Cook Medical said on Saturday that it inked a deal to partner with Ambu A/S to distribute its single-use, disposable duodenoscope devices once they receive FDA clearance.
Bloomington, Ind.-based Cook Medical said that Ambu is currently developing the scope to help address infections caused by cross-contamination, as reusable scopes pose a contamination risk and have proven difficult to reprocess between uses.
The companies stayed hush-hush on further details, but said that they are hoping for an expected release before the end of September next year.
“Our mission is to improve patient care and we were looking for a solution to reduce the risk of infections associated with the use of reusable endoscopes. Our collaboration with Ambu is based on a shared goal to enhance patient safety,” Cook Medical endoscopy biz VP Barry Slowey said in a press release.
“This is a significant milestone towards our vision of a single-use ERCP solution. Together with Cook Medical we plan to bring single-use endoscopes to patients undergoing ERCP procedures, to reduce the risk of serious cross-contaminations,” Ambu CEO Juan Jose Gonzalez said in a prepared statement.
Last month, Cook Medical said that it released de-identified patient-level data from a clinical trial of its Zilver PTX peripheral paclitaxel-eluting stent.