Agreement makes revolutionary ‘STARSystem’ available to European cardiologists

Distribution agreement consolidates Terumo Europe’s leadership position in transradial access solutions

Leuven, Belgium- Terumo Europe today announced that it had entered into a distribution agreement with New Zealand company Adept Medical to make the revolutionary STARSystem for radial access procedures available to clinicians working across Western Europe.

The agreement was welcomed by cardiologists and further consolidates Terumo Europe's position as the leader in transradial access solutions. The STARSystem – the STAR standing for Support for Trans-radial Angiography and Revascularisation – is a combination of the STARBoard and STARTable.

The STARBoard is a forearm and hand support that makes it quicker and easier for cardiologists and radiologists to perform procedures through the radial artery in the wrist. Ergonomically designed with fully articulating arms and friction joints it provides excellent patient comfort and ease of use for clinicians. STARSupport connects to the STARBoard, facilitating left arm procedures. Additonally the STARTable provides a stable work surface and support for catheters, wires and other equipment as well as additional x-ray scatter reduction. The STARBoard vertical shield reduces X-ray scatter at neck height by 80%.

Peter Coenen, President of Terumo Interventional Systems EMEA, said he was delighted to be bringing the STARSystem to Europe and anticipated strong interest from clinicians.

"Seeking partnerships of this kind in addition to investing in our own research and development means we continue to lead the field in transradial access solutions for interventional cardiology and peripheral intervention," Mr. Coenen said.

"By making the world's best equipment available to our customers we help them to perform at their best, ultimately helping achieve the best outcomes for patients," he said.

Weighing only 1kg the STARBoard is extremely lightweight, compact and very easy to handle for cath lab staff. The unique, one-piece, "foldaway" design takes up minimal storage space.

Adept Medical is New Zealand's leading specialist plastics manufacturer to the medical market and a subsidiary and specialist medical business unit of the award winning design and manufacturing company Adept Limited.

About Terumo

Tokyo-based Terumo Corporation is one of the world's leading medical device manufacturers with over $4 billion in sales and operations in more than 160 nations. Founded in 1921, the company develops, manufactures, and distributes world-class medical devices including products for use in interventional procedures, cardiovascular surgery, and transfusion medicine; the company also manufactures a broad array of syringe and hypodermic needle products for hospital and physician office use and also supplies drug delivery/injection devices to pharmaceutical firms. Terumo Corporation's shares are listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and are a component of the Nikkei, Japan's leading stock index. 

About Terumo Europe NV

Terumo Europe, founded in 1971, is a core player in the EMEA healthcare market by providing best in class quality medical products and services. We are a strong actor of the Terumo Group by contributing to innovation and sustainable growth. Terumo Europe produces, distributes, markets and sells a vast range of medical devices in five main business units: Interventional Systems, Pharmaceutical Solutions, Cardiovascular Systems, Medical Products and Diabetes Management. Terumo EMEA headquarters and production facilities are located in Haasrode (Belgium), production facility in Knowsley (UK) and sales units across EMEA. Please visit www.terumo-europe.com for more information.

Source: Terumo Europe