|ZYGO Ships 150th Beam Delivery System for INTRALASE FS2 Femtosecond Laser|
MIDDLEFIELD, CT, Jun 02, 2005 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) is pleased to announce it has shipped the 150th beam delivery system to IntraLase Corp., manufacturer of the INTRALASE FS(R) femtosecond laser used to create corneal flaps in the first step of LASIK surgery. ZYGO's beam delivery system consists of four high-precision electro-optic assemblies that deliver ultra-fast laser pulses to precisely calibrated depths below the surface of a patient's cornea. The ZYGO system enables real-time surgeon monitoring of the corneal flap procedure, in which the laser creates a pattern of thousands of microscopic bubbles within the stroma that separate tissue at the molecular level and create a corneal flap from the inside out.
"Delivery of the 150th beam delivery system clearly demonstrates the growing adoption of IntraLase's femtosecond laser technology as a new standard of care and is a notable achievement for both our companies," said Andrew Riser, Commercial Business Development Manager at ZYGO's Optics business segment (Costa Mesa, California and Tucson, Arizona). "This is an important milestone for ZYGO's new state-of-the-art production facilities, and a tribute to our world-leading capability in optical metrology. The fact that we can improve the quality of life for so many people also brings special satisfaction to our work," Riser added.
Charline Gauthier, O.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of IntraLase, commented that, "IntraLase is contributing to the advancement of LASIK surgery by enabling improved safety and visual outcomes for surgeons and patients. ZYGO's ability to meet delivery and technical performance requirements has significantly supported the successful deployment of our new laser technology around the world."
Also involved in the project was ZYGO's partner, Optical Research Associates (ORA)(R). Doug Nutter, VP of Business Development for ORA, commented, "We are pleased both with the success of IntraLase and with the Zygo/ORA partnership."
Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO), headquartered in Middlefield, Connecticut, is a worldwide supplier of optical metrology instruments, precision optics, and electro-optical design and manufacturing services, serving customers in the semiconductor capital equipment and industrial markets. See ZYGO's web site at www.zygo.com for additional information.
IntraLase designs, develops, and manufactures an ultra-fast laser, related software and disposable devices used to create a corneal flap, the first step in LASIK surgery for the correction of vision. The company's products improve the safety, precision, and visual results of LASIK procedures by providing a computer-controlled laser solution in place of the hand-held mechanical, metal-bladed microkeratome traditionally used to create corneal flaps. IntraLase lasers are also used in surgical approaches to the treatment of diseased corneas. The company's lasers and disposable per-procedure patient interfaces are presently marketed throughout the United States and 17 other countries. IntraLase is headquartered and manufactures its products in Irvine, California. For additional information, visit the company's web site: www.intralase.com.
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