Privately-held NOK has established an innovative and integrated care model for patients with morbid obesity.

The new alliance with Medtronic will enable NOK to expand its chain of clinics to more countries, providing better access for patients who need comprehensive morbid obesity treatment.

Closing of the transaction is anticipated to follow over the summer, subject to the approval of the competent authorities.

NOK is the largest specialized independent Dutch clinic for comprehensive treatment of people with morbid obesity (BMI > 40, or BMI > 35 with one or more co-morbidities). For the past 23 years, NOK has deployed multidisciplinary teams of specialists, including general practitioners, internists, psychologists, surgeons, dieticians and physiotherapists, to provide safe and effective treatment for morbid obesity, with maximum long-term health benefits for patients.

The treatment program consists of extensive screening, pre-care, bariatric surgery, post-surgery and long-term follow-up. In addition, this integrated care approach is focused on behavioral change in the patient, a vital element in the treatment for morbid obesity. NOK currently operates eight clinics in the Netherlands.

NOK and Medtronic believe that an integrated value-based healthcare model, which brings the physician and patient together with the latest morbid obesity treatment care pathways and technologies, can result in better patient outcomes. NOK has pioneered this approach in the Netherlands, and Medtronic believes it can be applied to serve more patients in more countries.

With this strategic alliance, clinical decision-making and the privacy of patient data remain solely with NOK medical staff, and there will be no impact on the medical autonomy and clinical independence at NOK clinics.

Under the terms of the agreement, Medtronic will acquire a majority ownership in NOK. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Medtronic will report revenue from NOK as part of the Surgical Solutions division in the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group.

The current Dutch management team also will expand its ownership of NOK.

This is the first Medtronic initiative involving an integrated morbid obesity care model approach. It is consistent with its move into new, value-based healthcare business models where its business infrastructure, technology, expertise and management support can result in better outcomes for patients.