Proa Medical Receives Positive Reception for Brella Vaginal Retractor at American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Meeting

Proa® Medical, Inc., developer of innovative and practical medical devices for women’s health, today announced that the company received significant positive feedback for its FDA-cleared Brella® Vaginal Retractor at the recent Annual Clinical Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the largest U.S. congress for women’s health, held April 26-30 in Chicago.

The company showed its Brella Vaginal Retractor, asingle-use retractor with a built-in light source designed to provide optimal visualization and access during vaginal or perineal wound repair. The Brella lighted retractor separates the edges of the vagina, provides interior illumination, holds back tissue (including deep vaginal walls) and may reduce the incidence of needle stick injuries.

The company received numerous leads from leading gynecologists and obstetricians at the ACOG meeting. Physicians were impressed with the deep illumination provided by Brella that enables better visualization, and the hands-free retraction that allows them freedom during procedures.

The company recently received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a differently labeled version of the device, called the Brella-Spec™ Vaginal Speculum, for visualization and exposure of the interior of the vagina by a medical professional during gynecological and obstetrical procedures and examinations. The Brella-Spec Vaginal Speculum provides the light necessary to illuminate the field during procedures and examinations.

“We were encouraged with the very positive reception that OB/GYNs gave us at ACOG,” said Arman Nadershahi, Chief Executive Officer of Proa Medical. “It is clear that there is a clinical need in obstetrics and gynecology for a device that improves visualization and access, and reduces the hassle and risk of cross-contamination inherent with other retractors.”


About Proa Medical, Inc.

Proa Medical provides a rapid and efficient channel to commercialize novel medical devices for women’s health that are easier to use, safer and more efficient. As a spin-out of the Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), the company was founded to help physician-inventors efficiently bring to market innovative, practice-enhancing technologies.