From Second Sight’s South Korean market entry to Sanuwave’s Indonesian distribution deal, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning.
1. Second Sight enters South Korea market
Second Sight announced in a July 5 press release that it has entered the market in South Korea with the implantation of two patients with its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System in Seoul. The implants were made possible by the country’s distribution partner Kisantech Co.
2. K2M touts Japan distribution deal with Mitsubishi
K2M signed a new, long-term exclusive agreement with Mitsubishi to distribute its spinal technologies in Japan, according to a July 10 press release. The agreement names Japan Medicalnext as the exclusive distributor of K2M’s spine products in Japan, and the terms of the agreement extend the partnership for seven years.
3. Hill-Rom launches safety surgical instruments line
Hill-Rom announced in a July 17 press release that it is launching a new line of safety surgical instruments that include the Bard Parker SafeSwitch disposable scalpel handle and scalpel handle cover and the new Bard Parker blade remover. The products are designed to help surgeons and their teams prevent injuries that can happen at all times during a procedure. The Bard Parker SafeSwitch disposable scalpel handles give surgeons the ability to safely retract, pass and disarm blades in one step and with one hand. The blade remover allows surgeons to remove up to five contaminated blades per remover without having to touch the blade.