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LUCAS™2 wins the US Medical Design Excellence Award

April 9, 2010, Lund, Sweden

JOLIFE AB cited for its role as developer and manufacturer.

Jolife AB today announced that LUCAS™2 Chest Compression System has received a 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award in the US. The LUCAS™2, which is the latest generation launched during 2009, is a medical device developed and manufactured by Jolife AB. The device is used by emergency care providers to help save sudden cardiac arrest patients by providing effective, consistent and uninterrupted chest compressions to circulate the patient’s blood.

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition (www.MDEAwards.com) is organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles, US) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.

A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine, and diagnostics.

“We are honored by this recognition of the LUCAS™2 device by the MDEA judges, “ said Erik von Schenck, CEO of Jolife AB. “In emergency care, where time to therapy is critical, it is important to offer a product that is intuitive, quick to apply and has a practical design that can be used in most situations. This has been the goal when developing LUCAS 2.”

The 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a presentation ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits convention Center, in conjunction with the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition (www. MDMEast.com), June 8-10, 2010. Gold and silver award recipients will be announced at this time.

LUCAS Chest Compression System is an easy-to-use and lightweight device that provides quality chest compressions according to the European Resuscitation Council and American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It assists rescuers in maintaining vital blood circulation in cardiac arrest patients. LUCAS is simple to use, applied within seconds and feasible for use in a majority of cardiac arrest patients. LUCAS is available in an electrically driven version (LUCAS 2) and a pneumatically driven (LUCAS 1). An estimated 25 000 patients have been treated with LUCAS so far. The mechanical CPR device has shown to increase operational efficacy and to improve the opportunities to save cardiac arrest patients.

About Jolife AB
Jolife AB, founded in 2000, develops and manufactures the LUCAS Chest Compression System. Jolife works closely with leading physicians, nurses, paramedics and first responders and is committed to research and development in order to continue to offer innovative products. The LUCAS Chest Compression Systems are sold in 34 countries around the world. Based in Lund in southern Sweden, Jolife markets its products through an exclusive global distribution agreement with Physio-Control, Inc., a division of Medtronic Inc. – except in Sweden, Norway and Finland, where Jolife sells directly.

Further information:
Erik von Schenck, CEO, JOLIFE
Tel: +46 46 286 5002
E-mail: evs@jolife.com


Sara Lindroth, Marketing Director, JOLIFE
Tel: +46 46 286 5024
E-mail: sara.lindroth@jolife.com

Jolife AB
Scheelevägen 17
223 70 Lund
Tel: +46 46 286 5000

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