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Richard Wolf USA And MAQUET Launch OR Integration Sales Partnership
Date:11/25/2013

VERNON HILLS, Ill., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation (RWMIC) and MAQUET have formally launched a non-exclusive sales partnership in the United States. This partnership allows both companies to offer complete, high-quality OR integration solutions in the endoscopy market.

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Both Richard Wolf and MAQUET command considerable market share in their respective areas of expertise. Richard Wolf is one of the world's foremost manufacturers of endoscopic systems, providing best-in-class integrated solutions for minimally invasive surgery for all major surgical disciplines. MAQUET offers a full range of products for the OR from tables, lights and ceiling supply units to intraoperative media management.

The modern OR is a highly technical environment consisting of many complex devices that must seamlessly work together to allow the OR staff to perform safe, high-quality surgery. Furthermore, ORs are part of the larger hospital IT landscape where exchanging data in and out of hospital networks, such as clinical information and picture archiving, is of increasing importance. The Richard Wolf and MAQUET partnership address these challenges by providing an integrated system that makes device management and information routing user friendly and efficient.

The launch of this partnership introduces the integration of Richard Wolf's endoscopy video platform, including the device control solution CORE control, into MAQUET's TEGRIS system for OR integration.  This combined solution will significantly improve intraoperative efficiency by streamlining device control and overall OR management thus potentially decreasing procedure time and providing a safer setting by allowing the OR staff to focus on their primary tasks.

"This new partnership allows us to extend our leadership in the operating theater by providing our customers with a complete, high-quality, turnkey OR integration solution for the endoscopy market," said Raoul Quintero, President of MAQUET Medical Systems USA.  "We believe this combined solution will significantly improve intraoperative efficiency by streamlining device integration and overall OR management, thus potentially decreasing procedure time and providing a safer setting by allowing the OR staff to focus on their primary tasks."

"This partnership is a fantastic way to provide our customers with a complete turnkey solution, ranging from state-of-the-art endoscopic video equipment to premium quality endoscopes for minimally invasive surgeries. Moreover, having access to all the MAQUET and Richard Wolf devices from one central touch screen monitor will increase the efficiency in the operating room," said Christian Zimmer, Business Development Manager, Integration and Video Technology, Richard Wolf.

About Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation
Richard Wolf GmbH is a worldwide leader in minimally invasive endoscopy with more than 1,400 employees, seven subsidiaries and 120 field offices around the world. Richard Wolf manufactures products for endoscopic diagnosis and treatment in human medicine as well as for ESWL and ESWT, and industrial applications.

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation, a subsidiary of the German based Richard Wolf GmbH, has been servicing the United States for more than 40 years. The U.S. facility, located just outside  Chicago, Illinois, houses manufacturing, assembly, repairs, sales, marketing, customer service and administration. RWMIC employs a workforce of nearly 200 at the U.S. facility and another 50 independent contractors around the nation.

Richard Wolf's rigid and flexible endoscopes are used in the human medicine disciplines of arthroscopy, general surgery, gynecology, laparoscopy, ENT, thoracoscopy, spine and urology. As a total solution provider, Richard Wolf's product portfolio also offers comprehensive visualization solutions for both the OR and office settings. To learn more about Richard Wolf USA, please visit www.richardwolfusa.com.
Media contact: Shawn Taylor | 312-371-6260 | tshawn@tcgrowingideas.com.

About MAQUET
MAQUET, a trusted partner for hospitals and physicians for over 175 years, is the global leader in providing medical systems that meet the needs of the most medically challenging patients, while exceeding the expectations of the hospital teams that care for them. MAQUET designs, develops and distributes innovative therapy solutions and infrastructure capabilities for high-acuity areas within the hospital including the operating room (OR), hybrid OR/Cath lab and intensive care unit (ICU), as well as intra and inter hospital patient transport.

Headquartered in Rastatt, Germany, MAQUET is the largest subsidiary of the publicly listed Getinge Group AB of Sweden. MAQUET generated about 1.5 billion Euros in 2012, representing more than half of the Getinge Group's annual revenue of 2.7 billion Euros. MAQUET has 6,500 employees in 45 international sales and service organizations, as well as a network of more than 300 sales partners. For more information please visit www.MAQUET.com.


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