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Japan's Olympus acquires Arc Medical Design to expand therapeutic device offerings

07 August 2020 | News

The acquisition underscores Olympus' commitment to expanding its offering in gastrointestinal therapeutic devices and the development of advanced colonoscopy tools to detect colorectal cancer (CRC)

Photo Credit: Olympus

Photo Credit: Olympus

Japan's Olympus Corporation on 7 August 2020 announced signing a definitive agreement to acquire Arc Medical Design Limited (Arc Medical Design), a subsidiary of Norgine B.V. The acquisition underscores Olympus' commitment to expanding its offering in gastrointestinal therapeutic devices and the development of advanced colonoscopy tools through M&A (mergers and acquisitions) opportunities as well as through R&D (research and development) with the overarching goal of improving early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC).  

Under the agreement, Olympus will acquire Arc Medical Design and obtain full rights to its suite of innovative medical products. Olympus will convert its current exclusive distribution rights of ENDOCUFF VISION™ to a full acquisition of the ENDOCUFF family of products, which also includes ENDOCUFF™, ENDOCUFF GLIDE™ and ENTEROCUFF™, as well as WIDE-EYE™ POLYTRAP and several products currently in development.

By acquiring Arc Medical Design, Olympus is assuming worldwide responsibility for design, manufacturing, distribution and business strategy for the product portfolio with an immediate effect. It will further enable the company to improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall costs and enhance quality of life for patients.

Mike Callaghan, Vice President/General Manager of Global GI EndoTherapy Business Unit at Olympus says, "ENDOCUFF VISION has been a pivotal tool in our EndoTherapy portfolio, and we are delighted to expand our product portfolio to include the entire ENDOCUFF family. The acquisition expands our expertise in innovative medical technology and strengthens our global leadership in endoscopy."

The flagship product ENDOCUFF VISION is a device attached to the distal end of a colonoscope, designed to maintain and maximize visibility during colonoscopy. Through its unique design, ENDOCUFF VISION can manipulate large folds, anchor the scope tip during loop reduction and stabilize during complex procedures, such as a polypectomy.

Data has shown a colonoscopy with ENDOCUFF technology can increase the adenoma detection rate (ADR) by up to 11% compared to standard colonoscopy. Research shows that, for every 1% increase in ADR, there is a 3% decrease in CRC risk. Higher detection rates and more accurate diagnosis could, therefore, help reduce the number of deaths from preventable digestive cancers, such as CRC. CRC is a leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and screening is one of the powerful weapons against the disease. Colonoscopy is considered a beneficial method for the detection and removal of hard-to-find adenomatous polyps.


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