Otsuka Medical Devices and Pioneer have joined forces to develop a minimally invasive medical endoscope to reduce patients' physical burden from surgery.

For the development of a camera unit of medical endoscope, Pioneer will use its ultra-sensitive imaging technology based on HEED-HARP technology which enables the clear imaging of objects under dim lighting conditions.

OMD president and representative director Hiroshi Shirafuji said by integrating Pioneer’s HEED-HARP technology, the company believes that it can succeed in developing a new endoscope for medical use.

"We will also promote this business alliance for our global business strategy with a view to applying these technologies in our other existing business," Shirafuji added

Pioneer president and CEO Susumu Kotani said in the company’s medium-term plan, which was announced on 29 November 2011, it set out to enter and develop new business fields.

"One of these fields is medical- and health-related devices, and we plan to enter the field by applying the company’s proprietary imaging and optical technologies," Kotani added.

"We believe that by combining our ultra-sensitive imaging technology with the expertise and technologies that OMD has in the medical devices field, this alliance will lead to the creation of a path-breaking new products."