MISGAV, Israel, April 26, 2010 PolyTouch Medical Ltd., aleading developer of hernia mesh placement technologies, announced today thatit has appointed Karl A. LeBlanc, MD, MBA, FACS as Medical Advisor.
Dr. Karl LeBlanc, past president of the American Hernia Society, is apioneer in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. LeBlanc performed the firstlaparoscopic hernia repair in 1991 and has since written three medical textsand has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed medical literature;he has played a major role in changing the surgical approach to herniatreatment and the use of laparoscopic techniques.
He is internationally known for the instruction of surgeons in the newtechniques that he has pioneered. In addition to the above, Dr. LeBlanc iscurrently teaching minimally invasive techniques such as the newer,single-incision laparoscopic surgery and natural orifice surgery.
Dr. LeBlanc is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of the University ofSouthwest Louisiana. He completed medical school, internship, and residencyat Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center in Shreveport and holds anMBA from LSU. LeBlanc is a Director of the Minimally Invasive SurgeryInstitute in Baton Rouge, La., and Clinical Professor of Surgery at LouisianaState University in New Orleans.
"Dr. LeBlanc performed the first laparoscopic hernia repairs back in 1991and, in my opinion, is one of the most experienced and knowledgeableclinicians in this field. His deep experience and knowledge will be assets inthe development of PolyTouch's pipeline of products. I am delighted andhonored to have Dr. LeBlanc join our U.S. Medical Advisory Board," remarkedOfek Levin, Founder and CEO of PolyTouch Medical.
Dr. LeBlanc commented, "I am excited to join PolyTouch as a MedicalAdvisor and be part of their activity to bring advanced devices forlaparoscopic procedures to the market. The development of these new deviceswill increase the adoption of laparoscopic surgery in the repair of complexhernias. In addition, the other products that are in the developmental stagewill enable many surgeons to add complex procedures to their minimallyinvasive techniques. I look forward to working with this impressive team."
In April of 2010, PolyTouch announced the appointment of Morris E.Franklin Jr., MD, FACS, as Medical Advisor.
In January of 2010, PolyTouch announced the appointment William Edelmanas Chairman of the Board.
About PolyTouch Medical Ltd.
PolyTouch Medical was founded in March 2009 and is located in the MisgavVenture Accelerator, Israel. Realizing the need for an improved method formesh deployment and placement, PolyTouch has developed PatchAssist, a novelmesh deployment and placement device initially targeting laparoscopic ventralhernia repair (LVHR). PatchAssist enables accurate abdominal cavity meshplacement, potentially reducing procedure time by 30%-50%. PolyTouch plans tointroduce the PatchAssist device into the U.S. market in the first half of2011.Contact: Ofek Levin, Founder & CEO PolyTouch Medical Ltd, Email: [email protected]
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