PoNS is a licensed class II medical device in Canada and an investigational medical device in the U.S. and the European Union.
"Helius is pleased to continue our exciting pace of progress with respect to our regulatory strategy with the submission of this important application during the fourth quarter," said Philippe Deschamps, Helius' Chief Executive Officer. "The European Union represents a compelling long-term opportunity for the commercialization of our innovative PoNS Treatment as we strive to address the large global unmet need for the treatment of chronic balance deficit due to mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and improve the lives of our future patients."
About Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.
Helius Medical Technologies is a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness. The Company's purpose is to develop, license and acquire unique and non-invasive platform technologies that amplify the brain's ability to heal itself. The Company's first product in development is the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS). For more information, visit www.heliusmedical.com .
About the PoNS Device and PoNS Treatment
The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) is an investigational, non-invasive, medical device in the US currently under review by US Food & Drug Administration for clearance for the treatment of chronic balance deficit due to mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury (mTBI) when combined with targeted physical therapy. PoNS is a licensed class II medical device in Canada. PoNS is currently not commercially available in the US or the European Union.
PoNS Treatment is the first and only tongue-delivered neuromodulation that combines stimulation of cranial nerves with physical and cognitive therapy to restore lost neurological function. The Company's trials investigating the PoNS in mTBI are more fully discussed in the Company's disclosure materials, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Investor Relations Contact:
Westwicke Partners on behalf of Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.
Mike Piccinino, CFA