Olympus (TYO:7733) said today that it inked a deal with Meditech Endoscopy to act as the exclusive distributor of its Scope Pro-tech endoscopic tip protector device, which won FDA clearance this month.
The Scope Pro-tech tip protector is a sterile, cage-like cover designed to protect the distal tip and bending rubber section of endoscopes from impact or damage during transportation or storage, Olympus said.
Olympus said that the Scope Pro-tech tip protector is also designed to allow continuous airflow and safe channel drying without moisture build-up.
“We estimate that 45% of endoscope damage that we see occurs at the distal tip. This is one of the most crucial parts of an endoscope. Optics are the hallmark of any endoscope, and we have spent 65-plus years perfecting ours to help physicians see the most minute details. Our goal is to be true to patient care, making sure that scopes are spared repair downtime and kept inside procedure rooms, where they do their best work,” group VP Kurt Heine said in a press release.
In January, Olympus said that it inked a co-development partnership with the University of Southern California looking to advance multiscale research into cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment through the use of precision medicine.