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ApniCure reports Winx system additional positive results

ApniCure has presented additional positive results from the ATLAST trial of its Winx sleep therapy system, designed to provide comfortable sleeping experience and to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The system uses oral pressure therapy technology to deliver oral vacuum by a console through a slim tube connected to a soft mouthpiece.

The multicentre, prospective study has enrolled 63 patients (44 men and 19 women) to demonstrtae the safety, efficacy and tolerability of winx system.

To determine apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and oxygen desaturation index (ODI), study participants underwent laboratory polysomnography at baseline with and without Winx treatment and again following 28 nights of treatment with Winx system.

Using American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria by a blinded scorer, ODI and AHI were calculated, while OSA symptoms were assessed with the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and a modified Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire.

The results demonstrated that Winx was safe and well tolerated, improved the severity and symptoms of OSA, and was associated with high nightly usage and patient satisfaction.

ApniCure chief technology officer, founder and board chairman Matt Vaska said the new results provide additional evidence of the safety, tolerability and efficacy of Winx.

"Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the standard treatment for OSA, can be associated with physical and lifestyle challenges related to its forced air delivery through a mask," Vaska added.

"In contrast, Winx allows users to breathe naturally without a mask, representing a new alternative for the treatment of OSA."

ApniCure president and CEO Steve Carlson said, "We recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the Winx system and are excited to be commercially launching in select U.S. markets this year with broader distribution in 2013."