ALPHARETTA, Ga., June 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (OTCQB:SNWV), announced today the receipt of U.S. Pat. No. 9,057,232 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office entitled "Apparatuses and Methods for Generating Shock Waves for Use in the Energy Industry" that has a patent life to April 2033.
The patent includes twenty claims relating to the use of shock waves, generated with laser systems, for hydraulic fracturing of rock formations, which can be employed in both secondary and tertiary oil recovery. The market size for technologies used in secondary oil recovery, also known as Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) that uses mainly hydraulic fracking technology, is estimated to reach $72.6 billion in 2019. Shock wave technology can also be used as an additive technology for tertiary oil recovery, also known as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), which is estimated to have a market size for technologies used in this energy industry segment of $400 billion by 2019.
"This new patent continues to extend the reach of our technology beyond regenerative medicine and fits with our long term strategy to maximize the value of our shock wave technology in non-medical fields," commented Kevin A. Richardson II, Chairman of the board of directors of SANUWAVE.
This is SANUWAVE's first patent for the energy industry that introduces the use of high efficiency shock waves for secondary and tertiary oil exploitation. The claimed methods of the patent use shock waves generated via plasma bubbles created with laser emitters. Employing lasers for generating the shock waves offers a much longer useful life and lower required maintenance for the shock wave devices, which will be deployed deep inside the oil bores. This fits the needs of low maintenance systems required by the energy industry applications.
"Our new system can potentially replace the high pressure water fracking technology, which could result in significant cost reductions and water usage decrease that can have major environmental impact. We are now ready to begin exploring strategic partnerships to bring this technology to the energy industry. The opportunity is extremely large domestically, but we will also be looking at international partners as well," concluded Mr. Richardson.
SANUWAVE Health, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary SANUWAVE, Inc., now have 40 patents (issued or pending) in the field of shock waves used in medical and non-medical applications.
About SANUWAVE Health, Inc.
SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (www.sanuwave.com) is a shock wave technology company initially focused on the development and commercialization of patented noninvasive, biological response activating devices for the repair and regeneration of skin, musculoskeletal tissue and vascular structures. SANUWAVE's portfolio of regenerative medicine products and product candidates activate biologic signaling and angiogenic responses, producing new vascularization and microcirculatory improvement, which helps restore the body's normal healing processes and regeneration. SANUWAVE applies its patented PACE technology in wound healing, orthopedic/spine, plastic/cosmetic and cardiac conditions. Its lead product candidate for the global wound care market, dermaPACE®, is CE Marked throughout Europe and has device license approval for the treatment of the skin and subcutaneous soft tissue in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In the U.S., dermaPACE is currently under the FDA's Premarket Approval (PMA) review process for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. SANUWAVE researches, designs, manufactures, markets and services its products worldwide, and believes it has demonstrated that its technology is safe and effective in stimulating healing in chronic conditions of the foot (plantar fasciitis) and the elbow (lateral epicondylitis) through its U.S. Class III PMA approved OssaTron® device, as well as stimulating bone and chronic tendonitis regeneration in the musculoskeletal environment through the utilization of its OssaTron, Evotron® and orthoPACE® devices in Europe, Asia and Asia/Pacific. In addition, there are license/partnership opportunities for SANUWAVE's shock wave technology for non-medical uses, including energy, water, food and industrial markets.
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