Pacific Bioscience Laboratories Inc. announced today that they have been recently awarded a federal Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Best known as the creators of the Clarisonic Skin Care System and the Clarisonic MD Professional Skin Care System, Pacific Bioscience Laboratories Inc. was established by the primary inventor of the Sonicare Toothbrush.
The research grant will facilitate further study in the area of healing diabetic foot ulcers with the goal of developing a new, more effective device to treat non-healing foot ulcers; a potentially limb- and life-threatening complication of chronic diabetes mellitus and associated peripheral neuropathy. In addition, non-healing foot ulcers are the single most common reason for diabetic hospital admissions as well as the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations performed in the U.S.
Dr. Robb Akridge, Vice President of Clinical Research, will spearhead the research. Dr. Akridge states, “We’re thrilled to be the recipients of this NIH grant. Sonic technology is already being used in oral healthcare and in the cosmetic skin care arena. It only makes sense that sonic technology can be optimized for medical applications such as cleansing and debridement of diabetic foot ulcers. It is our ultimate hope that the development of a sonic device will help to speed the healing of diabetic foot ulcers and thereby reduce the number of amputations currently performed.”
Pacific Bioscience Laboratories Inc. is a leading innovator in sonic skin care and the creator of the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System, the first professional-caliber sonic skin care system for healthy, younger-looking skin and the cleansing standard of renowned spas, leading dermatologists and beauty retailers nationwide. The encore innovation from the primary inventor of Sonicare®, Clarisonic represents Pacific Bioscience Laboratories’ ongoing mission to develop and market technically advanced and clinically proven products that make a clear difference in skin care. Clarisonic is distributed through dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, spas and prestige retailers such as Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ulta, Beauty.com and SkinStore.com. Clarisonic has been acknowledged as a beauty award winner by Women’s Health magazine and by retailers QVC and Sephora. For more information, visit the Clarisonic website.