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Reliant Technologies (Mountain View, California), developer of the Fraxel laser systems, reported an agreement with Philips (Andover, Massachusetts) to develop skin care technologies for use in the home.

The agreement is at an initial R&D stage, Reliant said.

"We are excited to team up with Philips – a company with a globally recognized consumer brand and a commitment to offer consumers advanced, easy-to-use products," said Eric Stang, president/CEO of Reliant. "This exclusive partnership will allow us to leverage Reliant's unique fractional laser technology and enter the growing home use aesthetic market with innovative products that use the Philips and Fraxel brands."

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, laser skin resurfacing is one of the fastest-growing segments of the beauty industry, having increased 230% from 1997 to 2007. In addition, more consumers have begun seeking home use aesthetic treatments, Reliant said. Providing consumers with home use products that give them the desired skin rejuvenation results is the key to success in this market, the company noted.

"The partnership with Philips continues the strong Reliant tradition of research and development that results in safe and effective products that fit our patients' lifestyles, whether in a physician's office or in the home," said Len DeBenedictis, CTO of Reliant. "Development of a home use device will complement the current portfolio of Fraxel laser systems by allowing consumers an introduction to Fraxel treatments and by offering a convenient touch up solution between professional Fraxel treatments."

Reliant says its Fraxel brand laser systems treat microscopic volumes of skin with each unique pulse, leaving the surrounding area intact for fast healing. Fraxel lasers have received multiple FDA clearances and have been found safe and effective in treating many areas of the face and body, the company said.

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