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Astron Clinica Receives Frost & Sullivan European Technology Innovation of the Year Award for Pioneering SIAscopy

2006-12-05 11:25

LONDON, Dec. 5 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- 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.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety

of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and

superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation,

customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts

compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth

interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify

best practices in the industry.

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 http://www.astronclinica.com .

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering

with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more

than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting,

growth partnership services and corporate management training to identify and

develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that

includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment

community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique

global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies,

econometrics, and demographics.

For more information, visit http://www.frost.com .

Source: Frost & Sullivan
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