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Intuitive acquires Schölly Fiberoptic’s robotic endoscope business

Intuitive will integrate into its team approximately 200 staff from these three sites over the next 18 months

Intuitive Surgical has announced the acquisition of Schölly Fiberoptic’s robotic endoscope business and that it will integrate Schölly’s robotic endoscope manufacturing line, and two Schölly sites into its operations. Intuitive will integrate into its team approximately 200 staff from these three sites over the next 18 months.

“Schölly has been an important and valued vendor for Intuitive since the very early days of the company,” said Brian Miller, Intuitive senior vice president for systems and vision. Leading visualisation has been a core pillar of our company and we expect it to continue to be important going forward. It makes sense to bring the teams together for both organizations.”

Schölly Fiberoptic is a leading player in the field of visualisation systems for minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical applications and one of Intuitive’s strategic suppliers. The companies have worked together for more than 20 years, designing and manufacturing several generations of imaging systems for Intuitive’s da Vinci surgical systems.

 “Application-specific and advanced image quality is our passion and the key for successful and safe minimally invasive surgery,” said Professor Holger Reinecke, CEO of Schölly. “We have a long, successful relationship with Intuitive, and we share the common mission to advance health care by providing state-of-the-art technologies and innovative product features. This transaction will allow Schölly to focus more strategically on our global visualisation business and ensure sustainable growth.”

In addition to bringing important aspects of da Vinci’s visualiaation system under Intuitive, the acquisition will help strengthen Intuitive’s supply chain, and increase its manufacturing capacity for imaging products.

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