Sony Europe has announced the acquisition of eSATURNUS NV, a Belgium-based clinical Video over IP (VoIP) solutions provider in the medical field.
The purpose of the acquisition is to aid Sony in providing new services and end-to-end clinical image workflow solutions for hospitals. eSATURNUS offers expertise in hospital operating room workflows as well as IP-based video integration software, and control and distribution of multiple image sources combined with medical information. Adding this knowledge and expertise to Sony’s imaging and AV/IT technologies in this field, the combined company expects to further develop smart clinical VoIP solutions for inside and outside operating rooms.
The deal sees Sony acquire all eSATURNUS assets, covering intellectual property rights, as well as its technologies and software solution capabilities. Sony intends to expand the business first in Europe, with further international deployment to follow in the future.
Adam Fry, VP, Sony Professional, Sony Europe, commented: “Over the past few years, we’ve seen the requirements within hospitals significantly change. There is a constant need to maximise the investment hospitals make in clinical equipment but with the advent of new technology and workflow solutions, it has never been more important to them to be able to invest in ‘future proofed’ installations, with a holistic and long-range view. This means hospitals are looking for end-to-end and state-of-the-art workflows that perform efficiently but that can also evolve over time.”
Thomas Koninckx, CEO and co-founder, eSATURNUS, added: “The integration of eSATURNUS within Sony will make us part of an incredible organisation, and provide access to Sony’s leading technology platform. The aligned vision of eSATURNUS and Sony means that existing and prospective customers can expect even faster technological evolution in the future, and excellent global service.”
Toru Katsumoto, president of the medical business unit, business executive of Sony Corporation commented: “The acquisition of eSATURNUS is an important milestone toward the mid-range growth of Sony Corporation, where the medical business is positioned as one of Sony’s core growth drivers. Sony and eSATURNUS plan to harness their respective strengths in hardware and software to develop and deliver state-of-the-art medical solutions and services to customers.”