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Frost and Sullivan Names the Inogen One Oxygen Concentrator as Product of the Year


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June 16, 2005

For Immediate Release
Contact: Media@ActiveForever.com
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Frost & Sullivan Names the Inogen One Oxygen Concentrator as Product of the Year.

Scottsdale, AZ – When Frost & Sullivan presented the Inogen One with the 2005 Oxygen Therapy Product of the Year Award, it caught the attention of the product managers at ActiveForever. “Considering ActiveForever prides itself on identifying best choices of cost effective alternatives to the traditional medical and rehab supplies offered to healthcare providers and consumers, it only made sense we take on the Inogen One Oxygen Therapy System”, says ActiveForever Senior Product Manager, Larry Fugleberg. The Inogen One is redefining the oxygen therapy market by creating a new category of products. Rather than developing a stationary or a portable device, Inogen created a product that serves the therapy needs of today’s more independent oxygen patient as well as the business needs of the home healthcare provider.

Prior to the introduction of the Inogen One, the oxygen therapy market wasn’t thought of as being technologically advanced. Although devices within the category were generally known to fulfill therapeutic functions, the benefits derived from oxygen therapy did not always outweigh the ensuing challenges that confronted patients. When placed on oxygen therapy, the patient frequently lost mobility and the ability to lead an active life. Due to the lack of product innovation, patients have been required to make sacrifices in their lifestyles. Oxygen therapy equipment, such as stationary concentrators and portable oxygen devices that are limited by the capacity of the tank or vessel used, have simply not met the needs of ambulatory patients who wish to continue leading a lifestyle reminiscent of their lives before oxygen therapy. The Inogen Oxygen Concentrator enables these patients to travel with ease in comparison to traditional tanks. Most airlines will allow the Inogen on board, yet many will not allow oxygen tanks.

“The Inogen One is redefining the oxygen therapy market by not taking the traditional approach of creating a stationary or a portable product,” says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Alpesh Gandhi. “Designed to perform as both a stationary and a portable device, the Inogen One system presents an opportunity for spontaneity and more active life both at home and on the road.”The ambulatory features have become very popular with the home medical equipment industry and patients alike. One particularly unique feature is a satellite conserver. The Inogen One Satellite Conserver extends the patient’s range by allowing oxygen to be delivered up to 100 feet from the device, giving the patient the opportunity to be mobile in their household without carrying the device from room to room. Thus, the patient can leave the device at a central location within the household with the capability of moving around and still receive an adequate supply of oxygen. “This, along with many other unique attributes that Inogen One provides, has resulted in an unbelievable response from the patient community,” notes Gandhi.

Frost & Sullivan presents its Product of the Year Award each year to the company that has excelled in product innovation by launching a broad line of emerging products and technologies. The product is unique and revolutionary, and provides significant competitive advantage to the company as well as to customers. The superior technological sophistication of the product has set the company on a growth trajectory in the market.

ActiveForever is very proud to be one of the few dealers in the country allowed to hold inventory and sell the Inogen One Oxygen Therapy System. All Inogen orders placed with ActiveForever are shipped second day air at no additional cost to the customer. This is typical of the mission of ActiveForever; to surface unique and cost effective products that enable independent, active, and safe lifestyles. “Our consumers are accustomed to living very active and productive lives. When someone is put on oxygen therapy, we see how it turns into a ball and chain restricting them from travel and from being out of the house for long periods of time. It also interferes with their spouse and loved one’s ability to resume a normal life. The Inogen One is a perfect solution for home and away, for patients, family members or providers,” says ActiveForever Chief Happiness Officer, Erika Feinberg.

ActiveForever researches and sells the best choices of medical, rehabilitation and convenience products that enable safe, active and independent living, and always guarantees to offer the lowest pricing in the country. ActiveForever.com represents one of the top rated web businesses in the country, and exists to help foundations, corporations, healthcare providers and consumers’ fixed budgets go farther. In addition to the online store, ActiveForever offers an interactive retail store in Scottsdale, as well as a print product catalog. 480-767-6800, 800-377-8033, www.ActiveForever.com.

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