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May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT

Vision-Sciences Introduces Next Generation, EndoSheath® Bronchoscopy System

ORANGEBURG, N.Y., May 19, 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 launch of its next generation video bronchoscope and EndoSheath technology. The new BRS-5100 video bronchoscope was unveiled at the annual ATS (American Thoracic Society) Meeting in San Diego, California on May 18 - 20, 2014.

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

"Our new EndoSheath bronchoscope continues to build on our strategy of providing cost-effective, sterile endoscopy technology for healthcare facilities," stated Howard Zauberman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "By providing hospitals with a better performing bronchoscope, go-anywhere imaging portability, and the unique patient safety elements of the EndoSheath technology, we feel we have a platform that can change every ICU in America for the better."

The BRS-5100 bronchoscope is fully compatible with the 7000 Series Vision System®, the company's new all-in-one ultra-portable endoscopy imaging platform. The Vision System platform 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 endoscopy 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®.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are any statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are based on Vision-Sciences' current expectations, and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the statements contained herein; risk factors are detailed in the Company's most recent annual report and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There is no assurance that any future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments, except as may be required by law.

CONTACT: Keith J. C. Darragh

         VP, Finance

         Vision-Sciences, Inc.

         (845) 365-0600