Future of Neurosurgery Emerging with Steady Adoption of New Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Indianapolis medical device maker
NICO Corporation has witnessed steady adoption of its BrainPath® technology with
more than 130 neurosurgeons CME trained and nearly 40 institutions fully
operational with the new integrated systems approach to neurosurgery. The
technology will be featured at this week’s American Association of Neurological
Surgeons annual scientific meeting in San Francisco.


More than 550 successful surgeries have been performed since the new 6 Pillar
Approach using the NICO BrainPath was introduced, giving a new surgical option
to patients in accessing emergent and hard to reach brain abnormalities.

“We have now surpassed the ‘proof of concept’ stage as validated by the outcomes
we are seeing using the BrainPath and other new technologies in imaging,
navigation and optics,” said Jim Pearson, president and CEO of NICO Corporation.
“This is an extremely underdeveloped market segment with many patients not
having surgical options when they are told they have a brain abnormality. Our
mission as a company is to change this.”

Pearson explained that other technologies have been developed because surgery
was not an option due to the inability to access and remove tissue. “We believe
these limitations and deficiencies are now solved with this new
multi-disciplinary approach that the BrainPath is used in. This is a true
revolution in neurosurgery and we are happy to play a role in its advancement.”

The BrainPath provides a unique surgical access system that allows surgeons to
see abnormalities located deep in the brain and dramatically changes how they
can safely move through the natural folds and delicate fibers of the brain to
reach the abnormality. It is uniquely designed to minimize tissue damage by
displacing tissues of the brain during advancement to the abnormality – much
like the hull of a boat moves through water by displacing it – all through an
opening smaller than a dimeTM. The outer sheath remains in the brain after the
obturator is removed to serve as a protective portal for surgeons to easily
maintain access to the surgical site during tissue removal.

Physicians are also choosing to retrieve and collect tissue with the NICO
Myriad® tool, an automated resection device about the size of a pencil that also
captures tissue in a sterile system. Tissue collection is critical for
pathological evaluation and is contributing to leading edge research now being
conducted in the area of regenerative medicine.

“This research is advancing quickly and the Myriad and BrainPath are helping
make it possible for patients to see real and meaningful change in the near
future versus decades down the road,” Pearson said. “We are giving patient’s
hope – hope that these new technology advancements will impact them and their
loved ones.”

Among the institutions designated as BrainPath Centers with surgeons trained to
use the BrainPath are: Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Iowa Methodist, Duke
University, Aurora Health Systems, University of Arkansas, Stanford, Cancer
Treatment Centers of America, Houston Methodist, Long Island Jewish, Evanston
NorthShore University, Holy Cross Hospital, St. Vincent Health (Ind.), Indiana
University Health, University of Virginia, Illinois Neurological Institute, and
Marquette General Hospital.

Each year, it is estimated that 50 percent of the more than 450,000 patients in
the U.S. diagnosed with brain abnormalities have limited surgical options
available to them. Worldwide, these numbers increase to 2 million.

In this age of advanced technology and once-complicated surgeries moving to
minimally invasive approaches, replicating this standard of care in neurosurgery
remains one of the final frontiers. The NICO BrainPath is an innovative and
groundbreaking access technology changing how neurosurgeons can safely move
through the natural folds of the brain.

For more information about NICO Corporation or the NICO BrainPath and other NICO
products, visit www.NICOneuro.com or call 888.632.7071. Surgical procedures
using the BrainPath can be viewed on the NICO YouTube channel at NICOneuroCorp.

Contact: Sue Goin
Mobile: 317.402.8690


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