Systagenix: a brand of healing A new UK healthcare company is bidding to become a leading global provider of advanced wound care therapies.
Systagenix Wound Management, formerly the Professional Wound Care Business of Ethicon, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson company), is a new portfolio company created by One Equity Partners.
The new company aims to build on its established advanced and general wound care product portfolios, which include brands such as Promogran Matrix Wound Dressing and Tielle Hydropolymer Dressing.
Systagenix Wound Management’s new senior management team is headed up by Executive Chairman Chris Fashek and CEO Steve Atkinson. The new company will be based in the UK, including a manufacturing and R&D facility in Gargrave, North Yorkshire. Staff from the existing R&D, Operations and Sales & Marketing teams have been transferred.
Steve Atkinson, CEO of Systagenix, said: “We have inherited a business with a strong heritage and outstanding pedigree providing an excellent platform for future growth. The wound care market represents substantial opportunity and with our investment plan, customer relationships and scientific and technical capabilities, Systagenix will become the driving force in the industry.”
Systagenix has appointed Frank DiLazzaro as President of Europe, Middle East & Africa to strengthen the European and global management teams. Frank, who played a signifi cant role in building the negative wound pressure therapy business at Kinetic Concepts, said: “We have an impressive, advanced, diverse and unique product portfolio, and I am looking forward to building our position in the marketplace as we accelerate towards the number one wound care solution position.”
Wales to gain improved breast screening services A plan to modernise the equipment used for breast cancer screening in Wales has been approved by Health Minister Edwina Hart.
The scheme, backed by £15million from the Welsh Assembly Government, will speed up diagnosis and treatment. The new equipment is expected to be phased in over three years, starting in 2010.
Edwina Hart has approved the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) from Velindre NHS Trust, the specialist cancer trust in Wales. Velindre NHS Trust aims to replace the analogue machines and associated equipment currently used for mammography with new digital screening, imaging and storage technology. This will enable faster and better processing and analysis of images and easier comparison with previous tests.
“Investment in prevention and early detection is crucial to improving the outcome for patients,” Edwina Hart said. “Wales’ population is getting older, with people living longer, healthier lives, which is something to be celebrated. However, this will place increased demand on services. It is anticipated that this new equipment will enable the services to meet that demand.”
UK ‘must specialise’ in modern healthcare The UK should focus its science spending on areas – including healthcare technology – where it can lead the world, according to the Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Drayson.
Instead of funding many research projects across a wide range of fields, the Government should highlight key priorities, Lord Drayson told the Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills committee.
“I think that we need to look at the global environment,” Lord Drayson said. “There is a strong case for asking the question about where we are best placed to compete in the future based around our strengths.”
He identified medical research as a crucial field: “An area I would point to where the UK has something nowhere else has is the NHS. The whole world faces the challenges of ageing populations. There is an enormous need for the development of effective modern healthcare.
“We in this country are uniquely well placed because of the asset of the NHS. The patient base and expertise offer a unique opportunity to develop a real strength in the life sciences, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, to promote a world leadership position that could be developed into exports.
“I’m calling for a serious debate about the areas of focus for this country in the future,” he concluded.