SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 8 Align Technology,Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) today announced that it has received regulatory approvalfrom the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). The Companymay now begin widespread marketing and promotion of Invisalign in Japan, whereit has trained approximately 660 Invisalign orthodontists since launching theproduct there in October, 2005.
"This regulatory approval in Japan is an important milestone and willenable us to engage in more traditional and expansive outreach activities toeducate and support dental professionals with the necessary marketingactivities needed to build the market for Invisalign in Japan," said Gil Laks,vice president of International. "In addition, we can now leverage thestrength of the Invisalign brand by targeting prospective patients in Japanwith consumer demand creation programs."
About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, aproprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth.Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible,removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position.Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires,Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitationsassociated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults andteens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearanceto market Invisalign in 1998. Today, the Invisalign product family includesInvisalign, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express, and ViveraRetainers.
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