Sutura, Inc.
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Sutura, Inc.

December 14, 2006 09:13 ET

Sutura Secures $1.5 Million Financing From Whitebox

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 14, 2006) - Sutura, Inc. ("Sutura") (OTCBB:SUTU), a California-based medical device company, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Whitebox Advisors, LLC to complete a $1.5 million round of debt financing. The term sheet consists of $1.5 million in senior convertible debt with an option for an additional $1.5 million in Q1 2007.

David Teckman, President and CEO of Sutura stated, "Sutura appreciates Whitebox's continued interest and support of the Company. This additional financing demonstrates Whitebox's continued commitment to Sutura's mission and objectives. Proceeds from the financing will be used for product development and general operating expenses."

Following this financing, Minneapolis-based Whitebox and its affiliates will have invested a total of $22.2 million in Sutura.

About Sutura, Inc.

Sutura®, Inc. (www.suturaus.com) is a medical device company that has developed a line of innovative, minimally invasive, vascular suturing devices to suture the puncture created in arteries during open surgery and catheter-based procedures. The Company's line of SuperStitch medical devices provide sutured closure of the arteriotomy site utilizing the existing catheter sheath introducer or cannula during fluoroscopically guided procedures and directly through the open arteriotomy during open surgical procedures.

Within the United States the 8F & 6F SuperStitch devices are available for use in performing vascular stitching in general surgery, including endoscopic procedures. It is not intended for blind closure of an arteriotomy site. The SuperStitch 8F & 6F is approved in the European Union and CE marked with the indication for use as follows: The SuperStitch is indicated for use in performing vascular stitching in general surgery, including endoscopic procedures. In the EU there is no requirement for the use of fluoroscopic guidance. Sutura's headquarters are in Fountain Valley, California. "Sutura®" and "SuperStitch®" are registered trademarks of Sutura, Inc.

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Contact Information

  • Sutura, Inc.
    Barry Forward
    Corporate Communications
    1-866-676-8386
    Website: www.suturaus.com