Materialise has today announced the acquisition of UK-based OrthoView Holdings Limited, the world's leading provider of 2D digital pre-operative planning and templating solutions for orthopaedic surgeons.
The combination of the two will provide surgeons and hospitals a one-stop shop for surgical planning software tools and corresponding 3D printed medical devices.
“We are extremely proud that OrthoView has joined the Materialise Group,” says Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen. “Our combined expertise and sales force will allow us to offer, through various channels, a complete range of services and solutions to surgeons and hospitals; with 2D as well as 3D planning tools for almost any type of medical images and with the possibility to offer corresponding 3D printed surgical guides and models. With our combined team, Materialise is now even better positioned to bring new patient-specific healthcare innovations to market to cost-effectively deliver improved and customized solutions to patients.”
OrthoView’s software works by importing a digital X-ray image from a Picture Archiving Communications Systems (PACS) and positions the templates of suitable prostheses on the X-ray image at the correct scale. OrthoView currently serves more than 11,000 orthopaedic surgeons in 60 countries and 2000 hospitals worldwide, focusing primarily on joint replacements. It’s approximate 23 members of staff will now join Materialise.
“OrthoView is thrilled to become part of Materialise,” stated Mr. John Chambers, the company’s co-founder and CEO, “Surgeons and PACS partners have always seen 3D planning as a natural addition to the OrthoView product portfolio, but building up that kind of expertise requires years of development and a huge investment. With Materialise already at the forefront of this technology, our team can quickly expand the solutions we offer to surgeons worldwide”.
Materialise has a 25 year history in leading innovation in 3D surgical planning based on CT, MRI and most recently, X-ray images. With its 3D printing expertise, the company has been providing personalised solutions for patients including anatomical models in pre-surgery planning and 3D printed implants.