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Cynosure (CYNO) Gets CFDA Approval to Market Icon System

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Marketer of aesthetic treatment systems, Cynosure, Inc. announced that it has received clearance from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to market the Icon Aesthetic System. It is a platform technology for multiple aesthetic indications. The approval for the system for use in the Chinese market would enable the company to provide energy-based treatments, including facial vessel and pigment clearance, wrinkle reduction, hair removal, and scar and stretch mark treatment, in a single system. Cynosure will begin selling Icon in China from the current quarter itself through its direct sales offices in Beijing and Suzhou.


Shares of Cynosure have been persistently treading lower over the past six months. Still, the stock is down 3.91% compared with the Zacks Medical Products industry’s loss of 5.83%. However, the company has an unfavorable estimate revision trend for the current fiscal with four estimates moving downward compared with no estimate moving in the opposite direction. The current-year estimate accordingly has slipped 8 cents over the past couple of months, pointing to woes ahead.

Cynosure’s focus on the Chinese market is evident from the fact that it was the first U.S. aesthetic laser company to establish a wholly owned subsidiary over there more than 10 years ago. The Icon approval would enable the company to grow its Asia Pacific (APAC) region business at a faster pace. The bullishness over growth in the APAC area is due to focus on strong customer relationships, an established direct sales force, and the rapid growth of medical aesthetics in China.

Cynosure develops, manufactures and markets aesthetic treatment systems. The systems aid plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other medical practitioners to perform non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures. The company also markets radiofrequency energy-sourced medical devices for precision surgical applications.

The company sells its products globally under the Cynosure, Palomar, ConBio and Ellman brand names through a direct sales force in the U.S., Canada, France, Morocco, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Japan and Korea, and through international distributors in approximately 120 other countries.

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