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Kimball Electronics and Avantis Medical Systems partner on new life-saving device


May 21, 2010

Kimball Electronics Group, Inc. and Avantis Medical Systems, Inc., have announced that the two companies have entered into an exclusive arrangement for Kimball to manufacture the Avantis Third Eye Retroscope, a revolutionary new catheter-based camera device that works in conjunction with existing colonoscopy equipment.

Kimball Electronics Group is a global top-twenty-ranked contract electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company that specializes in durable electronics with applications in the medical, automotive, industrial controls, and public safety industries. Avantis Medical Systems, Inc. is a visualization technology company focused on delivering cost effective solutions for the improved detection and prevention of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract.

The Third Eye Retroscope is a unique new disposable device that is deployed through the instrument channel of a standard colonoscope to provide the physician with an additional retrograde (backward) view of the colon along with the colonoscope's (forward) view. Across three independent clinical studies involving over 900 patients, the Third Eye has demonstrated an additional pre-cancerous adenoma detection rate of up to 25% compared to standard colonoscopy.

Chris Thyen, Vice President, Business Development, Kimball Electronics Group, stated, "Being selected by Avantis as their strategic manufacturing partner is an honor, and we are especially proud to have this opportunity to build a product that will be so important in the diagnosis and prevention of such a devastating disease."

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