Global medical technology business, today announces it has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with MolecuLight Inc.
May 3, 2017: Smith & Nephew plc (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, today announces it has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with MolecuLight Inc., a developer of innovative imaging technology for the clinical assessment of wounds.
This agreement supports Smith & Nephew’s strategic priority to innovate for value by delivering solutions that help healthcare professionals better improve the lives of their patients.
“Smith & Nephew, through products such as ACTICOAT◊ antimicrobial silver dressings and IODOSORB◊ cadexomer gel, has long been committed to helping customers manage infection in chronic and acute wounds,” said Andy Weymann, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Smith & Nephew. “The MolecuLight i:X imaging device enables healthcare professionals to see what they have never been able to see before, the actual accumulation of several common bacteria in a wound, even when not visible to the naked eye. MolecuLight i:X enhances clinicians’ ability to choose the right therapy, at the right time for their patient.1,2 In addition, it has also the potential to enhance other areas of current wound care practice such as helping to guide wound sampling and debridement, monitoring of wound progression, providing more insight in conversation between the clinician and the patient, and greater detail when documenting treatment decisions.”
Rosemary Hill, BSN, CWOCN, CETN(C), of Lions Gate Hospital (Vancouver, Canada) added “The MolecuLight i:X is more than a bacteria visualization device. The information it is providing is positively impacting our antimicrobial stewardship program and empowering my overall wound treatment decision making.’’
The MolecuLight i:X is a handheld point-of-care imaging device that uses fluorescence imaging to display potentially harmful concentrations of bacteria that fluoresce in violet light on screen, in real-time. Clinicians can capture and view still images and video, as well as measure the surface area of a wound and then save and add those images to the patient’s electronic health record.2,3
“When combined with clinical best practice, the information provided by the MolecuLight i:X on bacterial presence and distribution can guide early interventions to potentially reduce bioburden and promote wound healing,2” said Craig Kennedy, CEO MolecuLight Inc. “Partnering with Smith & Nephew, a world leader in advanced wound care, allows this revolutionary technology to rapidly reach a worldwide customer base and begin the process of becoming a routine step in wound assessment.”
The MolecuLight i:X is currently available in Canada and the European Union with regulatory clearance in the U.S. pending.
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About MolecuLight Inc.
MolecuLight Inc. is a privately owned, Canadian medical imaging company delivering real-time fluorescence image-guidance solutions that provide clinicians with new information about wound bacterial burden and wound surface area to assist clinicians in making improved diagnostic and treatment decisions.1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 The company was founded in 2012 by Dr. Ralph DaCosta, Principal Investigator and Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, University Health Network (Toronto, Canada), currently the company’s Chief Scientific Officer and Director. MolecuLight’s premiere product – the MolecuLight i:X is a Wound Imaging Device that allows clinicians to quickly, safely and easily visualize bacteria that fluoresce in violet light and measure wound surface area at the point of care so they have maximum insights for accurate treatment and accelerated healing.2
The MolecuLight i:X Imaging Device is approved by Health Canada (Medical License #95784) and has CE Marking (Certificate # G1160292355002) for sale in the European Union. The MolecuLight i:X Imaging Device is pending US FDA De Novo approval and is not available in the US.
About Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people’s lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2015 were more than $4.6 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).
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