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Astron Clinica receives Frost & Sullivan European Technology Innovation of the Year Award for pioneering SIAscopy

The 2006 Frost & Sullivan European Technology Innovation of the Year Award is conferred on Astron Clinica Ltd. of the United Kingdom in recognition of its novel skin imaging technology- Spectrophotometric Intracutaneous Analysis (SIAscopy). This technology has pioneered the measurement and non-invasive visualisation of the major dermatological constituents – blood, melanin and collagen – of the skin.

“Astron Clinica’s SIAscopy utilises both visible and infrared (IR) light to examine skin components such as blood, melanin, dermal melanin and collagen to a depth of 2 mm below the skin's surface, and provides gross living pathological data on skin lesions,” notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sangeetha Prabakar. “This eliminates the need for other more laborious clinical examination and laboratory analysis procedures.”

Using sophisticated mathematical models and software programmes, SIAscopy generates images called SIAscans, which can then either be displayed on PCs, viewed separately or overlaid, to demonstrate how skin features relate to one another. This allows physicians to know the exact size of a lesion and make more precise incisions.

“SIAscopy is a safe, non-invasive and painless technique that is ideal for analysing and monitoring various skin conditions such as skin cancers or melanomas, psoriasis, acne, eczema, skin de-pigmentation, skin aging, and scars,” observes Ms. Prabakar. “High-resolution scans provide five different views of the lesion under examination and enable skincare specialists to visualise the skin’s structure, vascular composition, and reticular pigment networks in unmatched detail and clarity.”

While contact SIAscopy provides very high-resolution SIAscans for all types of cells and structures, giving the maximum amount of information about a specific area of skin or a lesion, non-contact SIAscopy allows a larger area (such as an entire back or face) to be imaged and provides details about the concentration of haemoglobin and melanin levels. It is particularly helpful in monitoring large numbers of moles on a person, observing moles that are changing and is also useful for imaging haemoglobin.

“One of SIAscopy’s greatest advantages is in reducing the need for biopsy,” says Ms. Prabakar. “This, in turn, reduces expenses, decreases scarring as well as the time lag between identification and diagnosis. Furthermore, SIAscanning is quick and easy, and requires only minimal training of staff.”

The SIAscopy-based DERMETRICS product suite includes products for skin cancer, skin conditions, skin health, skin cosmetics, and skin pharmaceuticals. SIAscopy shows strong potential for adoption by medical and cosmetic industries. For instance, Proctor & Gamble has announced the introduction of a skin tone analysis system to be powered by SIAscopy. Beau Visage, a MediSpa client consultation and management system, uses non-contact SIAscopy to examine the entire facial haemoglobin and melanin structure and measure skin age and sun damage.

Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Award is bestowed upon a company (or individual) that has carried out new research, which has resulted in innovation(s) that have or are expected to bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture.

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About Astron Clinica

Astron Clinica, based in Cambridge UK, designs, develops and brings to market its skin imaging products that incorporates its proprietary skin imaging technology SIAscopy. SIAscopy uniquely enables medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry professionals to visualise up to 2mm beneath the surface of the skin using both a proprietary hand held scanner and an off-the-shelf digital camera. Awarded Frost & Sullivan's 2006 European Technology Innovation of the Year Award, Astron Clinica's products use SIAscopy to allow the measurement and non-invasive visualisation of the major dermatological constituents of skin - blood, melanin and collagen - in vivo for the first time. Astron Clinica's customers include dermatologists, plastic surgeons, GPs and aesthetic medicine practitioners.

Further information is available at www.astronclinica.com

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For further information, please contact:

Lucy Saunders
Press Contact Astron Clinica
Tel: +44 (0)777 55 66 074
Email: lucy.saunders@mahseer.co.uk

Sandra Holze
Promotions Co-ordinator, Best Practices
Frost & Sullivan
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Email:sandra.holze@frost.com