Endomagnetics has announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Sysmex Europe GmbH. Sysmex has the exclusive right to provide sales and support for Endomagnetics’ SentiMag system across the EMEA region. This is Endomagnetics’ first multi-region agreement, and it promises to extend widely the clinical use of the company’s technology.
The SentiMag system is used as part of the current standard sentinel lymph node technique, used by surgeons to monitor the spread of cancer and to plan interventions. Unlike the present system, Endomagnetics’ technology can be used by surgeons as part of an efficient workflow, and does not require specialist technicians to store and manage radioisotopes. Patients are spared the anxiety of radioactivity and the possible need to attend multiple clinics. The system consists of the highly sensitive SentiMag instrument and its associated tracer, Sienna+. The system is currently in use in eight countries across the EU: UK, Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland.
Dr Marc Thill, Head of the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and the Breast Cancer Centre at Agaplesion Markus Hospital, Frankfurt reported: “After working with the SentiMag technique in my daily routine for the past few months, I have concluded that this technique is an easy-to-use approach for performing SLNB without radioisotopes or any time-consuming pre-operative preparation of the patient. For that reason it may ultimately replace the standard of care.”
Endomagnetics cited Sysmex’s strong history of customer support, compatible product pipeline and focus on healthcare innovation in developing this strategic relationship. Sysmex is the global market leader in haematology, and has built on its successes in diagnostics to innovate in the life science field. In particular, Sysmex has developed a molecular diagnostics assay called OSNA. This assay enables complete lymph nodes to be analysed quickly, and is used routinely for analysing sentinel lymph nodes for breast cancer in about 200 hospitals across Europe.
“SentiMag offers hospitals and clinics a powerful, efficient new way of locating lymph nodes to verify the spread of breast cancer,” said Dr Michael Schaefer, Managing Director of Sysmex Europe. “It is an excellent strategic fit with our product portfolio and an ideal complement to our OSNA system. Our sales teams across the EU have received very positive feedback from customers.”
CEO of Endomagnetics Dr Eric Mayes commented: “We are extremely pleased with initial customer feedback, and partnering with a group as strong as Sysmex gives us the geographic scope and customer support we need to really make an impact. We have been extremely impressed with the enthusiasm of the Sysmex team in supporting our joint product launch.”