Volk Optical Allies with Synergetics USA, Inc.
Agreement grants US distribution rights for Volk’s retinal lenses and equipment
Mentor, Ohio (September 11, 2007) – Volk Optical has entered into two new distribution agreements with Synergetics USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: SURG), granting Synergetics rights over the next three years to sell Volk’s products to vitreoretinal surgeons in the United States. The agreements cover Volk’s line of ophthalmic lenses, used for detailed examination and treatment of the retina, and exclusive right to sell the company’s new Optiflex™ Surgical Assistant. This revolutionary new vitreoretinal system, compatible with all leading surgical microscopes, enhances surgeon’s visual ability with precision focus and control.
“Volk is recognized in our industry as a leader in retinal imaging,” said Gregg D. Scheller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synergetics USA, Inc. “Our direct sales force coupled with their high quality products should yield effective results. We are excited about this new opportunity.”
Volk’s patented double-aspheric optics virtually eliminate the distortion seen with other lenses, allowing surgeons unmatched imaging out into the far peripheral retina. The high optical resolution offered by Volk is essential for detailed vitreoretinal work. Optional Self Stabilizing Vitrectomy (SSV®) designs and Autoclave Sterilizable (ACS™) construction mean less patient trauma and faster turnaround.
Developed with leading vitreoretinal surgeons, the Optiflex™ Surgical Assistant is an industry-first lens positioning system. It provides maximum control of non-contact lens maneuvering and focus for clear, crisp views, while streamlining surgery and freeing up surgical assistants. The electromechanical system’s exceptional fine focus capability is achieved with simple manual quick focus and powered foot pedal for precise positioning. Swing and pivot mechanisms allow the lens to be moved quickly and easily out of the surgical field when not in use.
“I am very proud that Volk’s lenses and Optiflex Surgical Assistant system have been chosen by Synergetics,” said Peter Mastores, President of Volk Optical. “As Synergetics is the United States leader for devices used in vitreoretinal surgery, this partnership will give us both a great opportunity to provide the best imaging products and service to the United States vitreoretinal market.”
About Volk Optical
Volk Optical (www.volk.com) is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of aspheric optics. Glass lens construction and the company’s patented double aspheric technology result in the highest resolution imaging with the best stereopsis for precision diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical work. The company is based in Mentor, Ohio, USA and has representatives and distributors around the world.
About Synergetics USA, Inc.
Synergetics USA, Inc. (www.synergeticsusa.com) designs, manufactures and markets medical devices for use primarily in ophthalmic surgery and neurosurgery and for other healthcare applications. Its products are designed and manufactured to support micro or minimally invasive surgical procedures. In addition to its surgical devices and equipment, it designs and manufactures disposable and non-disposable supplies and accessories for use with such devices and equipment. It also manufactures and sells bipolar electrosurgical generators and other generators, based on its DualWaveTM technology, and complementary instrumentation and disposable products for use in neurosurgery, spine surgery, pain control and in dental applications. Synergetics sells its products primarily to hospitals, clinics and surgeons in approximately 70 countries.