The acquisition of Quest will allow Olympus to offer advanced solutions, including 3D and 4K imaging, to surgeons
Japanese company Olympus has agreed to acquire Netherlands-based multispectral imaging solutions provider Quest Photonic Devices for up to €50m.
The deal also includes milestone payments to strengthen the surgical endoscopy capabilities of Quest.
Quest offers advanced fluorescence imaging systems (FIS) for the medical field, thereby helping to deliver enhanced surgical endoscopy capabilities compared to conventional imaging technologies.
Fluorescence imaging, which refers to special light imaging technologies, utilises the properties of fluorescent dyes directed to specific anatomical structures.
Quest provides advanced technologies for multi-spectral imaging and imaging systems for medical applications, ranging from fluorescence imaging to photodynamic therapy.
Quest Spectrum system enables fluorescence-guided surgery
Quest Spectrum fluorescence imaging system facilitates fluorescence-guided surgery for open and minimally invasive procedures.
With an ability to ”see through tissue” with enhanced sensitivity, the system is capable of providing inaccessible information to improve clinical outcomes.
Olympus’ existing laparoscopic imaging system called VISERA ELITE II is already installed with fluorescence imaging technology.
To detect blood vessels or lymph nodes under the surface tissues, VISERA ELITE II uses the near-infrared light, thereby allowing surgeons to conduct safer procedures with lower complication risks.
The acquisition of Quest will allow Olympus to expand its medical imaging solutions, as well as deliver advanced solutions, including 3D and 4K imaging, to surgeons.
Olympus surgical endoscopy global head Kanichi Matsumoto said: “We are delighted to incorporate Quest’s advanced FIS capabilities into our comprehensive medical imaging portfolio.
“The combination of the Quest Spectrum product lines leading FIS technologies with Olympus’ existing laparoscopic imaging system VISERA ELITE II will enable Olympus to offer surgeons a wide range of high-quality fluorescence imaging solutions.”