FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    April 25, 2014

For more information:
Maureen L. Mulvihill, Ph.D./814-355-0003


BELLEFONTE, PA – Actuated Medical, Inc. recently brought its GentleSharp system to market on a worldwide basis. The system allows greater control of sharps while minimizing discomfort and stress for animals in pre-clinical studies. In short, it’s a more humane way to sample blood.

Actuated Medical has conducted and funded several scientific studies on the effects of using GentleSharp with rodents. In fact, one such study was presented in a Platform Session at the 2013 AALAS National Meeting. The results clearly support that GentleSharp addresses both the Refinement and Reduction mandates of the 3 Rs of Alternatives.

GentleSharp’s underlying controlled motion technology has been in development for many years. In fact, it’s integral to many of Actuated Medical’s innovations. “For GentleSharp, we add low-frequency, oscillatory motion to the sharp as it’s inserted. The resulting vibrations help the sharp puncture and glide through tissue more smoothly.” said Maureen L. Mulvihill, President and CEO of Actuated Medical. “Since less force is applied to the tissue, the animal experiences less stress from the procedure.”

Users of GentleSharp have been consistently impressed with the system. Quotes range from “It was awesome! The vibration helped me get more blood than with a straight stick.” to “Very smooth. The 25G needle went in on the first poke, saved time and reduced animal handling compared to the standard needle.”

Video demos, research details and an online store are available at

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Actuated Medical is a medical device company that focuses on state-of-the-art, minimally invasive instruments for clearing occlusions, penetrating tissue, and enabling the emerging MRI-guided surgical procedure industry. A full-service firm with U.S.-based design, development, and manufacturing, the company’s devices enhance clinical care and deliver positive patient outcomes. Actuated Medical is located in Bellefonte, PA and is certified ISO 13485:2003, 14971:2007 and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).