BOZEN, SUD-TIROL, Italy, November 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Health Robotics announced that CytoCare and Japan-based Tosho Inc. recently won a public tender purchasing process, sponsored by the Oxaliplatin Fund, at prestigious Nagoya City University Hospital's Cancer Center http://www.med.nagoya-cu.ac.jp/w3med/en/index.html
Nagoya City University Hospital is one of the most influential Oncology hospitals in Asia-Pacific, and the birthplace (1976) of Oxaliplatin, a platinum-based chemotherapy drug in the same family as cisplatin and carboplatin that is typically administered in combination with fluorouracil and leucovorin in a well-known protocol known as FOLFOX for the treatment of colorectal cancer. The Oxaliplatin Fund [a not-for-profit unit that collects Oxaliplatin's royalties from distributor Sanofi-Aventis] financially sponsored this open and public tender award for the benefit of Nagoya City University Hospital, which will now represent Tosho's third CytoCare installation in Japan, after Kameda Hospital and National Cancer Center Tokyo.
"All of us at Health Robotics are very proud of Tosho's commitment to our partnership in Japan. This contract dispels the myths spread by both Japanese (Panasonic) and Canadian (IHS-RIVA) companies publicly stating in 2009-2010 that they were entering the Japanese I.V. Robotics market. The fact of the matter is that none of our competitors even dared to respond to Nagoya City University Hospital/Oxaliplatin Fund public tender for an I.V. Compounding Cancer Therapy Robot and accept the challenge to compete with CytoCare's proven results, as judged by the independence and Oncology expertise of Oxaliplatin's inventors," stated Gaspar DeViedma, Health Robotics' Executive Vice President.
CytoCare was the first and still only Robot proven to work anywhere in the world for the safe and sterile preparation of Chemotherapy. With 65+ installations currently under contract in 17 countries, CytoCare has long proven its unmatched flexibility to adapt to diverse pharmacy workflows and disparate I.V. consumables globally. While several companies attempted the development of Chemo Robots as far back as 22 years ago, Cytocare is still the only Robot that has been able to break the entry-barrier into the Chemotherapy field and deliver "live" patient doses.
Additionally, Health Robotics announced today that it will showcase its next-generation i.v.STATION ONCO Robot, and also a revolutionary Mechatronics solution for the reconstitution of Monoclonal Antibody Therapy (mAbs) at the upcoming American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) 46th Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition, to be held at New Orleans, Louisiana on 4-8 December 2011 (Booth 619). Health Robotics' ground-breaking mAbs robotics solution will be announced to the world press next week, on 9 November 2011.
About Health Robotics:
Founded in 2006, Health Robotics is the undisputed global leading supplier of life-critical intravenous medication robots, winning 100% of all worldwide I.V. Robot's publicly announced purchases over the past 21 months, and providing well over 200 hospital installations under contract in 6 continents with robotics-based technology and software automation solutions. Health Robotics' world-leading solutions CytoCare® and i.v.STATION® ONCO [hazardous IVs], i.v.STATION® [non-hazardous IVs], i.v.SOFT® [workflow engine for manual compounding], MEDarchiver® [life-critical clinical information system], and TPNstation™ [totally-automated parenteral nutrition] have and will greatly contribute to ease hospitals' growing pressures to improve patient safety, increase throughput and contain costs. Through the effective and efficient production of sterile, accurate, tamper-evident and ready-to-administer IVs, Health Robotics' products help hospitals eliminate life-threatening drug and diluent exchange errors, decrease other medical mistakes and sterility risks, work more efficiently, reduce waste and controlled substances' diversion, and diminish the gap between rising patient volume/acuity and scarce medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff. For more information, please visit: http://www.health-robotics.com
TOSHO Inc., was founded in Tokyo in 1971, and currently has over 500 employees, more than 18,000 customers, and annual revenues in excess of US $300 million. TOSHO was the world's pioneer in the development of Pharmacy Automation solutions for dispensing oral medications, powder, vials, and ampoules and created an industry that now exceeds several billion dollars. TOSHO's solutions have become the gold standard for medication packaging and dispensing solutions [tablets, vials, and powders] in hospital and retail pharmacies in Japan, Asia and Europe. Tosho Inc. is a minority shareholder in Health Robotics and its CEO is a member of Health Robotics' Board of Directors. For more information, please visit http://www.tosho.cc/en
1. Companies that announced Oncology Robots: IHS/RIVA, For Health, MDS, Panasonic
2. Am J Hosp Pharm 46(11): 2286-93 1989
3. Mechatronics: The Science of Intelligent Machines. Mechatronics is the combination of Mechanical engineering, Electronic engineering, Computer engineering, Software engineering, Control engineering, and Systems Design engineering in order to design, and manufacture useful products
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