Pentax Medical, a division of Hoya Group, has purchased a controlling stake in French firm PlasmaBiotics for an undisclosed sum.
Based in Paris, PlasmaBiotics is engaged in the designing, manufacturing and marketing of devices for drying and storage of endoscopes.
Pentax Medical EMEA president and Pentax Europe managing director Rainer Burkard said: “The investment in PlasmaBiotics enables us to provide our customers with an efficient and effective drying and storage solution to address unmet hygiene needs associated with endoscope reprocessing.”
The acquired business will help Pentax Medical to expand its hygiene portfolio and improve its focus on reducing cross-contamination risks to enhance patient safety in endoscopy.
PlasmaBiotics produces PlasmaTYPHOON ultra-fast drying unit for endoscopes, as well as PlasmaBAG single-use device for active storage with plasma.
Both products reduce endoscope reprocessing cycle times, and minimize the risk of bacterial contamination through effective drying mechanism for the endoscopic channels and active storing of the endoscopes with plasma.
In addition, the PlasmaBiotics products can be easily incorporated into most current endoscope reprocessing protocols.
Pentax Medical recently introduced DEC video duodenoscope, whisch is provided with a sterile disposable elevator cap and single-use reprocessing accessories
PlasmaBiotics CEO and founder Dr Daniel Vinteler said: “PlasmaBiotics is excited to join the HOYA Group as a part of the PENTAX Team. This is an important step for PlasmaBiotics as we continue to receive enthusiastic responses from our clients on PlasmaTYPHOON’s performance, ease of use and effectiveness.”
In July 2017, Pentax Medical formed a joint venture with Chinese firm Shanghai Aohua Photoelectricity Endoscope for the development of novel endoscopic solutions.
Based in Asia, the new Pentax-Aohua Medical Technologies will engage in the development of advanced product solution in the field of flexible medical endoscopy.
Focusing primarily on emerging markets, the new company will provide endoscopy solutions for customers across the globe.
Based in Japan, Pentax Medical supplies endoscopic imaging devices and solutions to the global medical community.
With advanced R&D and manufacturing, the company has regional sales, service, and in-country facilities across the globe.