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October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT

Vision-Sciences Announces CE Mark and European Launch of Next Generation EndoSheath® Bronchoscopy System

ORANGEBURG, N.Y., Oct. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vision-Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:VSCI), a leading provider of unique flexible endoscopic products utilizing its proprietary sterile disposable EndoSheath® technology, today announced the CE Mark approval and European launch of the company's next generation video bronchoscope and EndoSheath® technology. The new BRS-5100 video bronchoscope was introduced at the annual ERS (European Respiratory Society) Meeting in Munich, Germany on September 7-10, 2014.

Vision-Sciences' new EndoSheath® bronchoscopy system is the latest addition to its innovative endoscopy line for the Critical Care/Pulmonology market. The BRS-5100 digital video bronchoscope features design improvements for instrument maneuverability, suction capacity, and handling ergonomics intended to enhance the physician ease-of-use while providing the unparalleled efficiency, cost-efficacy, and patient safety of the sterile, disposable EndoSheath® technology.

"We are excited to bring our next generation EndoSheath® Bronchoscope to the European market," stated Howard Zauberman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Over the last three years this product line has grown significantly in Europe, and we believe this new model will help strengthen our market adoption rate." Zauberman continued, "By providing hospitals across Europe with the opportunity to cost-effectively deliver safe, quality care with our better performing bronchoscope, our go-anywhere imaging system, and the unique patient safety elements of the EndoSheath® technology, we feel we have a platform ideally suited for the 21st century demands of airway management."

The BRS-5100 bronchoscope is compatible with the company's proprietary Vision System® platform, including the 7000 Series, the new all-in-one ultra-portable endoscopy imaging system. The Vision System provides high resolution CCD-based imaging with full screen presentation and an enhanced user interface with work-flow efficiency tools. Additionally, the platform includes plug-and-play simplicity for video, still, and audio documentation, including frame-by-frame review or historical image comparison ideal for patient progress review.

EndoSheath® Bronchoscopy and Vision System® Key Features

  • An "always ready, always sterile" flexible bronchoscopy solution for Critical Care and Pulmonology
  • Unparalleled imaging system portability, providing availability in almost any setting
  • EndoSheath models with different operative channel sizes, uniquely allowing the physician to "customize" the bronchoscope to fit the procedure
  • Simplified, rapid cleaning routine focused on patient safety and staff productivity
  • Reduced hospital spending on capital equipment and equipment service

About Vision-Sciences, Inc.

Vision-Sciences, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for flexible endoscopy. The Company's unique product lines feature a streamlined visualization system and proprietary sterile disposable microbial barrier, known as EndoSheath® technology, providing users with efficient and cost effective endoscope turnover while enhancing patient safety. Information about Vision-Sciences' products is available at www.visionsciences.com.

Vision-Sciences owns the registered trademarks Vision Sciences®, EndoSheath®, EndoWipe®, Slide-On®, and The Vision System®.

CONTACT: Gary Siegel

         VP, Finance

         Vision-Sciences, Inc.

         (845) 365-0600