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Candela Donates Its Gold Standard Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser to Vietnam Clinic

Partners With Physicians to Treat Children With Vascular Malformations

WAYLAND, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2009-- Candela Corporation (NASDAQ:CLZR), pioneers of the safest and most effective vascular laser technology in the world, announced today that it has donated its Vbeam® pulsed dye laser to support the opening of the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Unit at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in Vietnam. The donation was in a partnership with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City, Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beckman Laser Institute. This is the first multidisciplinary clinic in the country to offer free laser treatments to infants and children with many different vascular lesions such as hemangiomas, port wine stains, venous malformations, arteriovenous malformations and lymphatic malformations.


The lead doctors in the clinic who will be offering the laser treatments include: (in Vietnam) Dr. Minh Hoang, Chief of Dermatology, Nguyen Triphuong Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City; (US collaborators) Dr. Martin Mihm (MGH/Harvard), Dr. Thuy Phung, (Baylor), Dr. Thanh Nga Tran (MGH/Harvard), and Dr. J. Stuart Nelson (Beckman Laser Institute). These physicians will help lecture and train the clinic staff every three to six months.


At an opening ceremony last week, Dr. Stuart Nelson trained and demonstrated the Vbeam laser procedures on approximately 20 – 30 patients with many different anomalies including port wine stains, and red and brown lesions.


“The formation of the clinic is the culmination of many years of hard work and persistence by Dr. James Hsia, Chief Technical Officer of Candela Corporation and Dr. Rox Anderson, Director of the Wellman Laboratories at MGH, who had the vision and insight to put this initiative together,” said Candela CEO and President Gerard E. Puorro. “We are very pleased to help lead the effort with the donation of our Vbeam Perfecta laser and offer the children of Ho Chi Minh City an opportunity to have their vascular malformations treated safely and effectively. In addition, we thank the physician members who will be running the clinic, and diagnosing and performing the treatments.”


About CANDELA: Candela Corporation manufactures and distributes innovative clinical solutions that enable physicians, surgeons, and personal care practitioners to treat selected cosmetic and medical conditions using lasers, aesthetic laser systems, and other advanced technologies. Founded near Boston in 1970, Candela markets and services its products in 86 countries from offices and distributors in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other Asian locations. Candela established the aesthetic laser market 20 years ago, and currently has an installed base of over 13,500 systems worldwide. Visit Candela on the Web at http://www.candelalaser.com.


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Source: Candela Corporation


Candela Corporation
Jane Smith, 508-358-7400, ext. 247
jane.smith@candelalaser.com



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