Viking Systems expands in Central Europe

24 September 2007

Viking Systems, Inc. (VKSY.OB), a San Diego-based manufacturer of high-performance laparoscopic vision systems for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures, has expanded its distribution network in Europe by signing up a new partner, Biomedica Medizinprodukte GMBH & CO KG.

Under the terms of the agreement, Biomedica will exclusively market and sell Viking's 3Di Vision System technology in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Poland, and Romania.

Biomedica, which is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, are experts in the distribution of advanced medical devices in the fields of cardiology, nephrology, orthopaedics, and intensive care.

Dr Marenzi, managing director of Biomedica, said, "The Central European medical device market is demanding that the investment in capital equipment yield the latest technology available at reasonable prices and must be simple to operate. Viking System's technology brings a proprietary 3D visualization system to the market that is affordable and allows the surgeon more precision in the operating room with minimal training.''

"Biomedica is one of the most successful distributors of high quality medical device technologies in Central Europe,'' said Stephen Heniges, Viking Systems' senior vice president of global marketing and clinical development. "They provide the range of distribution in key countries that matches Viking's growth plan, and bring the industry focus, knowledge and professionalism that is critical to our mutual success. With the signing of Biomedica, we have completed a major step in our global distribution strategy."

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