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SOURCE Pillar Palatal, LLC
DALLAS, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pillar Palatal, LLC, a medical device company that manufactures and markets the Pillar Procedure, along with Airway Management, a company that develops, manufactures and markets oral appliances to treat snoring and sleep apnea, today announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. Effective immediately, Pillar Palatal will become the exclusive United States distributor of the myTAP oral appliance, manufactured by Airway Management, for the Otolaryngology (ENT) physician market.
Dr. Craig Schwimmer, MD, MPH, FACS, Chairman and Chief Medical Officer of Pillar Palatal said, "In the United States over 50 million adults suffer from snoring and sleep apnea. ENT physicians have historically treated these patients surgically. Since the Pillar Procedure was FDA cleared in 2002, it has provided ENT doctors with a less invasive, convenient, office based method to strengthen the soft palate, which is often the biggest contributor to snoring and sleep apnea. However, other parts of the anatomy also impact many patients. For these patients, the addition of an oral appliance to properly position the lower jaw during sleep can be of significant additional benefit. We believe that, when used in conjunction with the Pillar Procedure, the myTap will offer significantly improved results for these patients." Dr. Schwimmer went on to say, "For ENT's, the Pillar Procedure and the myTAP represent complimentary, cost effective and convenient treatment options. We are excited to join forces with Airway Management, a company that for many years has been a leader in high quality oral appliances to help treat snoring and sleep apnea."
Charles Collins, Chief Operations Officer with Airway Management added, "We are very excited about partnering with Pillar Palatal. Together, we are uniquely positioned to provide ENT's a more accessible, fully functional appliance for the treatment of sleep disordered breathing and snoring."
About Pillar Palatal, LLC and Airway Management
Pillar Palatal, LLC was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Snoring Center in 2013 in order to acquire the Pillar Procedure business from Medtronic, Inc. Pillar Palatal will manufacture and market the Pillar Procedure and distribute the myTAP oral appliance to Otolaryngologists throughout the United States.
Airway Management is a world leader in designing, manufacturing, and marketing a unique range of innovative products that provide solutions for snoring and sleep apnea. Using his extensive background and knowledge in dentistry, Keith Thornton, DDS, AMI's CEO invented the Thornton Adjustable Positioner, TAP in 1994. The unique design of the original TAP and its predecessors has led to 32 independent peer reviewed studies and made TAP widely recognized as the premier oral appliance therapy for snoring and sleep apnea on the market, worldwide.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The Companies wish to caution the reader of this press release that actual results may differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements and may be adversely affected by, among other things, risks associated with litigation, clinical trials, the regulatory approval process, reimbursement policies and commercialization of new technologies.
For Pillar Palatal, LLC
David B. Kaysen
Pillar Palatal, LLC
214 369 2347
For Airway Management
Executive Vice President
3418 Midcourt Road, #114
Carrollton, Texas 75006
214 369 0978
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