensional images of the interior of the breast.
Svara™ is designed to provide physicians with a new, non-invasive, ultrasound imaging tool
that will provide detailed information about the physical structures within the breast. David C. Robinson, President and CEO of TechniScan said, “Becoming a public company is a significant milestone for TechniScan as we continue to improve the resolution and gather clinical data from our Svara™ WBU™ automated breast imaging system. We expect that our current clinical testing sites in the United States and in Europe will provide us with the data we need for a successful commercial introduction of the system in 2010.”
Robinson continued, “This reverse merger allows TechniScan to become a publicly traded
company, which we believe will help us continue to raise the funds needed to make refinements in our imaging system and introduce a commercial version within the next year. We expect that these developments will create broader opportunities for TechniScan, and our European partner, Esaote (www.esaote.com), in the use of automated ultrasound as another effective imaging tool to help radiologists more effectively detect and diagnose breast cancer."
“In light of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” added Robinson, “I think this is a
propitious time for TechniScan to become a publicly traded company.”
TechniScan has raised more than $24 million in equity financing and $5 million in federal grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), bringing the total raised to approximately $29 million.
TechniScan grew out of the University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering. TechniScan
developed the Svara™ technology with the support of the Governor's Office of Economic
Development (GOED) Centers for Excellence Program in Utah, the National Institute of Health
(NIH), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). TechniScan’s Warm Bath Ultrasound (WBU™)
imaging device (Svara™) is limited by US law to investigational use unless and until cleared by the FDA.
About TechniScan, Inc.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, TechniScan, Inc. is a medical device company engaged in the
development and commercialization of a non-invasive imaging tool designed to provide
physicians with automated ultrasound images of the human breast. The system, known as
Svara™, uses a process called Warm Bath Ultrasound (WBU™) to provide physicians with
automated, 3D, ultrasound images of the physical structures within the breast.
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About TechniScan Medical Systems, Inc.
TechniScan Medical Systems (TMS) is a publicly traded medical device company engaged in the development and commercialization of a revolutionary ultrasound imaging system, SvaraTM, that uses a process called Warm Bath Ultrasound (WBUTM) to provide automated, 3D, high quality ultrasound images of the human breast. SvaraTM is designed to provide physicians with a new, non-invasive, diagnostic imaging tool that will provide detailed information about the anatomy (i.e. physical structures within the breast) and pathology (i.e. bulk tissue properties). The Svara WBUTM is a B-mode and reflection tomographic ultrasound system for imaging a patient's whole breast.
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