Volcano Corporation has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sync-Rx, a privately-held company based in Israel that develops advanced software applications that optimise and facilitate transcatheter cardiovascular interventions using automated online image processing. The company’s current focus is on coronary catheterisations
“This transaction represents a strategic step in the advancement of our multi-modality platform,” said Scott Huennekens, president and CEO of Volcano Corporation. “Sync-Rx’s technology provides Volcano with a platform on which to build a range of advanced software features that will aid clinical decision-making by providing angiography and intra-body image enhancement, measurements and non-invasive imaging and intravascular co-registration capabilities, and future opportunities in physiology and peripheral and minimally invasive structural heart therapy guidance. We are excited about the Sync-Rx team joining Volcano and establishing a footprint in Israel, given the breadth and depth of medical imaging and software talent there.”
Recent trends impacting percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) include the heightened scrutiny of health care costs, resulting in the need to validate treatment and outcomes with evidence as well as documentation of results for quality metrics and reimbursement support, specifically regarding appropriateness to stent and the results of the stenting. Volcano is focused on guiding and optimising the delivery of minimally invasive therapies utilising visualisation, physiology, and other technologies to help clinicians achieve a more personalised treatment path for their patients as well as documenting outcomes.
“Sync-Rx’s technology will allow Volcano to better integrate and present a wide variety of data in an intuitive manner that creates more meaningful information for the physician and documentation for the hospital,” said Huennekens. “We see the technology being incorporated seamlessly into our existing multi-modality system with the ability in the future to co-register IVUS images directly on to the angiogram. Future applications for the Sync-Rx technology in other areas include co-registration of non-invasive imaging with real time intra-body physiology measurements and IVUS peripheral, forward looking IVUS, forward looking intra-cardiac (ICE), and OCT imaging.”