FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contura and Valeo Aesthetics sign Aquamid® partnership agreement
Contura International A/S has finalized arrangements with Valeo Aesthetics, Inc. to market and
distribute the Aquamid® aesthetics product portfolio in Canada
SØBORG, [Feb 26, 2011] – Contura International is proud to announce Valeo Aesthetics as the exclusive distribution
Aquamid is a versatile and durable injectable volumizer with safety and efficacy documented in numerous clinical trials,
including a major US trial with two-year follow-up. During its 10 years of usage on markets around the world, Aquamid has
proven to effectively address the increasing demand for long-lasting, volumizing solutions to rejuvenate and sculpt
“We view Aquamid as a unique, highly promising addition to our aesthetic portfolio. Aquamid will help patients achieve a
more youthful appearance by replacing lost facial volume due to aging”, says Mr. Steve Saviuk, President of Valeo
“The Canadian aesthetic market is dynamic and physicians are looking for new and better solutions for their patients.
Aquamid complements the traditional dermal fillers by combining excellent volumizing capabilities with lasting aesthetic
effect. Therefore it is important for Contura to partner with a highly competent company such as Valeo” says Michael
Aquamid is currently undergoing the approval process with Health Canada. There will be a pre-launch meeting with
Aquamid at Cosmetic Update, Feb 24-27, 2011 in Cancun, Mexico.
The Aquamid range of safe injectable sub-dermal hydrogels delivers reliable long-lasting replacement of lost skeletal
support, for the correction of lines and wrinkles and for augmentation and sculpting of facial features.
Aquamid and Aquamid Reconstruction are based on Contura’s proprietary hydrogel, composed of 97.5% water and 2.5%
patented cross-linked polyacrylamide. The hydrogel is homogeneous: it contains no micro particles. Unlike particle-based
fillers, the Aquamid product range does not rely on an intended foreign body reaction to achieve the desired
augmentation. Therefore, the filling effect is immediate and predictable. Aquamid and Aquamid Reconstruction are used
mainly for treating nasolabial folds, lip augmentation, cheek contouring and nose enhancement, and for treating facial
The Aquamid range of products was approved in Europe in 2001 for facial augmentation and minor body contouring, and
is available in 40 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. To date more than a quarter of a million
About Valeo Aesthetics
Valeo Aesthetics is a division of Valeo Pharma Inc., a Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company focused in
dermatology. Under the guidance of Chairman Dick MacKay, Valeo Pharma has grown into a fully integrated dermatology
company with a range of classic brands, such as Aristocort and Lidex, and innovative products for the treatment of various
dermatological conditions. Valeo Aesthetics is dedicated to providing Canadian physicians and patients with products that
utilize the latest technologies and science to fulfill their aesthetic needs.
About Contura International
Contura International is an innovative medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets injectable
hydrogels and related devices. Contura’s products – Aquamid for facial contouring, Bulkamid® for the treatment of female
urinary incontinence and Arthramid Vet for osteoarthritis – are manufactured using the company’s patented
Aquamid is sold through a network of local distributors in several countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South
America. Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, holds the exclusive worldwide distribution rights for Bulkamid, and
has started to sell the product in Europe. Contura’s products are developed, manufactured and tested in Denmark in
compliance with the European regulatory requirements for medical devices.
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